Mark Barkawitz

GIANT KILLERS – Novel/Screenplay

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An E-Novel  & Feature-Length Screenplay


Mark Barkawitz


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Logline: A single mom and her young son find their fortunes changing when a mysterious stranger arrives in their moribund little town.


Hidden behind dark sunglasses, long hair and a beard, a mysterious young man in shorts and sleeveless T-shirt runs the streets of a small town in Middle America.  Store fronts are closed.  The unemployed, like Darwin Charles, sleep on bus benches no longer on bus routes.  The factory around which the town has grown, now struggles to stay open.  So why has the runner returned when so many others are escaping?

At the park, he meets Willy Wood, a fatherless little leaguer who, like his teammates, can’t catch the baseball.  When pressed for information, the runner remains elusive, like the answers to the town’s economic woes.  Already anxious about her job at the factory, Mary Wood worries about this stranger, who begins to coach her son and the winless Dodgers, even when his methods inspire enthusiasm where desperation once played.

Paige Parker Jr., who inherited the factory, runs it with the aid of his most-competent but under-appreciated secretary, Connie Walls.  He also manages the reigning league champion Giants—his son is their star pitcher—with “Grub” Weisel, a disgraced coach formerly-linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Parker will go to any means to keep the factory open: breaking the union, committing environmental felonies, and if necessary, even sacrificing a few lives along the way.   Smitten with his employee Mary, he promotes her as his protégé.

Can one damaged man really make a difference in so many lives?  Can two aspiring women break the glass ceiling?  Can the stumbling, bumbling Dodgers beat the big, bad Giants?  When plans go amiss—and goals unachieved—can the dreams of our youth still be realized?  In GIANT KILLERS, perhaps they can.

Word Count: 43,850

WGA Reg. #1094391

Copyright Mark Barkawitz

All characters are fictitious.  Any resemblance to actual persons or events is coincidental and not intended by the author.

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” . . . memorable, multi-faceted characters and poignant contemporary themes.  In the tradition of authors such as Twain . . . this novel speaks to the triumphs and trials of our time across various demographics.” Nicole Bouchard-publisher @


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