The Caddy

  • Format Short Film
  • Status In Production
  • Genre Thriller | Elevated
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating M
  • Synopsis

    When an ambitious young Mexican diplomat loses his position and is reduced to caddying at a golf resort, he kidnaps an arrogant American businessman in a misguided attempt to buy his old life back, battling a relentless detective, accomplices who turn on him, and his own conscience.

    Three years after a change in political fortune cost ENRIQUE VILLEGAS his career as a diplomat, he still pines for his previous life. Forced to accept a position at a golf resort, abandoned by his wife and children, his final humiliation comes when he is forced to caddy for the rich and arrogant American businessman JERRY STELL.

    Desperate, Enrique kidnaps Jerry with the aid of an accomplice, GILBERTO, and his thugs, holding Jerry for a ransom that he believes will allow him to buy his old life back.

    Detective SAL ARRELLANO immediately latches onto Enrique as the prime suspect, despite having received a ransom for him as well. He pursues his hunch relentlessly, even after being paired with FBI AGENT GARIBALDI, who cares little for Sal’s theories on the case, or his concerns about motives; his only mandate is to secure the release of the American.

    Cooped up together, Jerry and Enrique argue about everything from business to class and race to sports as a strange bond forms between them. That bond is cemented when Enrique’s accomplices get wind of the ransom Enrique demanded for himself; not understanding it was a bluff, they take control and kidnap Enrique as well.

    As more setbacks and in-fighting splinter the group, sensing opportunity slipping away, Gilberto prepares to execute both Enrique and Jerry. Instead, Enrique gains the upper hand and kills him. But rather than freeing Jerry, Enrique tries to stick to his original plan, seeing no other way out of the life he finds himself in.

    But when he visits his ex-wife to tell her of his plans, he’s devastated to learn that she has no desire to get back together – money was only one factor in their failing marriage. Enrique returns to Jerry, finally freeing him just as the Federales along with Sal and Garibaldi track them down. Out of options, Enrique confronts them in an attempted “suicide by cop.” To Sal’s surprise, it’s Garibaldi that recognizes and prevents it from happening, and when the Federales arrest Enrique, Jerry intervenes and tells them they were both kidnapped, just like Enrique’s cover story, and that Enrique saved him by killing the kidnapper. Sal lets Enrique know that he knows the real story, but heartened that both of their Americans surprised them, and that everything has resolved with the “good guys” alive, he exhorts Enrique to take the opportunity to forge a new life.

Synopsis

What It’s Like: Prisoners meets Hell or High Water

When an ambitious young Mexican diplomat loses his position and is reduced to caddying at a golf resort, he kidnaps an arrogant American businessman in a misguided attempt to buy his old life back, battling a relentless detective, accomplices who turn on him, and his own conscience.

Three years after a change in political fortune cost ENRIQUE VILLEGAS his career as a diplomat, he still pines for his previous life. Forced to accept a position at a golf resort, abandoned by his wife and children, his final humiliation comes when he is forced to caddy for the rich and arrogant American businessman JERRY STELL.

Desperate, Enrique kidnaps Jerry with the aid of an accomplice, GILBERTO, and his thugs, holding Jerry for a ransom that he believes will allow him to buy his old life back.

Detective SAL ARRELLANO immediately latches onto Enrique as the prime suspect, despite having received a ransom for him as well. He pursues his hunch relentlessly, even after being paired with FBI AGENT GARIBALDI, who cares little for Sal’s theories on the case, or his concerns about motives; his only mandate is to secure the release of the American.

Cooped up together, Jerry and Enrique argue about everything from business to class and race to sports as a strange bond forms between them. That bond is cemented when Enrique’s accomplices get wind of the ransom Enrique demanded for himself; not understanding it was a bluff, they take control and kidnap Enrique as well.

As more setbacks and in-fighting splinter the group, sensing opportunity slipping away, Gilberto prepares to execute both Enrique and Jerry. Instead, Enrique gains the upper hand and kills him. But rather than freeing Jerry, Enrique tries to stick to his original plan, seeing no other way out of the life he finds himself in.

But when he visits his ex-wife to tell her of his plans, he’s devastated to learn that she has no desire to get back together – money was only one factor in their failing marriage. Enrique returns to Jerry, finally freeing him just as the Federales along with Sal and Garibaldi track them down. Out of options, Enrique confronts them in an attempted “suicide by cop.” To Sal’s surprise, it’s Garibaldi that recognizes and prevents it from happening, and when the Federales arrest Enrique, Jerry intervenes and tells them they were both kidnapped, just like Enrique’s cover story, and that Enrique saved him by killing the kidnapper. Sal lets Enrique know that he knows the real story, but heartened that both of their Americans surprised them, and that everything has resolved with the “good guys” alive, he exhorts Enrique to take the opportunity to forge a new life.

  • Cast Ron Perlman

    Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.

    Manu Vega Manuel Vega is an actor and producer, known for Cupido (2018), El Continental (2018) and Le Bruit Des Rails (2014). Antonio Mauri

    Antonio Mauri is an actor, known for Herederos por accidente (2020) and Mariachis.

    Fernando Noriega

    Fernando Noriega is an actor known for Where the Road Meets the Sun (2011), Dulce Amargo (2012-2013), El Chema (2016-2017), El Señor de los Cielos (2017-2019)

  • Director Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

  • Writer Carroll Brown

    Carroll Brown began his writing career as an entertainment journalist and short fiction author before turning his efforts toward the screen. Since then he has written and adapted works for film and television, and his scripts have won awards and honors at numerous festivals and competitions.

  • Producers Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

    Carroll Brown

    Carroll Brown began his writing career as an entertainment journalist and short fiction author before turning his efforts toward the screen. Since then he has written and adapted works for film and television, and his scripts have won awards and honors at numerous festivals and competitions.

    Jonathan Levit

    Jonathan Levit's experience in the entertainment industry includes roles as magician, actor, television host, and producer. Both individually and along with his partner, Carroll Brown, and their company "Talking Horse Pro­ductions," he is currently involved in the development of projects in film, scripted and un­scripted television and internet content genres.

  • Executive Producers Frank Ariza

    Frank Ariza, born in Barbate is a writer, producer and director of various Spanish productions. He has a great professional career of highly successful series. Director of Gossip Events Productions assures that he bases his success on the actors, in whom he places his full confidence. At present he is in several and very exciting projects. They range from comedy, to thriller to a great drama at several countries. He's very excited and happy with this new stage that is full of emotions and adventures.

    Manu Vega Manuel Vega is an actor and producer, known for Cupido (2018), El Continental (2018) and Le Bruit Des Rails (2014).
  • Documents
    The Caddy - Script
    01/07/2020
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