Do the Right Thing script
Synopsis: Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

Second Draft

March 1, 1988; Brooklyn, N.Y.

Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Inc.

YA-DIG SHO-NUFF

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

WGA #45816

"The greatest miracle Christianity has achieved in America

is that the black man in white Christian hands has not grown

violent. It is a miracle that 22 million black people have

not risen up against their oppressors--in which they would

have been justified by all moral criteria, and even by the

democratic tradition! It is a miracle that a nation of

black people has so fervently continued to believe in a

turn-the-other-cheek and heaven-for-you-after-you-die

philosophy! It is a miracle that the American Black people

have remained a peaceful people, while catching all the

centuries of hell that they have caught, here in white man's

heaven! The miracle is that the white man's puppet Negro

'leaders,' his preachers and the educated Negroes laden with

degrees, and others who have been allowed to wax fat off

their black poor brothers, have been able to hold the black

masses quiet until now."

--THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

TITLES--WHITE ON BLACK

PLACE:

Brooklyn, New York

CUT TO:

TIME:

Present

CUT TO:

WEATHER:

Hot as shit!

CUT TO:

INT:
WE LOVE RADIO STATION STOREFRONT--DAY

EXTREME CLOSE UP

WE SEE only big white teeth and very Negroidal (big) lips.

MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY

Waaaake up!

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

Up ya wake! Up ya wake! Up ya wake!

CAMERA MOVES BACK SLOWLY TO REVEAL MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY,

a DJ, a radio personality, behind a microphone.

MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY

This is Mister Señor Love Daddy.

Your voice of choice. The world's

only twelve-hour strongman, here on

WE LOVE radio, 108 FM. The last on

your dial, but the first in ya

hearts, and that's the truth, Ruth!

The CAMERA, which is STILL PULLING BACK, shows that Mister

Señor Love Daddy is actually sitting in a storefront window.

The control booth looks directly out onto the street. This

is WE LOVE RADIO, a modest station with a loyal following,

right in the heart of the neighborhood. The OPENING SHOT

will be a TRICK SHOT--the CAMERA PULLING BACK through the

storefront window.

MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY

Here I am. Am I here? Y'know it.

It ya know. This is Mister Señor

Love Daddy, doing the nasty to ya

ears, ya ears to the nasty. I'se

play only da platters dat matter,

da matters dat platter and that's

the truth, Ruth.

He hits the cart machine and we hear a station jingle.

VO:

L-O-V-E RADIO.

MISTER SEÑOR LOVE DADDY

Doing da ying and yang da flip and

flop da hippy and hoppy

(he yodels)

Yo da lay he hoo. I have today's

forecast.

(he screams)

HOT!

He laughs like a madman.

INT:
DA MAYOR'S BEDROOM--DAY

An old, grizzled man stirs in the bed, his sheets are soaked

with sweat. He flings them off his wet body.

DA MAYOR:

Damn, it's hot.

INT:
JADE'S APARTMENT--DAY

CAMERA MOVES IN ON a young man sitting at the edge of a sofa

bed.

CLOSE UP--HIS SMALL HANDS

WE SEE him counting his money. This isn't any ordinary

counting of money, he's straightening out all the corners of

the bills, arranging them so the bills--actually the "dead

presidents"--are facing the same way. This is MOOKIE. Once

he's finished with that task, counting his money, he sneaks

into his sister's bedroom.

INT:
JADE'S BEDROOM--DAY

CLOSE UP--JADE

JADE, Mookie's sister, is fast asleep. Mookie's fingers

ENTER THE FRAME and start to play with her lips. Jade

pushes his hands away. Mookie waits several beats and he

continues. Jade wakes up--mad.

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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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