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Corporate Policy

Greedy executives of a large corporation implement an illegal downsizing process, and they would've gotten away with it but they didn’t count on a desperate employee whose courage and family loyalty proves much stronger than any of their corporate policies.

Rodney's daughter, a listless soul lying in a hospital bed with a Hickman line intruding her body, receives what is hoped to be a new lease on life. Kit, as her parents and friends lovingly called her, unconsciously fights a second bout with leukemia. Rodney’s moan requires no effort from his will, and he has no self-discipline to stop it.

From the nurses station, a TV set broadcasts a news program about a corporate downsizing frenzy that is rummaging through American business like an indiscriminate, untreatable disease. This story accents a harsh mystery of criminal activities among corporate executives. The chilling despondency of our main character and the eccentric news story has an apparent connection.

We flash back in time as this connection is explored. The Hopkins’ family was more hopeful then. Kit’s disease was in remission. Rodney was employed and had medical insurance that had already poured thousands of dollars into the initial fight against Kit’s “condition”. The story centers on Rodney’s fight to keep his current job so he can show Children’s Hospital that he has long-term employment and insurance protection since Kit’s sickness has resurfaced. She will need a bone marrow transplant and months of rigorous hospital care. And the Company Medical Insurance.

But a manipulative, greedy female executive pushes a ‘list’ through the downsizing process, targeting Rodney and other loyalists classified as ‘high maintenance’ due to their previous medical expenses. This is an intolerable condition to the employees and the American people. That’s why, as with the unlikely hero in Network, Rodney strikes a vibrant cord with the American working class. He decides to fight his company’s reorganization effort and cries out, “I am not going to take this anymore”.

In a Sneakers-like office break-in, Rodney acquires the legal information needed to file a Preliminary Injunction that temporarily postpones the downsizing. In an And Justice For All courtroom drama, Rodney gives a performance of a lifetime, and even though he gains national recognition and hero status, he loses the battle. But, he wins the war. In a gripping, heartwarming display of compassion, generosity, and love, his coworkers and friends come to his financial aide.

At the hospital, where we began, Rodney prays that it is not too late. He hopes the disease has not stolen Kit’s will to live and ability to fight one last time. Quickly, we jump ahead eight years to a baseball game where Rodney and his wife watch their son play ball. We anxiously look for a sign of hope. Suddenly, a spirited figure appears. A pretty, thirteen year-old Katherine, a rambunctious girl who is too grown-up to be called Kit any longer, jumps onto the scene. We feel her life and joy and happiness as she asks her parents to sleep over a friend’s house. Finally, we come to closure as we find hope for the future in her spirit.

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Format:
Screenplay
Starring Roles For:
Colin Farrell
Hillary Swank
David Schwimmer
In the Vein Of:
John Q.

Posted:
08/19/2003
Updated:
04/04/2020
Author Bio:
Since retiring early in 1998, Robert has written 2 novels, 2 non-fiction books, 12 screenplays and 3 stage plays. His body of work has been recognized in over 300 festival, stage, book and screenplay competitions around the world (over 180 of those were finalist or better). The finalist or better placements include book, screen and stage play successes in Faulkner/Wisdom Creative Writing contest, Norumbego Fiction Award, Chesterfield, Writer's Network, Dana Awards, Frontiers in Writing, SFWP (Santa Fe), etc.

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Contest Results:
Split-Screenplay (Second Place) [2006]
Charleston International (Finalist, 2010) [2010]
California (Semifinalist) [2010]
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