(Lyrical scene of boys in white flannels and girls in pretty
dresses frolicking on a lawn to the accompaniment of a piano played
by one of the boys.)
SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: 'SALAD DAYS (1971) DIRECTOR SAM PECKINPAH'
(The boys and girls cease frolicking and singing. Lionel
enters holding a tennis racket.)
Lionel: Hello everybody.
All: Hello Lionel.
Lionel: I say what a simply super day.
All: Gosh yes.
Woman: It's so, you know, sunny.
Lionel: Yes isn't it? I say anyone for tennis?
Julian: Oh super!
Charles: What fun.
Julian: I say, Lionel, catch.
(He throws the tennis ball to Lionel. It hits Lionel on the
head. Lionel claps one hand to his forehead. He roars in pain as
blood seeps through his fingers.)
Lionel: Oh gosh.
(He tosses his racket out of frame and we hear a hideous
scream. The camera pans to pick up a pretty girl in summer frock
with the handle of the racket embedded in her stomach. Blood is
pouring out down her dress.)
Girl: Oh crikey.
(Spitting blood out of her mouth she collapses onto the floor
clutching at Charles's arm. The arm comes off. Buckets of blood
burst out of the shoulder drenching the girl and anyone else in the
area. He staggers backwards against the piano. The piano lid drops,
severing the pianist's hands. The pianist screams. He stands, blood
spurting from his hands over piano music.
The piano collapses in slow motion, shot from several angles
simultaneously as per 'Zabriskie Point '. Intercut terrified faces
of girls screaming in slow motion. The piano eventually crushes them
to death; an enormous pool of blood immediately swells up from
beneath piano where the girls are. We see Julian stagger across the
frame with the piano keyboard through his stomach. As he turns the
end of the keyboard knocks off the head of a terrified girl who is
sitting on the grass nearby. A volcanic quantity of blood geysers
upwards. Pull out and upward from this scene as the music starts
(Cut to Apology)