About The Book
The screenplays of award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley have earned him a reputation as a gifted writer with a great range and imagination. His movies Moonstruck, Five Corners, and Joe Versus the Volcano have starred such Hollywood luminaries as Cher—who took home an Oscar for her performance in Moonstruck—Nicolas Cage, Jodie Foster, John Turturro, Meg Ryan, and Tom Hanks. This collection showcases Shanley’s talent for creating dialogue that is true to his characters and his ability to tell their stories in eccentric and intensely humorous situations.
‘shanley [writes] gorgeous dialogue: the tart, real talk of people who’ve lived together their lives long, filtered through a poet’s sensibility.” –Los Angeles Times
“One of the best screenplays of the year.” –New York Newsday
On Joe Versus the Volcano:
“Witty, disarming, and beautiful, Joe is the tip-off that John Patrick Shanley is at least as distinctive a director as he has already been a playwright and screenwriter.” –Los Angeles Times
On Five Corners:
“[A] marvelously entertaining screenplay . . . Tough, tawdry stuff.” –New York Post