Posted by Isaiah Mouw
Written by Isaiah Mouw and Mark Botts
Screenplay, 115 pages (Western, Crime)
Viewed by: 17 Members
Uploaded: Jan 01, 2021
Latest Draft: Oct 15, 2023
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In efforts to keep his business from going bankrupt and the mob from collecting on a debt he cannot pay, a desperate, shady gun dealer in the small town of Why, Arizona mimics a neighboring serial-shooting spree to help sell his guns for protection, only to find himself under the relentless scrutiny of a rookie, pregnant detective.
With the rise in fear and anxiety from the recent pandemic comes the creativity of greedy people looking to profit. From stockpiling hand sanitizers to selling toilet paper roadside, if there’s a dollar to be made, these rascals will find a way to get it.
Well, that’s exactly what Harvey Miles aims to do. With the infamous real-life Serial Shooters terrorizing the City of Phoenix, Harvey, a desperate gun salesman in the nearby town of Why, Arizona, exploits his town's fear to profit from the madness.
Firing shots in the middle of the night works perfectly to drum up sales for his sleazy gun shop. But following the Coen Brothers law of anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, Harvey gets in over his head when one shot accidentally kills someone. It’s up to Why’s tiny police department including an old police captain trying to give up smoking and a carefree pregnant cop trying to get off dispatch duty to solve the crime spree and put an end to the town’s madness.
WHY, ARIZONA is THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI meets NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. It mixes zany dialogue, memorable characters, and gut-wrenching horror in this genre hybrid that leads to a heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement you will not see coming.
WHY, ARIZONA has been named as an Award Winner and Official Selection to dozens of festivals and competitions.