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"The greatest miracle Christianity has achieved in America is that the black man in white Christian hands has not grown violent. It is a miracle that 22 million black people have not risen up against their oppressors--in which they would have been justified by all moral criteria, and = by the democratic tradition! It is a miracle that a nation of black people has so fervently continued to believe in a turn-the-other-cheek and heaven-for-you-after-you-die philosophy! It is a miracle that the American Black people have remained a peaceful people, while catching all the centuries of hell that they have caught, here in white man's heaven! The miracle is that the white man's puppet Negro 'leaders,' his preachers and the educated Negroes laden with degrees, and others who have been allowed to wax fat off their black poor brothers, have been able to hold the black masses quiet until now."

	    --THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

TITLES--WHITE ON BLACK

				   PLACE
			 Brooklyn, New York
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				   TIME
				  Present
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				  WEATHER
			    Hot as s***!
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INT: WE LOVE RADIO STATION STOREFRONT--DAY

EXTREME CLOSE UP

WE SEE only big white teeth and very Negroidal (big) lips.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Waaaake up!
	  Wake up!  Wake up!  Wake up!
	  Up ya wake!  Up ya wake!  Up ya wake!

CAMERA MOVES BACK SLOWLY TO REVEAL MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY, a DJ, a radio personality, behind a microphone.


				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  This is Mister Se�or Love Daddy.
	  Your voice of choice.  The world's
	  only twelve-hour strongman, here on
	  WE LOVE radio, 108 FM.  The last on
	  your dial, but the first in ya
	  hearts, and that's the truth, Ruth!

The CAMERA, which is STILL PULLING BACK, shows that Mister Se�or Love Daddy is actually sitting in a storefront window. The control booth looks directly out onto the street. This is WE LOVE RADIO, a modest station with a loyal following, right in the heart of the neighborhood. The OPENING SHOT will be a TRICK SHOT--the CAMERA PULLING BACK through the storefront window.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Here I am.  Am I here?  Y'know it.
	  It ya know.  This is Mister Se�or
	  Love Daddy, doing the nasty to ya
	  ears, ya ears to the nasty.  I'se
	  play only da platters dat matter,
	  da matters dat platter and that's
	  the truth, Ruth.

He hits the cart machine and we hear a station jingle.

				VO
	  L-O-V-E RADIO.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Doing da ying and yang da flip and
	  flop da hippy and hoppy
		    (he yodels)
	  Yo da lay he hoo.  I have today's
	  forecast.
		    (he screams)
	  HOT!

He laughs like a madman.

INT: DA MAYOR'S BEDROOM--DAY

An old, grizzled man stirs in the bed, his sheets are soaked with sweat. He flings them off his wet body.

				DA MAYOR
	  Damn, it's hot.

INT: JADE'S APARTMENT--DAY

CAMERA MOVES IN ON a young man sitting at the edge of a sofa bed.

CLOSE UP--HIS SMALL HANDS

WE SEE him counting his money. This isn't any ordinary counting of money, he's straightening out all the corners of the bills, arranging them so the bills--actually the "dead presidents"--are facing the same way. This is MOOKIE. Once he's finished with that task, counting his money, he sneaks into his sister's bedroom.

INT: JADE'S BEDROOM--DAY

CLOSE UP--JADE

JADE, Mookie's sister, is fast asleep. Mookie's fingers ENTER THE FRAME and start to play with her lips. Jade pushes his hands away. Mookie waits several beats and he continues. Jade wakes up--mad.

				JADE
	  Don't you have enough sense not to
	  bother people when they're sleeping?
				MOOKIE
	  Wake up!
				JADE
	  Wake up?  Saturday is the lone day
	  I get to sleep late.
				MOOKIE
	  It's gonna be hot today.
				JADE
	  Good!  Leave me alone when I'm
	  sleeping.  I'm gonna get a lock on
	  my door, to keep ya ass outta here.
				MOOKIE
	  Don't ya love ya brother Mookie
	  anymore?  I loves ya, Jade.
				JADE
	  Do me a favor.  Go to work.
				MOOKIE
	  Later.  Gotta get paid.

He plants a big fat juicy on his sister's forehead.

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

A 1975 El Dorado pulls up in front of the neighborhood pizzeria--Sal's Famous Pizzeria.

From out of the car comes the owner, SAL, a slightly overweight man in his early fifties, and his two sons, PINO, 22, and VITO, 20. It's time for them to go to work at Sal's Famous Pizzeria in the heart of Black Brooklyn. Sal's sits on the corner of The Block. The Block being where this film on the hottest day of the summer takes place.

Pino kicks a beer can in his path into the gutter.

				SAL
	  Pino, get a broom and sweep out
	  front.
				PINO
	  Vito, get a broom and sweep out
	  front.
				VITO
	  See, Pop.  That's just what I was
	  talkin' about.  Every single time
	  you tell Pino to do something, he
	  gives it to me.
				PINO
	  He's nuts.
				SAL
	  The both of youse, shaddup.
				VITO
	  Tell Pino.
				PINO
	  Get the broom.
				VITO
	  I ain't getting s***.
				SAL
	  Hey!  Watch it.
				PINO
	  I didn't want to come to work
	  anyway.  I hate this freakin' place.
				SAL
	  Can you do better?  C'mere.

Pino is now silent. Sal walks over to him.


				SAL
	  Can you do better?
		    (he pops Pino upside
		    the head)
	  I didn't think so.  This is a
	  respectable business.  Nuthin'
	  wrong with it.  Get dat broom.
				PINO
	  Tell Vito.
				VITO
	  Pop asked you.
				SAL
	  I'm gonna kill somebody today.

EXT: MOOKIE'S BROWNSTONE--DAY

Mookie comes down his stoop and walks to work.

EXT: STREET--DAY

The Block is beginning to come to life. Those unlucky souls who have to work this Saturday drag themselves to it, and the kids are out on the street to play in the hot sun all day long.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--DAY

Mookie stops to say hello to MOTHER SISTER. She leans out her window on the parlor floor. In the summertime, the only time when she's not perched in her window is when she's asleep.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Good morning, Mookie.
				MOOKIE
	  Good morning to you.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  Now, Mookie, don't work too hard
	  today.  The man said it's gonna be
	  HOT as the devil.  I don't want ya
	  falling out from the heat.  You
	  hear me, son?
				MOOKIE
	  I hear ya, Mother Sister.  I hear
	  you.


				MOTHER SISTER
	  Good.  I'll be watching ya, son.
	  Mother Sister always watches.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie enters the pizzeria and Pino is on him before the door closes.

				PINO
	  Mookie, late again.  How many times
	  I gotta tell you?
				MOOKIE
	  Hello, Sal.  Hello, Vito.
				SAL
	  How ya doin', Mookie?
				VITO
	  Whaddup?
				MOOKIE
	  Just coolin'.
				PINO
	  You're still late.
				SAL
	  Pino, relax, will ya.
				PINO
	  Here, take the broom.  The front
	  needs sweeping.
				MOOKIE
	  Wait a minute.  Wait a minute.  I
	  just got here.  You sweep.  I
	  betcha Sal asked you first anyhow.
				VITO
	  That's right.
				PINO
	  Shaddup, Vito.
				MOOKIE
	  That dat s***.  I deliver pizzas.
	  That's what I get paid for.
				PINO
	  You get paid to do what we say.


				MOOKIE
	  What we say.  I didn't hear Sal say
	  nuthin'.

Pino looks at his father. He wants to be backed up on this; all he gets is an amused look, and a smirk from Vito.

				PINO
	  Who's working for who?

There's a knock on the door and Da Mayor enters.

				SAL
	  Come on in, Mayor.
				DA MAYOR
	  Good morning, gentlemens.  It's
	  gonna be a scorcher today, that's
	  for sure.  Need any work done
	  around here?

Sal looks at Pino, who reluctantly gives Da Mayor the broom.

				DA MAYOR
	  It will be the cleanest sidewalk in
	  Brooklyn.  Clean as the Board of
	  Health.

Da Mayor almost runs out of the pizzeria in his hurry; soon as he finishes he'll be able to get a bottle.

				PINO
	  Pop, I don't believe this s***.  We
	  runnin' welfare or somethin'?
	  Every day you give dat bum--
				MOOKIE
	  Da Mayor ain't no bum.
				PINO
	  Give dat bum a dollar for sweeping
	  our sidewalk.  What do we pay
	  Mookie for?  He don't even work.  I
	  work harder than him and I'm your
	  own son.
				MOOKIE
	  Who don't work?  Let's see you
	  carry six large pies up six flights
	  of stairs.  No elevator either and
	  s***.


				SAL
	  Both of youse--shaddup.  This is a
	  place of business.
				VITO
	  Tell 'em, Pop.
				PINO
	  Me and you are gonna have a talk.
				VITO
	  Sez who?
				PINO
	  Sez me.
				SAL
	  Hey!  What did I say?
				MOOKIE
	  Who doesn't work?  Don't start no
	  s***, won't be no s***.
				SAL
	  Mookie, no cursing in the store.
				MOOKIE
	  Talk to your son.

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Da Mayor sweeps the sidewalk, happy as can be. As soon as he finishes he can get that money and get that bottle.

EXT: STOOP--DAY

A group of youths sit on a stoop, waiting for someone. They are CEE, PUNCHY, and the lone female, ELLA.

				ELLA
	  What's keeping him?
				PUNCHY
	  You call him, then.

Ella stands up and yells.

				ELLA
	  Yo, Ahmad!
				PUNCHY
	  I coulda done dat.


				ELLA
	  Yo, Ahmad!

She looks up into his window, then sits down.

				ELLA
	  Punchy, if ya want to do some more
	  screaming, be my guest.  I'm too
	  through.

The door swings open at the top of the stoop and AHMAD appears.

				AHMAD
	  Who's yelling my name?
				ELLA
	  Punchy told me to.
				AHMAD
	  Don't listen to him, it will get ya
	  in trouble.
				ELLA
	  Heard that, Punchy.

Ahmad sits down with them.

				AHMAD
	  Ella, you have a brain, use it.

In the BG, we hear the dum-dum-dum of a giant box. The sound gets louder as the box gets closer. The youths look down the block and see a tall young man coming towards them. He has a very distinct walk, it's more like a bop. This is RADIO RAHEEM. The size of his box is tremendous and one has to think, how does he carry something that big around with him? It must weigh a ton, and it seems like the sidewalk shakes as the rap music blares out. The song we hear is the only one Radio Raheem plays.

MEDIUM SHOT--RADIO RAHEEM

Radio Raheem stops in front of the group, looks at them, and turns down the volume. It's quiet again.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Peace, y'all.
				ELLA
	  Peace, Radio Raheem.
				CEE
	  Peace.
										    10.


				PUNCHY
	  You the man, Radio Raheem.
				AHMAD
	  It's your world.
				CEE
	  In a big way.

Radio Raheem nods and turns up the volume. Way up.

				AHMAD
	  My people.  My people.

EXT: WE LOVE STOREFRONT--DAY

Radio Raheem waves to Mister Se�or Love Daddy as he walks by.

INT: WE LOVE CONTROL BOOTH--DAY

Mister Se�or Love Daddy gives Radio Raheem a clenched-fist salute.

EXT: FRUIT-N-VEG DELIGHT--DAY

Da Mayor walks into a newly opened fruit and vegetable deli stand that is owned by Koreans.

INT: FRUIT-N-VEG DELIGHT--DAY

Da Mayor is looking for his beer in the refrigerated cases, his ice-cold beer.

				DA MAYOR
	  Where's the Bud?  Where's the Bud?
				KOREAN CLERK
	  No mo' Bud.  You look what we have
	  and buy.
				DA MAYOR
	  No more Bud.  What kind of joint is
	  this?  How come no mo' Bud?  Doctor,
	  this ain't Korea, China, or wherever
	  you come from.  Get some Budweiser
	  in this stupid.
				KOREAN CLERK
	  You buy 'nother beer.
										    11.


				DA MAYOR
	  Alright.  Alright.  Y'know you're
	  asking a lot to make a man change
	  his beer, that's asking a lot,
	  Doctor.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--DAY

Da Mayor has his can of beer (not Budweiser) and the brown paper bag is twisted into a knot at the bottom. He stops and takes a long swig.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  You ole drunk.  What did I tell ya
	  about drinking in front of my stoop?
	  Move on, you're blocking my view.

Da Mayor lowers the can from his mouth and looks up at his heckler. It's obvious from the look on his face he's heard this before. Da Mayor contorts his face and stares at her.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  You ugly enough.  Don't stare at me.

Da Mayor changes his face into a more grotesque look.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  The evil eye doesn't work on me.
				DA MAYOR
	  Mother Sister, you've been talkin'
	  'bout me the last eighteen years.
	  What have I ever done to you?
				MOTHER SISTER
	  You're a drunk fool.
				DA MAYOR
	  Besides that.  Da Mayor don't
	  bother nobody.  Nobody don't bother
	  Da Mayor but you.  Da Mayor just
	  mind his business.  I love everybody.
	  I even love you.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  Hold your tongue.  You don't have
	  that much love.
				DA MAYOR
	  One day you'll be nice to me.  We
	  might both be dead and buried, but
	  you'll be nice.  At least civil.
										    12.


Da Mayor tips his beat-up hat to Mother Sister and takes a final swig of beer just for her.

INT: TINA'S APARTMENT--DAY

An elderly Puerto Rican woman, CARMEN, is telling off her daughter TINA in Spanish. Tina, having heard enough, closes the door on her mother's ranting and raving.

ANGLE--TINA

Tina bends down and scoops her baby son HECTOR up from the bed and holds him for dear life to her breasts. She talks to her son while walking around the room.

				TINA
	  Hector, I shouldn't be telling you
	  this but you would find out sooner
	  or later.  Ya father ain't no real
	  father.  He's a bum, a two-bit bum
	  in a hundred-dollar world.  Your
	  father is to the curb.  You're
	  smart.  I see that look on ya face.
	  You're saying if he's such a bum
	  why am I with him?  Good question.
	  Like I said before, you're no dummy.
	  He talked his way into my panties,
	  I thought being a mother would make
	  me happy, make me whole.  He's a
	  mistake, but you are not.

Tina kisses her son. Tina is seventeen years old, another teenage parent.

EXT: STREET CORNER--DAY

Every day on this corner, summer or winter, spring or fall, a small group of men meet. They have no steady employment, nothing they can speak of; they do, however, have the gift of gab. These man can talk, talk, and mo' talk, and when a bottle is going round and they're feeling "nice," they get philosophical. These men become the great thinkers of the world, with solutions to all its ills; like drugs, the homeless, and AIDS. They're called the Corner Men: SWEET DICK WILLIE, COCONUT SID, and ML. All three are sitting in folding chairs up against a wall in the shade.

				ML
	  The way I see it, if this hot
	  weather continues, it will surely
	  melt the polar caps and the whole
	  wide world--the parts that ain't
	  water already--will be flooded.
										    13.


				COCONUT SID
	  You a dumb-ass simple stupid.
	  Where did you read that?
				ML
	  Don't worry about it.  But when it
	  happens and I'm in my boat and ya
	  black ass is drowning, don't ask me
	  to throw you a lifesaver either.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Fool, you're thirty cents away from
	  a quarter.  How you gonna get a boat?
				ML
	  Don't worry about it.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  You're raggedy as a roach.  You eat
	  the holes out of donuts.
				ML
	  I'll be back on my feet.  Soon
	  enough.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  So when is all this ice suppose to
	  melt?

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Customers are in Sal's; it's lunchtime and it's fairly busy. Sal puts a hot slice down on the counter in front of BUGGIN' OUT, a b-boy.

				SAL
	  You paying now or on layaway?

Buggin' Out looks at the slice.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  How much?
				SAL
	  You come in here at least three
	  times a day.  You a retard?  A buck
	  fifty.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Damn, Sal, put some more cheese on
	  that stupid.
										    14.


				SAL
	  Extra cheese is two dollars.
	  Y'know dat.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Two dollars!  Forget it!

Buggin' Out slams his money down on the counter, takes his slice and sits down.

ANGLE--TABLE

All around Buggin' Out, peering down from the WALL OF FAME, are signed, framed, eight by ten glossies of famous Italian Americans. WE SEE Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Liza Minnelli, Governor Mario Cuomo, Al Pacino and, of course, how can we forget Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa: THE ITALIAN STALLION, also RAMBO.

CLOSE UP--BUGGIN' OUT

He looks at the pictures hovering above him.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Mookie.

CLOSE UP--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  What?

CLOSE UP--BUGGIN' OUT

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  How come you ain't got no brothers
	  up?

CLOSE UP--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  Ask Sal.

ANGLE--PIZZERIA

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Sal, how come you ain't got no
	  brothers up on the wall here?
				SAL
	  You want brothers up on the Wall of
	  Fame, you open up your own business,
	  then you can do what you wanna do.
	  My pizzeria, Italian Americans up
	  on the wall.
										    15.


				VITO
	  Take it easy, Pop.
				SAL
	  Don't start on me today.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Sal, that might be fine, you own
	  this, but rarely do I see any
	  Italian Americans eating in here.
	  All I've ever seen is Black folks.
	  So since we spend much money here,
	  we do have some say.
				SAL
	  You a troublemaker?

Pino walks over to Buggin' Out.

				PINO
	  You making trouble.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Put some brothers up on this Wall
	  of Fame.  We want Malcolm X, Angela
	  Davis, Michael Jordan tomorrow.

Sal comes from behind the counter with his Louisville Slugger Mickey Mantle model baseball bat. Vito is by his side, but Mookie intercepts them, and takes Buggin' Out outside.

				SAL
	  Don't come back, either.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Boycott Sal's.  Boycott Sal's.

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

				MOOKIE
	  Buggin' Out, I gotta work here.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I'm cool.  I'm cool.
				MOOKIE
	  Come back in a week, it will be
	  squashed.

They give each other five.

										    16.


INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie enters.

				SAL
	  Mookie, if your friends can't
	  behave, they're not welcome.
				MOOKIE
	  I got no say over people.
				PINO
	  You talk to 'em.
				MOOKIE
	  People are free to do what they
	  wanna do.
				SAL
	  I know, this is America, but I
	  don't want no trouble.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Mookie walks down the block with pizza box in hand when he sees Da Mayor sitting on his stoop.

				DA MAYOR
	  Mookie.
				MOOKIE
	  Gotta go.
				DA MAYOR
	  C'mere, Doctor.

Mookie turns around and goes back.

				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, this is Da Mayor talkin'.
				MOOKIE
	  OK.  OK.
				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, always try to do the right
	  thing.
				MOOKIE
	  That's it?
				DA MAYOR
	  That's it.
										    17.


				MOOKIE
	  I got it.

INT: TENEMENT BUILDING--DAY

Mookie is hiking up a flight of stairs.

ANGLE--STAIRCASE

He puts the pizza box down and takes a breather.

CLOSE UP--MOOKIE

Sweat drips off his face.

ANGLE--MOOKIE

He bends down to pick up the pizza box and tackles the last few flights.

CLOSE UP--DOORBELL

Mookie pushes the buzzer.

ANGLE--DOOR

A young Puerto Rican woman opens the door.

				NILDA
	  I hope it's not cold.

Mookie hands her the pizza.

				MOOKIE
	  No, it's not cold.  Twelve dollars
	  for the pie.

Nilda hands him a handful of singles. Mookie looks at the crumpled mess. Nilda attempts to close the door, but Mookie's foot says, "Hell no."

				MOOKIE
	  Hold it.  Let me count this first.

First he straightens out the dollars, then counts the bills.

				MOOKIE
	  You're short.
				NILDA
	  I counted the twelve dollars myself.
				MOOKIE
	  Twelve is right, but no tip.
										    18.


				NILDA
	  No tip.
				MOOKIE
	  Look, lady.  I carried your pizza
	  up five flights of stairs and s***.
	  The cheese didn't slide over to one
	  side like it sometimes does with
	  delivery people who don't care.  I
	  do care.  May I get paid?

Nilda looks at him and sees right away he's not going anywhere.

				NILDA
	  Wait here.
				MOOKIE
	  I'll wait.

Nilda goes into the apartment and we hear her talking in Spanish to a male.

ANGLE--MOOKIE

Mookie bends down to tie his sneakers.

ANGLE--DOOR

Nilda reappears and holds out a lonely lone dollar for him. Mookie has her hold it out for awhile, then he takes it.

				MOOKIE
	  Gracias mucho.

Nilda slams the door.

				MOOKIE
	  A dollar!  Cheap bastard!  Your
	  pizza is gonna b next time.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--DAY

Jade sits down next to Mother Sister on the stoop.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Jade, you're late.
				JADE
	  I know, Mother Sister, but I'm here
	  now.  Where's the stuff?

Mother Sister hands her a bag that is at her side.

										    19.


				MOTHER SISTER
	  Seen your brother, just walked by.

Jade unwraps a head scarf from around Mother Sister's head and a full head of long black hair falls to her shoulders.

				JADE
	  This might take some time.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  I got nowhere to go.  We haven't
	  had a good sit-down for a long while.

Jade begins to part, grease, and comb out Mother Sister's hair.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Tender-headed runs in my family.
	  You tender-headed?
				JADE
	  Yeah, me too.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  That's why I don't fool with it.
	  Only let you touch it...Ouch!
				JADE
	  Sorry, comb got caught.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  Be gentle, child.  Mother Sister is
	  an old woman.
				JADE
	  How are you holding up in this
	  weather?
				MOTHER SISTER
	  I'll do.
				JADE
	  I don't know why you still haven't
	  bought an air conditioner.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  Don't like 'em.  A fan will do.

ANGLE--DA MAYOR

Da Mayor stands in front of the stoop, he's smiling for days.

										    20.


				DA MAYOR
	  I didn't know you had such beautiful
	  hair.

ANGLE--STOOP

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Fool, there's a lot in this world
	  you don't know.

CLOSE UP--DA MAYOR

				DA MAYOR
	  I'm not stopping.  I'm on my way.

The Mayor tips his hat and heads up the block.

ANGLE--STOOP

				JADE
	  You are too cruel to Da Mayor, it
	  isn't right.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  I'm not studying no Mayor.  Besides,
	  he reminds me of my least favorite
	  peoples.  My tenants and my ex-
	  husband--Goddamn-bless his soul.

They both laugh.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Number One: I got some jive, late-
	  rent-paying trifling Negroes in
	  this house.  Every year I keep
	  threatening to sell it.
				JADE
	  And move to Long Island...
				MOTHER SISTER
	  And move to Long Island.  Number
	  Two: my ex-husband lost all my
	  property, all my money in his
	  scheme to build a Black business
	  empire.  Needless to say what
	  happened, this house is it, all I
	  got.  I'm too through with yar
	  people.

CLOSE UP--JADE

				JADE
	  Whew!
										    21.


She looks up at the white-hot sun.

CLOSE UP--MOTHER SISTER

She does the same.

X CLOSE UP--THE WHITE-HOT SUN

HOT, HOTTER AND HOTTEST MONTAGE

Right now, folks, we're gonna suspend the narrative and show how people are coping with the oppressive heat.

People are taking cold showers.

Sticking faces in ice-cold, water-filled sinks.

Heads stuck in refrigerators.

A wife tells her husband, "Hell no, I'm not cooking. It's too hot. The kitchen is closed."

Men downing six-packs of ice-cold brew.

Faces stuck directly in front of fans.

A young kid cracks an egg on Sal's Cadillac. The moment the egg hits the car hood it starts to cook. The kid looks directly INTO THE CAMERA and smiles, then looks up to see Sal, mad as a stupid, chasing after him.

And how can I forget the papers, the newspaper headlines.

		  New York Post: "A SCORCHER"
	    New York Daily News: "2 HOT 4 U?"
	New York Newsday: "OH BOY!  BAKED APPLE"
    New York Times: "RECORD HEATWAVE HITS CITY"

EXT: STREET--DAY

CLOSE UP--JOHNNY PUMP

POW! A powerful gush of water flies out RIGHT AT THE CAMERA.

Ahmad has just turned on the johnny pump and the white stream of water flies across the street.

This attracts all the people of the block. It's a chance to cool off and momentarily beat the killer heat.

ANGLE--CEE AND PUNCHY

They both scrape beer cans on the sidewalk.

										    22.


ANGLE--ELLA

She stands with caution away from the fire hydrant. Ella does not want to get wet.

ANGLE--CEE AND PUNCHY

They're still scraping away.

ANGLE--STREET

Folks, young and old, begin to get in the water and play.

ANGLE--CEE AND PUNCHY

Both now have cans with the ends scraped away, and go to the johnny pump. Punchy bends down behind the hydrant and places the can over the water. The can now directs the water into giant streams.

ANGLE--ELLA

Ahmad sneaks up behind Ella and picks her up. She's kicking and screaming furiously.

				ELLA
	  Ahmad!  Put me down!  Put me down!
	  I can't get wet!  I'm not playing!

Ahmad is not having it. He carries a kicking Ella into the middle of the street in direct line of fire.

				AHMAD
	  Yo!
				ELLA
	  No!

They both are hit with a blast of water and are soaked to the bone. Ella starts to punch Ahmad, and chases after him.

ANGLE--STREET

We hear the familiar rap music of Radio Raheem's box.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

Radio Raheem is too cool. By the way he's dressed, it could be fall, not the hottest day of the year. But you could never tell it from him. He's too cool.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

										    23.


Raheem looks at Cee, he wants to get by and he doesn't want to get wet either. And if his box gets wet, somebody is gonna die. Cee knows this too.

ANGLE--JOHNNY PUMP

Cee stands in front of the hydrant, blocking the water so Radio Raheem can pass.

ANGLE--RADIO RAHEEM

He slowly bops across the street as all eyes watch. When he's clear, Cee moves and the water gushes out again as folks play.

ANGLE--STREET

We hear a car horn blowing. People move out of the way as the vehicle speeds through the spray.

ANGLE--WHITE CONVERTIBLE

An older man, CHARLIE, stops his white convertible and blows his horn.

				CHARLIE
	  I'm not playing.  There's gonna be
	  trouble if you around.

CLOSE--CEE AND PUNCHY

				PUNCHY
	  Go 'head.  You got it.  You got it.

CLOSE--CHARLIE

				CHARLIE
	  This is an expensive car.

CLOSE--CEE

				CEE
	  You won't get wet.

ANGLE--HYDRANT

Both Punchy and Cee sit in front of the hydrant once again, blocking the water.

ANGLE--WHITE CONVERTIBLE

The car cautiously eases forward. Charlie doesn't trust Cee and Punchy at all.

										    24.


CLOSE--CHARLIE

				CHARLIE
	  I'm warning you.

CLOSE--CEE AND PUNCHY

				PUNCHY
	  C'mon.
				CEE
	  Hurry up.  We ain't got all day.

ANGLE--STREET

The people all move to the car, for they know what is about to happen.

ANGLE--HYDRANT

Cee and Punchy leap off the hydrant, unleashing a jet blast that flies directly into Charlie's car. The whole block is dying.

ANGLE--STREET

Charlie pulls his flooded car over to the curb, jumps out, and runs to get hold of Cee and Punchy. Of course, he's slow, as the kids turn into track stars and make like Carl Lewis.

ANGLE--STREET

Charlie, a wet mess, tries to buy some sympathy from the folks; none is to be bought.

				CHARLIE
	  I'm soaked.  If I ever
	  catch those they'll be sorry.

The ranting continues, and people laugh at him.

				CHARLIE
	  You people make me sick.

A cop car screeches to a halt in front of the man. Two officers, LONG and PONTE, get out.

				CHARLIE
	  Officers, I want an arrest made.
	  Now.
										    25.


				OFFICER PONTE
	  What happened?
				CHARLIE
	  Two Black kids soaked me and my car.
	  It's ruined.
				OFFICER LONG
	  Where are they?
				CHARLIE
	  Where are they?  What kind of
	  question is that?
	  They ran away.
				OFFICER PONTE
	  Do you wish to file a complaint?
				CHARLIE
	  A complaint.  I want those
	  locked under the jail.

Officer Long goes into his car and gets a wrench.

ANGLE--JOHNNY PUMP

Officer Long turns off the hydrant, then puts the cap back on.

				OFFICER PONTE
	  This hydrant better not come back
	  on or there's gonna be hell to pay.
				CHARLIE
	  What about my car?  I want justice.

Officer Long sides up to Da Mayor who's been looking on.

				OFFICER LONG
	  You know anything about this?

Da Mayor is quiet.

				CHARLIE
	  He knows.  He's a witness.  They
	  all know.  He saw the whole thing.

Officer Ponte goes to Da Mayor's other side.

				OFFICER LONG
	  Who were the punks?
				DA MAYOR
	  Those who'll tell don't know.
	  Those who know won't tell.
										    26.


				OFFICER PONTE
	  A wise guy.

Mookie emerges from the crowd and leads Da Mayor away from the interrogation.

				MOOKIE
	  Let's go, Mayor.
				OFFICER LONG
	  Keep this hydrant off.  You want to
	  swim, go to Coney Island.
				CHARLIE
	  He's leaving?  What about me?
				OFFICER PONTE
	  I suggest you get in your car
	  quick, before these people start to
	  strip it clean.

The man looks at the crowd of Blacks and Puerto Ricans around him and he considers what he just heard.

				OFFICER LONG
	  Let's go, break it up.  Go back to
	  your jobs.
				OFFICER PONTE
	  What jobs?

Both cops laugh.

ANGLE--STREET

Charlie drives away, fuming.

INT: ROOFTOP--DAY

Cee and Punchy look down from a roof on all the havoc and confusion they've started. Both laugh.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie enters.

				SAL
	  Mookie, what took you so long?  I
	  got a business to run.
				MOOKIE
	  Run it then.
										    27.


				SAL
	  Here, this goes to the radio station.

He gives Mookie a bag full of food.

				VITO
	  Pop, I'm gonna go with Mookie.
				SAL
	  Good, make sure he don't jerk around.
				PINO
	  Yeah, hurry back, it's getting
	  crowded.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Vito and Mookie walk down the block.

				VITO
	  Mister Se�or Love Daddy is cool.
				MOOKIE
	  Ya like him, huh?
				VITO
	  Yeah.
				MOOKIE
	  Y'know, Vito, I know Pino is ya
	  brother and s***, but the next time
	  he hits ya, the next time he
	  touches ya, you should "house him."
	  Kick his ass.
				VITO
	  I don't know.
				MOOKIE
	  If you don't make a stand, he's
	  gonna be beating ya like a egg for
	  the rest of your life.
				VITO
	  That's what you think?
				MOOKIE
	  That's what I think.
				VITO
	  I don't like to fight.
										    28.


				MOOKIE
	  Do it this one time and he'll never
	  touch you again.

EXT: WE LOVE RADIO--DAY

Mookie and Vito wave at Mister Se�or Love Daddy through the storefront window and he buzzes them in.

OMIT

INT: CONTROL BOOTH--DAY

Mookie and Vito very quietly walk in; the man is on the air.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Peoples, my stomach's been grumbling
	  but help has arrived.  My main man
	  Mookie has saved the day, straight
	  from Sal's Famous Pizzeria, down
	  the block.  Come up to the mike,
	  Mookie.

Mookie goes to the mike.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  C'mon, don't be shy.  Mmm, smells
	  good.  This is ya Love Daddy
	  talkin' to ya, starvin' like Marvin.
	  Say something, Mookie.
				MOOKIE
	  Mister Se�or Love Daddy, I'd like
	  to dedicate the next record to my
	  heart, Tina.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Alright.  Let me play this record
	  while I go to work on my chicken
	  Parmigiana hero with extra cheese
	  and extra sauce.

He hits the cart machine...

				VO
	  I just looove you so much Mister
	  Se�or Love Daddy.  WE LOVE RADIO,
	  108 FM.

...then cues up the record.

										    29.


				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Here ya are.
		    (he hands Mookie a
		    twenty-dollar bill)
	  Keep the change.
				MOOKIE
	  That's right on time.  This is my
	  friend, Vito.  His pops is Sal.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Tell ya father he makes the best
	  heros in Brooklyn.
				VITO
	  I'll do that.
				MOOKIE
	  We're outta here.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Thanks for stopping by.  WE LOVE
	  Radio, 108 FM.

EXT: STREET--DAY

On a stoop, a group of Puerto Ricans sits talking, drinking cerveza fr�o, and playing dominoes. One of their cars is parked near the stoop, and blasts salsa music.

ANGLE--RADIO RAHEEM

As usual we hear the rap music of Radio Raheem, but underneath the salsa music. Radio Raheem does not like to be bested; the salsa music from the parked car is giving him competition, this is no good. Radio Raheem stands in front of the stoop and raises his decibel level.

ANGLE--STOOP

The Puerto Rican men look at him, then begin to yell at him in Spanish. There is a standoff, the rap and salsa clashing in a deafening roar. One of the men, STEVIE, gets off the stoop and goes to the car.

ANGLE--CAR

Stevie turns the car radio off.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

Radio Raheem smiles, nods, turns his box to a reasonable listening level, and bops down the block. Radio Raheem still the loudest. Radio Raheem still the king.

										    30.


				STEVIE
	  You got it, bro.

ANGLE--STOOP

The men curse in Spanish and shake their heads in bewilderment and Stevie turns the salsa back on.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Vito and Mookie see Buggin' Out on their way back to Sal's.

				MOOKIE
	  You the man.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  You the man.
				MOOKIE
	  No, you the man.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  No.  I'm just a struggling Black
	  man trying to keep my dick hard in
	  a cruel and harsh world.

Buggin' Out gives Mookie five and a menacing look at Vito.

				MOOKIE
	  Vito is down.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Buggin' Out is walking down the block when CLIFTON, a yuppie, accidentally bumps into him, stepping on his new sneakers.

CLOSE--BUGGIN' OUT

He looks at his sneakers.

CLOSE--SNEAKERS

There is a big black smudge on his new white unlaced Air Jordans.

ANGLE--BUGGIN' OUT

He runs down the block after Clifton.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Yo!

Clifton turns around.

										    31.


				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Yo!
				CLIFTON
	  Yes?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  You almost knocked me down.  The
	  word is "excuse me."
				CLIFTON
	  Excuse me.  I'm very sorry.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Not only did you knock me down, you
	  stepped on my new white Air Jordans
	  that I just bought and that's all
	  you can say, "Excuse me?"

This commotion has attracted a crowd, including Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I'll you up quick two times.

HERE WE GO!

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Who told you to step on my sneakers?
	  Who told you to walk on my side of
	  the block?  Who told you to be in
	  my neighborhood?
				CLIFTON
	  I own a brownstone on this block.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Who told you to buy a brownstone on
	  my block, in my neighborhood on my
	  side of the street?

The crowd likes that one and they laugh and egg him on.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  What do you want to live in a Black
	  neighborhood for?  stupid
	  gentrification.
				CLIFTON
	  I'm under the assumption that this
	  is a free country and one can live
	  where he pleases.
										    32.


				BUGGIN' OUT
	  A free country?

AWWW s***! Why did he get Buggin' started?

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I should f*** you up just for that
	  stupid s*** alone.

Buggin' Out looks down at his marred Air Jordans. The crowd, smelling blood, wants to see some.

				AHMAD
	  Your Jordans are dogged.
				CEE
	  You might as well throw 'em out.
				PUNCHY
	  They looked good before he messed
	  them up.
				ELLA
	  You used to be so fine.
				AHMAD
	  How much did you pay for them?
				CEE
	  A hundred bucks.
				AHMAD
	  A hundred bucks!
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  You're lucky the Black man has a
	  loving heart.  Next time you see me
	  coming, cross the street quick.
				AHMAD
	  He's dissing you.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Damn, my brand-new Jordans.  You
	  should buy me another pair.
				CLIFTON
	  I'm gonna leave now.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  If I wasn't a righteous Black man
	  you'd be in serious trouble.
	  SERIOUS.
										    33.


The crowd gives their approval.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Move back to Connecticut.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie and Vito enter the shop.

				SAL
	  I should have Vito go with you all
	  the time.
				PINO
	  Yeah, no more ninety-minute
	  deliveries around the corner.
				MOOKIE
	  Pino, I work hard like everybody in
	  here.
				VITO
	  He's right.
				PINO
	  C'mere.
		    (Pino smacks his brother)
	  Don't get too friendly with da Mook.
				SAL
	  That's gonna be the last time you
	  hit Vito.
				MOOKIE
	  Smack him back.
				PINO
	  What?
				MOOKIE
	  Remember what I said.

Vito stands frozen in front of his brother.

				PINO
	  Are you gonna listen to this Mook?
	  Listen to him tell you to smack me?
	  Your only brother?

Vito walks away and Mookie is disgusted.

				PINO
	  I didn't think so.
										    34.


EXT: STREET--DAY

Officers Ponte and Long drive down the block and at the corner they stop, glare at the Corner Men.

CLOSE--OFFICER PONTE

CLOSE--SWEET DICK WILLIE

CLOSE--OFFICER LONG

CLOSE--COCONUT SID

ANGLE--POLICE CAR

				OFFICER PONTE
	  What a waste.

ANGLE--CORNER

Sweet Dick, ML, and Coconut Sid stare right back at the cops.

ANGLE--POLICE CAR

It drives off.

ANGLE--CORNER

				COCONUT SID
	  As I was saying before we were so
	  rudely interrupted by the finest.
				ML
	  What was you saying?

Coconut Sid blanks.

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Motherf***er wasn't saying s***.
				ML
	  Look at that.
				COCONUT SID
	  Look at what?

ML points across the street to the Korean fruit and vegetable stand.

				ML
	  It's a shame.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  What is?
										    35.


				ML
	  Sweet Dick Willie.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  That's my name.
				ML
	  Do I have to spell it out?
				COCONUT SID
	  Make it plain.
				ML
	  OK, but listen up.  I'm gonna break
	  it down.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Let it be broke.
				ML
	  Can ya dig it?
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  It's dug.

CLOSE--ML

				ML
	  Look at those Korean stupid
	  across the street.  I betcha they
	  haven't been a year off da
	  stupid boat before they
	  opened up their own place.

CLOSE--COCONUT SID

				COCONUT SID
	  It's been about a year.

CLOSE--ML

				ML
	  A stupid year off the
	  stupid boat and got a good
	  business in our neighborhood
	  occupying a building that had been
	  boarded up for longer than I care
	  to remember and I've been here a
	  long time.

CLOSE--SWEET DICK WILLIE

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  It has been a long time.
										    36.


CLOSE--COCONUT SID

				COCONUT SID
	  How long?

CLOSE--ML

				ML
	  Too long!  Too long.  Now for the
	  life of me, I haven't been able to
	  figger this out.  Either dem
	  Koreans are geniuses or we Blacks
	  are dumb.

This is truly a stupefying question and all three are silent. What is the answer?

				COCONUT SID
	  It's gotta be cuz we're Black.  No
	  other explanation, nobody don't
	  want the Black man to be about s***.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Old excuse.
				ML
	  I'll be one happy fool to see us
	  have our own business right here.
	  Yes, sir.  I'd be the first in line
	  to spend the little money I got.

Sweet Dick Willie gets up from his folding chair.

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  It's Miller time.  Let me go give
	  these Koreans s'more business.
				ML
	  It's a stupid shame.
				COCONUT SID
	  Ain't that a bi**h.

EXT: STOOP--DAY

Da Mayor sits on his stoop and a kid, EDDIE, runs by.

				DA MAYOR
	  Sonny!  Sonny!

Eddie stops.

				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, what's your name?
										    37.


				EDDIE
	  Eddie Lovell.
				DA MAYOR
	  How old are you?
				EDDIE
	  Ten.
				DA MAYOR
	  What makes Sammy run?
				EDDIE
	  My name is Eddie.
				DA MAYOR
	  What makes Sammy run?
				EDDIE
	  I said my name is Eddie Lovell.
				DA MAYOR
	  Relax, Eddie, I want you to go to
	  the corner store.  How much will it
	  cost me?
				EDDIE
	  How would I know how much it's
	  gonna cost if I don't know what I'm
	  buying?
				DA MAYOR
	  Eddie, you're too smart for your
	  own britches.  Listen to me.  How
	  much do you want to run to the
	  store for Da Mayor?
				EDDIE
	  Fifty cents.
				DA MAYOR
	  You got a deal.

He gives Eddie some money.

				DA MAYOR
	  Git me a quart of beer, Budweiser,
	  say it's for your father, if they
	  bother you.

Eddie runs down the block just as Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella pass him.

										    38.


				AHMAD
	  Who told him he was Da Mayor of
	  this block?
				CEE
	  He's self-appointed.
				ELLA
	  Leave him alone.
				PUNCHY
	  Shut up.
				DA MAYOR
	  Go on now.  Leave me be.
				AHMAD
	  You walk up and down this block
	  like you own it.
				CEE
	  Da Mayor.
				PUNCHY
	  You're old.
				AHMAD
	  A old drunk bum.

Da Mayor stands up from his seat cushion on the stoop.

				AHMAD
	  What do you have to say?
				DA MAYOR
	  What do you know 'bout me?  Y'all
	  can't even pee straight.  What do
	  you know?  Until you have stood in
	  the doorway and heard the hunger of
	  your five children, unable to do a
	  damn thing about it, you don't know
	  s***.  You don't know my pain, you
	  don't know me.  Don't call me a
	  bum, don't call me a drunk, you
	  don't know me, and it's
	  disrespectful.  I know your parents
	  raised you better.

The teenagers look at Da Mayor.

				ELLA
	  He told you off.

Da Mayor sits back down on his seat cushion on his stoop.

										    39.


INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

ANGLE--PAY PHONE ON WALL

Mookie is on the phone.

				MOOKIE
	  I know I haven't seen you in four
	  days.  I'm a working man.
				TINA (VO)
	  I work too, but I still make time.
				MOOKIE
	  Tina, what do you want me to do?
				TINA (VO)
	  I want you to spend some time with
	  me.  I want you to try and make
	  this relationship work.  If not,
	  I'd rather not be bothered.
				MOOKIE
	  Alright.  Alright.  I'll be over
	  there sometime today.
				TINA (VO)
	  When?
				MOOKIE
	  Before I get off work.
				TINA (VO)
	  Bring some ice cream, I'm burning
	  up.  Do you love me?
				MOOKIE
	  Do I love you?

CLOSE--SAL

				SAL
	  Mookie, get offa da phone.

CLOSE--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  Be off in a second.  Tina, I
	  dedicated a record on Mister Se�or
	  Love Daddy's show to you.
				TINA (VO)
	  Big deal.
										    40.


CLOSE--SAL

				SAL
	  Mookie!  How is anybody gonna call
	  in?

CLOSE--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  Big deal?  If that's not LOVE, I
	  don't know what is.

CLOSE--PINO

				PINO
	  You deaf or what?

CLOSE--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  Gotta go.  See ya soon.
		    (he hangs up)
	  Everybody happy now?

The phone rings right away and Pino picks it up.

ANGLE--PINO

				PINO
	  Sal's Famous Pizzeria, yeah, two
	  large pizzas, pepperoni and
	  anchovies, hold on...  See, Pop,
	  Mookie talking on the phone
	  and people are trying to call in
	  orders.  He's making us lose
	  business.

CLOSE--SAL

				SAL
	  Mookie, you're up.
				PINO
	  Twenty minutes.
		    (he hangs up the phone)
	  How come you ni**ers are so stupid?

CLOSE--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  If ya see a ni**er here, kick his
	  ass.

CLOSE--PINO

										    41.


				PINO
	  F*** you and stay off the phone.

CLOSE--VITO

				VITO
	  Forget it, Mookie.

ANGLE--PIZZERIA

				MOOKIE
	  Who's your favorite basketball
	  player?
				PINO
	  Magic Johnson.
				MOOKIE
	  And not Larry Bird?  Who's your
	  favorite movie star?
				PINO
	  Eddie Murphy.

Mookie is smiling now.

				MOOKIE
	  Last question: Who's your favorite
	  rock star?

Pino doesn't answer, because he sees the trap he's already fallen into.

				MOOKIE
	  Barry Manilow?

Mookie and Vito laugh.

				MOOKIE
	  Pino, no joke.  C'mon, answer.
				VITO
	  It's Prince.  He's a Prince freak.
				PINO
	  Shut up.  The Boss!  Bruuucce!!!!
				MOOKIE
	  Sounds funny to me.  As much as you
	  say ni**er this and ni**er that,
	  all your favorite people are
	  "ni**ers."
										    42.


				PINO
	  It's different.  Magic, Eddie,
	  Prince are not ni**ers, I mean, are
	  not Black.  I mean, they're Black
	  but not really Black.  They're more
	  than Black.  It's different.

With each word Pino is hanging himself even further.

				MOOKIE
	  Pino, I think secretly that you
	  wish you were Black.  That's what I
	  think.  Vito, what do you say?
				PINO
	  Y'know, I've been listening and
	  reading 'bout Farrakhan, ya didn't
	  know that, did you?
				MOOKIE
	  I didn't know you could read.
				PINO
	  F* you.  Anyway, Minister
	  Farrakhan always talks about the
	  so-called "day" when the Black man
	  will rise.  "We will one day rule
	  the earth as we did in our glorious
	  past."  You really believe that s***?
				MOOKIE
	  It's e-vit.
				PINO
	  Keep dreaming.
				MOOKIE
	  F*** you, pizza, and
	  Frank Sinatra, too.
				PINO
	  Well, that you, too, and
	  Michael Jordan.
							    CUT TO:

RACIAL SLUR MONTAGE

The following will be a QUICK-CUTTING MONTAGE of racial slurs, with different ethnic groups pointing the finger at one another. Each person looks directly INTO THE CAMERA.

CLOSE--MOOKIE

										    43.


				MOOKIE
	  Dago, wop, garlic-breath, guinea,
	  pizza-slinging, spaghetti-bending,
	  Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano
	  Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsinging
	  stupid.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--PINO

				PINO
	  You gold-teeth, gold-chain-wearing,
	  fried-chicken-and-biscuit-eatin',
	  monkey, ape, baboon, big thigh,
	  fast-running, three-hundred-sixty-
	  degree-basketball-dunking spade
	  Moulan Yan.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--STEVIE

				STEVIE
	  You slant-eyed, me-no-speak-
	  American, own every fruit and
	  vegetable stand in New York,
	  Reverend Moon, Summer Olympics '88,
	  Korean kick-boxing bastard.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--OFFICER LONG

				OFFICER LONG
	  Goya bean-eating, fifteen in a car,
	  thirty in an apartment, pointed
	  shoes, red-wearing, Menudo, meda-
	  meda Puerto Rican cocksucker.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

				KOREAN CLERK
	  It's cheap, I got a good price for
	  you, Mayor Koch, "How I'm doing,"
	  chocolate-egg-cream-drinking, bagel
	  and lox, B'nai B'rith asshole.
							    CUT TO:
										    44.


INT: WE LOVE RADIO STATION CONTROL ROOM--DAY

CLOSE--MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Yo!  Hold up!  Time out!  Time out!
	  Y'all take a chill.  Ya need to
	  cool that s*** out... and that's
	  the truth, Ruth.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--WHITE-HOT SUN

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie picks up his two pizza pies for delivery.

				MOOKIE
	  Sal, can you do me a favor?
				SAL
	  Depends.
				MOOKIE
	  Can you pay me now?
				SAL
	  Can't do.
				MOOKIE
	  Sal, just this once, do me that
	  solid.
				SAL
	  You know you don't get paid till we
	  close tonight.  We're still open.
				MOOKIE
	  I would like to get paid now.
				SAL
	  Tonight, when we close.

Mookie leaves.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Mookie walks down the block. The streets are filled with kids playing. WE SEE stoop ball, double dutch, hand games, bike-riding, skateboarding, etc.

ANGLE--MOOKIE

										    45.


Radio Raheem approaches Mookie.

				MOOKIE
	  Whaddup.  Money?
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I was going to buy a slice.
				MOOKIE
	  I'll be back after I make this
	  delivery.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  On the rebound.

Mookie stares at the gold "brass knuckles" rings Radio Raheem wears on each hand. Spelled out across the rings are the words "LOVE" on the right hand and "HATE" on the left hand.

				MOOKIE
	  That's the dope.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I just copped them.  Let me tell
	  you the story of Right-Hand--Left-
	  Hand--the tale of Good and Evil.
				MOOKIE
	  I'm listening.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  HATE!

He thrusts up his left hand.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  It was with this hand that Brother
	  Cain iced his brother.  LOVE!

He thrusts up his right hand.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  See these fingers, they lead
	  straight to the soul of man.  The
	  right hand.  The hand of LOVE!

Mookie is buggin'.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  The story of Life is this...

He locks his fingers and writhes, cracking the joints.

										    46.


				RADIO RAHEEM
	  STATIC!  One hand is always fighting
	  the other.  Left Hand Hate is
	  kicking much ass and it looks like
	  Right Hand Love is finished.  Hold
	  up.  Stop the presses!  Love is
	  coming back, yes, it's Love.  Love
	  has won.  Left Hand Hate KO'ed by
	  Love.

Mookie doesn't know what to say, so he doesn't say anything.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Brother, Mookie, if I love you I
	  love you, but if I hate you...
				MOOKIE
	  I understand.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I love you, my brother.
				MOOKIE
	  I love you, Black.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Radio Raheem enters Sal's with music blaring.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Two slices.
				SAL
	  No service till you turn dat s***
	  off.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Two slices.
				PINO
	  Turn it off.
				SAL
	  Mister Radio Raheem, I can't even
	  hear myself think.  You are
	  disturbing me and you are disturbing
	  my customers.

Sal grabs his Mickey Mantle bat from underneath the counter. Everyone, Sal, Vito, Pino, Radio Raheem, and the customers are poised for something to jump off, STATIC.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

										    47.


He smiles and turns off the beat.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Two slices, extra cheese.

CLOSE--SAL

Sal puts Mickey Mantle back into its place.

				SAL
	  When you come in Sal's Famous
	  Pizzeria, no music.  No rap, no
	  music.  Capisce?  Understand?...
	  This is a place of business.  Extra
	  cheese is two dollars.

INT: TENEMENT HALLWAY--DAY

Mookie hands the pizzas over and takes the money and counts it.

				MOOKIE
	  Thanks.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Mookie walks, says hello to the people he knows.

EXT: STOOP--DAY

Mookie runs up stoop.

INT: MOOKIE'S APARTMENT--DAY

We hear a key in the door, the lock turns and Mookie enters.

				MOOKIE
	  Jade.
				JADE (OS)
	  I'm in here.

INT: JADE'S BEDROOM--DAY

Jade sits in a chair directly in front of an air conditioner going full blast.

				JADE
	  How come you're not at Sal's?
				MOOKIE
	  I'm working.
										    48.


				JADE
	  Is this another one of your patented
	  two-hour lunches?
				MOOKIE
	  I just come home to take a quick
	  shower.
				JADE
	  Sal's gonna be mad.
				MOOKIE
	  Later for Sal.  Y'know, sometimes I
	  think you're more concerned with
	  him than me.
				JADE
	  I think no such a thing.  Sal pays
	  you, you should work.
				MOOKIE
	  Slavery days are over.  My name
	  ain't Kunta Kinte.  Sis, I don't
	  want to argue, stop pressing me.
				JADE
	  I just don't want you to lose the
	  one job you've been able to keep,
	  that's all.  I'm carrying you as it
	  is.
				MOOKIE
	  Don't worry 'bout me.  I always get
	  paid.
				JADE
	  Yeah, then ya should take better
	  care of your responsibilities.
				MOOKIE
	  What responsibilities?
				JADE
	  I didn't stutter.  Take care of
	  your responsibilities.  Y'know
	  exactly what I'm talking about.

INT: BATHROOM--DAY

Mookie turns on the shower and screams; the water is ice cold.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--DAY

Mother Sister sits in her window looking out at the block.

										    49.


EXT: DA MAYOR'S STOOP--DAY

Da Mayor has fallen asleep sitting on his stoop. His hands loosely hold a brown paper bag that is tightly twisted around a beer can.

EXT: CORNER--DAY

Sweet Dick, ML, and Coconut Sid each hold an umbrella for protection from the hot and harsh rays.

EXT: FIRE ESCAPE--DAY

Ahmad, Punchy, Cee, and Ella sit on a fire escape, trying to keep still, trying to find a cool spot in the shade. No one says a word.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Sal takes a seat at one of the tables.

				SAL
	  I'm beat.

Pino sits down next to his father.

				PINO
	  Pop, I think we should sell this
	  place, get outta here while we're
	  still ahead...and alive.
				SAL
	  Since when do you know what's best
	  for us?
				PINO
	  Couldn't we sell this and open up a
	  new one in our own neighborhood?
				SAL
	  Too many pizzerias already there.
				PINO
	  Then we could try something else.
				SAL
	  We don't know nuthin' else.
				PINO
	  I'm sick of ni**ers, it's a bad
	  neighborhood.  I don't like being
	  around them, they're animals.
										    50.


				VITO
	  Some are OK.
				PINO
	  My friends laugh at me all the
	  time, laugh right in my face, tell
	  me go feed the Moulies.
				SAL
	  Do your friends put money in your
	  pocket?  Pay your rent?  Food on ya
	  plate?

Pino is quiet.

				SAL
	  I didn't think so.
				PINO
	  Pop, what else can I say?  I don't
	  wanna be here, they don't want us
	  here.  We should stay in our own
	  neighborhood, stay in Bensonhurst.
				SAL
	  So what if this is a Black
	  neighborhood, so what if we're a
	  minority.  I've never had no
	  trouble with dese people, don't
	  want none either, so don't start
	  none.  This is America.  Sal's
	  Famous Pizzeria is here for good.
	  You think you know it all?  Well,
	  you don't.  I'm your father, you
	  better remember that.

INT: BATHROOM--DAY

Mookie pulls the shower curtain back and steps out.

INT: MOOKIE'S ROOM--DAY

Mookie sits on his bed, still wet.

ANGLE--JADE

				JADE
	  Hurry up and get dressed.
				MOOKIE
	  I'm coming.
				JADE
	  I'm going with you.
										    51.


BUGGIN' OUT BOYCOTT MONTAGE

EXT: STREET--DAY

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Da Mayor, we need your leadership.
				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, what are you talkin' bout?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I'm organizing a boycott of Sal's
	  Famous Pizzeria.
				DA MAYOR
	  Keep walkin', Doctor.  I don't want
	  to hear none of your foolishness.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--CORNER MEN

				ML
	  No!
				COCONUT SID
	  No!
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Hell no!  Goddamnit.  Sal ain't
	  never done me no harm.  You either.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--BUGGIN' OUT

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Would you like to sign a petition
	  to boycott Sal's Famous Pizzeria.
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--AHMAD, CEE, PUNCHY, and ELLA

They DOG him out (ADLIB)

							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--BUGGIN' OUT

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I'll do it without your help.
										    52.


EXT: WE LOVE RADIO--DAY

Buggin' Out waves at Mister Se�or Love Daddy as he walks by the storefront.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Buggin' Out sticks his head in and yells:

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Sal, we're gonna boycott ya fat ass.

Before Sal and his two sons can answer, Buggin' Out is gone.

EXT: STREET--DAY

Buggin' Out has one foot up on a fire hydrant and tries to clean his soiled Air Jordan.

ANGLE--JADE AND MOOKIE

Jade and Mookie walk up to Buggin' Out.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  It's so nice to see a family
	  hanging out together.
				MOOKIE
	  We're not hanging out.  I'm being
	  escorted back to work.
				JADE
	  That's not even true.  I just want
	  a slice.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Jade, you don't know this, but I'm
	  organizing a boycott of Sal's
	  Famous Pizzeria.
				JADE
	  What did he do this time?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Y'know all those pictures he has
	  hanging on the Wall of Fame?
				JADE
	  So?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Have you noticed something about
	  them?
										    53.


				JADE
	  No.
				MOOKIE
		    (interjects)
	  Yo, I'm gone.
				JADE
	  I'll see ya there.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Peace.

Mookie leaves.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Every single one of those pictures
	  is somebody Italian.
				JADE
	  And?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  And I--we--want some Black people up.
				JADE
	  Did you ask Sal?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Yeah, I asked him.  I don't want
	  nobody in there, nobody spending
	  good money in Sal's.  He should get
	  no mo' money from the community
	  till he puts some Black faces up on
	  that stupid wall.

Jade looks at Buggin' Out like "Are you serious?"

				JADE
	  Buggin' Out, I don't mean to be
	  disrespectful, but you can really
	  direct your energies in a more
	  useful way.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  So, in other words, you are not down.
				JADE
	  I'm down, but for a worthwhile cause.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Jade, I still love you.
										    54.


				JADE
	  I still love you too.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

				SAL
	  Mookie, you are pushing it.  You're
	  really pushing it.  I'm not paying
	  you good money to jerk me
	  around.

Mookie has nothing to say.

				SAL
	  You're gonna be in the street with
	  the rest of your homeboys.
				PINO
	  'Bout time, Pop.

ANGLE--DOOR

Jade enters, and Sal looks up. He stops blasting Mookie and a very noticeable change comes over him.

				SAL
	  Jade, we've been wondering when ya
	  would pay us a visit.
				JADE
	  Hi, Sal, Pino, Vito.
				JADE
	  What's happening, Jade?
				JADE
	  Nuthin' really.  How are you
	  treating my brother?
				SAL
	  The Mook?  Great.  Mookie's a good
	  kid.
				PINO
	  Pop, stop lying.
				SAL
	  Shaddup!  Jade, what can I fix you?
				JADE
	  What's good?
										    55.


				SAL
	  Everything, but for you I'm gonna
	  make up something special.  Take a
	  seat.  There, that's a clean table.

Sal moves behind the counter and goes to work. Pino and Mookie look at each other in agreement, neither likes what he has seen. This happens to Sal every time Jade is in Sal's Famous Pizzeria.

ANGLE--TABLE

Vito sits down with Jade.

				JADE
	  You still letting Pino push you
	  around?
				VITO
	  Who told you that?  He doesn't push
	  me, who told you, Mookie tell you
	  that?  I hold my own.
				JADE
	  Forget about it, Vito.  Forget I
	  even brought it up.
				VITO
	  Pino picks on me, but I don't let
	  him push me around.  Mookie tell
	  you that?
				JADE
	  Alright already.

EXT: ROOFTOP--DUSK

The once white-hot sun is now turning into a golden orange glaze as it begins to set. Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella dance on the roof around a box that is turned into WE LOVE. Each one is trying to come up with some new moves, a new dance, and a name for it.

EXT: STREET--DUSK

Radio Raheem is walking down the block and there is something wrong, something is not quite right. AHA! His music is not loud; the rap song begins to drag and finally stops altogether.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

He looks at his box and presses the battery level indicator.

										    56.


CLOSE--BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR

The needle doesn't move. His batteries have had it.

INT: FRUIT-N-VEG DELIGHT--DUSK

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Twenty "D" Duracells.

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

				KOREAN CLERK
	  Twenty "C" Duracells.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  D, not C.

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

				KOREAN CLERK
	  C Duracell.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  D!  D!  D!  You dumb stupid.
	  Learn how to speak English first.  D.

Radio Raheem points to the D batteries behind the counter.

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

				KOREAN CLERK
	  How many you say?

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Twenty!  Motherf***er!  Twenty!

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

				KOREAN CLERK
	  Motherf***er you.

Radio Raheem has to laugh at that one.

										    57.


				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Motherf***er you.  You're alright.
	  You're alright.  Just gimme my
	  twenty Duracells, please.

EXT: FRUIT-N-VEG DELIGHT--DUSK

Da Mayor is looking at a bunch of cut flowers when Radio Raheem comes out with batteries in hand--finally.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--DUSK

ANGLE--WINDOW

Mother Sister is sitting in her window as usual.

ANGLE--STOOP

Da Mayor walks up the stoop with a bunch of fresh-cut flowers in a discarded wine bottle for a vase.

ANGLE--DA MAYOR

Da Mayor holds them out for Mother Sister, who does not acknowledge him at all.

				DA MAYOR
	  I'd thought you might like these...
	  I guess not.

Da Mayor takes a seat on the stoop and puts the flowers to his face.

				DA MAYOR
	  Ain't nuthin' like the smell of
	  fresh flowers.  Don't you agree,
	  Miss Mother Sister?

Mother Sister does not answer. He puts the flowers down.

				DA MAYOR
	  Summertime, all ya can smell is the
	  garbage.  Stink overpowers
	  everything, especially soft sweet
	  smells like flowers.

He looks up at Mother Sister who immediately turns away.

				DA MAYOR
	  If you don't mind, I'm gonna set
	  right here, catch a breeze or two,
	  then be on my way.

Da Mayor looks up at the setting sun.

										    58.


				DA MAYOR
	  Thank the Lord, the sun is going
	  down, it's hot as blazes.  Yes Jesus.

CLOSE--SUN

The sun is an orange and purple glaze.

EXT: STREET--DUSK

Radio Raheem is back in action. He's alive, he's bad and he got his twenty "D" Duracell batteries, his box is kicking.

ANGLE--CORNER

Radio Raheem bops by Coconut Sid, ML, and Sweet Dick Willie.

CLOSE--COCONUT SID, ML, and SWEET DICK WILLIE

All three shake their heads in bewilderment as Radio Raheem goes by.

				ML
	  What can you say?
				COCONUT SID
	  I don't know how he does it.

Sweet Dick Willie gets up from his chair and goes to the corner, zips down his pants, and urinates.

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  ML?
				ML
	  What?
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  ML, hold this for me.

Sweet Dick Willie and Coconut Sid laugh.

				ML
	  That's OK.  At least my moms didn't
	  name me Sweet Dick Willie.

Sweet Dick Willie zips up his pants and returns to his seat.

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Why you gotta talk 'bout my moms?
				ML
	  Nobody talkin' 'bout ya moms.
										    59.


				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  I didn't say nobody, I said you.
				ML
	  Sweet Dick, I didn't mean it like
	  that.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Yes you did.
				COCONUT SID
	  Squash it.
				ML
	  I just wanted to know who named ya
	  Sweet Dick Willie?
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  It's just a name.
				COCONUT SID
	  And what does ML stand for?
				ML
	  ML stands for ML.  That's it.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Naw, that's some stupid s***.  Now
	  you know how I got that name.
				ML
	  Negroes kill me, always holdin'
	  onto, talkin' 'bout their dicks.
				COCONUT SID
	  I don't know 'bout you, but it's
	  too hot.
				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Never too hot, never too cold for
	  f**king.

EXT: STREET--DUSK

An old Puerto Rican man rings a bell as he pushes a cart on wheels. On the side of the cart is hand-lettered HELADO DE COCO, and a big block of ice rests on top surrounded by different colored bottles of flavors.

ANGLE--CART

A group of kids eagerly waits for the ices. The man scrapes the block of ice, puts the shavings in a paper cup, and drowns it with syrup.

										    60.


ANGLE--DA MAYOR

Da Mayor is walking down the street.

ANGLE--MISTER SOFTEE TRUCK

We hear the familiar tune from the Mister Softee truck as it comes down the street.

ANGLE--EDDIE LOVELL

Eddie, the young kid who earlier ran an errand for Da Mayor, looks up from the sidewalk where he's playing and runs out into the street in pursuit of Mister Softee.

				EDDIE
	  Ice cream.  Ice cream.

Eddie is running in pursuit of the truck, unaware of the oncoming speeding car.

ANGLE--DA MAYOR

Da Mayor sees speeding car bearing down on Eddie.

ANGLE--STREET

Da Mayor runs across the street and knocks Eddie down, out of the way of the car. Both are thrown as they are hit by the reckless driver.

CLOSE--EDDIE AND DA MAYOR

Eddie is crying as Da Mayor picks him up.

				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, you know better to run out
	  in the street... Stop crying, son.

ANGLE--STREET

A crowd gathers.

				DA MAYOR
	  Doctor, there's nothing to cry
	  about.  You're OK.

A woman in her twenties, LOUISE, Eddie's mother, breaks through the crowd and hugs her baby.

				LOUISE
	  What's wrong?
										    61.


				EDDIE
	  Mayor knocked me down.
				LOUISE
	  You should be ashamed of yourself.
				DA MAYOR
	  Ma'am, the boy is just scared to
	  death.  What actually happened is
	  that I was minding my business when
	  I saw your son about to be run over.
	  I ran into the street to save him
	  and I had to knock him down to keep
	  the both of us from getting hit.

The crowd agrees "That's the way it happened," and Louise stands up.

				LOUISE
	  Eddie, is that the truth?

Eddie is quiet.

				LOUISE
	  Eddie, you hear me talkin' to you?

Eddie is still mum.

				LOUISE
	  I'm talkin' to you, boy.
				DA MAYOR
	  Miss, the boy is fine.

WHAP! Louise hits Eddie on da butt. Eddie starts to dance, as his mother hits hard; she's heavy-handed.

				LOUISE
	  What I tell you 'bout lying?

WHOP!

				LOUISE
	  What did I tell you 'bout playing
	  in the street?

WHAP!

				EDDIE
	  Mommy!  Mommy!  I'm sorry.  I'm
	  sorry.

WHOP!

										    62.


				LOUISE
	  Get upstairs now.

Eddie runs away.

				LOUISE
	  And when your father comes home,
	  he's gonna wear ya little narrow
	  behind out too.
				DA MAYOR
	  You didn't have to hit your son;
	  he's scared to death as it was.
				LOUISE
	  I appreciate ya helping my Eddie.
	  I truly do, but I'll have nobody
	  question how I raise him, not even
	  his Daddy.
				DA MAYOR
	  You're right.

Louise goes away, probably to give her son another "whooping." Da Mayor tips his hat to her.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DUSK

Sal sits at a table talking to Jade as she finishes her "special" slice.

				JADE
	  Sal, that was delicious.
				SAL
	  Anytime.

Vito, Pino, and Mookie look on, watching Sal have the time of his life.

				JADE
	  Thanks.

Jade gets up and Mookie helps her.

				MOOKIE
	  I'll see you out.
				JADE
	  See ya around.
				SAL
	  Don't wait too long to come back.
										    63.


EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DUSK

Mookie takes Jade by the hand and pulls her out of view from Sal.

ANGLE--MOOKIE AND JADE

				MOOKIE
	  Jade, I don't want you coming in
	  here no mo'.
				JADE
	  Stop tripping.
				MOOKIE
	  No, you're tripping.  Don't come in
	  Sal's.  Alright, read my lips.
				JADE
	  What are you so worked up about?
				MOOKIE
	  Over Sal, the way he talks and the
	  way he looks at you.
				JADE
	  He's just being nice.
				MOOKIE
	  Nice!
				JADE
	  He's completely innocent.
				MOOKIE
	  Innocent!
				JADE
	  I didn't stutter.  You heard me.
				MOOKIE
	  You should see the way he looks at
	  you.  All Sal wants to do is hide
	  the salami.
				JADE
	  You are too crude.
				MOOKIE
	  I might be, but you're not welcome
	  here.
										    64.


				JADE
	  Stop trying to play big brother.
	  I'm a grown woman.  You gotta lotta
	  nerve.  Mookie, you can hardly pay
	  your rent and you're gonna tell me
	  what to do.  Come off it.
				MOOKIE
	  One has nuthin' to do with the other.
				JADE
	  Oh, it doesn't, huh!  You got your
	  little 250 dollars a week plus
	  tips...
				MOOKIE
	  I'm getting paid...
				JADE
	  ...peanuts.
				MOOKIE
	  Pretty soon I'll be making a move.
				JADE
	  I truly hope so.  I'm tired of
	  supporting a grown man.

INT: CONTROL BOOTH--DUSK

CLOSE--MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  As the evening slowly falls upon us
	  living here in Brooklyn, New York,
	  this is ya Love Daddy rappin' to
	  you.  Right now we're gonna open up
	  the Love Lines.  Hello, you're on
	  Love Daddy's Love Line.  No names,
	  please.  Let's keep it anonymous.
				FEMALE VOICE #1 (VO)
	  Hi, Mister Se�or Love Daddy.  I'd
	  kiss your feet every morning,
	  that's how much I love you.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  How nice of you.
				FEMALE VOICE #2 (VO)
	  I think you have the sexiest voice
	  in the world.  All you have to do
	  is talk.
										    65.


				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Love Line, you're on.
				FEMALE VOICE #3 (VO)
	  You give me fever.
		    (she moans)


				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  She's feeling it.
				FEMALE VOICE #4 (VO)
	  Love Daddy, I'd work in Mickey D's
	  24, 7, and 365 just to call you my
	  own.  Give you all my money, honey.
				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  That was the last call for tonight
	  on Mister Se�or Love Daddy's Love
	  Line.  I love you.  You I love.

EXT: MOTHER SISTER'S STOOP--NIGHT

Da Mayor is walking by Mother Sister in her window when she calls him.

CLOSE--MOTHER SISTER

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Mister Mayor, I saw what you did.

ANGLE--DA MAYOR

Da Mayor stops and looks at her. A smile comes to his face; after eighteen years has he finally broken down her defenses?

CLOSE--MOTHER SISTER

				MOTHER SISTER
	  That was a foolish act, but it was
	  brave.  That chile owes you his life.

CLOSE--DA MAYOR

				DA MAYOR
	  I wasn't trying to be a hero.  I
	  saw what was about to happen and I
	  reacted, didn't even think.  If I
	  did, I might not have done it in
	  second thought.  Da Mayor is an old
	  man, haven't run that fast in years.
				(MORE)
										    66.


				DA MAYOR (CONT'D)
	  I went from first to home on a bunt
	  single, scored the winning run, the
	  bottom of the ninth, two out,
	  August 1, 1939, Snow Hill, Alabama.
		    (he is warming up now)
	  Maybe I should be heroic more often.

CLOSE--MOTHER SISTER

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Maybe you shouldn't.  Don't get
	  happy.  This changes nothing
	  between you and me.  You did a good
	  thing and Mother Sister wanted to
	  thank you for it.

ANGLE--STOOP

				DA MAYOR
	  I thank you.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  You're welcome.

Da Mayor tips his hat.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

Mookie enters.

				MOOKIE
	  Sal, I don't care if you fire me
	  this exact minute, leave my sister
	  alone.
				SAL
	  Mookie, I don't know what you're
	  talking about, plus I don't want to
	  hear it.
				MOOKIE
	  Sal, just do me a favor, leave Jade
	  alone.
				SAL
	  Here, you gotta delivery.

Mookie takes the pie and looks at the address.

				MOOKIE
	  Is this the right name and address?
										    67.


				SAL
	  Yeah, do you know 'em?
				MOOKIE
	  No, just checking.

INT: HALLWAY--NIGHT

Mookie rings the bell and a fine Puerto Rican sister answers the door.

				MOOKIE
	  Delivery from Sal's Famous Pizzeria.
				TINA
	  What took you so long?  Is it hot?
				MOOKIE
	  Hot.  Hot.
				TINA
	  Come in then.

INT: TINA'S APARTMENT--NIGHT

Tina watches Mookie watch her. When she's through watching, she takes the pizza from his hands and puts it on the floor. Mookie grabs her and starts to kiss. Tina is Mookie's woman, the one he's been on the phone with earlier. We've heard the voice and now SEE the person.

				MOOKIE
	  Tina, you are too slick.
				TINA
	  How else was I going to get you
	  here?  I haven't seen you in a week.
				MOOKIE
	  I've been working hard, getting paid.
				TINA
	  Where's the ice cream?  The H�agen-
	  Dazs butter pecan?
				MOOKIE
	  S***!  I forgot.
				TINA
	  Your memory is really getting bad.
				MOOKIE
	  I just forgot.
										    68.


				TINA
	  And I really wanted some ice cream
	  too.
				MOOKIE
	  I can run out and get it.
				TINA
	  No!  No!  You won't come back either.
				MOOKIE
	  I can't be staying long anyway.
				TINA
	  How long then?
				MOOKIE
	  Long enough for us to do the nasty.
				TINA
	  That's out.  No!  It's too hot!
	  You think I'm gonna let you get
	  some, put on your clothes, then run
	  outta here and never see you again
	  in who knows when?
				MOOKIE
	  A quickie is good every once in a
	  blue moon.
				TINA
	  You a blue-moon fool.
				MOOKIE
	  Then we'll do something else.
				TINA
	  What else?
				MOOKIE
	  Trust me.
				TINA
	  Trust you?  Because of trusting you
	  we have a son.  Remember your son?
				MOOKIE
	  Trust me.

Mookie pushes Tina back into her bedroom.

										    69.


INT: TINA'S BEDROOM--NIGHT

Mookie sits Tina down on her futon bed, turns off the lights, and turns on WE LOVE RADIO as Mister Se�or Love Daddy serenades them with slow jams.

				MOOKIE
	  I'm gonna take off ya clothes.
				TINA
	  Mookie, I told you already it's too
	  hot to make love.
				MOOKIE
	  Why you gotta curse?
				TINA
	  I'm sorry, but no rawness is
	  jumping off tonight.
				MOOKIE
	  No rawness.

He laughs his sinister laugh.

ANGLE--MOOKIE AND TINA

Mookie unsnaps her bra, then pulls her panties off. Tina is naked as a jaybird.

				MOOKIE
	  Tina, you're sweating.
				TINA
	  Of course I'm sweating.  I'm
	  burning up.  It's hot, moron, only
	  a hundred degrees in here.
				MOOKIE
	  Lie down, please.

He gets up.

INT: TINA'S KITCHEN

Mookie walks into the kitchen and sees CARMEN, Tina's mother, fixing some food on the stove.

				MOOKIE
	  Hello, Mrs. Rampolla.

Carmen stares at him, it's a look that would definitely stop traffic, she mutters some Spanish and goes into her bedroom, slamming the door behind her.

										    70.


ANGLE--MOOKIE

He opens the refrigerator and takes out all the trays of ice.

INT: TINA'S BEDROOM--NIGHT

Mookie sits down on the bed with a bowl filled with ice cubes.

CLOSE--TINA'S FOREHEAD

Mookie rubs an ice cube on her forehead.

				TINA
	  It's cold.
				MOOKIE
	  It's 'pose to be cold.
				TINA
	  Later for you.
				MOOKIE
	  Meda.  Meda.
				TINA
	  What?
				MOOKIE
	  Tina, you don't have a forehead,
	  you got a eight-head.

CLOSE--TINA'S NECK

Mookie rubs an ice cube on her neck.

CLOSE--TINA'S LIPS

Mookie rubs an ice cube on her full moist lips, then puts it in her mouth.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY (VO)
	  Yes, children, this is the Cool Out
	  Corner.  We're slowing it down for
	  all the lovers in the house.  I'll
	  be giving you all the help you
	  need, musically, that is.

CLOSE--TINA'S THIGHS

He rubs an ice cube up and down her thighs.

				MOOKIE (VO)
	  Thank God for thighs.
										    71.


CLOSE--TINA'S BUTTOCKS

He rubs an ice cube on her round, firm buttocks.

				MOOKIE (VO)
	  Thank God for buttocks.

CLOSE--TINA'S BREAST

He rubs an ice cube on her breast.

				MOOKIE (VO)
	  Thank God for the right nipple...
	  Thank God for the left nipple...

Both Tina and Mookie are dying. Mookie now has an ice cube on the left and right nipples and WE SEE before our very own eyes both get swollen, red, and erect.

				TINA (VO)
	  Feels good.
				MOOKIE (VO)
	  Yes, yes, Lord.  Isn't this better
	  than Haagen-Dazs butter pecan ice
	  cream?

CLOSE--TINA'S MOUTH

Mookie kisses her.

				MOOKIE
	  I'll be back tonight.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

Officers Ponte and Long are awaiting their orders.

				SAL
	  It's almost ready.
				OFFICER LONG
	  What time you closing tonight?
				SAL
	  Ten.

Sal goes over to the oven, takes out their food and wraps it up.

				SAL
	  Here you go.
										    72.


				OFFICER PONTE
	  What do we owe you?
				SAL
	  Nine-fifty.
				OFFICER PONTE
	  Here.
				SAL
	  Thanks.  Enjoy.
				OFFICER LONG
	  Vito, Pino, see ya later.

The officers leave just as Mookie enters.

				MOOKIE
	  Sal, if you want me to deliver any
	  faster, get me a jet rocket or
	  something, cuz I can't run with
	  pizzas, all the cheese ends up on
	  one side and s***.
				SAL
	  I didn't say nuthin'.  You must
	  have a guilty conscience.  What are
	  you guilty of?
				MOOKIE
	  I'm not guilty of nuthin'.
				SAL
	  You must be guilty of something or
	  you would have never come in saying
	  the things you said.
				MOOKIE
	  C'mon, Sal.
				SAL
	  Where we goin'?

While Sal laughs at his corny joke, Pino pulls Vito into the back.

INT: STOREROOM--NIGHT

				PINO
	  Vito, I want you to listen to me.
	  I'm your brother.  I may smack you
	  around once in awhile, boss you
	  around, but I'm still your brother.
										    73.


				VITO
	  I know this.
				PINO
	  I love you.
				VITO
	  I'm listening.
				PINO
	  Good.  I want you to listen.
				VITO
	  Jesus Christ on the cross, I said
	  I'm listening.
				PINO
	  Good.  Vito, you trust that Mook
	  too much.  So does Pop.
				VITO
	  Mookie's OK.
				PINO
	  You listening to me?
				VITO
	  Stop busting my balls.  I said I'm
	  listening ten times already.
				PINO
	  Mookie is not to be trusted.  No
	  Moulan Yan can be trusted.  The
	  first time you turn your back,
	  boom, a knife right here.
		    (Pino gestures)
	  In the back.
				VITO
	  How do you know this?
				PINO
	  I know.
				VITO
	  You really think so?
				PINO
	  I know so.  He, them, they're not
	  to be trusted.
				VITO
	  So what do you want me to do?
										    74.


				PINO
	  Be on guard.  Mookie has Pop conned
	  already, so we have to look out for
	  him.
				VITO
	  I like Mookie a lot.
				PINO
	  And that's exactly what I'm talkin'
	  'bout.
				SAL (OS)
	  Vito!  Pino!  Let's go.
				PINO
	  Be right there, Pop.  Listen to
	  what I said.
				VITO
	  You don't listen to me, never have.
	  Just run your big mouth
	  always playing big brother.  You
	  don't listen, but Mookie does.

HOT CITY NIGHT MONTAGE

THE BLOCK. WE'VE SEEN it at daytime, but now WE SEE it at night. Even though the white-hot sun is gone, nonetheless the heat is still stifling. And in a peculiar, funny sort of way, it's worse. You expect it to be hot during the light of day when the sun is beating down on the cement and tar, but at night it should be considerably cooler; well, not tonight, it's hot. All the residents of The Block: the Corner Men, Mother Sister, Da Mayor, Jade, etc., all the people WE'VE SEEN throughout the day are now coping with the night-time heat, plus it's humid as s***. Everyone is outside, sitting on stoops, on cars and you know the kids are playing, running up and down the block. Now it's the hottest night of the year.

EXT: STREET--NIGHT

Buggin' Out sits down on a car next to Radio Raheem; as usual, his box is blasting.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  How you be?
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I be.  I'm living large.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Is that the only tape you got?
										    75.


				RADIO RAHEEM
	  You don't like Public Enemy?  It's
	  the dope s***.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I like 'em, but you don't play
	  anything else.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I don't like anything else.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Check this out.  Y'know Sal's.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Yeah, I know dat stupid.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  I'm trying to organize a boycott of
	  Sal's pizza joint.  Ya see what I'm
	  saying?
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  I almost had to yoke him this
	  afternoon.  Tell me, tell me, Radio
	  Raheem, to turn my music down.
	  Didn't even say please.  Who he think he is?  Don Corleone
	  and s***.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  He makes all his money off us Black
	  people and I don't see nuthin' but
	  Italians all up in there, Sylvester
	  Stallone and stupid.  Ya see
	  what I'm saying, homeboy?
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Talk to me.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  We shouldn't buy a single slice,
	  spend a single penny in that
	  stupid till some people of
	  color are put up in there.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
	  That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  You got my back.
										    76.


				RADIO RAHEEM
	  Ya back is got.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  My brother.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  My brother.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

Vito, Pino and Mookie are cleaning up.

				MOOKIE
	  Sal, it's almost quitting time so
	  please start counting my pay.  I
	  gotta get paid.

Sal is looking into the cash register.

				SAL
	  We did good business today.  We got
	  a good thing going.  Nothing like a
	  family in business working together.
	  One day the both of you will take
	  over...and Mookie, there will
	  always be a place for you at Sal's
	  Famous Pizzeria.  Y'know, it should
	  be Sal's and Sons Famous Pizzeria.

ANGLE--VITO, PINO, AND MOOKIE

All three look at each other. The horror is on their faces, with the prospect of working, slaving in Sal's and Sons Famous Pizzeria, trapped for the rest of their lives. Is this their future? It's a frightening thought.

ANGLE--DOOR

Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella enter.

				SAL
	  We're about to close.
				AHMAD
	  Just four slices, regular slices.
	  Please.  To go!
				SAL
	  OK, but that's it.  It's been a
	  long day.

Mookie goes over to the table where Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella sit.

										    77.


				MOOKIE
	  Look, I want you to get your
	  slices, then outta here.  No
	  playing around.
				AHMAD
	  You got it.
				MOOKIE
	  Good.  No joke.  We all wanna go
	  home.

OH NO! We hear the dum-dum-dum of Radio Raheem's box. As everyone turns their heads to the door, Buggin' Out and Radio Raheem are inside already. We have never heard the rap music as loud as it is now. You have to scream to be heard and that's what they do.

				SAL
	  What did I tell ya 'bout dat noise?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  What did I tell ya 'bout dem
	  pictures?
				SAL
	  What da!  Are you deaf?
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  No, are you?  We want some Black
	  people up on the Wall of Fame.
				SAL
	  Turn that JUNGLE MUSIC off.  We
	  ain't in Africa.

Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella start to dance while Mookie takes a seat, the impartial observer that he is.

				BUGGIN' OUT
	  Why it gotta be about jungle music
	  and Africa?
				SAL
	  It's about turning that s*** off
	  and getting the outta my
	  pizzeria.
				PINO
	  Radio Raheem.
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  F*** you.
										    78.


				SAL
	  What ever happened to nice music
	  with words you can understand?
				RADIO RAHEEM
	  This is music.  My music.
				VITO
	  We're closed.
				BUGGIN' OUT
	  You're closed alright, till you get
	  some Black people up on that wall.

Sal grabs his Mickey Mantle bat from underneath the counter and brings it down on Radio Raheem's box, again and again and again. The music stops.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM'S BOX

Radio Raheem's pride and joy is smashed to smithereens. It's going to the junkyard quick.

ANGLE--PIZZERIA

There is an eerie quiet as everyone is frozen, surprised by the suddenness of Sal's action, the swings of his Mickey Mantle bat. All look at Radio Raheem and realize what is about to happen.

ANGLE--RADIO RAHEEM

Radio Raheem screams, he goes crazy.

				RADIO RAHEEM
	  My music!

Radio Raheem picks Sal up from behind the counter and starts to choke his ass. Radio Raheem's prized possession--his box, the only thing he owned of value--his box, the one thing that gave him any sense of worth--has been smashed to bits. (Radio Raheem, like many Black youth, is the victim of materialism and a misplaced sense of values.) Now he doesn't give anymore. He's gonna make Sal pay with his life.

Vito and Pino jump on Radio Raheem, who only tightens his grip around Sal's neck. Buggin' Out tries to help his friend. Mookie just stands and watches as Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella cheerlead.

										    79.


EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

The tangled mass of choking, biting, kicking, screaming confusion flies through the door of Sal's out onto the sidewalk.

CLOSE--EDDIE

The kid yells:

				EDDIE
	  Fight!  Fight!
							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--DA MAYOR

He looks up.

							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--MOTHER SISTER

She looks up.

							    CUT TO:

CLOSE--SWEET DICK WILLIE

He also looks up.

ANGLE--STREET

The people on The Block run to Sal's Famous Pizzeria to see the STATIC.

ANGLE--SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA

Radio Raheem, Buggin' Out, Sal, Vito, and Pino are still entangled, rolling around on the sidewalk, but now before an entertained crowd of onlookers:

ANGLE--DA MAYOR

				DA MAYOR
	  Break it up.  This is crazy.

The fight continues. Da Mayor is smart enough not to get in the middle of this war. We hear sirens, somebody has called DA COPS.

ANGLE--STREET

										    80.


The cop cars come right through the crowd, almost running over some people. The cops get out with nightsticks and guns drawn. WE RECOGNIZE two of the faces, Officers Long and Ponte. Any time there is a skirmish between a Black man and a white man, you can bet the house on who the copes are gonna go for. You know the deal! Buggin' Out is pulled off first, then Vito and Pino, but Radio Raheem is a crazed man. It takes all six cops to pull him off Sal, who is red as a beet from being choked.

ANGLE--COPS

Handcuffs are put on Buggin' Out as he watches the other cops put a choke hold on Radio Raheem to restrain him.

ANGLE--RADIO RAHEEM

Radio Raheem is still struggling, then he just stops, his body goes limp and he falls to the sidewalk like a fifty- pound bag of Idaho potatoes.

ANGLE--STREET

Officers Long and Ponte kick him.

				OFFICER LONG
	  Get up!  Get up!

Radio Raheem just lies there like a bump on a log.

ANGLE--CROWD

The crowd stares at Radio Raheem's still body. He's unconscious or dead.

CLOSE--OFFICER LONG

				OFFICER LONG
	  Quit faking.

ANGLE--STREET

The officers all look at each other. They know, they know exactly what they've done. The infamous Michael Stewart choke hold.

				OFFICER PONTE
	  Let's get him outta here.

The officers pick up Radio Raheem's limp body and throw him into the back seat. Buggin' Out is pushed into another car. The cop cars speed off; in their haste to beat it, they have left the crowd. It's at this point the crowd becomes an angry mob.

										    81.


ANGLE--MOB

The mob looks at...

ANGLE--MOB POV

Sal still on the sidewalk, being helped to his feet by Vito and Pino, who are in bad shape themselves.

ANGLE--MOB

The mood/tone of the mob is getting ugly. Once again they have seen one of their own killed before their eyes at the hands of the cops. We hear the murmurs of the folks go through the crowd.

				VOICES OF MOB
	  THEY KILLED HIM
	  THEY KILLED RADIO RAHEEM
	  IT'S MURDER
	  DID IT AGAIN
	  JUST LIKE THEY DID MICHAEL STEWART
	  MURDER
	  ELEANOR BUMPERS
	  MURDER
	  IT'S NOT SAFE
	  NOT EVEN IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD
	  IT'S NOT SAFE
	  NEVER WAS
	  NEVER WILL BE

The cops, in their haste to get Radio Raheem out of there, have left an angry mob of Black folks with a defenseless Sal, Vito, and Pino.

The mob looks at them.

				VOICES OF MOB
	  WON'T STAND FOR IT
	  THE LAST TIME
	  F***IN' COPS
	  THE LAST TIME
	  IT'S PLAIN AS DAY
	  DIDN'T HAVE TO KILL THE BOY

HIGH ANGLE

Mookie looks at the crowd and notices he's on the wrong side. He leaves Sal and his two sons.

ANGLE--STREET

Da Mayor walks in front of the crowd.

										    82.


				DA MAYOR
	  Good people, let's all go home.
	  Somebody's gonna get hurt.
				CROWD (OS)
	  Yeah, you!
				DA MAYOR
	  If we don't stop this now, we'll
	  all regret it.  Sal and his two
	  boys had nothing to do with what
	  the police did.
				CROWD (OS)
	  Get out of the way, old man.  You a
	  Tom anyway.
				DA MAYOR
	  Let 'em be.

ANGLE--STREET

Mookie picks up a garbage can and dumps it out into the street. He walks through the crowd, up to Da Mayor, Sal, Vito, and Pino.

CLOSE--MOOKIE

He screams.

				MOOKIE
	  HATE!!!!

SLOW MOTION

Mookie hurls the garbage can through the plate glass window of Sal's Famous Pizzeria. That's it. All hell breaks loose. The dam has been unplugged, broke. The rage of a people has been unleashed, a fury. A lone garbage can thrown through the air has released a tidal wave of frustration.

ANGLE--STREET

Da Mayor pushes Sal, Vito, and Pino out of the way as the mob storms into Sal's Famous Pizzeria.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

The people rush into Sal's Famous Pizzeria, tearing it up.

CLOSE--CASH REGISTER

The cash register is opened. WE SEE only coins, Sal has the paper.

										    83.


EXT: DA MAYOR'S STOOP--NIGHT

Da Mayor leads Sal, Vito, and Pino back to his stoop where they watch in horror.

				SAL
	  There it goes.  Why?
				DA MAYOR
	  You was there.  First white folks
	  they saw.  You was there.
				PINO
	  F***in' ni**ers.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

Someone lights a match. WHOOOSH!

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

Sal's Famous Pizzeria is going up in flames and now it's a carnival.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Burn it down.  Burn it down.

One might have thought that the elders--who through the years have been broken down, whipped, their spirits crushed, beaten into submission--would be docile, strictly onlookers. That's not true except for Da Mayor. The rest of the elders are right up in it with the young people.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

CLOSE--PHOTOS ON WALL OF FAME

The photos of famous Italian-Americans are burning.

EXT: FRUIT-N-VEG DELIGHT--NIGHT

The mob now moves across the street in front of the Korean fruit and vegetable stand. Sweet Dick Willie, Coconut Sid, and ML stand at the head of the mob.

				ML
	  It's your turn.

CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK

He's scared to death, as the mob is poised to tear his place up too. The clerk wildly swings a broom to hold them off.

										    84.


				KOREAN CLERK
	  Me no white.  Me no white.  Me
	  Black.  Me Black.  Me Black.

CLOSE--ML

				ML
	  Me Black.  Me Black.

The mob starts to laugh; they feel for him.

ANGLE--MOB

				SWEET DICK WILLIE
	  Korea man is OK.  Let's leave him
	  alone.
				ML
	  Him no white.  Him no white.
				COCONUT SID
	  Him Black.  Him Black.

EXT: DA MAYOR'S STOOP--NIGHT

Sal, Vito, and Pino look on as Sal's Famous Pizzeria goes up in smoke.

							    DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE--VITO

							    DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE--PINO

							    DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE--SAL

EXT: STREET--NIGHT

ANGLE--STREET

Jade is running through the mob, looking for her brother.

				JADE
	  Mookie!  Mookie!

ANGLE--MOOKIE

Mookie is running around with the rest of the mob.

ANGLE--STREET

										    85.


The wail of fire trucks and police sirens is now added to the night.

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

The mob moves back to in front of Sal's as the fire trucks and police, in full riot gear, pull up in the street behind them.

				POLICE LOUDSPEAKER (VO)
	  Good people.  Please disperse.
	  Please disperse.

The firemen rush to hook up their hoses, the police force themselves between the crowd and the burning Sal's Famous Pizzeria.

				POLICE LOUDSPEAKER (VO)
	  Please disperse!  Please disperse!

The mob doesn't listen, they will not be moved. The mob will not be moved until they see Sal's Famous Pizzeria burn to the ground.

ANGLE--SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA

The firemen douse the pizzeria, trying desperately to stop the fire from spreading into the adjoining buildings.

				POLICE LOUDSPEAKER (VO)
	  Good people, we're giving you one
	  more warning.  Please go back home.

CLOSE--MOOKIE

				MOOKIE
	  This is our home.

CLOSE--MOTHER SISTER

				MOTHER SISTER
	  This is our neighborhood.

ANGLE--MOB

It will take force to move this mass of people.

				POLICE LOUDSPEAKER (VO)
	  You've had your warning!

POW!

The hoses are turned on the mob.

										    86.


WE SEE Mookie, Mother Sister, Sweet Dick Willie, ML, Coconut Sid, Jade, Ahmad, Cee, Punchy, and Ella, etc., go down before the powerful blast of the firehouse.

Now we've come full circle. We're back to Montgomery or Birmingham, Alabama. The only thing missing is Sheriff Bull Connor and the German shepherds.

It would take force to move them and that's exactly what the mob got. People are trying to hold on to each other, cars, railings, anything to keep from being swept away.

EXT: DA MAYOR'S STOOP--NIGHT

Da Mayor, Sal, Vito, and Pino watch in disbelief. It's unbelievable what is happening before their eyes.

							    CUT TO:

THE STREET--NIGHT THEIR POV

People are screaming, kids and women are not being spared from the brute force of the firehoses either.

EXT: WE LOVE STOREFRONT--NIGHT

WE SEE the reflection of the fire in the storefront window as Mister Se�or Love Daddy looks on.

EXT: STREET--NIGHT

ANGLE--JADE AND MOTHER SISTER

Jade and Mother Sister try to hold on to a streetlamp as a gush of water hits them; their grips loosens, the water is too powerful, and they slide away down the block and Da Mayor runs after them.

INT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--NIGHT

CLOSE--PHOTOS

Some burnt photos on the floor.

CLOSE--MICKEY MANTLE BAT

The Mickey Mantle bat burns.

CLOSE--RADIO RAHEEM'S BOX

Radio Raheem's box has melted into a black mass of goo.

CLOSER--RADIO RAHEEM'S BOX

										    87.


As WE MOVE IN TIGHTER ON the melted box, we begin to hear the rap song that we've hear throughout. All other sound drops as the rap song gets louder and louder until it's deafening.

ANGLE--SMILEY

Smiley sits up from where he hid during the burning and looting of Sal's Famous Pizzeria. Smiley looks around and goes directly to the smoldering Wall of Fame. He stands there. Smiley pins one of his Malcolm X/Martin Luther King, Jr., cards to the Wall of Fame.

CLOSE--PHOTO

CLOSE--SMILEY

We're on Smiley's face and a smile slowly travels across. It's the first time Smiley has smiled in years and nobody is there to see this event.

FADE TO BLACK

THE MORNING AFTER

FADE IN:

EXT: THE STREET--TO INT: RADIO STATION STOREFRONT--DAY

The CAMERA, FROM HIGH ABOVE, CRANES DOWN ON The Block. The sidewalk is deserted, broken glass is everywhere, and it looks exactly as how one expects it to look, the morning after an uprising.

The CAMERA NOW MOVES IN ON the WE LOVE storefront where Mister Se�or Love Daddy is in his familiar place behind the mike.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  My people.  My people.  What can I
	  say?  Say what I can.  I saw it but
	  I didn't believe it.  I didn't
	  believe it what I saw.  Are we
	  gonna live together?  Together are
	  we gonna live?  This is ya Mister
	  Se�or Love Daddy here on WE LOVE
	  RADIO, 108 FM on your dial, and
	  that's the truth, Ruth.

CLOSE--MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY

										    88.


				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  Today's weather.
		    (he yells)
	  HOT!

CLOSER--MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY

He screams:

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY
	  WAKE UP!
							    CUT TO:

INT: TINA'S BEDROOM--DAY

Mookie jumps out of her bed; Tina sleeps by his side and their son Hector is between them.

				MISTER SE�OR LOVE DADDY (VO)
	  WAKE UP!
				MOOKIE
	  My money!
				TINA
	  Where are you going?
				MOOKIE
	  To get my money.
				TINA
	  Mookie, you must think I'm stupid
	  or something.  You're gonna run
	  outta here and I won't see your
	  black ass for another week.
				MOOKIE
	  Tina, it's not like that.

Mookie is putting on his clothes.

				TINA
	  You don't care about me and you
	  definately don't care 'bout your son.
				MOOKIE
	  Tina, I'll be right back.
				TINA
	  Be a man.
				MOOKIE
	  I am a man.
										    89.


				TINA
	  Act like one then.  Be a man.
				MOOKIE
	  Later.
				TINA
	  You're to the curb.  You better
	  step off.  Get a life.

Mookie leaves.

MOTHER SISTER'S BEDROOM--DAY

Da Mayor wakes up in Mother Sister's big brass bed (she was born in it). At first he has no idea where he's at, then sees Mother Sister sitting down across the room smiling at him.

				MOTHER SISTER
	  Good morning.
				DA MAYOR
	  Is it a good morning?
				MOTHER SISTER
	  Yes indeed.  You almost got yourself
	  killed last night.
				DA MAYOR
	  I've done that before.

Da Mayor gets up out of her big brass bed.

				DA MAYOR
	  Where did you sleep?
				MOTHER SISTER
	  I didn't.
				DA MAYOR
	  I hope the block is still standing.
				MOTHER SISTER
	  We're still standing.

Da Mayor and Mother Sister both look out the parlor window to see THE BLOCK and Mookie.

EXT: SAL'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA--DAY

Mookie walks up to Sal's Famous Pizzeria as it still smoulders in the morning light. Sal emerges from the wreckage; he looks like he might have slept there.

										    90.


				SAL
	  Whatda do you want?
				MOOKIE
	  I wants my money.  I wants to get
	  paid.

Sal looks at Mookie in disbelief.

				SAL
	  Mookie, I always liked you.  Not
	  the smartest kid, but you're honest.
	  Don't make me dislike you.
				MOOKIE
	  Sal, I want my money.
				SAL
	  Don't even ask about your money.
	  Your money wouldn't even pay for
	  that window you smashed.
				MOOKIE
	  Motherf*** a window, Radio Raheem
	  is dead.
				SAL
	  You're right, a kid is dead, but
	  Mook, this isn't the time.
				MOOKIE
That dat.  The time is now.
	  Y'know I'm sorry 'bout Sal's Famous
	  Pizzeria, but I gotta live, too. I
	  gotta get paid.
				SAL
	  We both do.
				MOOKIE
	  We all know you're gonna get over
	  with the insurance money anyway!
	  Ya know da deal.
				SAL
	  Do we now?
				MOOKIE
	  Quit bulls****ing.
				SAL
	  You don't know s*** about s***.
										    91.


				MOOKIE
	  I know I wants to get my money.

Sal has had it.

				SAL
	  How much?  How much do I owe you?
				MOOKIE
	  My salary.  Two-fifty.

Sal pulls out a wad and quickly peels off hundred dollar bills.

				SAL
	  One, two, three, four, five.

Sal throws the "C" notes at Mookie, they hit him in the chest and fall to the sidewalk.

				SAL
	  Are you happy now?  That's five
	  hundred dollars.  You just
	  got paid.  Mookie, you are a rich
	  man, now ya life is set, you'll
	  never have another worry, a care in
	  the world.  Mookie, ya wealthy, a
	 Rockefeller.

Mookie is stunned by Sal's outburst. He picks up the bills.

				SAL
	  Ya just got paid, so leave me the
	  alone.
				MOOKIE
	  You only pay me two-fifty a week.
		    (he throws two "C"
		    notes back at him)
	  I owe you fifty bucks.
				SAL
	  Keep it.
				MOOKIE
	  You keep it.
				SAL
	  Christmas came early.

Both look at the two hundred-dollar bills on the sidewalk and refuse to pick them up. It's a stalemate.

										    92.


				MOOKIE
	  This is the hottest Christmas I've
	  known.

Mookie counts his money.

				SAL
	  It's supposed to be even hotter
	  today.
				MOOKIE
	  You gonna open up another Sal's
	  Famous Pizzeria?
				SAL
	  No.  What are you gonna do?
				MOOKIE
	  Make dat money.  Get paid.
				SAL
	  Yeah!...I'm goin' to the beach for
	  the first day in fifteen years.
	  Gonna take the day off and go to
	  the beach.
				MOOKIE
	  I can dig it.  It's gonna be HOT as
	  a stupid.
				SAL
	  Mookie?
				MOOKIE
	  Gotta go.
				SAL
	  C'mere, Doctor.

Mookie turns around and goes back.

				SAL
	  Doctor, this is Sal talkin'.
				MOOKIE
	  OK.  OK.
				SAL
	  Doctor, always try to do the right
	  thing.
				MOOKIE
	  That's it?
										    93.


				SAL
	  That's it.

Mookie thinks about it, looks at the two "C" notes still smiling up at him. He quickly scoops them up.

				MOOKIE
	  I got it.

EXT: STREET--DAY

HIGH ANGLE

As Mookie turns and walks away, Sal goes back into Sal's Famous Pizzeria to salvage what is salvageable, and The Block begins to awake from its slumber, ready to deal once again with the heat of the hottest day of the year.

							    FADE OUT.

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