Script Analysis: “Hell or High Water” — Part 5: Dialogue

Read the script for the acclaimed indie crime drama and discuss this week.

Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this bi-weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:

Monday: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Tuesday: Plot
Wednesday: Characters
Thursday: Theme
Friday: Dialogue
Saturday: Takeaways

Today: Dialogue.

Written by Taylor Sheridan.

IMDb plot summary: A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

You may download a copy of the script here.

Some questions to consider in relation to dialogue in Hell or High Water:

  • What do you consider to be the most memorable lines… and why?
  • Any notable callbacks (a line used once, then used again later in a different context)?
  • How about set-up & payoffs?
  • Any exposition that caught your eye for being handled exceptionally well?

Head to RESPONSES and let me know what dialogue in the script made the most impact on you.

Major kudos to Andrew Lightfoot for doing this week's scene-by-scene breakdown.

To download a PDF of the breakdown for Hell or High Water, go here.

For Part 1, to read the Scene-By-Scene Breakdown, go here.

For Part 2, to read the Major Plot Points, go here.

For Part 3, to read Characters, go here.

For Part 4, to read Theme, go here.

I hope to see you in the RESPONSE section about this week's script: Hell or HIgh Water.


Script Analysis: "Hell or High Water" — Part 5: Dialogue was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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