Panther script
Panther (1995)
Synopsis: In this semi-fictionalized account of the origins of the Black Panthers, Vietnam vet Judge (Kadeem Hardison) returns to his hometown of Oakland to find it beset by violence and police discrimination against African-Americans. Judge's friend Cy tells him about a vigilante group that's organizing against the police and introduces him to its leaders, Bobby (Courtney B. Vance) and Huey (Marcus Chong). Judge joins the movement but is soon beset by police pressure to inform against Huey.

AFRAID, the boy PASSES an OAKLAND POLICE CAR, cruising slowly

down Market. A WHITE COP scans the street.

EXT. MARKET STREET - DAY

Continuing his ride, the BOY passes TYRONE (20's) -- a TOUGH

YOUTH -- who GLARES at the cop car, LEAFLETS in his HANDS.

EXT. MARKET STREET - DAY

BLACK HANDS pour a CAN of LEMON JUICE into a BOTTLE of cheap

WHITE PORT. Shaking the mixture, then swigging it, ROSE (30's) --

an aimless drunk -- passes it to his FRIENDS.

ROSE:

Yes indeed, that Bitter Dog...

(to the Boy)

What's up little brother?

Smiling, the YOUNG BOY waves to the sidewalk drinkers, then

moves on.

EXT. MARKET STREET - DAY

Eyes downcast, the BOY passes REVEREND SLOCUM (50's) -- a

passionate preacher.

EXT. MARKET STREET - DAY

On the street corner, SABU (20's) -- a Superfly young hustler

with a fast mouth -- trying to sell cigarette lighters to a

couple of HARD HATS heading off to work.

SABU:

I'm telling you, man. The perfect

gift for the sophisticated lady in

your life. Light up her flame with

some solid gold satisfaction and get

a second one half price for your

wife. Can't beat my price with a

stick, baby.

CY, a large man with an eye-patch, walks up and tries, in

vain, to get one of Sabu's bogus lighters to light.

CY:

Sabu, why're you still tryin' to

sell these raggedy ass, non workin'

Korean lighters man?

The HARD HATS drive off laughing as Sabu curses CY out. The

boy continues on heading for the corner.

END TITLE SEQUENCE:

EXT. INTERSECTION - 55TH AND MARKET STREETS - DAY

Suddenly a HORN blares, BRAKES screech.

Brutal, fast, a CAR plows into the child, sending him and

the bike bouncing against the windshield and back on the

pavement, bleeding... dead.

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Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin "Block" Van Peebles (born August 21, 1932) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer. more…

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