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Letters to Juliet – The Letter

(an excerpt from the screenplay, Letters to Juliet) …

Everyone claps. Claire kisses Charlie and stands. He sits.

Claire
I won’t keep you long as I’m sure
most of you have heard the story of
how my husband…

Everyone cheers and whistles at the first mention of the word. It gets quiet again.

Claire
Fifty-seven years ago I wrote a
letter that asked a question.

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107.

Claire (cont’d)
Fifty-seven years later I got an
answer.
(she looks right at)
Sophia? Dear? Would you stand up?

Sophia hesitates then stands reluctantly. She turns red with embarrassment. Charlie smiles at this.

Claire
Sophia gave me my answer.

Everyone starts clapping and cheering as Claire unfolds a piece of paper. Sophia recognizes it – turns redder.

Claire
She wrote me a letter. This letter.
Without it, none of this would’ve
been possible, none of us would be
here today, and so it seems only
fitting to share some of it…
(she starts reading)
” ‘What’ and ‘if’ two words as non-
threatening as words come. But put
them together side-by-side and they
have the power to haunt you for the
rest of your life: ‘What if?’ …”

She looks at Sophia now and basically reads the letter to her as if no one else were there.

Claire
“I don’t know how your story ended.
But I know that if what you felt
then was love – true love – then
it’s never too late. If it was true
then why wouldn’t it be true
now? You need only the courage to
follow your heart…”

Sophia is looking at Charlie who looks straight back at her.

Claire
“I don’t know what a love like that
feels like… a love to leave loved
ones for, a love to cross oceans
for… but I’d like to believe if I
ever felt it. I’d have the courage
to seize it. I hope you had the
courage to seize it, Claire. And if
you didn’t, I hope one day that you
will.”

She folds the letter and looks at Sophia – we can see the glaze of tears forming as everyone starts clapping.

108.

Charlie sees those tears forming too.

Sophia looks at him sitting there beside Patricia and then abruptly turns and walks off away from the gathering.

The tears have started to fall. She wipes them away.

Sophia
I’m sorry, I have to go.

Charlie watches Sophia go. He catches Claire look at him as if to say “What are you waiting for?” A beat.

Then he gets up and goes after her.

(written by Jose Rivera; Revisions by Tim Sullivan; Current Revisions by Will Fetters – 12/11/08)

Cast:
Sophie: Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer’s Body, Chloe, Mean Girls)
Claire: Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible, tv’s ‘Nip/Tuck’, Atonement)
Charlie: Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction, Eragon)

Directed by: Gary Winick (13 Going on 30, Bride Wars, Charlotte’s Web)

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