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.

EXT. APARTMENT HOUSE - 55TH STREET - DAY

JUDGE (20's) -- an intense young man wearing a FATIGUE JACKET --

STARES numbly at the child in the street. Neighborhood people

move toward the scene.

A WOMAN, perhaps the boy's mother, WAILS next to the body.

Judge's Mom, RITA (50's) -- raw boned and sharp eyed --

stands, drawn toward the tragedy.

RITA:

Oh lord... not again...

EXT. INTERSECTION - DAY

A CROWD -- including Reverend Slocum, Cy and the DRINKERS --

gathers near the child and the wailing woman. Across from

Judge, TYRONE keeps an angry distance from the horror.

CY:

God damn... Kid never had a chance...

ROSE:

Mothafuck... Hey!!! What the hell!!!

The CAR backs up, trying to leave the scene.

Market street regulars SWARM around the retreating vehicle,

hitting it with fists, sticks, bottles. Young and old move

together, their faces contorted with RAGE.

JUDGE:

(over)

People were pissed off. Neighborhood

had been begging for a stoplight

since before dirt was invented. Way

I saw it then, that boy dying was

another shitty thing in a world full

of shit.

CUT TO:

EXT. APARTMENT HOUSE - DAY

Eyes locked on the dead child, JUDGE stands, angry and

impassive.

JUDGE:

(over)

Way I see it now... That day. That

intersection. That's where it started

for me.

(a pause)

Only, I didn't know it then...

EXT. CLOSE UP:
INTERSECTION PAVEMENT - DAY

Running red past a SMALL sneakered foot, BLOOD streams toward

the gutter.

CUT TO:

EXT. CLOSE UP:
BASKETBALL COURT - NIGHT

A BASKETBALL bounces off the cement, SNEAKERED FEET scramble

past.

EXT. BASKETBALL COURT - NIGHT

JUDGE drives in for a basket, pursued by CY. It's a friendly

three on three street game. The MARKET STREET DRINKERS --

including ROSE -- fill out Cy and Judge's teams.

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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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