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.

DUNWITTY (CONT'D)

...exactly thirty-two minutes ago.

DUNWITTY:

I'm sorry I'm late.

DUNWITTY:

Do you know how much information

can be dispensed in one minute alone?

DELACROIX:

I didn't find out about this very

important staff meeting until...

Delacroix looks at his Jaeger-LeCoultre.

DELACROIX (CONT'D)

Four minutes ago.

DUNWITTY:

So are you telling me everyone knew

about this get-together except you?

DELACROIX:

I wasn't told about this until

Marie informed me as soon as I got

off the elevator.

All eyes are on Delacroix and he feels it.

DUNWITTY:

People, you can attempt to pull a

Rodman like our friend Delacroix,

but I guarantee you'll be sent

packing just like him.

Dunwitty via remote turns off the lights and turns on an

overhead projector.

DUNWITTY (CONT'D)

These are the standings. Read 'em

and weep. As you can plainly see

the Continental Network System is

languishing.

CLOSE ON:

Ratings charts.

7.

DUNWITTY (O.S.) (CONT'D)

Look at 'em people. We are BOOTY,

CA CA. We are DOO-DOO. Doo-doo on

a stick, if you will.

CLOSE ON:

Dunwitty.

DUNWITTY (CONT'D)

I do not like to be the laughing

stock of the broadcast industry. I

have pride and people, you better

start getting some too. These

numbers have to go up.

Dunwitty turns on the lights. JOAN, one of the writers,

raises her hand.

DUNWITTY (CONT'D)

Question?

JOAN:

So what do you want us to do?

DUNWITTY:

What I want everyone to do is write

some material that is FUNNY. The

junk you've been writing is about

as funny as a dead baby. It's not

funny, it's not new. It's not sexy.

It, it, it...

CLOSE ON:

Fish.

FISH:

Sucks.

ANGLE ON:

Conference room.

DUNWITTY:

SUCKS. Thank you, Fish. This

meeting is over but I want everyone

to seriously think about what I

said and how you can deliver.

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Spike Lee

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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