Malcolm X (1992 film) script
Synopsis: Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the Afro-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman, Jr., and Delroy Lindo. Lee has a supporting role as Shorty, a character based partially on real-life acquaintance Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis, a fellow criminal and jazz saxophonist. Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and future South Africa president Nelson Mandela have cameo appearances. This is the second of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee.


Git his forehead and eyebrows.


I know what I'm doing.

Shorty applies the Vaseline to that area. Now he brings

over the steaming jar and places it nearby.


Listen. You pull my coat if it's

still stinging when I get through

'cause this shit can burn a hole

through cement.


Hold tight, baby, and keep your eyes


Malcolm nods his head, clenches his eyes and grits his teeth.

Shorty applies the congolene with a comb, working it into

Malcolm's hair.



I thought you said it was gonna

sting... this ain't nothin'.

For a moment nothing happens, then the heat hits him. He

yells, tries to catch his breath: his head is on fire.


You motherfucker. You're killing

me. I'm burning up. My damn head is

on fire.

He nearly leaps out of the chair, but the barber restrains


Shorty, utterly unmoved by the outburst, continues working

the congolene into his hair.

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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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