Poetic Justice script
Synopsis: Poetic Justice is a 1993 American romantic drama film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. The main character, Justice, writes poems which she recites throughout the movie. The poems featured in the film were written by Maya Angelou, and Angelou also appears in the film as one of the three elderly sisters whom the characters meet at a roadside family reunion. The Last Poets make an appearance toward the end of the film. Poetic Justice reached #1 in the box office its opening weekend, grossing $11,728,455. It eventually grossed a total of $27,515,786.

THE COUNTER Where Markell finally arrives at the front of the line.

THE CORNER Where one of the two thugs looks across the room at Markell. For a

moment it looks as though he recognizes Markell.

He turns back to continue to talk with his friend. A fight breaks out in another

corner, and everyone's attention is drawn in that


BACK TO COUNTER Markell completes his transaction amidst the mayhem and walks

away popcorn in hand. In the corner, the thug

looks back toward the counter. On his face we see he now recalls where he has

seen Markell before.

5 INT/EXT COMPTON DRIVE-IN---THE CAR--NIGHT Markell comes back to the car,

glancing behind his back every so often.

MARKELL (looking over his left shoulder): I think I saw these fools that Pete

and I got beef with.

Markell turns to notice that Justice is not in the passenger seat. Justice leans

up from the back seat to kiss his cheek and tenderly run

her fingers around Markell's neck and shoulder. We notice her long fingernails.

Markell laughs and places the popcorn on the

dashboard. Our attention is drawn to the passenger window, where the drive-in

speaker hangs. Romantic movie music flows into the

car. On the driver's side the window is open. Suddenly, a pistol is placed next

to Markell's head. Time slows down. The gun is fired.

Justice screams. The popcorn scatters, and the passenger window breaks from the

traveling bullet. Time resumes. Justice's screams

turn to a whimper. There is blood on her hands. The drive-in speaker has now

fallen on the passenger seat. We hear the romantic

movie playing in the background.

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John Singleton

John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing Boyz n the Hood. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. Singleton is a native of South Los Angeles and many of his early films, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the implications of inner-city violence. Some of his other films include dramas such as Rosewood (1997) in addition to action films such as Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005). more…

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