Location: EXT. TRIPLE ROCK CHURCH - DAY
A large, old, white clapboard church with four elaborately backlit pillars at the front entrance. An old, thick, blue neon sign over the top of the pillars reads: "Triple Rock Baptist Church." The Bluesmobile pulls up and parks outside. Jake and Elwood get out of the car and pause in front of the church.ELWOOD: All I'm sayin'is, we got to figure out some way to get that money honestly.
JAKE: That could be a problem.
ELWOOD: It's like the Penguin said, we gotta make that move toward redemption. We gotta go to church.
JAKE: (mimicking in falsetto) We got to make that move toward redemption. We gotta go to church. (normal voice) Bullshit.
ELWOOD: Come on.
Jake and Elwood go up the stairs and into the church.
Location: INT. TRIPLE ROCK CHURCH - JAKE AND ELWOOD - DAY
stand against the back wall of the crowded church. Jake mutters under his breath, not at all happy-about being there. The church is filled with black men, women and children. An organ plays softly as the choir files in and up onto the stage. In the the center of the altar is an ornate, elevated, white pulpit with a gooseneck microphone. Behindthe pulpit is a bandstand with four black musicians in dark blue jackets playing, respectively, drums, piano, bass, and rhythm guitars. The choir wears yellow robes, the band wear violet robes.CHOIRMASTER: And now this week's sermon from the Reverend Cleophus James.
Location: CLEOPHUS JAMES
wearing a royal blue robe with gold trim, steps into the pulpit, rests his hands on the speaker stand and looks around the hall dramatically. Jake and Elwood wait expectantly. (Various congregation members Punctuate the following sermon with "Amen." The organ plays throughout.)
Location: CLOSEUP - CLEOPHUS
CLEOPHUS: Now people, when I woke up this morning, I heard a disturbin sound. I said when I woke up this morning I heard disturbin sound.
Several members hum and moan in harmony to the organ.CLEOPHUS: What I heard was the jingle jangle of a thousand lost souls. I'm talking about the souls of mortal men and women who departed from this life and were not received into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Location: JAKE AND ELWOOD
Elwood's head is bowed reverently. Jake is biting his lower lip, visibly moved by the sermon.CLEOPHUS: Those Lost, anguished souls roamin unseen over the earth! Seekin'divine light, they'll not find, because it's too late, yeah! Too late for them to ever see again! The light they once chose not to follow! All right! All right! Don't be lost when your time comes! For the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night! Amen! Amen!
Location: WIDE SHOT - REVEREND CLEOPHUS
in the pulpit; His hands grip the sides of the pulpit as he leans out into the congregation.CLEOPHUS: And people, When I woke up this morning, I heard disturbing sound, I said when I woke up this morning morning I is out every tire one of these poor, lost souls meets another one, there is a jingle-jangle as they pass each other in their tormented wanderings. And this day I have heard a thousand and one jingle-jangles. So wake up, people. Don't be lost when your time comes. Get yourselves ready, 'for the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night.' Amen! Can I get a Amen?
The organ and band come in-hard as Cleophus and the choir begin a rousing gospel song (to be determined). As more and more people get the spirit and the music becomes hotter and hotter, various members of the congregation leap from their seats and do flips and splits in the best holy roller tradition. The place is really rocking now.Camera: CUT TO
Location: CLOSEUP OF JAKE
Something seems to have come over Jake. His head is moving rhythmically to the music.ELWOOD: (concerned) Jake, are you all right?
The music swells.Camera: CUT TO
Location: EXT. TRIPLE ROCK CHURCH - WIDE SHOT - MATTE PAINTING
showing the church and huge Michelangelo-type clouds. The music and shouting grows even more powerful as a ray or light (as if from God) comes from the heavens and bathes the church in a celestial glow.
Location: INT. TRIPLE ROCK CHURCH - DAY
The light streams through a small stained-glass window and lands on Jake alone.JAKE: (softly, possessed) The band....
Cleophus points from the pulpit across the dancing congregation to Jake.CLEOPHUS: (shouting) My little lost, white lamb, have you come to join our flock?
Location: CLOSEUP - JAKE
still glowing.JAKE: (softly) The band....
CLEOPHUS: (shouting) Do you see the light?
JAKE: (softly at first, and then shouting) The band... the band ... Jesus H. Christ! THE BAND!
CLEOPHUS: Do you see the light?
JAKE: (shouting back) Yes! Yes! Jesus H. Tap Dancing Christ! I have seen the light!
CLEOPHUS: Have you seen the light?
JAKE: I have seen the light!
ELWOOD: What light?
CLEOPHUS: Praise God!
The gospel song is now in full pitch. The congregation is rocking and rolling and leaping about the room as if some Baptist-martial-arts movie. Jake, shaking and filled with the spirit, leaps in the air doing the most spectacular flips across the floor of the church and back. He grabs Elwood by the shoulders.JAKE: The band, Elwood! The band!
ELWOOD: The band?
Slowly Elwood begins to get the spirit.ELWOOD: The band?...The band...THE BAND!
CLEOPHUS: (shouting down from the pulpit) Praise God!
ELWOOD: (shouting) And God bless the United States of America!
Jake and Elwood together now join in with the dancing congregation to bring the now gloriously crazed gospel number to its conclusion.