DOWN FOR THE COUNT
Jack Diamond is a jazzy private eye, known for his quiet cool. But when his best
friend sax player Bobby Boothe is arrested for murder, it's up to Jack to clear him.
The victim is Count Tyrell, heavyweight World Champion boxer and bar room bully.
The night before he was murdered, Tyrell KOed Bobby in a jazz joint over a spilled drink.
After the incident, Bobby told Jack he wanted to kill Tyrell.
Bobby claims he's innocent, even though his finger prints are on the murder
weapon, and he was seen leaving the victim's penthouse apartment. The police say it's
open and shut, but when your best friend's arrested, you do something about it.
Jack begins investigating Tyrell's murder. Encountering a string of angry friends,
sexy/jealous ex-lovers, mob connected managers, and Tyrell's movie star wife. Everyone
seems to have had a motive to kill Tyrell. But while investigating, Jack stumbles onto
Donald Trump-like developer Robert Saunders. Saunders was blackmailing Tyrell into
using his celebrity status to smuggle computer chips to South America in order to
finance casino construction. Blackmail photos show a mystery woman with the Count.
As Jack tracks the mystery woman, he is pulled into a vortex of violence, where
hired killers, car chases, killer dogs, and sniper attacks, are the norm. Jack must shed
his quiet cool and become a man of action in order to survive.
But when every clue leads back to Bobby, their friendship is put to the ultimate
test. Should he believe his best friend, or the facts?
"DOWN FOR THE COUNT" is a fast paced action mystery with a jazzy private eye
lead and a story ripped from today's headlines.
"DOWN FOR THE COUNT" a screenplay by William C. Martell
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I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.