All You Need Is Love

A Script for a Two-Hour TV or Theatrical Movie



With the help of her colorful carnival family, free-spirit Anna wins the heart of straight-laced Evan, away from the clutches of his selfish fiancée, Mimi — bringing to life some timeless themes, and quotes, of love.

Act One


QUOTE: “That strange phenomenon love ... pops up in the strangest places.” — Thornton Wilder


THEME: Love challenges.


SETTING: Fairground


PLOT: Anna, of a traveling carnival troupe, happens upon successful local businessman Evan and his manipulative fiancée, Mimi, in their suburban hometown and catches their attention in the fun house, etc.


Act Two


QUOTE: “Stony limits cannot hold love out.” — Shakespeare


THEME: Love frees.


SETTING: Office Building


PLOT: With the help of her carnival friends, Anna gains access to Evan — a difficult task — and convinces him to duck out.


Act Three


QUOTE: “The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on Earth.”

— Felicite Robert de Lamennais


THEME: Love rewards.




PLOT: Alone, Evan & Anna discuss the nature of love ... and fall in love.


Act Four


QUOTE: “There are as many pangs in love as shells upon the shore.” — Ovid


THEME: Love hurts.


SETTING: Mental Hospital


PLOT: Mimi convinces everyone — except Evan — that this “kidnapper” is crazy and has her committed, but Evan helps her escape. Although they are still in love, Evan doesn’t admit it and tries to convince Anna that the sensible thing for all concerned is for her to leave with the carnival. She apparently, reluctantly agrees.


Act Five


QUOTE: “Tangl’d in amorous nets.” — Milton


THEME: Love endures.




PLOT: With her carnival friends, Anna sabotages the “happy” couple shopping in preparation for their wedding.


Act Six


QUOTE: “Love conquers all.” — Virgil


THEME: Love conquers all.


SETTING: Wedding chapel


PLOT: With the help of her carnival friends, Anna takes over the wedding; and with the blessings of the levelheaded father of by-now-hysterical Mimi as well as the blessings of the local justice of the peace, Evan & Anna wed.


END QUOTE (& SONG): “All you need is love.” — The Beatles


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