The Distinguished Gentleman script
Synopsis: In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, Johnson enjoys many of the same financial perks as other politicians. However, while investigating the connection between electric companies and cancer in young children, he unexpectedly develops a conscience. Unfortunately, fellow Congressman Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) isn't about to let him rock the boat.

(extending a hand)

Hello, darling, Alma Preston,

how are you today?

DEBBIE:

Thanks for coming, Ms. Preston,

I'm Debbie Bartle.

(consulting a list)

Do we have your check yet?

Loretta pulls a Mont Blanc pen and a checkbook from herbag.

LORETTA:

No, honey, I don't think you do, wejust got in last night from ourplace in Barbados -- how much is it?

DEBBIE:

Five hundred a person. Barbados?

LORETTA:

(writing)

Yes, we're just down the beachfrom Mick Jagger and Jerry.

(looking up)

You wouldn't turn down a couple ofthousand, would you?

A pleased smile from Debbie. Loretta opens the checkbook,

flashing the immense RING in front of Debbie.

DEBBIE:

Um, that's a lovely ring.

(CONTINUED)

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LORETTA:

Oh, thank you. I thought it mightbe a little gaudy...who should Imake this out to?

DEBBIE:

Johnson for Congress. It's not

gaudy, it's just...nice and big.

LORETTA:

That's my Carlos...I can't evenlook in a store window. We're

walking down this street in Rio,

we pass a jewelry store...I didn'teven turn my head and he's in theshop...

(holds up ring)

...$250,000. I said it's crazy...

but you know Carlos.

DEBBIE:

I wish I did.

ON Tommy watching Loretta. A Guest standing just behindTommy -- wearing MRS. ZEKE BRIDGES name tag -- watchesJEFF JOHNSON gladhand the room robustly.

MRS. BRIDGES

I hear they had him open for six hours.

ZEKE, a very fat cigar-smoker, marvels at Johnson's

appearance.

ZEKE:

(chuckling)

The sum' bitch looks terrific.

Tommy, eavesdropping, joins Zeke's chuckle, which unfortunately

turns into a wheeze and then a cough. Zeke

turns to Tommy.

ZEKE:

How about taking our orders, son?

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Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the founding director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of the impact of entertainment on society. more…

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