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Mister Buttle's Great Odyssey

During the Great Depression, an old man wants his estate to go to someone needy, so he launches a quest with his trusted valet and his attorney in-disguise to find the perfect candidate.

Comedy, Drama, Family (Rated PG)
107-page feature screenplay
3-page synopsis
$40+ million budget
© 2016

With a dash of Cinderella, a pinch of Don Quixote, and a whole lot of apple pie comes an American road movie that will bring back memories of the film classics of Frank Capra:

It’s 1933, the Depression is in full swing, and 65-year-old absentminded Sam Buttle has one remaining goal in the sunset of his life: To grant his riches to someone in need.

So against the advice of greedy, hard-hearted relatives, Sam prepares to hit the road - all by himself! Only after a big debate does he let his faithful but exasperated valet, George, accompany him. Sam's new attorney, Roy, wants to go along, too. The thing is, the determined old Santa met the young man once, so Roy has to masquerade as a hobo to hitch the ride.

Over the ensuing weeks, the altruistic little troupe encounters all the good and bad and funny and sad that the era has to offer. Will they ever find a single, most-worthy beneficiary out there, somehow, somewhere, among a nation of millions of needy?

Major Characters/Casting Possibilities:

Sam Buttle, 65 years:  Tom Hanks or Pierce Brosnan
Roy Saunders, 30:  Either of the Ryans (Reynolds or Gosling)
George S. Saunders, 60:  Paul Giamatti or Dustin Hoffman
Marianna Milicent McGillicuddy, 30:  Dakota Fanning


Award Winner (Gangtok International Film Festival 2022)
Semi-Finalist (San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition 2022)
Quarter-Finalist (PAGE Awards Screenplay Contest 2022)
Quarter-Finalist (Wiki: The World's Fastest Screenplay Contest)

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