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                                         ACT  ONE

               FADE IN:

           1   P.O.V. GUATEMALA, CENTRAL AMERICA  -- DAY                      1   

               - ESTABLISHING - 

               From just above the modern day city of Guatemala, we swiftly 
               move over the city, as giant glass buildings, and car filled 
               streets quickly pass below.  As we move south across the 
               city, we begin to move from a densely populated area to the 
               jungle that surrounds the city.

               As the jungle flows like a giant green river below: 

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         Twenty-Five Hundred Years ago in the 
                         first year of the reign of Zedekiah, 
                         the King of Judah, my ancestors came 
                         to this continent after fleeing 
                         Jeruselem, the city they called home. 
                         Guided by faith, our forefathers 
                         journeyed to this continent, leaving 
                         behind all those that would be taken 
                         away into babylon.
                         They brought with them the records 
                         of old.  Written by great men such 
                         as Moses and Isiah.
                         Just as these men kept records, we 
                         too were commanded to keep a record 
                         of our people.
                         the story I am about to tell you, is 
                         found in the records our people kept, 
                         it is a story of faith, and of vertue.
                         It is the story of the Last Great 
                         Army who fought with the power of 
                         God, to protect the Liberty of our 


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.2
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

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                                     GID (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         a people who would eventually be 
                         destroyed by the sword, only to be 
                         remembered in the great records of 
                         our people.
                         a record kept for the sake of all 
                         man kind. 

               From just above the canopy of the jungle forest, we swiftly 
               move over modern day Central America.  Only the top of the 
               jungle canopy is seen as it passes swiftly below.

               After several miles of dense jungle forest, we reach a 
               clearing and a great Ancient City is revealed.

               The camera continues to move swiftly through the ancient 

                                                           TRANSITION INTO:

           2   P.O.V. GREAT ANCIENT AMERICAN CITY -- CONTINUOUS               2   

               - ESTABLISHING -

               An ancient city which has been mostly covered by the dense 
               jungle.  Many buildings are completely hidden from view, 
               while others still peer out from the past.  

               Like ghosts from the past, we begin to see this city as it 
               once was, the people who lived here, the people who are dying 
               here, as a great slaughter ensues.

               The camera continues to move throughout the city as we are 
               now completely into the period, 90 B.C..  We see a barbaric 
               Lamanite Army slaughtering hundreds of innocent Lamanite 

               Smoke fills the air as the smaller buildings burn to the 
               ground, people run, and Lamanite Soldiers continue their 

               Some men fight, but it is obvious that this people was caught 
               off guard and was not ready to battle an army.


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.3
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           2   CONTINUED:                                                     2   

               ANGLE ON

               High atop a great stone temple, several Lamanites have found 
               what could only be the ruler of this land.  The Lamanite 
               soldiers bring this man to the edge of a platform.

               ANGLE ON

               a barbaric club with shards of volcanic glass around the 
               edges, which is being lifted into the air.

               ANGLE HOLDS

               as the club slashes down out of cameras view.

               MASTER ANGLE

               All of the soldiers walk down the steep stairs of the temple 
               to the bottom where their horses wait.  

               Once the men have climbed atop their horses, we follow them 
               as they leave the city.  Falling in behind many soldiers 
               join them as they ride out of this fallen city.

               The men ride past a young lamanite boy, TAMAL, who sits in 
               terror over his murdered parents.  He is covered in soot and 
               has a gapping wound on the right side of his face that extends 
               from his temple down over his cheek bone.  The cut barely 
               misses his eye.

               Tamal watches as the men ride off, disapearing into the the 
               clouds of smoke that fills the city street.

               Finding himself virtually alone, Tamal composes himself, 
               taking a deep breath and then wiping the tears and secretions 
               from his face.  By doing so, he wipes blood, tears, and soot 
               across his face.  It is not until then, that he realizes he 
               is injured.

               Tamal notices the blood that covers his forearm and examines 
               it to determine the source.  Not seeing it right away, his 
               focus changes to his parents who lye dead on the ground in 
               front of him.

               Tamal focuses on a gold neckband, covered in blood, that is 
               around his fathers neck. Gently, Tamal removes it, holding 
               it with both hands, he uses his thumb to wipe away a thumbs


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.4
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

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               width of blood, revealing the shiny gold underneath.  His 
               face turns from sadness to anger.

               With that Tamal stands and looks off in the direction the 
               soldiers rode and places the adult size jewelry around his 
               neck, blood and all.

                                                           TRANSITION INTO:

           3   EXT. THE LAND OF ISHMAEL - ESTABLISHING -- DAY                 3   

               The great city of Ishmael fills the landscape of this dense 
               tropical region.

               Gigantic stone structures fill this unfortified city.  Outside 
               the main capitol of the city, we see thousands of tents and 
               many thousands of Lamanite people who are gathered all around.

           4   EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- DAY                    4   

               A giant courtyard inside the great city of Ishmael.  Hundreds, 
               if not thousands of people are at the market, buying, selling, 
               and trading all things indigenous to 77 B.C. Central America.  
               A Great Temple sits at the North end of the Courtyard.

               ANGLE ON 

               GID, a young Anti-Nephi-Lehie boy, about 8, is intensely 
               watching a young girl spin pottery.  The young girl smiles 
               at Gid, who is entranced in the process.

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER (O.S.)
                              (beat, slight sternness)
                         Gideon, let us go now!!

               Gid is obviously entranced in some hypnotic movement of the 
               pottery, or maybe it's the young girl spinning it.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (O.S.)
                              (With no room for 

               GID reacts immediately to his fathers call, as he runs to 
               catch up with his family.


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.5
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           4   CONTINUED:                                                     4   

               Gid grabs hold of his fathers hand.

               ANGLE PULLS OUT

               To show Gid and his family, holding hands, while walking 
               through a giant market in the middle of the City of Ishmael.  
               Gid can't help but turn to look at the young girl, who in 
               turn looks back at him, smiling.

               Gid's little Sister, SARIAH (6 yrs old), interrupts the moment 
               by slapping him in the arm.

                                     YOUNG SARIAH

               Gid, caught off guard, immediately chases after sariah and a 
               game of tag ensues as they both weave in and out through the 

               BACK TO SCENE

               Where MESHA and AMULON now walk alone hand in hand.

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER
                         Why does he not listen to me anymore?

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         I will speak with him.

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER
                         I do not want you to have to speak 
                         with him. 

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Mesha, our son loves you very much, 
                         but now he is reaching the age of 
                         manhood and trying to spread his 
                         He is only caught up in his 
                              (beat, emphasizing)
                         and I will speak with him.  


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.6
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           4   CONTINUED: (2)                                                 4   

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER
                         I do know that you are right,
                         I just want my son to stay a child 
                         in his own eyes. 

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Well, I can not make Gid stay a child,
                         But if it is children you desire in 
                         our presence, then let us have many 
                         many more.

               Mesha's face turns to joy

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER
                         Do you speak the truth to me now?  
                         Or are you playing upon my desires?

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                              (questioning her 
                         Have I not always spoken the words 
                         of truth to you?
                         Let it be no secret, I to would love 
                         to have many more children to fill 
                         our home, and I am not becoming any 

               She is totally caught off guard, and jump like a giddy school 
               girl into his arms.

               As they embrace with joy.  A moment passes as they celebrate 
               the new choice.

                                     GATE GUARD (O.S.)
                         clear the way....

               Both immediately look over, as do all in the area.


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.7
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           4   CONTINUED: (3)                                                 4   

               ANGLE ON

               A large gated opening in the middle of small wall which 
               encircles the courtyard.  The GATE GUARD stands on the top 
               of the wall as a lookout, along with several other men.

               Although this city is not fortified by great walls, this 
               small wall is the entrance into the city from other lands.  

                                     GATE GUARD (CONT'D)
                         Clear the way!!

               Led by AMMON, a very distinguished man who is dressed well 
               but travels lightly, a large group of men on horseback come 
               riding though the entrance.

                                     MESHA - GID'S MOTHER
                         Who is that?

                                     AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER (O.S.)
                              (deep calming voice)
                         They are the sons of Mosiah and their 
                         It has been many seasons since they 
                         have been in Ishmael. 

               Both Mesha and Amulon turn to find AMORON standing in front 
               of a market booth looking at a fine tool made of hardened 

               Amoron is a very dignified looking man, who commands presence.  
               He is dressed very beautify. 

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Surely they come for the Feast and 
                         celebration this night?

                                     AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER
                         I do not know, other than a messenger 
                         arrived early this morning asking 
                         for audience with King Lamoni.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Is there need to worry Father?


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.8
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           4   CONTINUED: (4)                                                 4   

               Amoron looks at his son, it is obvious that he knows not why 
               Ammon and his brethren have come.

                                     AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER
                         This night is a great time for our 
                         people.  I can see no better time 
                         for them to come to Ishmael.

               All stand solemnly watching as the men dismount their horses 
               and head up into the great building.

                                                                    CUT TO:

           5   INT. KING'S CONFERENCE ROOM ISHMAEL -- MOMENTS LATER           5   

               King Lamoni (39 yrs old), ruler of the Land of Ishmael, and 
               his younger brother, King Nephi-Lehi (24 Yrs old), the ruler 
               of all the Land of Nephi, both sit together at the base of 
               the throne, or in other words, neither sit on the throne but 
               are in a more casual atmosphere. 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         I trust your travel was well?

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         Of course brother, although it proved 
                         to be longer than I had remembered.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Yes it does take longer when traveling 
                         with full guard,
                         unlike the times you used to ride 
                         here alone, against fathers wishes.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         That only happened once Brother,
                         the other times he never knew I had 

               Both laugh at what could only be an inside joke.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Oh, brother it is good to have you 
                         here.  I only wish father had lived 
                         to see this day.


                            Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.9
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED:                                                     5   

               The moment turns solemn

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         He would of had much joy seeing his 
                         people come together in the 
                         righteousness they now own.
                         Although I do not know if he could 
                         bear to see the numbers who still 
                         deny the truth.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         If father had not become ill, I 
                         believe he would have gone and not 
                         returned home until all his people 
                         had come together under one fold.

               Again both brother laugh

               Suddenly the delight between brothers is broken! 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         I see that not much has changed.

               ANGLE ON

               TAMAL, who we recognize because of the scar and unique golden 
               neckband that he now wears, stands behind the Kings, just 
               inside a small doorway which is obviously used only by the 

               He arrogantly stands looking around the chambers, as if he 
               had not been here in a while.  Then looks down at the two 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                              (smiling and somewhat 
                         Except for the young Nephi-Lehi who 
                         now wears the crown of this land. 

               Both Kings immediately stand because of the greatness of 
               their surprise.

               Tamal stands there with a smile upon his face.  Waiting for 
               a response.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.10
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (2)                                                 5   

                                     KING LAMONI
                         And I see that you have not forgotten 
                         your way around my palace.

               The tension in the room is beginning to build. 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL

                                     KING LAMONI
                         To whom do I owe this honor, having 
                         my oldest friend and absent Chief 
                         Counselor return to me?

               Tamal takes the steps in strides and he lands on level ground 
               with the Kings.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         You have me to thank for my safe 
                         return, for it is I who has caused 
                         this reunion of old friends.

               King Lamoni's countenance changes from distant to loving and 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Then let old friends embrace and 
                         rejoice as only we can this day.

               Both men embrace in a barbaric hug then King Lamoni places 
               his hands on Tamal's shoulders looking his old friend over.

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                              (looking Tamal over)
                         You have not changed in the slightest 
                         my friend,
                         and how I have missed your presence 
                         at my side.
                         I have spent much time pondering 
                         what I had done to drive you from 
                         this place.
                              (beat, solomnly)
                         and Father asked of you frequently 
                         before he died.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.11
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (3)                                                 5   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         My friend, I do not wish to dwell on 
                         the events of the past, for now is 
                         the only time which we can effect.
                         and for that reason, now is the time 
                         I have chosen to return to my old 
                         friend who is the King of this people.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         My friend, you speak the truth in 
                         your words.

               Walking over to a table on the nearby wall

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         So let us rejoice in this day, and 
                         welcome our brother Tamal back to 
                         his home and his position as the 
                         Kings Chief Counselor for the people.  

               King Lamoni grabs a pitcher of wine and begins to pour it 
               into a very fine golden goblet.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (laughing at the King)
                         Is that why you believe I have come 
                         here this day?

               He immediately stops pouring.  

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Why else would thou return here under 
                         a flag of friendship? 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Are we not the oldest of friends, 
                         can we not suspend the flattery?

               Tamal is still very confident with himself and the situation.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         I have come this day because of the 
                         great unrest that this people suffer.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.12
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (4)                                                 5   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         I have come to put this people again 
                         at peace.  Something two Kings have 
                         been unable to do.

               King Lamoni is a little taken back by that statement and 
               retorts accordingly. 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         I assure you my friend, that those 
                         who desire peace are here this day 
                         in the Lands of Ishmael,
                         and any who have not come to this 
                         place are most assuredly not striving 
                         for peace.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         It is those that are here this day 
                         that cause the distensions among our 

               Lamoni looks to his brother. 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Please do enlighten us.

               Tamal does not like being mocked as he becomes a little 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         If the sons of Mosiah had been 
                         executed the day they came to this 
                         land, as I had counseled, we would 
                         have remained a peaceful people.
                         If your Father had not fallen into 
                         the same trap as you we would still 
                         be at peace. 

                         So do tell me your interpretation of 
                         peace my friend,


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.13
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (5)                                                 5   

                                     AMMON (CONT'D)
                         Is that what your armies intend to 
                         create, peace?

               Tamal looks over, as do the Kings, to find AMMON and his 
               Brothers, ARRON, OMNER, HIMNI standing in the entrance to 
               the conference room.  They are all aware that Tamal has dug 
               himself a pretty big hole.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (again becoming 
                              dreadfully sly)
                         The people of this land desire to 
                         have the peace that was theirs before 
                         you came here.

                         If the truth causes a people to loose 
                         their peace, 
                         then I say peace was never theirs to 
                         begin with.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         And I say if truth causes a people 
                         to loose peace, then that truth is 
                         nothing but trickery brought about 
                         by lies and false Gods.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Why have you come here?

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         I desire to stop bloodshed,
                         and you have the power to stop it.

                         You have the power to stop bloodshed, 
                         For it is your armies that threaten 
                         this righteous people.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.14
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (6)                                                 5   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         I am but a messenger, 
                              (to Lamoni)
                         I only came because I thought you 
                         might listen to me, before you and 
                         your people make a decision they 
                         will be unable to LIVE with.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Are you part of those who might take 
                         up arms against your own people?

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (Smiling to King Lamoni 
                              & Nephi-Lehi)
                         It does not have to come to that my 
                              (pointing to Ammon)
                         simply remove them from this land, 
                         stop their foolish teachings, and 
                         your people will go home peacefully.
                         And I would even join you as your 
                         chief councilman again.

                         Had you and your brethren chosen to 
                         maintain peace, your first reaction 
                         would not have been to start a civil 

               Tamal is very angered by the situation, but swallows his 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (to King lamoni)
                         Consider saving your people, I will 
                         be camped near the caves half a day 
                         south of Ishmael, I will remain their 
                         until first mornings light.
                         After that time, there will be nothing 
                         I can do.

               The realization of Tamal's visit has now become clear to 
               King Lamoni. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.15
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (7)                                                 5   

                                     KING LAMONI
                         My old friend, my people have been 
                         saved.  You need not wait for a change 
                         of heart on my part.
                         However, you have much travel ahead 
                         of you, I pray that you will consider 
                         saving yourself.

               Tamal storms out of the council room through the Sons of 

               King Lamoni watches Tamal leave, then looks over at Ammon.  
               Sorrow fills his countenance as he turns and places the 
               pitcher of wine and the cup down on the table.

               Ammon and his brethren approach the Kings.  Stopping several 
               feet before King Lamoni,

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         Ammon my brother, Welcome.

               He lowers his head slightly.(showing his respect).  Then 
               looks at Ammon who stands ready to embrace his faithful 

                         It is good to see you my friend. 

               All of the men address each other and embrace in friendship.  
               Ammon, Arron, Omner, Himni, Muloki, and Ammah are among the 
               ten men.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         We received your messenger earlier 
                         this day, and have prepared 
                         accommodation for you, 
                         how long do you desire to grace us 
                         with your presence.

                         Our desire to be among God's truest 
                         people is great, however, we know 
                         not the length of our presence.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.16
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (8)                                                 5   

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         Then let us make the most of this 
                         momentous occasion,
                         By having all of the Son's of Mosiah 
                         and their brethren here beside all 
                         the faithful Lamanite who have 
                         gathered for the Lords purpose,
                         I see a great reason to rejoice.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         My brother speaks the truth as we 
                         can not deny the tremendous blessings 
                         of this day.

                         It is a marvelous site indeed, seeing 
                         the way we have been blessed by coming 
                         down to this land.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Ammon, I fear the joy in you words 
                         is overcome by the grave soberness 
                         of your eyes.

               Ammon takes a moment to gather his thoughts.

                         Your perception is great my friend, 
                         and although I do not desire to cease 
                         the atmosphere here, I bring grave 
                         concerns this day.

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Then brother, please let us give 
                         attention to the words you bring us,
                              (motioning to sit on 
                              the steps)
                         please continue.

               All of the men are seated. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.17
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (9)                                                 5   

                         The man you once respected as your 
                         Chief Councilman, spoke a partial 
                         We have witnessed the Amalekites and 
                         Amulonites stirring up the remainder 
                         of your people, 
                         those who have not been converted to 
                         the Lord, now prepare to overthrow 
                         your place as kings and place a new 
                         in your stead.
                         We know without error that they gather 
                         in a place less than two days from 

               King Lamoni stands up and begins to walk towards the wall 
               opposite of where he stood to pour a drink.  This wall has a 
               doorway and windows that lead to a platform which over looks 
               the city, or most directly the giant courtyard.  Off to the 
               left the Temple is also clearly seen

               Ammon watches King lamoni. 

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                              (toward Ammon)
                         When will they come upon us? 

                         We did come as soon as we knew the 
                         circumstances.  However, I fear that 
                         they are already on the march.

               King Nephi-Lehi looks worriedly at Lamoni, who stands their 
               in deep thought.

                                     AMMON (CONT'D)
                         You must begin preparation to defend 
                         Even at half march they will be here 
                         in two mornings light.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.18
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (10)                                                5   

               Lamoni understands Ammon's concern.  But he to has concerns 
               in this situation. 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Ammon my brother, there is not one 
                         soul among all this people that has 
                         been converted to the Lord, that 
                         would take up arms against their 
                         We were once as them, until you came 
                         upon our people, we were unable to 
                         see our wicked ways.
                         So how is it that now we should blame 
                         them for believing the things we 
                         once also believed.  
                         Taking the actions that we once took.

               ARRON stands up and approaches Lamoni 

                         Brothers, you lead a great and 
                         righteous people. And I have been 
                         honored to walk at your side as a 
                         servant of God.  But we will not 
                         stand by and watch you and your people 
                         be slain by the sword of your own 
                         brethren.  I know only that, 
                              (with power)
                         You must defend yourselves.

               ANGLE ON 

               Nephi-Lehi stepping forward towards Ammon.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         This people has spent many nights on 
                         their knees praying to God for 
                         forgiveness of their wicked ways.  
                         It is only now after years of 
                         repentance that they feel like a 
                         righteous people.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.19
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (11)                                                5   

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI (CONT'D)
                         We must not be tempted by the 
                         not even now. 

               As a moment goes by, Ammon examines the facts at hand, then 
               replies.  He still believes they can walk upright before God 
               in defending themselves.

                         I have witnessed that God has truly 
                         converted this people,
                         I know that this people has become 
                         airs to gift of the atonement and 
                         your souls have been washed clean.
                         So raise your swords in righteousness 
                         to defend your Liberty,
                         Hold fast to the knowledge of God's 
                         protection of his people, and throw 
                         down your persecutors who seek to 
                         destroy you.
                         God honors those who defend his cause.

               Lamoni walks to the doorway and proceeds outside, stopping 
               once at the edge of the platform.  Both Ammon and Nephi-Lehi 
               follow him. 

                                     KING LAMONI
                              (holding out his arms 
                              to acknowledge the 
                              people of Ishmael)
                         We have gathered our righteous people 
                         together this day for one purpose, 
                              (looking at Ammon)
                         to lay down our sword, even bury 
                         them deep within the earth.
                              (looking out again)
                         We will one day stand at the Judgment 
                         Bar of God and we will be able to 
                         say, "our swords shine brightly


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.20
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (12)                                                5   

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         because we never did again shed the 
                         blood of any man".

               A moment passes as the power of King Lamoni's speech sinks 
               in.  Ammon softly smiles at his friend.

                         I was unaware of the power of your 
                         conversion to the Lord.  You have 
                         filled my heart with joy this day.
                              (placing his hand on 
                              Lamoni's shoulder)
                         For I know that your people will 
                         never again fall away from the 
                         truthfulness of your faith.

               Ammon's focus now changes to that of delivering this great 
               people, determined to keep them from destruction.

                                     AMMON (CONT'D)
                         Let us leave this land and flee from 
                         our enemy.
                              (beat - turning to 
                              his brothers)
                         We will go down unto the Land of 
                         Zarahemla where the Nephites will 
                         surely welcome us.

               Nephi-Lehi looks to his brother, could it be as simple at 
               that.  But would the Nephite's welcome them? 

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         If we held in our hearts that the 
                         Nephite's would welcome us.  Then it 
                         would be that you could lead our 
                         people out of the hands of our 
                         But we hold no such knowledge. 

                         The Lord has truly blesses this 
                         people, The Nephite's will see as I 
                         do the righteousness among you.  


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.21
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           5   CONTINUED: (13)                                                5   

                                     AMMON (CONT'D)
                         They will seek no more to contend 
                         with war against you.
                              (after short thought)
                         If I go and inquire of the Lord, and 
                         if he says unto us, go down unto our 
                         brethren, will you go?

                                     KING LAMONI
                              (without hesitation)
                         Yes, if the Lord saith unto us go, 
                         we will go.

                              (soft smile)
                         Then my friends, prepare your people, 
                         we shall return before two mornings 

               Ammon turns and briskly leaves the room.  Ammon's brethren 

               Lamoni turns and looks out over his people.

                                                                    CUT TO:

           6   EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- LATER                      6   

               Gid's home sits in a dense area just outside the main city 
               of Ishmael.  It is a normal size home for this time period.  
               The home sits within 15 yards of a briskly running stream. 

               Amulon and Gid are working on a large perfectly square stone, 
               (about w = 4' x d = 2' x h = 2').  Amulon draws detailed 
               graphics on the stone, while Gid smooths over recently carved 
               graphics with a small stone-working tool.  Gid works intensely 
               on a small detail. It is obvious he knows exactly what he is 
               doing.  The graphics depict a peaceful people praying.

               Amulon's attention focuses on Gid several times, as he notices 
               how intensely Gid is working.  So much so, that he stops 
               what he is doing and leans in to get a better look.

               Gid suddenly stop and looks over at his father, who just 
               stares at him, and inquires


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.22
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           6   CONTINUED:                                                     6   

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Is it as you desire father?

               Amulon leans over and brushes the dust away from the area 
               Gid has been working one, then runs his hand over the detailed 

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         This is magnificent,
                         you have taken away all of the 
                         coarseness and yet still kept the 
                         shape perfectly.
                         This is wonderful work Gideon.

               Gid smiles at his father.  It is obvious that Gid respects 
               him and that these words have boosted his confidence and 
               self-esteem almost immediately.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (CONT'D)
                         When this stone is complete, it will 
                         sit within the Temple, all who see 
                         it will be proud of the fine 

               Gid's perma-grin fills Amulon's heart with pride in his young 
               son.  He embraces his son then returns to sketching the smooth 
               side of the stone as Gid's excitedly returns to his work.

               A moment passes then from out of nowhere.

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Father, who were those Nephite men 
                         who entered the city this day?

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         They are the Sons of Mosiah, I believe 
                         they came for the celebration this 

               Both continue to work.  But Gid still has some questions, he 
               tries to continue working, but can't concentrate. Amulon 
               notices the struggle Gid is having


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.23
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           6   CONTINUED: (2)                                                 6   

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (CONT'D)
                         Gideon?  You look troubled, are you 

               It is as though Gid has to gain the courage to continue. 

                                     YOUNG GID
                         will you be leaving soon, to go fight 
                         a war?

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                              (very surprised)
                         No Gideon, what would make you think 
                         such a thing?

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Teomner had told me that his father 
                         had taken out a sword and packed it 
                         into a cloth, as though he were going 
                         to take it somewhere.
                         then this day you took your sword 
                         and packet it also into a cloth also 
                         as if to take it away.

               Amulon smiles and even chuckles at Gid's misunderstanding.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         This night I will take that sword 
                         with us, to the celebration, where I 
                         will place it into a tomb deep within 
                         the earth,
                         to show God that I never will again 
                         us it.

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Father, why do we celebrate this?

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         I know that God will be watching us, 
                         I think that He will celebrate that 
                         we are choosing never again to shed 
                         the blood of man,


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.24
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           6   CONTINUED: (3)                                                 6   

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (CONT'D)
                         So I believe we have cause to also 

               ANGLE ON

               The opening to Gid's home.  The door opens and Sariah pokes 
               her head out.

                         Father, dinner is ready.

               then as suddenly as it opened the door to the hut closes.

               ANGLE BACK ON

               Gid and his father.  Gid looks at his father in anticipation.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Let us go eat.

               Gid doesn't have to be told twice... 

                                                                   CUT TO: 

           7   INT. GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- LATER                              7   

               Mesha brings whole cooked corn cobs to the dinner table, in 
               a fine woven basket.  After placing the corn on the table, 
               she sits with the rest of the family.  Other foods are already 
               placed on the table, such as tortillas, fruits, and 

               Gid's father looks around the table, then bows his head in 
               prayer, as does the rest of the family.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER
                         Dear Lord our God, we in humility 
                         come before thee to thank thee for 
                         this bountiful meal.  We pray that 
                         thy blessings will be upon this feast, 
                         that it may bring us strength and 
                         We pray that thy spirit will be with 
                         us always and guide us each day.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.25
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           7   CONTINUED:                                                     7   

               Gid's Father pauses for a moment.  It is obvious that this 
               isn't normal, as we see Gid look up to see what is wrong.  
               Quickly closing his eyes as his father again begins to speak.

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (CONT'D)
                         We humble ourselves as we go to the 
                         celebration this night, we pray that 
                         our sacrifice is accepted.
                         We also ask at this time that thou 
                         be with Gid, now that he is entering 
                         the age of manhood.

               Gid again looks up, this is unusual for a dinner blessing. 

                                     AMULON - GID'S FATHER (CONT'D)
                         And ask that we may be guided in 
                         teaching him well to honor thee.
                         We are grateful to thee and offer 
                         this  blessing and prayer to thee, 

               All of the Family honors God by also saying "AMEN".

               Gid looks at his mother to see if she is as astounded as he 
               is.  Although it is obvious that she is, she just looks at 
               Gid for a moment then begins to pass the food.

                                                                    CUT TO:


               A giant camp has been setup for thousands of Lamanite 
               soldiers.  Some fires burn, but it is mostly quiet, except 
               for one large tent.

               Tamal and two other men ride up on horses.  Dismounting and 
               going inside the tent. 

           9   INT. LAMANITE TENT -- CONTINUOUS                               9   

               Eight barbaric looking men sit around a rather large table 

               Tamal enters, stopping just inside the tent.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.26
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           9   CONTINUED:                                                     9   

                                     LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER
                         TAMAL!, what word do you bring from 

               It is obvious at this point that Tamal is just a peon here.  
               These men are the leaders of the rebelion. 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         The rumors are true, people have 
                         gathered from all of the Lands of 
                         Nephi, King Nephi-Lehi and Lamoni, 
                         along with the Nephites have gathered 

                                     LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER
                         Do they really gather to bury their 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         The ceremony is this night.

                                     LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER
                         Are they mad?
                         They must know we are here.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         They believe their God will save 

                                     LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER
                         Do you believe their God will save 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         I believe that we will have no trouble 
                         replacing the King, or putting down 
                         the Lamanite Traitors, if we strike 

                                     LAMANITE CONSPIRACY LEADER
                         Good, then ready the men, you will 
                         leave immediately.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.27
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

           9   CONTINUED: (2)                                                 9   

               Tamal bows his head and leaves the tent.

                                                                    CUT TO:



               to show a montage of shots, showing: 

               The market is now full of thousands of people who are all 
               enjoying the festivities and food.

               It looks somewhat like a fair with music and dancing groups, 

          11   INT. KING'S CONFERENCE ROOM ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS             11   

               The kings are being dressed into extravagant clothing, which 
               include everything from headdresses to the final touch of a 
               beautifully designed sword, all while carrying on this 

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         Brother, have we made the right 

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Have you any doubts?

               Nephi-Lehi ponders for a moment, but answers with confidence.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                         I have no doubts,
                         but should we not let our people 
                         make the choice for themselves?

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Our people are here because of the 
                         choices they have made,
                         Our people have chosen us to lead 
                         them.  Still, they are free to do as 
                         they desire.  But any choice to fight, 
                         would be at their own peril.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.28
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          11   CONTINUED:                                                    11   

               Nephi-Lehi knew this, but this young Kings ability to trust 
               the choices he has made is lacking.  He want to serve his 
               people righteously and up to this point always has.

               A moment goes by while they the final touches are made to 
               their outfits. 

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         Bring it among our people.

               Nephi-Lehi looks a little stunned at his brothers request, 
               as each King is handed an extravagantly decorated sword.

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         See what is in their hearts.

               King Lamoni hangs the sword on his side and walks towards 
               the entrance to the balcony (Nephi-Lehi follows only after 
               he struggles with attaching his sword), where they overlook 
               the giant celebration.

               Lamoni look over at the Temple and up where he will soon 
               address his people, there we see two pillars which put off 
               giant flames that completely light the top of the temple. 

               Nephi-Lehi barely looks out over the people before:

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         Let us go now and address the people.

               Lamoni turns and walks back inside, while Nephi-Lehi takes 
               just another second to look over the celebration, then follows 
               his brother. 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          12   EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS            12   

               Gid and his family have just arrived to the Celebration.  
               Both Amulon and Amoron are carrying swords covered in cloths.  
               Gid looks around in amazement at the number of people 
               gathered, and all of the festivities taking place.

               As Gid takes in the site, his attention, as well as most 
               everyone else, is focused to the side of the temple where a 
               very large group of dancers begins to put on a show. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.29
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          12   CONTINUED:                                                    12   

               ANGLE ON

               this group which is spread out over the distance of the face 
               of the temple and spans most of the upper portion of the 
               temple.  During the dance, the Temple slowly becomes lit up 
               by the dancers who light hundreds of torches that are placed 
               to draw the attention to the top, where the Kings will soon 

               The finally ends with something being thrown into the flames 
               of the two giant pillars, causing a giant fireball to flash  
               and the music stops.  All is quiet.

               ANGLE ON

               The top of the Temple where the Kings Guard walks out to the 
               edge of the top of the temple.

                                     KINGS GUARD
                         Beloved people of Ishmael and of the 
                         Lands of Nephi,
                              (motioning to Lamoni)
                         King Lamoni of Ishmael. 

               As the Guard steps aside, King Lamoni walks out to where his 
               people can all see him.  When he appears, all of the people 
               begin to cheer exceedingly.

                                     KING LAMONI
                              (smiling, holding up 
                              hands to quiet the 

               The crowd becomes quiet once again.

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         I welcome those of you, who have 
                         chosen to come this day.
                         We rejoice in knowing that so many 
                         of this great land have chosen to 
                         open your hearts and trust in the 
                         faith of your God.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.30
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          12   CONTINUED: (2)                                                12   

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                         We have prayed for wisdom in leading 
                         you, our people, righteously.  
                         Believing the reason we have come 
                         together this day, will be a testimony 
                         to God, that we as a people will 
                         never fall away.

               The people begin to cheer.

                                     KING LAMONI (CONT'D)
                              (as the crowd quiets)
                         It is now my honor to introduce to 
                         you my brother, the King of the Lands 
                         of Nephi.

               Again the people begin to cheer, as King Lamoni steps back 
               and Nephi-Lehi steps up.

               He stands there for a moment just looking out over the crowd.  
               It is obvious that even he is amazed at the number of people, 
               too many to fit inside the market area, spilling out past 
               the small wall.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI
                              (motioning for silence)
                         I stand here in amazement at the 
                         number of our people that have 
                         gathered here this day,
                         A great number have traveled many 
                         days, I honor all of you who have 
                         sacrificed to be here.
                         We have gathered together this day 
                         for a great purpose. Not only will 
                         we unit as one people, but we will 
                         show God our true hearts by placing 
                         our weapons of war, 
                              (pointing to opening 
                              at base of temple)
                         deep within the earth, where they 
                         will be clean from stain forever.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.31
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          12   CONTINUED: (3)                                                12   

               Again, the people cheer for a moment then become quiet again 
               as to listen to Nephi-Lehi. However, He just looks out over 
               the people.  His face showing the somber reality.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI (CONT'D)
                              (complete soberness)
                         It is with great regret that I now 
                         bring you this word, which was 
                         delivered from the Sons of Mosiah to 
                         us this day.
                         Our fellow brethren who do not gather 
                         here this day, have taken up arms to 
                         come here and destroy us.
                         It is our belief that our brethren 
                         will be here in two mornings light.

               King Nephi-Lehi is overcome with emotion.

                                     KING NEPHI-LEHI (CONT'D)
                         They have chosen to strike at our 
                         weakness, and we will shall only 
                         have God to protect us.  Still, you 
                         must decide what will be best for 
                         your families...

               ANGLE ON

               Nephi-Lehi who begins to realize that many of his people are 
               moving towards the temple. All of which are men who carry 
               weapons.  As he looks out, men are coming from as far back 
               as he can see.

               Nephi-Lehi looks back at his brother who smiles and bows his 
               head slightly as if to say "now do you see".

               ANGLE ON

               the base of the Temple where the entrance to the Tombs is.  
               Several hundred men are knelt down in prayer.  One by one 
               men begin to rise and walk towards the opening which leads 
               down under the temple.  Each man grabs a unlit tourch and 
               passes it over one of flames at the entrance, then proceeds 
               down into the tomb.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.32
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          12   CONTINUED: (4)                                                12   

               ANGLE ON

               Amulon and Amoron who are behind the line of men covenanting.  
               As the man in front of them stands up they take his place.  
               Amulon takes out his magnificent sword and places in on the 
               ground in front of him, then begins to pray.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and his family who watch the ceremony take place, they 
               all watch reverently. 

               ANGLE ON

               The line of men coming out of the temple, each hands his 
               torch to a man entering the stairway leading down.

               ANGLE ON

               Amulon who's eyes open, as he reaches down to take up his 
               sword.  He then stands and walks to the entrance, where he 
               takes a torch and enters the stairway.


               The stairway must lead 30' underground, there it ends and a 
               doorway leads off to the left.  The doorway leads into a 
               very large stone room, decorated beyond belief.  Intricate 
               carvings of this ceramony cover the walls, along with 
               spectacular murals.

               Amulon looks around the room, which is very well lit by 
               several torches, carried by the other men in the room ahead 
               of him.  Each man places his weapon along the wall opposite 
               the entrance into the room, then leaves.

               Amulon places his sword along the wall then proceeds out of 
               the room. 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          14   EXT. INTERIOR MARKET OF ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS            14   

               Both Kings stand watching the ceremony take place.  Each 
               filled with joy.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.33
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          14   CONTINUED:                                                    14   

                                     KING LAMONI
                         Now let us pray that Ammon returns 

                                                                  FADE OUT:

          15   EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL-- MORNING                    15   

               FADE IN:

               The early morning fog has yet to lift from the ground as Gid 
               swings open the door of his home and briskly runs into the 

                                                                   CUT TO: 


               Gid is running through the woods, ducking under fallen trees 
               and jumping over stumps.  It is obviously that he knows where 
               he is going.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

          17   EXT. WOODED AREA AROUND ISHMAEL CITY -- CONTINUOUS            17   

               Gid comes to an abrupt stop in a small clearing.  He looks 
               carefully around, then closes his eyes and listens to the 
               sounds in the woods.

               O.S. a movement in the brush can be heard.  Gid immediately 
               opens his eyes and whips around prepared to defend himself. 
               Then from behind

                                     JACOB (O.S.)

               As Gid starts to turn around, a blur hits him, knocking him 
               to the ground.

               ANGLE ON

               JACOB has Gid pinned to the ground.  Gid struggles to get 
               free, but Jacob is clearly bigger than Gid. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.34
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          17   CONTINUED:                                                    17   

                                     JACOB (CONT'D)
                              (laughing and proud)
                         The Mighty Jacob goes undefeated!!

               With Gid still struggling to free himself

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Jacob, remove yourself from me!!!
                         You win... get OFF!!

                         Will you serve me as my...

               Then out of nowhere, 

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER

               TEOMNER tackles Jacob, but looses the advantage quickly to 
               Jacob's size.  It only takes a moment for Gid to get up and 
               help Teomner.

               But the struggle is really no use, even at two against one, 
               Gid and Teomner can't overpower Jacob.  The struggle ends 
               with both Gid and Teomner pinned down by Jacob.  Jacob just 
               giggles as both boys struggle to free themselves.  Once the 
               struggle stops, the mood changes.

                         Did you goto the celebration?

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Of course, where you not there?

               Jacob seems a little closed as he gets off of the other two 

                                     YOUNG GID (CONT'D)
                              (sitting up)
                         What is wrong?

               Jacob says nothing while his back is turned, but when he 
               does turn around, tears are running down his face.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.35
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          17   CONTINUED: (2)                                                17   

                                     YOUNG GID (CONT'D)
                              (very concerned)
                         Jacob, what is wrong, why are you 

                         Will we all die?

               Teomner looks at Jacob in disbelief.

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                         What do you mean?

                         When they come to destroy us
                         will we all die?

               Gid and Jacob look at each other.  It is obvious that neither 
               has given the thought since the ceremony.  Both walk to their 
               friend and console him.

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Jacob, all of our weapons of war 
                         have been sealed away, we can not 

                         Really, will they still come to 

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                         If they do, they will leave when 
                         they see we will not fight.

               In the background, towards the city, a loud horn can be heard.  
               All of the boys are startles by the sound.  Gid looks at 

                         Is that coming from the city?

               Neither of the boys replies, but just stand silent, listening 
               for another blow.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.36
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          17   CONTINUED: (3)                                                17   

               Again the Horn drifts through the forest.  Both Gid and 
               Teomner look at each other, then run towards the city.

                                     JACOB (CONT'D)
                              (just standing there)
                         Where are you going? 

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                              (looking over his 
                         Go home Jacob, you'll be safe their.

               Both boys disapear into the forest, while Jacob just stands 
               there watching them. 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          18   INT. GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- MOMENTS LATER                     18   

               Gid barrels through the door 

                                     YOUNG GID

               stopping in the middle of the room, Gid looks around to find 
               the hut empty.

               Again the horn blows, but this time it is louder.  He doesn't 
               think twice before running out of the house.

          19   EXT. OUTSIDE GID'S HOME, ISHMAEL -- CONTINUOUS                19   

               Gid run out of the door and stops, he looks a little 
               distraught.  Looking around he sees nothing, hears nothing.

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER (O.S.)

               Gid turns to see Teomner running towards him

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER (CONT'D)
                         My family is gone, everyone is gone.

                                     YOUNG GID
                         They must be in the city.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.37
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          19   CONTINUED:                                                    19   

               Both boys run off towards the city 

                                                                    CUT TO:


               Hundreds of people are in market, most of the focus is on 
               the giant flat stone that is being lifted into the air.  
               People are working frantically to set the stone in place to 
               seal the burial tomb.

               Suddenly the horn blows again.  Now we can see the men at 
               the top of the Temple who blow the horns. 

               Now any people that are not working on sealing the tomb leave 
               the market area through the gate which leads our of the city.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and Teomner who run into the market.  Both stop and look 
               around at the chaos.

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                         What is happening?

                                     YOUNG GID
                         They are sealing the tomb.

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                         Where is everyone else?

                                     YOUNG GID
                         It looks as though they are leaving 
                         the city.

                                     YOUNG TEOMNER
                         Should we not also leave then?

               Gid thinks for a moment, looking around as if to find the 
               answer.  His focus falls upon the people who are lifting the 
               sealing stone into place.

               With a loud thud and trembling of the earth the stone is 
               dropped perfectly into place.  Gid jumps as he is startled 
               by the magnitude of the event.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.38
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          20   CONTINUED:                                                    20   

               As quickly as the stone is in place, everyone else heads out 
               of the city. 

                                     YOUNG GID
                         Let us not be the only ones left 

               Both boys join the others in leaving the city.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and Teomner who push their way through the others who 
               file out through the small gate.

          21   EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS                 21   

               Once through the gate we see that the people are walking 
               away from the city.  Thousands of people are gathered several 
               hundred yards from the city, all seem to be prostrate upon 
               the ground.

               Gid and Teomner move quickly though the crowd looking for 
               their families.  In doing so the boys become separated, but 
               continue to keep looking.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               LATER                                                         22   

               The tree canopy, looking from the ground up into the sky.

               ANGLE PULLS DOWN

               Several of Ammon's Brethren are sitting on the ground around 
               a campfire.  Some lean against tree stumps, while others are 
               hunched over their knees.  The men seem to be meditating or 
               maybe just sleeping

               Their horses graze on nearby foliage.

               PAN OVER

               to show Ammon kneeling in prayer.  A great light shines down 
               towards him as he prays.  As though only one beam of light 
               is shining through the tree canopy.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.39
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          22   CONTINUED:                                                    22   

               After a few moments the light pulls away, leaving Ammon's 
               surroundings normal.

               ANGLE ON

               the front of Ammon still in prayer.

               Ammon's eyes open abruptly and we see great fear in his eyes.  
               He quickly jumps up and runs towards his camp.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          23   EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- MOMENTS LATER              23   

               Gid has reached the rest of the people who are all prostate 
               on the ground.  He looks out over the thousands of people 
               for his family, but there are just so many people, he'll 
               need to walk among these people to find them.

               Suddenly all becomes quiet.  Gid notices the change and looks 

               ANGLE ON

               The last of the people are kneeling down.  The only other 
               child he sees is Teomner who also looks around.  Both make 
               eye contacts, but are afraid to make any noise, Gid just 
               shrugs his shoulders.

               Then Gid begins to walk towards the front of the people, 
               looking for his family.  Gid looks down at the people.  
               Everyone is here, men, women, and children. It is eery how 
               quiet it is.  Then suddenly, Gid's attention is broken by a 
               deep thundering sound off in the distance, but it is coming 


               We see a great force of men marching line by line.  At the 
               head of this army we see several men on horseback.  All the 
               men carry weapons like: swords, spears or modified clubs.  
               Although this is a great army, they are a barbaric looking 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.40
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          24   CONTINUED:                                                    24   

               ANGLE ON

               Captain Tamal, the leader of the army, who sits high atop 
               his black horse.  He comes to a stop as he looks at the great 
               city whose base is covered in fog.  The entire army comes to 
               a stop behind Tamal.

               Tamal signals his troops to spread out, which they do.  The 
               army now stretches out from right to left as far as can be 
               seen through the fog.

                         This is the city that we have come 
                         to destroy?  

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         This city is to be left standing, 
                         You may have the kings to do with as 
                         you please, But the city remains 

                         How do you plan to take their amry 
                         in this?

               KORHORIAN (a skinny 'stooley' looking fellow, about 35 yr. 
               old)is speaking about the fog, and trying to belittle Tamal.  
               But Tamal does not even address Korhorian.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (to an Archer behind 
                         Go and bring me word on the readiness 
                         of their armies.

               The man puts his bow down and cowers into the fog.

                         How do they even know that we are 
                         Maybe we can take them by surprise.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.41
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          24   CONTINUED: (2)                                                24   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Have you heard the horn?

                         Of course.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         They know we are here.

               Korhorian is somewhat surprised, how would they know in this 

                         Are you sure?

               Tamal doesn't even take the time to answer, instead he just 
               glares at him, almost as if saying, "I should kill you right 

               Suddenly the ARCHER appears from the fog.  White as a ghost,  
               he just looks up at Tamal.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         I gave you an order.

                         Yes captain, I....
                         They are directly in front of us, 
                         I was running towards the city, I 
                         ran right into them.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (very surprised)
                         How many?

                         All of them I think, But captain 
                         they are all down on their knees,
                         Men, women, and even children.

                         It is a trap!
                         we must retreat.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.42
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          24   CONTINUED: (3)                                                24   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Will our arrows reach them?

               The Archer looks horrified.

                         Yes captain, but I did not see a 
                         weapon, I do not think they are here 
                         to fight.

               Tamal ignores everything after Yes and proceeds with the 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (to the archers)
                         Fire directly ahead, as far as your 
                         arrows will carry.

               All of the archers load their weapon and draw. 

                         But Captain, 
                         please you must at least..

               Before the man can complete his plea, Tamal's sword end the 
               arches life.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL

                                                                    CUT TO:

          25   EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS                 25   

               The sound of Tamal's order is clearly heard.  Gid now stands 
               much closer to the front his people.  He is horrified at the 
               sound of Tamal's voice.

               But again all is quiet, for the moment, then hundreds of 
               arrows pierce the veil of fog and strike all around him.

               Gid is horrified as he looks around.  Many of the arrows hit 
               their target.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.43
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          25   CONTINUED:                                                    25   


               Tamal looks into the fog, listening for something.  But 
               nothing is heard.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         You missed them,
                         fire again!

               Again the men load and fire, and again their is no sound.

               Tamal is becoming very angry.

                         There is nobody out there.

               Tamal just stares ahead

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         They are out there.
                         Ready Arms!

               All men pull out their weapons. 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)

               MASTER ANGLE

               The barbaric army wastes no time in charging towards the 
               unknown.  A giant roar is all that can be heard.

               Tamal watches thousands of men run past him.

          27   EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS                 27   

               Gid stands there in horror as the giant roar heads his way.  
               He immediatly looks at Teomner who seems to also be frozen 
               in his tracks, white as a ghost.

               Then suddenly the barbarians break through the fog, falling 
               upon the prostrate people. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.44
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          27   CONTINUED:                                                    27   

               Gid scans the crowd, watching the horrific slaughter of his 
               people.  The men just keep coming from the fog.  Suddenly 
               his focus changes to one of the Lamanite Soldiers that ends 
               a life with every swing of the sword. The hatred and anger 
               are obvious with each stroke. 

               The a man catches his eye, Gid see's his Father who is only 
               20 or so feet away, right in the line of destruction of the 
               Soldier he has been fixated on.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid, who has now turned pale white, he has just realized 
               that his father is next in line to be slain.

                                     YOUNG GID

               Gid runs towards his father.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid's Father who is still praying, and never see's the blade 
               coming.  The Lamanite makes the pass, slicing Gid's fathers 
               chest and neck open.  Then lifts the sword high above his 
               head preparing to finish the job. 

               Suddenly Gid is on top of his father hunched over the lifeless 
               body.  Gid holds his hand up, looking directly into the eyes 
               of the Lamanite 

                                     YOUNG GID (CONT'D)
                         Please, please

               ANGLE ON

               the Lamanite's face turns from an evil vengeance look to a 
               lost child's face.  Slowly he lowers the sword, finally 
               releasing it to fall to the ground.

               The Lamanite turns and looks around, seeing the destruction 
               and life loss, he falls to his knees crying, begging for 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.45
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          27   CONTINUED: (2)                                                27   

                                     LAMANITE SOLDIER #1
                         God please forgive me...

               Gid looks at the soldier for a moment in total confusion.  
               Then looks around to see that many of the Lamanite men are 
               just looking around, some are even trying to stop others.

               But men are still charging from the fog.

               ANGLE ON

               LAMANITE SOLDIER #2 who is looking out over the prostrate 
               people, then looks back towards the Lamanite Army that is 
               still pouring out from the fog.  His attention is focused on 
               one man who has hate in his eyes and is pushing his way 
               through the other men, just to get to some fresh blood.

               Lamanite soldier #2 runs to intercept this man, only finding 
               that he ends up in a fight with him, having to kill him in 
               order to stop him.

               Other men to are also trying to stop the bloodshed, some 
               have just fallen to the ground in guilt.

               ANGLE ON

               Tamal towering over Lamanite Soldier #1

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Get up you coward

               The Lamanite Soldier looks up at the Captain and then begins 
               to pray like the other Nephi-Lehi People.

               Tamal is furious and kicks the the Lamanite Soldier in the 
               face, slicing his face open.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         You cowards fight!!

               No normal sounds of battle can be heard, no clanging of metal, 
               no cries of death.. Just silence..


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.46
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          27   CONTINUED: (3)                                                27   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         Finish them all!!  Take this City, I 
                         command you..

               All the Lamanites just stand there.  Even they can see they've 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         Keep fighting!

               Tamal moves his horse into a better position and slays one 
               of the Anti Nephi Lehi People still praying, then another.

               His anger just keeps growing.  Finally it grows so large he 
               starts slaying his own soldiers for just standing there. 

               The Captain yells at one of his own soldiers to kill a man 
               he stands next to. 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         Kill that man!

               But the soldier just shrugs his shoulders.

                                     LAMANITE SOLDIER #2
                         He's not armed, non of these people 
                         are armed.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Then you can take his place.

               Tamal runs him through.  The soldier stands there for a moment 
               then falls to his knees, eventually dying and falling over.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                              (yelling at all the 
                         You cowards!
                         LAMONI!, This is not the end, I will 
                         be back. 

               Tamal turn and leaves the battle field, most of the men 
               follow, but many stay behind.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.47
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          27   CONTINUED: (4)                                                27   

                                                                  FADE OUT:

          28   EXT. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- LATER                      28   

               People are wandering through the thousand and five lifeless 
               bodies.  Some are looking for loved ones, while others are 
               just trying to make sense of it all.

               ANGLE ON

               a mother sobbing while holding her lifeless infant child in 
               her arms.  Next to her we see another young child lying still 
               on the ground. 

               ANGLE PULL BACK 

               to show two men come up to the sobbing mother.  One man leans 
               over to console the woman, the other picks up the lifeless 
               child lying on the ground.

               As the man turns the child over, we realize it is Jacob.  He 
               was killed by an arrow through the chest.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                                      END OF ACT ONE
                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.48
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               DAY                                                           29   

               Thousands of people are led by Ammon and his Brethren.  These 
               people are carrying, pushing, and pulling all of their most 
               valuable possessions, which include clothes, children, 
               animals, etc..  Some of the people are very sad, while other 
               are just plain sad looking.  It is obvious that these people 
               have been walking for days, if not weeks or even months.

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         In the Fifteenth Year of the Reign 
                         of Judges, Ammon led the People of 
                         Anti_Nephi_Lehi out of Ishmael.  
                         After several weeks of walking, we 
                         reached Zarahemla, only to be welcomed 
                         with love and honor by the Nephites

          30   EXT. OUTSIDE THE GREAT CITY OF ZARAHEMLA -- MORNING           30   

               Establishment shot of the great city of Zarahemla, with the 
               Anti Nephi Lehi People gathered in a large open area in front 
               of the city. 

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         The Nephite people, hearing of the 
                         great injustice, elected to give the 
                         Lands of Jershon to this our 
                         covenanted people as an inheritance.

          31   INT. KING'S CONFERENCE ROOM ZARAHEMLA -- LATER                31   

               Ammon and the King's meet and embrace.  It is a comforting 

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         With one agreement: Being that we 
                         might give a portion of our entire 
                         substance to support the Nephite 
                         Armies that would in return protect 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.49
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          31   CONTINUED:                                                    31   

                                     GID (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         It wasn't long after our arrival, 
                         that the Nephites gave our people a 
                         new name: The People Of Ammon.

               LATER                                                         32   

               Again the people are traveling.  Here we see more joy and 
               overall happiness.  Spirits are higher now and children are 
               playing little games while they walk. 

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         It was not many years after we had 
                         settled in Jershon that we were forced 
                         to relocate North, to the city of 
                         Melek, where the Nephite's could 
                         better protect us.
                         It was there that my people called 
                         home.  For thirteen harvest seasons 
                         it was there that we lived in peace 
                         and harmony,
                         Until one day at the beginning of 
                         harvest season that all changed. 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          33   INT. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS -- DAY                             33   

               A large open room with stone seating built into the exterior 
               wall, where a hundred or more men site. At the head of the 
               room is an elevated stage, upon the elevation sits a group 
               of 7 stone chairs, all occupied save the one in the middle, 
               the one of authority.

               At the head of the room we see Amoron, Gid's grandfather, 
               among the men. All of the men at the head are distinguished 
               and honorable looking me, all well dressed in stature.

               CYDEL is one of the men seated upon the stage, He currently 
               address' the group. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.50
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          33   CONTINUED:                                                    33   

                         This is where you are wrong my friend, 
                         This is not a tradition we live, 
                         this is a covenant we took, a promise 
                         which each one of us have made to 
                         God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                         I would not think thirteen harvest 
                         seasons would be long enough for us 
                         to forget.

               From within the crowd on the floor.

                                     AMMONITE #1
                         Your Honor, I fear that by allowing 
                         our brothers to die this day, by 
                         standing here in the cloak of safety 
                         in which our brothers provide each 
                         of us, we will surely be judged. So 
                         which is worse.
                              (beat, looking at the 
                         I would rather fight for my liberties 
                         and loose my life then be judged for 
                         my sins of omission.

               Many of the men agree. Defeated, Cydel shakes his head an 
               sits down.

                                     AMMONITE #2
                         Even Judge Moroni has been called 
                         back to Zarahemla. It is clear our 
                         brothers can bare no more. We can no 
                         longer stand by and watch the Nephite 
                         people fall, as we will surely be 

               The motivation is growing.

               ANGLE ON

               Amoron who slowly stands up and walks to the edge of the 
               stage. In response the crowd quickly quiets. The respect is 

               Those who are not immediately quite are shunned by the others, 
               Amoron is going to speak.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.51
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          33   CONTINUED: (2)                                                33   

               Amoron peers our over the men in deep thought. Humbly he 

                                     AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER
                         Many words of truth have been spoken 
                         here this day. If I were a younger 
                         man, I might also be inclined to 
                         take up arms again to defend our 
                         There is little more to be said here, 
                         now. So let us return to our homes 
                         and families, let each on of us pray 
                         diligently to our God and ask him 
                         what he would have you do.
                         A new Judge should arrive here from 
                         Zarahemla before first moons light. 
                         At this time let us gather together 
                         once again to discuss this matter.
                         May god be with you.

               The mood has become somber. Each man quietly leaves the 
               council chambers.

               Each of the council members rise and gather in a circle on 
               the stage.

                         Brother Amoron, those were wise words, 
                         I commend you.

                                     AMORON - GID'S GRANDFATHER
                         I know that this group is divided 
                         even unto us. But I know the one 
                         place we can each go to find truth. 
                         I pray that each of us will find 
                         that truth on our knees before we 
                         meet again.

               Amoron turns and walks from the circle. Each man respectfully 
               bows his head to Amoron.

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.52
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          33   CONTINUED: (3)                                                33   

          34   EXT. OUTSIDE CITY OF MELEK -- DAY                             34   



               LATER                                                         35   

               ANGLE ON

               The 2000, all moving forward at half-march.

                                      END OF ACT TWO
                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.53
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          


                                        ACT THREE


               The 2K Warriors are marching out of Melek.

               Thousands of family & friends watch as their salvation marches 
               off to battle.

               ANGLE ON

               Sariah and Isabel, who watch there best fiends leave for an 
               indefinite amount of time.

                              (teary eyed)
                         I can't believe they're going

               Sariah consoles Isabel as they watch the 2K disappear out of 
               the city.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          37   EXT. HIGHWAY TO JUDEA -- CONTINUOUS                           37   

               2K Stripling Warriors march their way to Judea, in an attempt 
               to support the Army's of Antipus.

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.)
                         In the 26th Year of the Reign of 
                         Judges Helaman led our small army of 
                         two thousand young men along a narrow 
                         stretch of highway to the city of 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          38   EXT. CITY OF JUDEA -- MORNING                                 38   

               Establish City of Judea, We see a great unfortified city. 

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.)
                         We marched for what seemed like weeks, 
                         before reaching the unfortified city.  


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.54
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          38   CONTINUED:                                                    38   

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         We were only there a short time before 
                         it became obvious that we were sent 
                         hear to help fortify the city.                         *
                         Although it wasn't a problem for any 
                         of us, for we knew that this city 
                         would play a major role in taking 
                         back the city of Antiparah.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          39   EXT. DRY MOAT OF FORTIFICATION WALL, JUDEA -- DAY             39   

               Hundreds of the stripling warriors are fortifying the walls 
               around Judea.  Digging dry moats, throwing the dirt from the 
               excavation up to form an inner embankment. 

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.)
                         Over a year had passed before we 
                         completed the fortification, and 
                         still we had never seen battle.

          40   EXT. OPEN FIELD INSIDE JUDEA -- CONTINUOUS                    40   

               An open field being used to train the 2K warriors for combat 
               and the use of different weapons.

               ANGLE ON

               Two Nephite Soldiers, demonstrating the use of a sling.  The 
               man swings the sling high above, releasing....

               ANGLE ON

               A tree, with a white circle painted in the center and the 
               large rock from the sling striking directly into the painted 

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.)
                         And because none of us had ever seen 
                         battle before, It was a time of 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.55
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          40   CONTINUED:                                                    40   

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         Learning not only to use different 
                         weapons, but strategic warfare, 
                         although we hadn't been given the 
                         chance to use any of our knowledge

                                                                    CUT TO:

          41   INT. STRATEGIC TENT OF ANTIPUS, JUDEA -- CONTINUOUS           41   

               Antipus stands at the edge of a large table.  Which atop is 
               a large map of the surrounding areas.  Including: highways, 
               cities, bodies of water, and mountainous terrain.

               Antipus, along with two captains, neither of which are 
               Helaman's son's, move small figurines around on the map.  It 
               is obvious that they are talking about strategic moves against 
               the Lamanites. 

                                     NARRATOR (V.O.)
                         Once the city became fortified we 
                         began receiving reinforcements and 
                         supplies daily.
                         It wasn't long before our spies told 
                         us that the Lamanites were beginning 
                         to grow uneasy.
                         We knew at that time that it wouldn't 
                         be long until we would go to battle 

                                     ANTIPUS'S 1ST CAPTAIN
                         We must move now, if we expect to 
                         have the advantage over the Lamanite's

               Antipus is showing concern with the idea

                         I will not lead my men or Helaman's 
                         son's to their death.

                                     ANTIPUS'S 1ST CAPTAIN
                         We will not receive anymore 
                         reinforcements until after harvest, 
                         and that may be too late.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.56
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          41   CONTINUED:                                                    41   

               Antipus stares at the map for a moment when suddenly.

                         How quickly can the Lamanites be 
                         prepared to battle?

                                     ANTIPUS'S 1ST CAPTAIN
                         Our spies have informed us that the 
                         quickest they can be ready, is half 
                         a day.

               Antipus studies the map again then a smile comes across his 

               Antipus turns to one of two guards standing at the entrance 
               to the tent.

                         Bring Helaman here immediately

               The guard nods his head and proceeds out of the tent.

               ANGLE ON ANTIPUS

               who stands at front of the table with a satisfied look on 
               his face.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          42   EXT. OPEN FIELD INSIDE JUDEA -- MOMENTS LATER                 42   

               Gid, Teomner, Abrim, Jarius, Tyrus and Timothy  stand facing 
               the tree on which the white target has been painted.

               The other boys quietly watch 

               Jarius loads up the sling and fires it towards the tree, but 
               misses it by several feet.

                                     SW TYRUS
                         Oh!  That was pathetic.

                                     SW JARIUS
                         Let's see you do better


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.57
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          42   CONTINUED:                                                    42   

               Jarius throws the sling at Tyrus.  Hitting Tyrus directly in 
               the chest.

               Tyrus picks up a rock from the pile on the ground and loads 
               the sling.  Then whips the sling around and around, releasing 

               ANGLE ON

               The painted tree, as the rock goes sailing by, missing it by 
               several feet.

               ANGLE BACK ON 

                                     SW JARIUS (CONT'D)
                         Oh!  That was pathetic

               Tyrus looks at Jarius

                                     SW TYRUS
                         Well I knew I couldn't do any worse 
                         than you
                         I don't think anyone could make this 
                         thing work right

               Teomner eyes the sling for a moment then

                         Tyrus?  Let me see it

               Teomner loads up the sling and gets use to the feel of it as 
               he swings it around and around.  He takes his time just 
               feeling the rhythm.

                                     SW TYRUS
                         It's not going to jump out of the 
                         sling by itself.

               Teomner looks at Tyrus and smiles, then briefly looks at the 
               tree then releases

               ANGLE ON THE TREE

               KNOCK!  The rock hits dead center chipping a large piece of 
               the painted bark off


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.58
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          42   CONTINUED: (2)                                                42   

               ANGLE ON 

               The very surprised boys, who immediately run up to the tree 
               to check out the damage done. 

                                     SW JARIUS
                         Oh man!  He hit it dead center

                                     SW ABRIM
                              (looking at teomner)
                         How did you do that?
                         Can you do it again?

               Teomner leaves the other boys still looking at the tree, and 
               walks back to the pile of rocks, picking out a perfect rock 
               and loading it in the sling.

               The boys are still going nuts over the fact that Teomner 
               actually hit the tree.

               Teomner swings the rock around, getting the sling up to speed 
               then eyes the tree.

               At the same time the boys realize Teomner is going to shoot 
               the rock at them, Teomner releases the sling.  All either 
               dive to the side or flinch enough to turn their backs.

               ANGLE ON

               the tree, KNOCK!  Again the rock hits dead center

               The boys should be upset, but they are all stunned that 
               Teomner hit the tree again.  And dead center again!

               Gid looks back at Teomner and shakes his head

                                     HELAMAN (O.S.)
                         It looks like one of my sons has 
                         learned to use the sling

               It's obvious that they are in a military setting, because 
               all of the boys have focused their attention on Helaman, and 
               the only one to speak is Gid.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.59
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          42   CONTINUED: (3)                                                42   

                         Father, so far Teomner is the only 
                         one to successfully hit the target

               Helaman walks over to Teomner

                         More than once?

                         Two times

                         And how many times have you attempted?

                         Two times

                              (no expression)
                         When you can hit the mark ten time 
                         in a row, You will be ready to use 
                         the sling in battle.

               As Helaman talks with the boys, Antipus's guard enters the 
               scene.  He walks up and stands directly next to Helaman.

               Helaman turns to the guard.

                                     ANTIPUS'S GAURD
                         Captain Helaman, Antipus requests 
                         your presence.

               Helaman turns to the boys

                         Good job, continue on

               Helaman follows the guard off scene

                                                                    CUT TO:


               Antipus in now sitting at another smaller table eating.  His 
               Chief Captains are no longer in the tent.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.60
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          43   CONTINUED:                                                    43   

               ANGLE ON

               The entrance to the tent, where Helaman walks through followed 
               by the guard who takes his place back at the entrance.

               MASTER ANGLE

               Shows the entire tent from the opposite end of Antipus

                              (getting up)
                         I have some exciting news

               Antipus directs Helaman to the Map on the table

                                     ANTIPUS (CONT'D)
                         I have found a way to keep your young 
                         warriors our of harms way, when we 
                         take Antiparah

               Helaman looks with anticipation


               looking down on map table, where we see a simplistic map of 
               central america.  Showing Judea, Antiparah and several wooden 
               figures that obviously represent armies or cities

               Antipus points to and moves the wooden figures around with a 
               short stick.

                                     ANTIPUS (CONT'D)
                         In order for us to successfully defeat 
                         The largest Lamanite Army, we must 
                         first draw them out of Antiparah
                         Far enough away that we are on neutral 

               While explaining the stratagems, Antipus moves the wooden 
               figures accordingly.

                         I agree, but how do we draw them 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.61
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          43   CONTINUED: (2)                                                43   

                         If you take your two thousand son's 
                         and a small convoy of supplies to 
                         the city here, by the north shores
                              (pointing to map)
                         You will have to march right past 

               Antipus starts to pace as he talks 

                                     ANTIPUS (CONT'D)
                         Now our spies have informed us that 
                         it will take the Lamanites half a 
                         day to be ready to march, once they 
                         decide to leave
                         Once the Lamanites have sought after 
                         you, I will take my men and come at 
                         them from behind.  Which should keep 
                         you out of harms way.

               Antipus returns to the table

                                     ANTIPUS (CONT'D)
                         My army will march here in the lower 
                         This will give us the advantage.  
                         Once we are far enough away from 
                         Antiparah, they will have no choice 
                         but to turn and fight.
                         At which time your army should still 
                         be half a days march ahead.

               Antipus is very confident that this is a great plan and stands 
               there with a very satisfied look on his face.

                         When do we leave?

                         My men will be prepared to leave 
                         tomorrow, So you will leave at first 
                         mornings light.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.62
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          43   CONTINUED: (3)                                                43   

               Helaman gives Antipus a half nod.

                         We will be ready

                                                                    CUT TO:

          44   EXT. OPEN FIELD INSIDE JUDEA -- MORNING                       44   

               The 2K Warriors are lined up and prepared to leave on their 
               march to the city on the north shore. 

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman, who has just come from his tent near the head of 
               the 2K.  Helaman walks up some stairs to address them.  All 
               of the 2K listen with anticipation.

                         My two thousand sons,

               Helaman pauses and looks out over his 2000 son's.  His emotion 
               boils up inside.  Although he wants to weep at the thought 
               that in a few days any of his sons could be dead,  he shows 
               joy that they will soon be doing what they left home to do, 
               defend their country. 


                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         This is a proud day for each one of 
                         us.  We have been given the honor of 
                         drawing out the Greatest Armies of 
                         the Lamanites.
                         Leading them away from their 
                         stronghold in which they have cowardly 
                         hidden themselves for so long.

               Helaman pause to gather his thoughts,

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         When we leave here today, we will be 
                         at the mercies of God.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.63
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          44   CONTINUED:                                                    44   

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         Your faith is strong, and your love 
                         is great. I pray at this time that 
                         each one of you is delivered back 
                         here safely.  
                         Now you know that Antipus will do 
                         everything in his power to keep us 
                         out of danger.
                         For he holds each one of your lives 
                         sacred, as do I.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          45   INT. LAMANITE MEETING ROOM, ANTIPARAH -- LATER                45   

               Captain Tamal and ZARIN sit at a large table, consuming a 
               beastly feast.  Both eat like savages, frankly both are 

               They are accompanied by several equally dreadful men, who 
               surround a great table in a large tent.

               All the men are laughing at what seems to be a sick reference 
               to another man at the table.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Although Janarius is unfit to lead 
                         the armies of the Lamanites, I believe 
                         the Zoramite's would find him a asset 
                         to there movement.

               JANARIUS is a portly fellow, quite able to make any other 
               man at this table take back their words.  But he is too timid 
               to do so.

                                     CAPTIAN ZERIN
                         If in fact they could get him to do 
                         anything besides eat their food.

               All of the men at the table belly laugh at the comments.  It 
               is clear that each man respects the other only out of shear 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.64
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          45   CONTINUED:                                                    45   

               A scrawny old man enters the tent via the entrance.  He 
               timidly passes behind the three men sitting on that side of 
               the table.  As he passes, MANARIUS throws a half gnawed 
               chicken bone at him.  Hitting the old man in the head.  While 
               many of the men laugh.

               Immediately Captain tamal reacts to the situation, as all 
               the men quickly quiet themselves.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (Fire in his voice)
                         Manarius!  Leave my presence at once!

               Manarius is enraged by the events, but also terrified at the 
               possibilities, and slithers out of the tent.

               The old man gets up, pulls the chicken out of his mangy  
               hair and walks over to Captain tamal.

               Captain tamal has some genuine care for this elderly man, or 
               does he? 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         Are you alright my friend?

                                     ELDERLY MAN
                              (head low, quite voice)
                         Yes master
                         I bring word from your spies near 

               Captain tamal looks surprised

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                              (looking around table)
                         What word have you?

                                     ELDERLY MAN
                         The spies bring word that Antipus 
                         sends supplies to a city by the north 

               Captain tamal thinks about the opportunities


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.65
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          45   CONTINUED: (2)                                                45   

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         That will bring them near Antiparah, 
                         will it not?

                                     ELDERLY MAN
                         It seems as though they are going to 
                         pass by Antiparah at first mornings 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         And what have they to protect these 

                                     ELDERLY MAN
                         Two thousand boys armed for battle

               Captain tamal find great amusement in the mere possibilities.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Is Antipus toying with us?
                         Does he think our armies so incapable?

               Captain tamal thinks for a moment then a stroke of brilliance

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL (CONT'D)
                         If Antipus's supplies are in such 
                         great volume, Then let us take what 
                         he does not want.
                              (To Captain Zarin)
                         You will take those supplies tomorrow, 
                         and destroy the small army of 

               ANGLE ON

               The evil Captain Zerin, with a devilish look of gratitude

                                     CAPTIAN ZERIN
                         I will spare none, save it be by                       *

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.66
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          45   CONTINUED: (3)                                                45   

          46   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- MORNING                        46   

               Antipus and his Captains are sitting around an early morning 
               campfire, none of them speak, but all look exhausted.

               From the background a man appears and hurries to Antipus's 

                                     ANTIPUS'S SPY
                              (quietly,a whisper)
                         The Lamanites are gone, they must 
                         have left before sunrise. 

               Antipus's face turns pale with fear.  He may already be too 
               late, and he knows it.

                         Ready the men!  We must catch them, 
                         if it's not already too late.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          47   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- DAY                            47   

               The quiet highway runs a ways off from Antiparah, but none 
               the less the great city towers in the background.


               Shows how quiet the area can be UNTIL thousands of pairs of 
               feet stampede past.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          48   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- CONTINUOUS                     48   

               Helaman and Gid are on the opposite side of the road watching 
               the boys flee from the Lamanites.  Helaman is paying much 
               more attention to the boys than Gid, and is singling out 
               certain ones as they run past. 

                              (yelling and motioning)
                         Jarius!  Come here
                         Abrim, Here!


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.67
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          48   CONTINUED:                                                    48   

               Each of the boys make there way over to Helaman and Gid.

               Once Teomner, Abrim, Jarius, Timothy and Tyrus are with 
               Helaman and Gid, Helaman addresses the boys.

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         We will take up the rear,
                         So if the Lamanites do catch us, we 
                         will have to turn and fight
                         This may give the rest of the boys 
                         time to escape.

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                              (to Gid)
                         You are in charge here,
                         I will be riding back and forth, so 
                         watch for my signals 

               Most of Helaman's sons have now past, so Gid and the rest 
               join in the rear.  All of them disappear into the wilderness, 
               save Helaman who stops at the edge of the opening of the 
               entrance into the wilderness.

               Helaman watches for a few moments, then rides off into the 


               Helaman rides his horse through the wilderness, catching up 
               with the 2K Warriors.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          50   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- MOMENTS LATER                  50   

               Once again this area is quiet and peaceful.  But like before  
               a rumble grows in the background to a deep rolling thunder.

               ANGLE ON

               The Lamanite's running through the area that Helaman and Gid 
               stood only minutes ago.  The savage Lamanite men are in 
               pursuit of Helaman and his army.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.68
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          50   CONTINUED:                                                    50   

               Captain Zarin sits high atop his giant midnight black horse, 
               he yells at the Lamanite Warriors

                                     CAPTIAN ZERIN
                         Faster!  We must catch them by sun 

               Zarin, although stern with his men, smiles because he knows 
               they are within reach of Helaman's army.

               Zarin watches the giant army run down the highway into the 
               wilderness.  He continues to yell at the men as they pass

                                     CAPTIAN ZERIN (CONT'D)
                         Catch them by sun down or none of 
                         you will eat this night.

               Zarin has the look of the devil in his eyes as he catches a 
               glimpse of something not right in his peripheral view.

               Zarin immediately looks to his right in question, then sits 
               tall to get a better look back down the highway.  His face 
               turns to shock, then anger.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          51   EXT. WILDERNESS HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- LATER               51   

               Helaman  and his 2K sons wait with anticipation.  None are 
               running, but just standing in an wooded area awaiting 
               Helaman's orders

                                                                    CUT TO:


               Helaman looks up into a tree, where Timothy stand perched, 
               looking back through the woods.

               Timothy turns and looks down to Helaman

                                     SW TIMOTHY
                         I still do not see anyone

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.69
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          52   CONTINUED:                                                    52   


               Helaman looks out over his young sons, then looks down at 
               Gid.  Helaman thinks for a moment then addressed the boys

                         We have stood here idle for much 
                         time, and still the Lamanites have 
                         not fallen upon us.
                         We know not why they have halted, 
                         unless it is for the purpose that we 
                         might come against them.
                         Therefore, what say ye my sons, will 
                         ye go against them to battle?

                         Father, our God is with us, and he 
                         will not suffer that we should fall; 
                         we would not slay our brethren if 
                         they would let us alone, therefore 
                         let us go defend our liberty and the 
                         covenants of our fathers.

               Teomner steps up and delivers an equally powerful message to 
               Helaman and his peers.

                         Our mothers have always taught us, 
                         that if we do not doubt, God will 
                         deliver us;
                         We are not here because of our desire 
                         to shed blood, but our desire to 
                         live in peace.
                         None of us have ever fought with 
                         weapons such as these, yet we do not 
                         fear death, because we know that no 
                         matter what happens here today, we 
                         are doing what is right.  For this 
                         our mothers taught us, and we do not 
                         doubt our mothers.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.70
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          53   CONTINUED:                                                    53   

               All of the boys cheer, because they agree and will follow 

               Helaman is proud of his young sons and knows that now is the 
               time to move.

                         Then let us go and defend our liberty.

               Helaman pulls out a giant sword and raises it above his head.

               ANGLE ON 

               the warriors who also hold their weapons above their head, 
               and are yelling

                                     STRIPLING WARRIORS GROUP 25

                                                                    CUT TO:

          54   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- MOMENTS LATER                  54   

               A great battle has ensued between Antipus's army and the 


               to show a montage of different parts of the battle scene.  
               Both Lamanites and Nephites fall to the sword.

               ANGLE ON

               Antipus, who is fighting intensely from the top of his horse.  
               Although the two armies are about the same size, the Lamanites 
               seem to be doing better.

               Antipus slays several men before he becomes completely 
               outnumbered.  Several men attack him at once, pulling him 
               off of his horse and slaying him.

               Many of the Nephites become confused, and without leadership 
               begin to retreat.  And the ones that don't are being killed 
               easily.  It's not long before many of the Nephites are being 
               chased by Lamanites.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.71
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          54   CONTINUED:                                                    54   

               ANGLE ON 

               Helaman and his Two Thousand that enter the battlefield from 
               behind the Lamanites.  All stand there in amazement of the 
               number of dead people.  But Helaman realizes that they must 
               act quickly in order to make any difference

                              (to his sons)

               The 2K run onto the battlefield and cut through the Lamanites 
               like butter.


               to show a montage of the 2K fighting like warriors.  With 
               the power of God on their side, they are invincible.  Although 
               several get cut or bruised.  Non is seriously injured.

               It is only a minute before the 2K have cut the Lamanite army 
               in half.  And by this time the Nephite army has returned to 
               help the 2K.

               The scene wraps up as the last of the Lamanites surrender to 
               the 2K and the Nephites, because they are surrounded.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          55   EXT. WILDERNESS HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- LATER               55   

               Helaman sits on a fallen tree away from the immediate battle 
               field.  He stares off into nowhere, as he awaits the word on  

               It is only a moment before Gid comes over to bring him word

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who has just walked up to Helaman

                         All of the men have been accounted 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.72
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          55   CONTINUED:                                                    55   

               Helaman slowly looks up at Gid, it is obvious that he doesn't 
               want to hear the news.

                         How many souls?

                         Most of the Lamanite Army, 
                         There are only a few hundred men 
                         Half of the Nephite army was killed, 
                         including Antipus and all of his 

               Helaman looks at the ground, he doesn't want to have to ask 
               the question

                         How many of my sons have died this 

               A moment passes then 

               ANGLE PULLS OUT


               Helaman looks up, tears fill his eyes


                         None Father,
                         Most have been injured, but none 
                         have died.

               Helaman can hardly move, he is filled with immense joy.  A 
               moment passes while we feel the joy.

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.73
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          55   CONTINUED: (2)                                                55   

          56   INT. LAMANITE MEETING ROOM, ANTIPARAH -- CONTINUOUS           56   

               Captain tamal again sits around this large table with several 
               of the same men.  However, this time no food is being 
               consumed.  This is a formal meeting.

               The men are being addressed by Tamal's Chief councilman 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL'S CHIEF COUNCILMNAN
                         The Nephites have already killed or 
                         taken prisoner most of the men that 
                         defended Antiparah.  If they attack 
                         us we will fall to them.

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         How soon can we get men here from 

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL'S CHIEF COUNCILMNAN
                         Ammoron already sent all the men 
                         from Manti to help fortify !!!

               Tamal is furious, and would do virtually anything else before 
               giving the City of Antiparah back to the Nephites.  But he 
               has run out of options.  Tamal stands up

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Then send out word, we abandon the 
                         City of Antiparah in two days light.

               He then storms out of the tent.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          57   EXT. OPEN FIELD INSIDE JUDEA -- DAY                           57   

               Gid and Teomner are practicing the use of the bow and arrow.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid as he draws the arrow back and lines up and then releases

               ANGLE ON

               A Target mad of Straw, as the arrow slices directly into the 
               area painted with red dye.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.74
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          57   CONTINUED:                                                    57   

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who loads another arrow, then draws it back

               FOCUS BACK

               To show Teomner also in full draw.  Both concentrate as some 
               commotion takes place in the background.  Both release.

               FOCUS ON

               An army that comes through the gate into Judea.  6K men enter 

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and Teomner as they place their weapons down and walk 
               over to where Helaman stands to greet the men.

                         More reinforcements?

                         I received word at first light that 
                         they would be coming,
                         This brings our numbers up to nearly 
                         Ten Thousand

               Gid smiles at Helaman in amazement, then looks out over the 

               It is only a moment or two before Gid's face becomes 


               Gid turns to Helaman

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Did you know about this?


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.75
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          57   CONTINUED: (2)                                                57   

                         It seems as though Sixty more of 
                         your young Ammonite brothers have 
                         come to join us.

               Gid looks at Teomner and both run out to greet their brothers.

               ANGEL ON

               Haran, the young boy who was unable to join his brothers the 
               first time around, because he was unable to lift anyone around 
               him.  Who now stands much taller and stronger than before

                         Gid!  Teomner!

               The boys embrace for a moment, then Gid has so many questions

                         How is Mama and Sariah?
                         How is Isabel?
                         How is everybody?

                         Everyone is well, we each bring 
                         messages from home, but there was no 
                         room to carry them, so each one of 
                         us remembered a few of them.
                         Gid and Teomner, I have messages for 

                         Tell us!  I don't think we can wait 
                         any longer.

               Haran smiles at Gid then looks over his shoulder at Helaman, 
               who stands behind Gid.

                         Let's settle these men and get them 
                         food first.  There will be plenty of 
                         time for catching up latter.

               ANGEL PULLS BACK


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.76
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          57   CONTINUED: (3)                                                57   

               To show the disappointment on Gid and Teomner's faces.

                         Come on let us find a place for you 
                         to settle for the night.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          58   EXT. CAMP FIRE, JUDEA -- NIGHT                                58   

               Teomner, Haran, Abrim, Jarius, Timothy, Tyrus and PATHROS 
               all sit around a large campfire, eating their dinner and 

               Being that Gid is the Captain, he is the last one to get his 
               food.  Gid now joins the circle of friends around the fire.

               Everyone seems to be looking at Gid, and must know something 
               he doesn't.

               Gid looks around the circle.

                         Is there something I should know?

                         Actually, Is there something you 
                         forgot to tell me?

                         I can't think of anything

                                     SW JARIUS
                         I'm surprised he could of forgotten

               All of the boys burst into laughter, while Gid looks at them 
               as if they are crazy

                         You might as well tell me, before I 
                         put you all to work

                         Okay Papa.

               Again all of the boys burst into laughter


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.77
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          58   CONTINUED:                                                    58   

                         Last chance

                                     SW TYRUS
                         He just told you

                         Told me what?

               Gid looks at Haran, he has got to be the one behind this.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         What's going on

                         Well, I kind of told them about home, 
                         and what happened after you left

               Gid is a little worried, so he gets a little angry

                         What happened?

                         Nothing bad!  It's just Isabel

                         What about Isabel?  Is she okay?

                         Yeah she's fine, we were just laughing 
                         about how she's always chasing after 
                         little Gid.

               Gid takes a step back, he hasn't quite made the connection 

                         Little Gid?

               Then it clicks

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         My little Gid?

               He looks at Teomner, who is nodding


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.78
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          58   CONTINUED: (2)                                                58   

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         I'm a Papa?
                         I'm a Papa!!!! 

               Gid is filled with emotions, and can't even speak.  He sits 
               down as his eyes fill with tears.

               Teomner slides over and puts his arm around Gid


               Gid looks at Teomner and they embrace

                                                                    CUT TO:

          59   INT. SMALL BRIDGE, JUDEA -- NIGHT                             59   

               Gid is walking alone in Judea, probably just thinking about 
               home.  Gid stops on a small bridge that spans across an 
               equally small stream.

               Gid looks into the sky at the full moon that hangs over head.  
               A few moment pass before

                         Gid my son,

               Startled, Gid immediately looks over at Helaman.

                         Father, you startled me

               Helaman smiles and joins Gid on the bridge.

                         It is late, why are you not sleeping?

                         I could not sleep, 
                         I often find myself here, It reminds 
                         me of home.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.79
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          59   CONTINUED:                                                    59   

                         Yes, It does look somewhat like Melek 

               A moment passes, as both stare off into the night


                              (looking at Gid)

                          When will we return home?

               Helaman does not have the answer, and would like to be home 
               just as much as Gid.

                         When our work here is done, when the 
                         Lamanites no longer inhabit the 
                         Nephite Lands.

                         I miss my family
                         I miss my wife
                              (tears fill his eyes)
                         I miss my son 

               Helaman takes the opportunity to be a Father to Gid

                         It is not easy being away from home
                         I miss my wife and children too, but 
                         like you once told me, they are the 
                         reason we are here.

                         And I know that no matter how long 
                         we are gone, God will deliver us 
                         back safely, 
                         I just hope it is soon.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.80
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          59   CONTINUED: (2)                                                59   

                         Well like tomorrow, it will arrive 
                         much sooner if you go get some rest.

               Helaman places his hand on Gid's shoulder


                         Good-Night my son.

               Gid walks off the bridge and back towards his tent.

               Helaman watches Gid leave then stares off into space.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          60   INT. GID'S TENT, JUDEA -- MORNING                             60   

               Gid and Teomner are sleeping fast upon the ground inside 
               their tent.

               Gid and Teomner are awakened by Helaman, who pokes his head 
               inside the tent

                         GID!  Be in the tent of Antipus before 
                         your first meal

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who wipes the sleep from his eyes, and looks at the 
               opening of his tent, where Helaman no longer stands.

                         Mama, I don't want to get up

               Gid looks over at Teomner with a look of question.  Then 
               proceeds to get up

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.81
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          60   CONTINUED:                                                    60   

          61   INT. STRATEGIC TENT OF ANTIPUS, JUDEA -- LATER                61   

               Helaman stands at the head of the large map table, studying 
               the figurines and symbols on the map.  One of Antipus's 
               captain's, CAPTAIN JACOB, is listening to Helaman talk

                         Antiparah, Cumeni, and Manti are the 
                         only city's left for us to control.
                         If we gain control of these three 
                         cities, the Nephites will have control 
                         of all of the Lands of Zarahemla.

               ANGEL ON

               Gid who enters the tent, and walks over to the opposite end 
               that Helaman stands on.

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         Chief Captain Gid!

               Gid looks a little stunned

                         Chief Captain?

                         Don't sound so surprised, you have 
                         stood at the head of my young army 
                         for some time now, It's only fitting 
                         that you stand beside me now.

               Gid stands there in amazement, this was the last thing he 
               expected to happen.

                         I will not disappoint you Father 

                         I know.

               Helaman focuses back on the map.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.82
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          61   CONTINUED:                                                    61   

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         Now as we were discussing, our spies 
                         have informed us that the Lamanites 
                         have all but abandoned the City of 
                         While the city of Cumeni has taken 
                         on more people than it can sustain 
                         for any amount of time.
                         That means they will be needing 
                         supplies very soon.  
                         Now if we can stop those supplies 
                         from arriving, I believe the Lamanites 
                         will be forced to fight.

               Helaman thinks for a moment.

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         Gid, you will lead half of the son's 
                         of Ammon along with half of the men 
                         of Antipus down to Antiparah
                         Once there you will secure it and 
                         then come join me in Cumeni, 
                              (pointing to Jacob)
                         Leaving Captain Jacob and all of 
                         Antipus's men there to begin 
                         fortifying it.
                         By the time you arrive we should 
                         have already cut off their supplies 
                         and be awaiting their move.

               Helaman looks at Gid for any questions

                         When do we leave?

                         At first mornings light


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.83
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          61   CONTINUED: (2)                                                61   

               Gid gives Helaman a half nod and turns and walks out of the 

                                                                    CUT TO:

          62   INT. GID'S TENT, JUDEA -- LATER                               62   

               Gid and Teomner are talking.

                         CHIEF CAPTAIN?

               Humbly Gid shrugs his shoulders

                                     TEOMNER (CONT'D)
                         Do you get a horse?

                         I don't know,
                         I think so, every other Chief Captain 

                         You're just lucky I turned it down

                         Turned what down?

                         The Chief Captain position

                         Oh yeah, you were worried about the 
                         horses huh?

               Teomner looks at Gid with a worried look, knowing full well 
               that was reason enough to never want to be a chief captain.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                              (standing up)
                         Come on, let's go.

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.84
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          62   CONTINUED:                                                    62   

          63   EXT. OPEN FIELD INSIDE JUDEA -- MORNING                       63   

               2K Warriors and 6K of Antipus's men are lined up inside the 
               walls of Judea.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and Helaman who sit high atop their own horses.

                         We will be marching together this 
                         day and camping together this first 
                         night.  Come first light we will 
                         separate and head in the direction 
                         of our own destinations.
                         But I would like you to lead this 
                         day, I will take up the rear

               Gid looks confident eager to take on his new position.

                         Yes, Father!

                         Then let us be gone

               Gid gives Helaman a half nod.  Then swings his horse around 
               and faces his men.

                         Let us march this day with pride in 
                         our Liberties.

               Gid looks down at Teomner who now walks beside him.

                                     GID (CONT'D)

               Teomner look like a giddy school boy on the first day of 

                         Yeah, I think so.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.85
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          63   CONTINUED:                                                    63   

                              (w/o hesitation)

               A moment passes, Gid looks down at Teomner


               The entire army marches out of Judea at Half-March.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          64   EXT. HIGHWAY NEAR ANTIPARAH -- DAY                            64   

               Gid leads his men to the city of Antiparah, which is the 
               towering city, just in front of them.

                         The first time I took command of an 
                         army, I was ordered to take a city, 
                         the city that once held the largest 
                         Lamanite Army every to be assembled.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          65   EXT. CITY GATES OF ANTIPARAH -- LATER                         65   

               Gid and his army enter the abandoned city of Antiparah.

                         But when we arrived, it had been 
                         abandoned, except for a few wild 
                         animals that had moved in
                         So as ordered I left Captain Jacob 
                         and his men to fortify the City of 
                         Antiparah, and I took my men to 
                         Cumeni, to meet Helaman.

                                                                    CUT TO:


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.86
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          65   CONTINUED:                                                    65   

          66   EXT. LAND NEAR CUMENI -- NIGHT                                66   

               Gid leads his men in the dark, down a highway lighted only 
               by the moon.  

                         We traveled for eight days before 
                         reaching the Lands of Cumeni.
                         Normally we did not travel in the 
                         dark, but we knew that it was 
                         senseless for us to camp for the 
                         night when we had to be very near 
                         Helaman's camp.

               Gid and his men continue down the dark highway, when out of 
               nowhere hundreds of men surround them.

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman who walks through the line of men that stand in front 
               of Gid.  Helaman  steps out of the shadows, into a beam of 
               moonlight, which lights up his face.


               Gid jumps down off his horse, Helaman strains to see Gid's 


               Helaman looks at the other boys

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         What are you doing traveling at night?

                         We though it senseless to camp when 
                         we knew your camp was so close.

               Helaman is a little upset


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.87
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          66   CONTINUED:                                                    66   

                         You passed our camp shortly after 
                         Sun down.  If Jarius hadn't spotted 
                         you, you would have run into the 
                         front gates of Cumeni before first 

                         That wouldn't have been good

                         Not considering they probably would 
                         have attacked you for your supplies.
                         We have seized two shipments of their 
                         supplies since we have been here.  
                         So they are getting pretty desperate. 
                         Now let us go before we attract any 

               Helaman lead the armies back to his camp.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          67   EXT. HELAMAN'S CAMP, CUMENI -- MORNING                        67   

               Helaman and Gid sit on a few boulders talking.  The early 
               morning fog has yet to lift.  The only background sound is a 
               bird somewhere in the jungle yelling.

                         Our spies have told us that they are 
                         growing weary, and will attack us 
                         before this day is over.

               Gid looks out over the camp of tents.  Only a few tents are 
               visible because of the fog.

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)

               Gid looks at Helaman who is staring off into another direction


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.88
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          67   CONTINUED:                                                    67   

               ANGLE ON

               Ten unarmed Lamanites who are walking unnoticed, up to this 
               point, into Helaman's Camp.

               Helaman and Gid stand to greet them

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)

                                     LAMANITE MESSENGER #1
                         We are looking for the Leader of 
                         this army

                         That is I

               Another Lamanite steps forward to speak to Helaman

                                     LAMANITE MESSENGER #2
                         We have come to ask that you let us 
                         leave the city Cumeni and go to our 
                         homelands unharmed

                         Will you covenant never to take up 
                         arms against the Nephite people again?

                                     LAMANITE MESSENGER #1
                         No!  But we will let you have this 
                         city without war.

               Helaman doesn't hesitate to answer

                         If it is war you choose to avoid, 
                         then lay down your weapon and 
                         surrender this city and all its people 
                         to me.

               The Lamanite Messenger Becomes very angry.  Without so much 
               as a word, the Messenger and his men retreat back to the 
               city of Cumeni.

               Gid and Helaman watch the men and they disappear into the 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.89
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          67   CONTINUED: (2)                                                67   

                         What do you think will happen?

                         I don't know, but we must assume 
                         they are prepared to fight.
                         So let us greet them.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          68   EXT. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- LATER                68   

               Helaman and Gid ride into the small valley that sits outside 
               the entrance to Cumeni.  Behind them comes the large army 
               which they lead.

               Slowly the valley fills with the Nephite Army.  A minute 
               goes by as the last of the army enters.

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman and Gid atop their horses and at the head of their 

                         How long do you think we will be 
                         sitting here?

               Helaman is staring at the Gated Entrance 

                         Not long

                Gid looks where Helaman is staring

               ANGLE ON 

               The Entrance to the City of Cumeni, where we see the great 
               entrance opening.  Once the gate is fully opened, two men 
               come walking out towards Helaman and Gid


               who watch carefully.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.90
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          68   CONTINUED:                                                    68   

                                     TEOMNER (O.S.)
                         Small Army

               ANGEL BACK ON

               The two Lamanite men who are now just in front of Helaman 
               and Gid.

                                     LAMANITE MESSENGER #2
                         We ask that you not shed any blood

                         Are you surrendering?

                                     LAMANITE MESSENGER #2
                         If you will promise not to harm our 
                         people, we will lay down our weapons 
                         and give you this city.

                         Have your men come out of the city 
                         unarmed and line up against the city 

               The Lamanite Messenger gives Helaman a half bow and returns 
               to the city.

                         I had no idea this is what you meant 
                         by greeting them

               Helaman looks at Gid and Smiles

                                                                    CUT TO:

          69   INT. STRATEGIC TENT OF HELAMAN, CUMENI -- NIGHT               69   

               Helaman looks over the Table Map alone, He studies it with a 
               very pleased face.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who enters the tent

                         You wanted to see me?


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.91
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          69   CONTINUED:                                                    69   

                         Yes Gid, please come in

               Gid walks over to the table

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         How long have we been away from home?

               This is a question Gid doesn't have to think about much

                         Three harvests

               Helaman thinks for a moment

                         Are you ready to go home?

                              (with anticipation)

               Helaman thinks about the best way to approach the situation 

                         The Lamanite prisoners are growing 
                         restless, it is taking everyone of 
                         our men with swords to contain them, 
                         and our provisions are not sufficient 
                         for our own people, let alone our 
                         We are faced with the decision of 
                         putting them all to death, or taking 
                         them, with sword in hand to the Land 
                         of Zarahemla.

                         Surely we will take them to Zarahemla, 
                         For we gave our word not to shed 
                         their blood.

               Helaman considers the problem at hand, but we know that he 
               already has made a decision


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.92
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          69   CONTINUED: (2)                                                69   

                         I received word from Moroni this 
                         day, he has informed me that the 
                         King-men have overthrown Pahoran, 
                         and driven him and his supporters 
                         from Zarahemla to the land of Gideon.

               Gid takes in the news, his reaction is one of disbelief

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         Moroni knows that we will not get to 
                         Zarahemla in time to help overthrow 
                         the King-men, but I know that we can 
                         arrive in time to help bring order 
                         back to the city, once Pahoran has 
                         been returned to the Judgment seat.
                         That is why I have chosen to send 
                         you to Zarahemla at the head of my 
                         2k Son's

               Helaman again ponders what more to say

                                     HELAMAN (CONT'D)
                         I am also sending the Lamanites with 
                         You will guard them by sword into 
                         the land of Zarahemla, where Moroni 
                         can decide what to do with them.

               Gid looks down at the map then back up at Helaman,

                         Will you send another two thousand 
                         of your men with us?
                         I feel that will make the difference 
                         between success and failure.

               Helaman smiles at Gid

                         You pick the men and be ready to 
                         leave by mornings light, 
                         That will be all


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.93
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          69   CONTINUED: (3)                                                69   

               Gid smiles as if surprised by the quick agreement then gives 
               a half nod and leaves the tent.

                                                                    CUT TO:

          70   EXT. HIGHWAY ON THE WAY TO ZARAHEMLA -- DAY                   70   

               Gid sits high atop his horse, accompanying several thousand 
               Lamanite's to the land of Zarahemla.

               The Lamanites are being guarded by 4K Nephites of which 2K 
               are the Son's of Helaman.  The Nephite's surround the 
               Lamanites with four separate lines of men.  Each line on the 
               outside of the last, creating an impenetrable line of defense.  
               Each Nephite carries a sword on their side and hold a spear 
               that is cradled in a waist support, causing thousands of 
               spears to point up to the heavens

               Teomner walks next to Gid as his Chief Captain.

                              (looking down at 
                         This is really embarrassing ya know?

               Without moving his head, Teomner looks up at Gid with a look 
               of disgust.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         You know they're laughing at us?

               Teomner holds back from saying anything he might regret later.  
               While Gid is enjoying dishing it out for once.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Maybe we ought to get you a mule, I 
                         could just

               Teomner jumps in mid sentence

               NOTE: next two line are spoken simultaneously together. 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.94
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          70   CONTINUED:                                                    70   

                              (frustrated and angry, 
                         Why don't you just drop it before I 
                         share my favorite Lama Story with 

                         Tie it on right here and pull you 

               Gid abruptly stops after Teomner makes his idle, but very 
               well aimed threat.

               Now Gid is the one with the frustrated look on his face, and 
               Teomner has a satisfied smile.

               They continue walking for a moment when

                                     ANTIPUS'S SPY
                              (yelling from afar)

               Gid looks around to see who might be yelling

                                     ANTIPUS'S SPY (CONT'D)

               ANGLE ON

               Antipus's Spy who is perched in a tree with two others men, 
               all of which are waving their arms, as to catch the attention 
               of Gid and his men.

               ANGEL ON

               Gid who now sees where the spies are perched, as does everyone 
               else in his company.

               Gid looks down at Teomner.

                         Those are spies from our army at 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.95
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          70   CONTINUED: (2)                                                70   

                         Why do you think they yell at us 

               Gid shrugs his shoulders, this is a new experience for him.

               Gid decides to stop the movement of his army, and find out 
               why the spies have given away themselves. 

               Gid raises his right hand high above his head


               The giant army slowly comes to a stop.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Why does thou give away their 

               ANGLE ON

                                     ANTIPUS'S SPY
                         We have seen the armies of the 
                         Lamanites marching towards Cumeni 
                         this day.
                         They will fall upon our people there 
                         and destroy them!

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who's only concern at this point is Helaman and his men, 
               until he realizes that the Lamanites he is escorting are 
               becoming courageous, because of the news.

               Gid turns his horse to face the men.

                         Do not let this news give you courage, 
                         for we will continue on to Zarahemla.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.96
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          70   CONTINUED: (3)                                                70   

               ANGLE ON

               A group of Lamanite's who are convinced they can escape, and 
               are trying to rally support

                                     LAMANITE PRISONER #1
                         If we make enough noise our other 
                         army will hear us, and come to our 

                                     LAMANITE PRISONER #2
                         They can't hold us here!

                                     LAMANITE PRISONER #1
                         Let us break these chains of bondage

               Hundreds of the men are rallying with the few that have gained 

               This group of a few hundred, begin to push their way through 
               the other men, and in turn are pushing men out towards the 
               Nephite's that surround them.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who is unsure of how to handle the situation at hand.  
               When he sees that they pushing their way through a small 
               part of the Nephite line he react quickly

                         Lower your spears and hold steady,  
                         do not let them cross your boundary

               ANGLE ON

               The Nephite's that are directly dealing with the Lamanites 
               being pushed towards them.  The Nephites in the outer line 
               of defense lower their spears, while the others take a few 
               steps back then draw their spears, holding them out in front, 
               creating a single line of defense, like a giant razor blade 
               held out against the Lamanites.

               The Lamanites are growing more and more courageous and pushing 
               harder and harder, while the Nephites's slowly move back, so 
               as to not slay any "innocent" Lamanites.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.97
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          70   CONTINUED: (4)                                                70   

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who sees a bird's eye view of the mob and realizes that 
               if they allow the Lamanites to push any further, they risk 
               being pushed off of the highway and into the wilderness, 
               where they would loose total control of the prisoners.

               Gid reacts quickly

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Nephite's, hold strong!  Do not allow 
                         your lines to be pushed back any 
                         Lamanites, Continue this no more!  
                         Or your brethren will be slain by 
                         your own hands.

               Gid watches in confusion, as the Lamanites grow even more 
               courageous and push even harden than before.

               ANGLE ON 

               The Nephite's who obey Gid's commands and hold strong

               ANGLE ON 

               the courageous Lamanite's who are pushing and enticing others 
               to riot.

               ANGLE ON

               The Nephites who still hold strong, and watch the first 
               Lamanites as

               ANGLE ON

               the Lamanite's on the front line who are being pushed into 
               the spear of the Nephites.  Their faces filled with terror, 
               and their struggle to push back, trying to avoid the 

               ANGLE ON

               The blades of the Nephite spear that penetrate the first few 


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.98
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          70   CONTINUED: (5)                                                70   

               ANGEL ON

               The unlucky Lamanite's who's faces tell the story.  They 
               realize that their own people are causing their deaths.

               ANGEL ON

               One Nephite Who winces at the sight of a Lamanites demise.

               ANGLE ON

               On e Nephite who fights to keep himself from being pushed 
               back.  He looks down to see why he has to struggle and 
               realizes his spear still rest in his waist harness, as does 
               everyone else, allowing them to use the entire weight of 
               their bodies to hold the spears. 

               ANGLE ON

               the second row of Lamanites that are being pierced by spears 
               that have just exited the bodies of their brethren.  As 
               before, we see the terror and demise as hundreds of men who 
               continue to be killed by the line of defense.

               ANGEL ACROSS

               The Line of Spears, we see a line of Nephite's on the Left 
               and all the Lamanites of the Right.  The space between them 
               grows closer as the dead Lamanites are pushed closer to the 
               Nephites and more Lamanites are pierced by the spears.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who watches in horror and begs the Lamanites to stop

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Please seize your pushing

               But the Lamanites only gain more courage at the attempts Gid 

          71   P.O.V. HIGHWAY ON THE WAY TO ZARAHEMLA -- CONTINUOUS          71   

               Gid watches a few of his men step back, letting go of their 
               spears, which are suspended in mid air.  Several of the men 
               react in disbelief of the number of dead Lamanites.


                           Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.99
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          71   CONTINUED:                                                    71   

               It's not long before the Lamanites start pushing forward 
               because of the resistance they are getting from the wall of 
               dead people

          72   EXT. HIGHWAY ON THE WAY TO ZARAHEMLA -- CONTINUOUS            72   

               Gid realizes that the movement is headed towards him, and 
               knows he must act quickly before the Lamanites escape.

                         Nephites!  Reinforce the front!

               Gid back his horse off and allows hundreds of his men to 
               gather in front of him.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Draw your spears and swords

               By this time the Lamanites have begun to move much faster, 
               now that the resistance is less.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         HOLD Steady!  Do not let them 
                         penetrate the boundary

               It's almost as though all the Lamanites decided to charge at 
               once, because they come so fast, unlike only a few moments 

               This time the Nephites are just protecting themselves from 
               the thousand or so Lamanite's charging them, and still over 
               half of the Lamanites are killed by running into spears and 
               swords.  And the ones that are not killed, run at top speed 
               in every direction.

               Some of the Nephite's chase after, but it quickly becomes 
               obvious that it is no longer worth the trouble.

               Gid sits atop his horse in disbelief.  He looks around and 
               sees only his men and dead Lamanites.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who really lets the destruction sink in.  He drops his 
               head down and covers his face with his right hand.


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.100
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          72   CONTINUED:                                                    72   

                         Gid!  What about Cumeni?

               Gid lets the thought of Cumeni penetrate the shock of the 
               current events.

               Gid pulls the hand from his face and blankly looks at Teomner.  
               Then looks around again at the destruction.

               He thinks again for a moment then confidently replies to 

                         Gather all the weapons, we will need 
                         them for battle

          73   EXT. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- DAY                  73   

               A giant battle has ensued between Helaman's army and the 
               Lamanites.  Several hundred men already lie dead on the 
               ground, while thousands more are still fighting.

               The Lamanites overpower the Nephites by a margin of two 
               Lamanites for every one Nephite.  Still, the Nephites fight 

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman who is fighting with the strength of ten men.  He 
               cuts through the Lamanite army like butter.  However, it 
               doesn't seem to be enough to make much of a difference.


               to show a montage of both Lamanites and Nephites falling to 
               the sword, spear, and arrow.

               A small group of about 25 men have all ended up near Helaman.  
               In the confusion, this is the first time Helaman has had a 
               chance to give any of his men orders.

                                     HELAMAN'S CHIEF CAPTIAN
                         Where did all these men come from?


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.101
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          73   CONTINUED:                                                    73   

                         I know not, but it must be every 
                         last Lamanite in the land.

                                     HELAMAN'S CHIEF CAPTIAN
                         What shall we do? 

                              (to 25 or so men)
                         Fall back to the gates of the city, 
                         keep your backs guarded.
                         We must not lose Cumeni this day! 

               All of the men run towards the city gates, and once there 
               begin to fight again.

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman who notices TAMAL perched atop his horse, slaying 
               Nephites easily.  As we would expect, he has a sickening 
               grin as he works.

               Helaman loses focus of Tamal, when he is attacked by several 

               ANGLE PULLS OUT

               to show the battlefield which is now obviously controlled by 
               the Lamanites.  Most of the Nephites which still stand, are 
               retreating back towards the entrance to the city.

               ANGLE ON 

               Tamal whose sword falls on a Nephite man, and a wicked smile 
               crosses his face.

               Tamal surveys the battlefield for a moment.  Then realizing 
               victory is only moments away screams

                                     CAPTIAN TAMAL
                         Finish them!!  Take this city!!

               Just as Tamal finishes his order, he catches a glimpse of 
               Helaman.  His face turns from rage to satisfaction, as he 
               dismounts his horse.


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.102
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          73   CONTINUED: (2)                                                73   

               Tamal now focuses on Helaman alone.  Nothing else gets in 
               his way, including his own men.

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman who is still fighting many Lamanites.  As his sword 
               comes down on a man, he once again notices Tamal.  Although 
               now he is walking directly towards him.

               Helaman takes inventory of his situation and moves out of 
               direct battle with the other Lamanites.  Leaving only twenty 
               or thirty paces between himself and Tamal.

               As Tamal closes the gap, Helaman focuses himself

          74   P.O.V. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- CONTINUOUS         74   

               Helaman watches Tamal move briskly towards him.  Suddenly a 
               Lamanite jumps in front of Helaman, like a small child playing 
               a game.  However, before Helaman can react, Tamal slays the 
               man from behind, leaving only feet between himself and 

          75   EXT. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- CONTINUOUS           75   

               ANGLE ON

               Helaman and Tamal as a great sword fight ensues.  Both are 
               masters of the crude blade.

               Both seem equally trained in the skill, however Tamal seems 
               to have the edge today.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who enter the battlefield, leading his small army of six 

          76   P.O.V. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- CONTINUOUS         76   

               Gid sees the destruction that has taken place this day, 
               thousands of bodies lie on the ground, and thousands more 
               are fighting near the city gates.

               Gid notices Helaman fighting, and watches only for a moment 
               before ordering his men to attack.


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.103
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          76   CONTINUED:                                                    76   

          77   EXT. OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS OF CUMENI -- CONTINUOUS           77   

               Gid surveys the situation and then gives his orders

                         Those who are accurate with spears, 
                         arrows, or the sling, step forward 
                         and ready to release on my command.

               About a third of the men step forward and prepare to fire.  
               Although we focus primarily on Teomner.

                                     GID (CONT'D)

               ANGLE ON

               thousands of projectiles flying through the air

               ANGLE ON LAMANITE'S

               who are responsible for stopping the movement of the 
               projectiles, and fall dead to the ground. 

               ANGLE BACK ON

               Gid as his attention suddenly focuses on Helaman.  He watches 
               for a moment then his face turns pale.

          78   P.O.V. OUTSIDE ISHMAEL CITY WALLS -- CONTINUOUS               78   

               Gid recalls the events of his child hood and sees the man 
               most directly responsible for his fathers death, TAMAL

               ANGEL ON

               Tamal who towers above young Gid yelling at his men.


               Teomner is yelling at Gid, who is stunned by the current 



                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.104
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          79   CONTINUED:                                                    79   

               Gid snaps out of the past memory and focuses on Teomner and 
               then looks at his men who are awaiting his orders.


               ANGLE ON

               Gid's men who don't think twice as they run across the 
               battlefield, and eventually collide with the Lamanites on 
               the opposite end.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid who watches Helaman and Tamal continue to battle.  It is 
               obvious many feelings are surfacing for Gid.

               Gid grabs the bow which hangs from his back and grabs an 
               arrow from the quiver on his horse.

               Gid loads the bow and draws it back

               ANGLE ON

               close up of the profile of Gid's face, where we see the 
               struggle he is having. 

               ANGLE BACK ON

               Helaman who still fights valiantly against Tamal, who is 
               bigger and stronger than he.  Just when Helaman thinks he 
               has Tamal.  Tamal parries an attack and in one clean motion 
               slices Helaman across the chest.

               Tamal follows through, committed on finishing the job.  Except 
               he is unable to, due to the fact that an arrow has entered 
               his heart and stopped it from functioning properly.

               Tamal looks at Helaman with rage, then falls to his knees, 
               then topples over dead. 

               ANGLE ON

               Gid as he jumps from his horse and comes to the aid of 


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.105
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          79   CONTINUED: (2)                                                79   

               Gid drops to Helaman's side expecting the worst, but finding 
               Helaman only stunned by the blow.

                                     GID (CONT'D)
                         Are you alright?

               Helaman looks down at his chest and finds his chest plate 
               completely severed in half.

               Helaman looks over at Tamal, who lies dead on the ground.  
               Then focuses his attention to the rest of the Nephite army 
               who stand guard over a few hundred Lamanite's, who have 
               dropped their weapons.

               Gid helps Helaman up and they survey the situation.


               Helaman and Gid as they walk through the battlefield.  We 
               find that virtually every man has severe wounds, but none of 
               the son's of the Ammonite's are dead.

                                     GID (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         Three and a half years after we left 
                         our homeland of Melek, the last battle 
                         was fought to secure this part of 
                         the lands of the Nephites.  
                         Although we took the city of Manti 
                         by stratagem a few months later, the 
                         battle at Cumeni still feels the 
                         most real to me at this time,
                         Maybe it was because I finally had 
                         closure after so many years, or maybe 
                         is was just because I knew that we 
                         would soon be returning home.

          80   EXT. OPEN PLAINS OUTSIDE MELEK CITY -- EVENING                80   

               Helaman and his 2060 Stripling Warriors walk across the open 
               plains outside Melek.  They look tired, but all carry smiles.

               ANGLE ON

               Gid and Teomner who walk side by side towards the city 


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.106
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

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                                     GID (V.O.)
                         But either way, I return home this 
                         day with the total joy of knowing 
                         that the rest of my life lay before 

               ANGLE ON

               Isabel who holds Young Gid in her arms.  At first her face 
               is filled with anticipation, but as soon as she sees

               ANGLE ON

               Gid walking towards her

               ANGLE BACK ON

               Isabel who break down into tears of joy.

               ANGLE BACK ON

               Gid who's face lights up after seeing Isabel for the first 
               time in almost four years.

               Places his hand on Teomner's shoulder then runs to Isabel 
               and Young Gid, embracing them both.

               Gid pulls back and looks Isabel in the eyes, then grabs his 
               son and twirls him around.

                                     GID (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         It was never a sacrifice to leave 
                         home, for I never doubted that I 
                         would return.  But I often wonder 
                         why it had to happen, why it is that 
                         people do not trust in God, and have 

               ANGLE ON TEOMNER

               who smiles at the sight of Gid and Isabel.  Then Teomner 
               looks around at all of the other boys whose families are 
               there to greet them, and he just watches them embrace.  

               It is obvious that Teomner is looking for anyone he may know, 
               and might be waiting for him.  He looks around and it is 
               only a moment before he sees 


                          Written By J. Daniel Nell                  pg.107
                Copyright '99 & '00 Envision Entertainment & J.D.N.          

          80   CONTINUED: (2)                                                80   

               ANGLE ON SARIAH

               standing in front of him holding a beautiful wild flower.  
               Her eye's filled with love and joy at the sight of Teomner.

               ANGLE PULLS BACK

               to show the two of them face to face, Teomner only lets a 
               moment pass by before he leans over and kisses her.  Which 
               at first surprises her, but after a moment, her eyes close 
               and she falls into the moment.

               As Teomner pulls back

                         Marry me!

                              (joyfully, with tears)
                         Anything for thee.

               ANGLE ON 

               Helaman who stands in the background watching his son's who 
               have grown to be men.  This angle shows the sun setting behind 
               him now.

                                     GID (V.O.)
                         In the 30th year of the Reign of 
                         Judges, our people once again found 
                         peace, as all of the son's of Helaman 
                         returned home,
                         2060 son's of the People of Ammon 
                         went to fight for liberty, and 2060 
                         returned home.
                         Not one was lost, because of the 
                         faith we had in God,
                         the Faith that our mother taught us.