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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 even 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 CUT TO: TIME Present CUT TO: WEATHER Hot as shit! CUT TO: INT: WE LOVE RADIO STATION STOREFRONT--DAY EXTREME CLOSE UP WE SEE only big white teeth and very Negroidal (big) lips. MISTER SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY, a DJ, a radio personality, behind a microphone. MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY This is Mister Señor 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 Señor 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY Here I am. Am I here? Y'know it. It ya know. This is Mister Señor 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 SEÑOR 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 shit. 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 Fuck dat shit. 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 shit. 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 shit. 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 shit, won't be no shit. 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 Señor Love Daddy as he walks by. INT: WE LOVE CONTROL BOOTH--DAY Mister Señor 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 motherfucker. 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 motherfucker. 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 motherfucker. 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 shit. 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 be fucked 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 motherfucker, 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 fuck 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 fucking soaked. If I ever catch those fucks they'll be sorry. Cocksucking sonabitches! 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 fucking ruined. OFFICER LONG Where are they? CHARLIE Where are they? What kind of fucking asshole question is that? They ran the fuck away. OFFICER PONTE Do you wish to file a complaint? CHARLIE A complaint. I want those fucks 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 Señor Love Daddy is cool. MOOKIE Ya like him, huh? VITO Yeah. MOOKIE Y'know, Vito, I know Pino is ya brother and shit, 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 Señor 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 SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR 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 Señor Love Daddy, I'd like to dedicate the next record to my heart, Tina. MISTER SEÑOR 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 Señor Love Daddy. WE LOVE RADIO, 108 FM. ...then cues up the record. 29. MISTER SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY Tell ya father he makes the best heros in Brooklyn. VITO I'll do that. MOOKIE We're outta here. MISTER SEÑOR 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 frío, 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 fuck 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? Motherfuck 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 SHIT! Why did he get Buggin' started? BUGGIN' OUT I should fuck you up just for that stupid shit 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 Motherfucker wasn't saying shit. 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 fucking 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 motherfuckers across the street. I betcha they haven't been a year off da motherfucking boat before they opened up their own place. CLOSE--COCONUT SID COCONUT SID It's been about a year. CLOSE--ML ML A motherfucking year off the motherfucking 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 shit. 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 motherfucking shame. COCONUT SID Ain't that a bitch. 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 shit. 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 Señor 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 fucking talking on the phone and people are trying to call in orders. He's making us lose business. CLOSE--SAL SAL Mookie, you're fucking up. PINO Twenty minutes. (he hangs up the phone) How come you niggers are so stupid? CLOSE--MOOKIE MOOKIE If ya see a nigger here, kick his ass. CLOSE--PINO 41. PINO Fuck 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 nigger this and nigger that, all your favorite people are "niggers." 42. PINO It's different. Magic, Eddie, Prince are not niggers, 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 Fuck 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 shit? MOOKIE It's e-vit-able. PINO Keep dreaming. MOOKIE Fuck you, fuck pizza, and fuck Frank Sinatra, too. PINO Well, fuck you, too, and fuck 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 motherfucker. 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY Yo! Hold up! Time out! Time out! Y'all take a chill. Ya need to cool that shit 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 shit 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 niggers, 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 Señor 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 motherfucking 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 fucking 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 motherfucker. 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! Motherfucker! Twenty! CLOSE--KOREAN CLERK KOREAN CLERK Motherfucker you. Radio Raheem has to laugh at that one. 57. RADIO RAHEEM Motherfucker 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 shit. 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 to fuck. SWEET DICK WILLIE Never too hot, never too cold for fucking. 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY MISTER SEÑOR 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 Señor Love Daddy. I'd kiss your feet every morning, that's how much I love you. MISTER SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY Love Line, you're on. FEMALE VOICE #3 (VO) You give me fever. (she moans) MISTER SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY That was the last call for tonight on Mister Señor 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 Häagen- Dazs butter pecan? MOOKIE Shit! 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 Señor Love Daddy serenades them with slow jams. MOOKIE I'm gonna take off ya clothes. TINA Mookie, I told you already it's too fucking 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 SEÑOR 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 shit. 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 fucking 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 fucking 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 shit. 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 shit. 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 motherfucker. 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 the fuck he think he is? Don Corleone and shit. 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 motherfuckers. 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 motherfucker 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 fuck! 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 shit off and getting the fuck outta my pizzeria. PINO Radio Raheem. RADIO RAHEEM Fuck 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 a fuck 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 FUCKIN' 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 Fuckin' niggers. 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 Señor 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 Señor Love Daddy is in his familiar place behind the mike. MISTER SEÑOR 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 Señor Love Daddy here on WE LOVE RADIO, 108 FM on your dial, and that's the truth, Ruth. CLOSE--MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY 88. MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY Today's weather. (he yells) HOT! CLOSER--MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY He screams: MISTER SEÑOR 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 SEÑOR LOVE DADDY (VO) WAKE UP! MOOKIE Fuck! 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 Whatdafuck 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 Motherfuck a window, Radio Raheem is dead. SAL You're right, a kid is dead, but Mook, this isn't the time. MOOKIE Fuck dat. The time is fuckin' 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 bullshitting. SAL You don't know shit about shit. 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 fucking 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 fuckin' Rockefeller. Mookie is stunned by Sal's outburst. He picks up the bills. SAL Ya just got paid, so leave me the fuck 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 motherfucker. 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. ROLL CREDITS.