Bamboozled

Synopsis: Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy-League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family has been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. The hook: instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also come repercussions for all involved.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: New Line Cinema
  1 win & 10 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
48%
R
Year:
2000
135 min
$1,883,628
Website
738 Views


CHEEBA (CONT'D)

I said homeless. Ladies and

gentlemen. Senorita, do you know

what that means?

Cheeba looks at her and she quickly pulls out a 5-spot from

her purse and drops it into the bag.

CHEEBA (CONT'D)

Muchos gracias.

Cheeba works his way over to Delacroix.

DELACROIX:

Good morning, Cheeba.

CHEEBA:

Good morning to you, Mr. Delapot.

DELACROIX:

De-la-croix.

CHEEBA:

Y'know what I mean. Got a gig yet

for Manray and I yet?

5.

DELACROIX:

Not yet.

Delacroix hands Cheeba a ten dollar bill.

CHEEBA:

Gracias.

Delacroix moves towards the revolving doors of CNS.

DELACROIX:

Manray, Sloan says you're too

talented to be dancing on the street.

MANRAY:

Well do something about it.

INT. ELEVATOR - MORNING

Delacroix is the lone person of color in the elevator.

INT. CNS - MORNING

Delacroix gets off the elevator, takes out his ID, slips it

through the scanner and enters the reception area of CNS.

DELACROIX:

Good morning, Marie.

MARIE:

It's not gonna be a good morning

for you if you don't get into

Dunwitty's staff meeting.

DELACROIX:

What staff meeting?

MARIE:

The staff meeting that started 30

minutes ago.

INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - MORNING

Delacroix walks, or better yet, slithers into the staff

meeting that is already in progress. TWENTY WRITERS sit

around an oval table, all are Caucasian except Delacroix,

again he's the lone person of color, the "fly in the

buttermilk."

DUNWITTY, Senior V.P. of the Entertainment Division of CNS

looks at Delacroix and waits for him to sit down before he

continues.

6.

DUNWITTY:

Monsieur Delacroix, this very

important meeting commenced...

Dunwitty looks at his Rolex Chronograph - Daytona Model.

DUNWITTY (CONT'D)

...exactly thirty-two minutes ago.

DUNWITTY:

I'm sorry I'm late.

DUNWITTY:

Do you know how much information

can be dispensed in one minute alone?

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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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