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Mamet mss., 1985-1986

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Mamet, David.

Mamet mss., 1985-1986

Collection No.
LMC 2123

11 items

Materials are in English

Consists of scripts and research materials relating to David Mamet's original screenplay for the 1987 film The Untouchables, starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, and directed by Brian De Palma.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet is an American playwright, poet, novelist, screenwriter, and director. He began his writing career during his studies at Goddard College in Vermont, and has been a prolific author, publishing more than fifty works since 1977. He has written screenplays for over two dozen films, including Wag the Dog, The Edge, Hoffa, and the movie adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. He also is the director of House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and State and Main.

Scope and Content Note

The collection illustrates the creative process of writing The Untouchables , from the preliminary research stage to the revised final draft of 1986. Included are photocopied news clippings concerning Eliot Ness and Al Capone, handwritten notes, scene sketches that reveal Mamet's ideas for dialogue and character traits, and outlines and drafts, all of which reveal the evolution of the work. A brief note from Art Linson, producer of the film, is included.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2002
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Mamet mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2012

Series: Box 1 Collection

Newspaper clippings (photocopies), circa. 1930-1970

Unordered notes, undated

Preliminary scene sketches and dialogue notes, with handwritten annotations, undated

Preliminary scene sketches, dialogue notes, and manila folder with handwritten annotations, undated

Outline, July 1985

Outline, with index cards, August 12, 1985

First draft, handwritten, undated

Typescript draft, September 1985

Revised typescript draft, April 1986

Congratulatory note from producer Art Linson, undated