Life script
Life (1999)
Synopsis: During Prohibition, loudmouth Harlem grifter Ray (Eddie Murphy) and the no-nonsense Claude (Martin Lawrence) team up on a bootlegging mission to Mississippi that could bring them big bucks. But they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities.

FADE IN:

EXT. PRISON CEMETERY -- DAY

A handful of people are gathered in an open field under a

fierce Mississippi sun. A couple of young inmates, JAKE and

LEON, lean on their shovels. They are waiting to bury two

identical CASKETS with inmate numbers stenciled on the

pinewood lids.

A GUARD rests the butt of his rifle on the ground and takes

a long, healthy pull from his canteen. He offers it to the

PRISON CHAPLAIN, who is much obliged. SUPERINTENDENT BILL

BURKE, a 40-year-old black man, glances at his watch and

loosens his tie. Sure is hot.

MARY HUMPHRIES, an elderly white woman in a nurse's uniform,

stands behind WILLIE LONG, an ancient inmate sleeping

peacefully in a wheelchair. She readjusts an umbrella to

shield the old black man from the blistering sun.

Burke dabs his forehead with a handkerchief. He gives the

nod to the chaplain, who steps forward and cracks his bible.

The men remove their hats.

CHAPLAIN:

In accordance with the regulations

of the State of Mississippi, we gather

here today to lay to rest the remains

of inmates R. Gibson, number 4316,

and C. Banks, number 4317. Ashes to

ashes, dust to dust. May God have

mercy on their souls.

BURKE:

Go ahead, fellas.

The young inmates plunge their shovels into the dirt. One by

one, the mourners head back toward a prison van parked on a

nearby dirt road.

NURSE HUMPHRIES:

I'll come back for you in a little

while, Willie...

She leaves Willie alone with Jake and Leon. He rolls his

chair up to the edge of the graves and gazes at the pinewood

caskets.

JAKE:

These two guys friends of yours, old

man?

WILLIE:

We spent some time together.

LEON:

Why do I get the feeling when you

say some time, you mean some time.

WILLIE:

I was already here a good many years

when they came in in 1932.

LEON:

1932? That's like, that's like...

WILLIE:

Sixty-five years ago. They always

said the farm couldn't hold 'em

forever. Looks like you're finally

free, boys.

Willie pulls a bottle of moonshine from his jacket and takes

a swig in their honor.

JAKE:

Hey, the dude's holdin'.

LEON:

Come on, old-timer, hook the brothers

up.

Willie passes the bottle to Leon, who takes a swig and winces

from the unexpected kick.

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Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone is a London-based artist. He is part of South-London art collective !WOWOW!. Stone lives and works in London. He graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2004. Matthew Stone stages performances, photographs and films. more…

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