War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers.


Peter Hanson





Credited cast:
Allison Anders ... Self
Jane Anderson ... Self
Doug Atchison ... Self
John August ... Self
Shane Black ... Self
John Brancato John Brancato ... Self (as John D. Brancato)
John Carpenter ... Self
Larry Cohen ... Self
Frank Darabont ... Self
Steven E. de Souza ... Self
Gerald Di Pego ... Self
Mark Fergus ... Self
Antwone Fisher ... Self
Naomi Foner ... Self
Joe Forte ... Self


Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver"), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in "Tales from the Script," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. The film was produced in tandem with the upcoming HarperCollins book of the same name. Written by Anonymous

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Hollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.




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The MUST-SEE movie for screenwriters.
12 January 2009 | by nrfairSee all my reviews

Thought this was a great movie and by far the most comprehensive thing i've seen on the subject. For us struggling writers out here in LA, it gives us hope, but also shows us that its not that easy and reminds us that it takes a lot of work and a lot of rejection.

A great film for any of those out there with an interest in Hollywood, screen writing, the industry, or just people chasing a dream.

I really enjoyed the amount of personal accounts from so many of the screenwriters, just documenting how the process literally casts a shadow over the writer and gives them very little credit.

I'm sure it will at least be self-distributed, but I am going to guess that this will be picked up soon. What a gem!

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10 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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$1,938, 14 March 2010

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