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    John Travolta "Tony Manero" personal annotated shooting script for Saturday Night Fever (working title: "Tribal Rites of Saturday Night"). (RSO, 1977) From one of the best films of the 1970s and one that personified the changing culture coming out of the 1960s. The music, the fashion, the pre-aids promiscuity. A return to New York over-groomed bravado in the shadow of more casual hippie culture. This is a vintage original studio 3-ring binder bound 116-multi-color revision page Final Version script written by Norman Wexler from an article and script by Nik Cohn. Dated on the cover February 26, 1977 and with working title, "Tribal Rites of Saturday Night". With "John Travolta" written in pencil on the upper right corner of the title page. The script has been extensively hand marked and annotated, including dialog changes, in pencil and ink by Travolta from the cover page, where he notates shooting days with a corresponding "*no Rain" above numbered dates. On page-43, there is a major dialog change as Travolta marks the scene when his character "Tony" talks to his brother "Frank, Jr." (Martin Shakar), a disgraced priest. After Frank laments unrealistic expectations on a priest from parents and the church, the action block is outlined in pencil: "He [Tony] rises, walks to the dresser where Frank, Jr.'s shirt and clerical collar lie. Tony picks up the collar, examines it curiously." Next, Frank, Jr's. line is scratched out in pencil: "Frank Jr. Well, now that I'm the disgrace of the family, I'm not so perfect anymore. So maybe you aren't shit...anymore." Elements of that line are reassigned to Tony and Travolta writes: "What I can't believe is you know growing up I was always the little shit turd...I was shit compared to you I was." And then the printed dialog takes up from the pencil revision: "Tony (faraway, intoning) If you ain't so good, I ain't so bad". On page-99, after his character is beaten up, Travolta revises lines in pencil: "Tony Everything you say gotta be fancy!" Changed to: "Stef. What happened to you" and reassigns the line, "Shaving?" from Stephanie to Tony. Finally, on page-105, Travolta parses out a particularly challenging line by writing "Everyone's gotta dump" and underlines and strikes through words in pencil: "Tony Bump, bump de bump and dump, dump, dump. That's all we do. Go around dump, dumping, dumping our load, dumping on something, dumping on somebody, dumpers in a dump. My pa gets dumped on at work, he dumps on my ma, she runs to church to dump that and the rest she has to dump. The Spics dump on us, we dump on them...dumb dumpers doing dumb dumping, even the humping's dumping most of the time". The script contains far too many annotations to list in the space provided here. Included in the interior pocket of the script binder is a silk-screened "Saturday Night" parking permit, (3) call sheets, and a personal 2-page handwritten letter from writer/producer Barbara Gallagher to John Travolta, dated April 27, 1977, concerning the recent death of Diana Hyland, Travolta's girlfriend. The script exhibits production wear, age and handling. With coffee stains throughout. In vintage good condition. Worthy of inclusion in the finest collections of cinema. Provenance: Given by Travolta to Brooklynite Alex Marchak, Jr., who was a regular at 2001 Odyssey disco and became friendly during production with choreographer Lester Wilson. On the last day of shooting, Travolta handed Marchak his script binder containing his annotated script and accompanying items mentioned above. Comes with signed letter of provenance from Alex Marchak, Jr. who has had possession of the script since the film wrapped.

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