Drive All Night (2021) - full transcript

Drive All Night follows Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, whose night takes an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. She makes him drive around the city without a clear destination or motive, and has him accompany her on a number of bizarre excursions - each one stranger than the next. Things get increasingly more surreal the further into the night they go, as Dave begins to learn about Cara and her troubled past. Unbeknownst to the pair, Lenny, an obsessive hitman, is hunting them, guided by strange visions and instructions from a powerful mob boss. Every place he visits brings him one step closer. Will Lenny catch up to Dave and Cara? What happens when the night ends? - stop by if you're interested in the nutritional composition of food
You guys know who I
picked up at the airport?

- Who?
- Tim Waters.


The Bill Clinton impersonator.

Not just any Bill Clinton impersonator,

the Bill Clinton impersonator.

He's the one who does the
fancy dinners and the TV shows.

Sometimes with Clinton. Yeah.

That's a big deal, you know?

- Uh-huh.
- Yeah.

So I pick him up from the airport.

I'm looking at him my rearview
and he looks familiar,

you know, but it's dark and it's,

it's been a while since he
was relevant or whatever.

So I'm having a hard time
putting my finger on it.

And he sees me looking at him and he goe

he goes full Bill Clinton.

He goes, "I did not have sexual
relations with that woman."

- Where was he going?
- Um, Hilton on O'Farrell.

- Oh yeah?
- Yeah.

Uh, he said he was in
town over the weekend

and that he had a comedy
show at a club in town

and he flew in from Vegas, so.

Sounds like he's doing pretty well.

Yeah, well, let's put it this way.

It's good thing for
him Clinton won in '96.

Hey, did you get his autograph?

Nah. Who the hell cares?

Now if it were Christina Aguilera.


You remember that song that
she did that, that first one?

- "Genie in a Bottle."
- Yes, that is the one.

Uh. You remember that video?

Oh, back in the day
when that video came on

and I was by myself,

I just had these elaborate fa...

What time you got?

- 10:15.
- Ah.

Well, in that case I better get going.

Come on, Marv, you just now got here.

Double shift tomorrow.

Driving grand, brother.

Driving gra, what are you short on cas

Can't pay rent with
smiles and dick jokes.

Maybe if you work on your delivery.

He's a theater actor.

He thinks I don't know but
he's got a show tonight.



- What about you?
- Mm?

Done for the night?

Oh. Burning the a midnight oil.

Good for you.

Get your hustle on.

Mm, well...

I hope you have a good night, Dave.

Maybe I will see you around.


- More coffee?
- Yes, thank you.

How have you been?
- Okay, I guess.


I'm good.

Okay, well it wasn't that good

since it was an in service day today,

which just means that there's no school,

which means that I was home all day.

And I mean all day, which means

I'm running on three hours of sleep.


Can I show you something?


What's that?

This is a collection of random things

written on halls, stalls and
walls of public bathrooms.

Okay, I know that sounds craz

but just give it a chance.

I wanna read you something.
It's pretty short.


"She dances carefree and loose

as if a heavy burden had
been lifted from her.

She looked so happy, I couldn't
look away, scared as I was.

And though the moment
seemed to last forever,

she was gone the moment after."

What do you think?

- It's good.
- Yeah?

I like it.

Me too. It's definitely my favorite on

This one always leaves me
wondering, you know, who wrote it?

What they were thinking?
What inspired them?

Who inspired them?

Doesn't say who wrote it?

No. Most of these don't have authors.

Graffiti and all.

I gotta go.
- Yeah.

What can I get for you?


What's his deal?

Someone beat his high score.


Yeah. He's been here since last night.

Hasn't taken a break in hours.

Oh. Should we maybe
tell him to take a break?

You wanna die? Be my guest.

But I heard some stories and...

Hey Lenny.

Look, I, I could just make it free play.

Just give me the quarters. Hmm?


Hi. I'd like to call a cab.

Where are you?

I'm at the Flamingo Motel in Alameda.

Do you know where that is?

- Yeah.
- Great.

When can you get here?
- Uh, 10 minutes.

Is that okay?

I'll be waiting.

Where to?

Just drive.

Can I have your name?


Do you have an address?

A specific place?

I haven't decided yet.

Look, I can drive
you around all night.

That's not a problem, but the
meter is gonna be running.

So if money is gonna be an issue.

It's not. I've got money.

I just need you to drive.


Desperate people respond to fea

They've been condition
that way all their lives.

Things were different before I came alon

Chaos, wretched place marred
by decades of neglect,

A dying city, desperately hanging on

like the last leaf
clinging to a dying tree.

Then I came along and took control.

I need you to do something for me.

There's a girl.

Find her and bring her to me.

Everything's changed here.

I can barely recognize this place.

You from around here?

I grew up here.

What brings you back?

Unfinished business.

Do you drink?

Not while I'm driving.


Do you like beer?

Yeah, I like beer.

What about Mortal Kombat?

You're really good.

Anybody can beat it if they
have a basic understanding

of the game and a decent combination

of critical thinking
and mechanical prowess.

This is nothing compared
to Quake or Road Wars.

Those games require skill

and you're competing
against another player,

which makes it way harder.

To master the arcade
version of Mortal Kombat,

honestly, takes above average memory

and pattern recognition.

You ever see

a perfect run before?

Did you know that Mortal Kombat II

was the first ever fighting
game to feature air combos?

Well, after Midway went bankrupt,

the development team was
acquired by Warner Brothers,

but then later rebranded
as NetherRealm Studios.

Originally, it was meant to be

a Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting game

featuring Jean-Claude's
character in "Universal Soldier."

But then that fell through so I guess

the creators went with a
fantasy horror theme instead.

Imagine if we got the Van Damme version.

You sure I can't get you a drink?

I'm good.

Just one drink.

I don't drink and drive.

You know what StarCraft
2 pros do when they retire?

They stream Road Wars for fun.

They do. It's true.

I believe it.

You ever see an Uber
driver and just have

the urge to kick his teeth in?

- No.
- No?

- Never.

Not even from like a second?

I'm not a violent person.

"I am not a violent person."

Neither was the Dalai Lama.

What's that supposed to mea


So how long have you been a cab driver?

A few years.

Okay. What did you do before?

A lot of things.


I was a cellar man.

What's a cellar man?

Beer maker.

- Really?
- I mean, nothing creative,

mostly rolling barrels,
cleaning hard lines,

checking CO2 levels, nothing special.

No, you're basically a beer expert.

No, I wouldn't go so far
as to call myself an expert.

How's this one?

It's fine.


It's a safe choice.

All right, cellar man,
what would you recommend?

What's the best thing they have here?

Bitter Irony.

Is that your final answer?

Mm-hmm. Okay.

- Hey.

Can I get a pin of your
Bitter Irony, please.

Coming right up.

Here you go.
- Thanks.

What's your verdict?

It's really good.

It's not that bitter.

Tell him I'm in.

And he's got nothing to worry about.

You'll see me once tonight

and once more when the job is done.

And then I'm gone.

Level 256, kill screen.
Do you know what that is?


It's when you get to
the 256 level in Pac-Man

and the game glitches and
the whole right-hand side

of the screen becomes a jumble

of letters, numbers, and shapes.

The original Pac-Man's level
counter was just a single byte.

So it was only capable of
storing 256 distinct values,

zero to 255, so reaching level 256

causes a buffer overflow,
meaning that the data

in all other areas of the
stack have to be rewritten.

- Have you ever-
- Yeah, three times.

At an arcade in Tokyo, a
bar in Huntington Beach

and the bar we were just at.

So you've played through
256 levels of Pac-Man?

- Yeah.
- In one sitting?


How long did that take?

About six hours.

You ever see that photo
of the homeless guy

holding that sign that reads,

"Ninjas killed my family. Need
money for karate lessons."


Well, what's funny is
that somewhere out there

at some point in time, they're
really has been a person

whose family's been killed by ninjas

and needs money for karate lessons

so they can avenge their
family years later.

I'm sure that's been the case

at least a few times in history.

Or maybe in lieu of lessons,

they're picked up by a rival ninja clan

and spend years and years
training under the tutelage

of an old karate master
until they're ready

to reign down their
blood-soaked vengeance.

Hey, Judy, you're on.

Midnight Judy.

She sings here two nights a week.

Rumor has it, she has
this rare skin disease

where she can't be exposed to sunlight.

Like even the smallest
amount would kill her.

However, a more popular rumor

is that she made up the rare skin diseas

to hide fact that she's
actually a vampire.

She uses stage makeup to age
herself as the years go by

in the hope to not draw attention.

And every few decades or so,

she moves somewhere new
and starts all over again,

performing under a different moniker.

Apparently there have been
photos of her throughout history.

Most notably, one of
her in the late 1800's,

performing at a opera house in Palisades

Most notably because
it is clearly her face.

That's an interesting theory.

Why do you think she's
called Midnight Judy?

She arrives at midnight
and she always performs

her set between 12:00 and 1:00 AM.

And nobody has ever seen
her in the daylight.

That's pretty crazy.

How does she get blood?

How do you think?

Hey. You okay?

Here, let's go somewhere else.

Hey, Lenny. It's Fred.

I'm at the club.

You gotta come see this. Call me back.

Desperate people respond to fear.

They've been conditioned
that way all their lives.

And people like you and I.

Things were different before I came alon

Chaos, wretched place marred
by decades of neglect.

A dying city desperately hanging on

like the last leaf
clinging to a dying tree.

Then I came along and took control.

I'm afraid my time may be up.

I need you to do something for me.

There's a girl.

Find her and bring her to me.

You'll find everything
you need in the envelope.

They say vengeance rides a swift horse.

That's why I need you to be faster.

Hey, Lenny. It's Fred.

I'm at the club.


You gotta come see this.

What do you like about this place?

Like what makes you stay?

I don't know.

You married?

Uh, no.

You got a lady friend or something?

- No.
- Someone you wish

you could be with?


So who's the girl? And
how did she hurt you?

How do you know I didn't hurt her?

You? Come on.

I doubt it.

I'm pretty tough, you know?


Sometimes the greatest tragedy,

the saddest thing that you see

is the shell of a person staring
back at you in the mirror.

"My God, what have I become?"

You happy?

I do all right.

You ever think about
just leaving it all behind?

Just leaving it all behind and
running off into the sunset?

You mean sunrise?

Same difference.


And what's stopping you?

Is this the place?


It looks closed. What's in there?

It's not important.

Do you want me to come down with you?


Just wait here.

I'll only be a minute.


Oh my God. Don't tell
me you're still driving.

Why am I even surprised?

I'm the one that kept feeding you coffee

I'm bored outta my mind.

So when are you gonna come visit me?

I could use the company.

Let's go!

So what's in that duffel?


They save vengeance
rides a swift horse.

That's why I need you to be faster.


What's going on, buddy?
- Oh, hey.

Dude, you're never gonna believe this.

I'm here with these super hot models.

There's like three of them.

You know like big actual models.

And they're wasted, like
having a real wild time.

Like if I play my cards
right, maybe later on,

I can get 'em to my
invite to the after party

at the hotel room, if you get my drift.

- Hi.

Oh, you...

Yeah. Yeah, we're together.

I'm Cara.
- Pleased to meet you.

I'm Frank.

Nice to meet you too, Frank.

Do you drive a taxi also?
- Oh, yeah.

Actually I've, uh, it's been
almost 20 years now, actually.

It's a grind, but I love it.

You get to meet all sorts
of interesting people

and I'm a people person.
- Mm.

You know, like, uh, I'm very likable.

- Right.
- I'm a smart guy.

Like I, I could do stuff.

Other things like, you know,

make maybe a little more
money or whatever, you know,

but, um, yeah, I wouldn't
trade this for, for the world.

I'm gonna die in my taxi.

Right behind the,

right behind the wheel.

You know the Bukoswki quote?

"Find what you love and let it kill you.

- Oh yeah.
- You know, that's me.

- That's good.
- Yeah, yeah.

- Hey, where are you?
- Ooh, did you hear that?

They need me.

It's nice meeting you.
- You too.

Go easy on him.

You know, I know he likes to look all,

you know, tough and stuff.

Like some sort of brooding bad ass,

but, um, he's a softy.

He's like the nicest, most gentle man

you're ever gonna meet.

Swear to God.



Hey, is there a bathroom here?

I'm actually not suppose...

It's, it's in the back. Just go for it.




I didn't know if you were still up or...


- Was she with you?
- Yeah.

You gonna tell me who she is? (Chuckle

Someone I picked up.



- More coffee?
- Thank you.

Let me know if you
need anything else, Dave.

Well, she's really pretty.

What's her story?


You got like history or something?

No, not really.

You like her?

It's not like that.

Then what's it like?

Well, I come here regularly
and she works most nights.

Oh, I think you like her.

And I think she likes you too.

I'm a pretty good judge of character.

By what metric?

By every metric.

The way you guys just looked at each oth

when she refilled your coffee.

Oh. What way was that?

All dreamily and shit.

She's single. Right?

Kind of. She's got an ex-husband.

Okay. And?

- It's complicated.
- What's complicated?

There is a kid.

So even if I was
interested, which I'm not-

Which you are.

Look, if you really want
something, you gotta go for it.

Is that what you do?

Just go for it?

I need to use the restroom.

- Hi.
- What can I get for you?

Dave tells me you and
him have known each other

for a while now.

That's right.

Well sit down. I wanna talk to you.

So, are you guys close?

I guess you could say that.

Do you ever do anything outside of her

- Not really, no.
- Why not?

We don't make time to, I guess.

Dave tells me you have a kid.

Wow. That is way too personal.

Who are you, exactly?
- Cara.

It's really nice to meet you, Morgan.

Okay, so Dave,
he picked you up from...

My motel room.

- And he's taking you...
- On a drive.

- On a drive where?
- Oh, just a drive.

Right. So why are you here?

I got hungry.

You know, I was thinking Dave,

we should do something fun.

Like what?

I don't know. Something different.

You're from around here. Any suggestions

Hmm. No.

No? Nothing comes to mind?

You know at this hour your
options are pretty limited.


Okay, well in that case,
then maybe we should

just go back to my hotel
room and hang out there.

What do you think?

You know what? I think I just the thin

It's, um, it's starting pretty soon.

So if you wanna make it,

you better leave right now.

Good to know.

What is this place?

I don't know.

Something about it feels kind of familia

What happened back there?

Back where?

You know what I'm talking about.

Nothing happened.

Didn't look like nothing.

I like you.

I like you too.

Well, what do we do?

I don't know.

Well, what happens when the night ends

We could exchange numbers.

Are you somebody that
believes in happily ever after?

It's a nice sentiment, isn't it?

Happily ever after.

Imagine if we'd met under
different circumstances.

Do you think...

Do you think maybe we
could have worked out?

I think so.

Then I wish I'd met
you in a different life.

Well, that's it.

One last game.

One final bit of unfinished business.

And after that?

Who knows?

You can set the duffle bag down anywhere

Nice socks.


You wanna take your jacket off?

- You have a tattoo

on your ankle.

What does it say?

It says, "We all die someday."

You afraid to die?

I try not to think about it.


I think there are worse
things in life than death.

I think people only fear death

because it's seemingly permanent.

Nobody really knows what
goes on in the afterlife.

But they're still scared of letting go.

I need to use the bathroom.

Don't go anywhere.


What are you thinking about?


Okay. Well, come here.

I think I'm falling for you.

Earlier tonight, when I picked you up,

I asked you where you wanted to go.

You told me you didn't know.

I think you knew exactly
where you wanted to go.

I saw what's in the duffel.

Why do you have that?

I don't want you getting involved.

I am already involved.

Well that's your choice, isn't it?

You didn't have to come
down to the bar with me.

You could have left at any moment.

Yet here you are.

So what now?

Where do we go from here?

Do you trust me?

- I do.
- Okay, let's go.

Let's run away together.

- Where would we go?
- I don't know.

Anywhere we want, just say the word

and I'll book the next
two tickets outta here,

but we gotta leave right now.

- You're serious.
- I can't stay here, Dave!

I gotta leave!

Come with me.
- I can't do that.

Why not?

I, uh, we only just met each other!

- So?
- So, this is crazy.

What if it doesn't work out?

What if it does? What
if it does work out?

What if we can have happily ever after?

- I don't know.
- What is there to know?


There comes a time in your
life where you're standing

at a fork in the road
and you're face to face

with the hardest decision
that you'll ever have to make.

And I've made my decision

and you can either come with me

and we could try figure this thing out,

or we say goodbye to each
other right now forever.

I've often wondered

how the sun would feel like on my skin.

Would it burn?

Or would it feel like moonlight?

It's been so long.

I'm sure you can relate, Mr. Taxi Driver

Night after night,

driving the familiar streets,

things start to blend.

Not so clear anymore.

And it started to wear you down.

And you ask yourself a question.

Am I dreaming

or am I awake?

And if I'm dreaming,

what happens when I wake?

You made it personal.

That was your downfall.

That's how I knew you were going to fail

In the end, she was always one step ahea

Now here we are

at the end of the line.

Where do we go from there?

Me, nowhere.

And me?

Where do I go?

Well, that's for you to decide.

Godspeed, Lenny.