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David Poland

By David Poland

Best Screenplay Chart

Writer(s) – Film
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Milk -
Rachel Getting Married -
The Wrestler -
Happy Go Lucky -
Seven Pounds
Che -
W. -
Changling -

Writer(s) – Film
Slumdog Millionaire -
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -
Doubt -
Frost/Nixon -
The Reader -
Revolutionary Road -
The Dark Knight

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“I wanted to make you love a murderer. There’s no way of redeeming him. He’s a drunk and a killer. He killed at least seven people (that we know of). But there were reasons he was a bad guy. He was surrounded by evil in those days. A lot of people were killed building modern Florida—modern everywhere. Watson had plenty of opportunities to see how rough those guys were playing and he thought he could do it too. At least he rationalized it that way. He had the devil beaten out of him and became a very dangerous guy. And he couldn’t handle his liquor, which is one of the worst aspects of him. And he went crazy. Understanding how that happened is useful, I think. There’s no reason any one of us couldn’t be Edgar Watson.”
~ Peter Mathiessen On Writing “Killing Mister Watson”


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