Bamboozled script
Bamboozled (2000)
Synopsis: A blistering satire of network television's pitfalls and prejudices, a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a television writer's stunning rise and tragic downfall. Pierre Delacroix, a young, Harvard-educated man, who is the sole person of color, writing for an upstart network with floundering ratings. Despite several attempts, Delacroix has yet to see any of his concepts go into production.

A WOMAN is about to dump some change in the brown paper bag.

CHEEBA (CONT'D)

I said homeless. Ladies and

gentlemen. Senorita, do you know

what that means?

Cheeba looks at her and she quickly pulls out a 5-spot from

her purse and drops it into the bag.

CHEEBA (CONT'D)

Muchos gracias.

Cheeba works his way over to Delacroix.

DELACROIX:

Good morning, Cheeba.

CHEEBA:

Good morning to you, Mr. Delapot.

DELACROIX:

De-la-croix.

CHEEBA:

Y'know what I mean. Got a gig yet

for Manray and I yet?

5.

DELACROIX:

Not yet.

Delacroix hands Cheeba a ten dollar bill.

CHEEBA:

Gracias.

Delacroix moves towards the revolving doors of CNS.

DELACROIX:

Manray, Sloan says you're too

talented to be dancing on the street.

MANRAY:

Well do something about it.

INT. ELEVATOR - MORNING

Delacroix is the lone person of color in the elevator.

INT. CNS - MORNING

Delacroix gets off the elevator, takes out his ID, slips it

through the scanner and enters the reception area of CNS.

DELACROIX:

Good morning, Marie.

MARIE:

It's not gonna be a good morning

for you if you don't get into

Dunwitty's staff meeting.

DELACROIX:

What staff meeting?

MARIE:

The staff meeting that started 30

minutes ago.

INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - MORNING

Delacroix walks, or better yet, slithers into the staff

meeting that is already in progress. TWENTY WRITERS sit

around an oval table, all are Caucasian except Delacroix,

again he's the lone person of color, the "fly in the

buttermilk."

DUNWITTY, Senior V.P. of the Entertainment Division of CNS

looks at Delacroix and waits for him to sit down before he

continues.

6.

DUNWITTY:

Monsieur Delacroix, this very

important meeting commenced...

Dunwitty looks at his Rolex Chronograph - Daytona Model.

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Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. more…

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