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.

OVERHEAD As we PULL UP and away from the car. There are people running and

screaming in every direction, and cars are leaving.

These sounds overlap into TITLE CARD: POETIC JUSTICE: The sun rises behind the


6 INT INGLEWOOD CEMETERY-DAY Where we come out of the leaves of a

tree to see a garden of stones,

concrete symbols of souls long past. There is one lone figure standing before a

grave. We recognize this person as Justice. We also

hear Justice speak in voice over. Over the following images she recites the

first of many poems that move this story forward. BURN


O.): "Alone. Lying, thinking. Last night. How to find my soul a home.

Where water is not thirsty. And bread loaf is not

stone. I came up with one thing. And I don't believe I'm wrong. That nobody. But

nobody can make it out here alone."

7 INT PACIFICBEAUTY COLLEGE-DAY We move past many women. Ah of them

are dressed in white smocks and

are standing over the heads of other women who are seated in reclining beauty

chairs. We hear the instructor giving a lesson in hair

coloring. We end on Justice listening attentively and primping the hair of the

woman in her chair.

"Alone, all alone. Nobody, but nobody. Can make it out here

alone. There are some millionaires with money they

can't use. Their wives run round like banshees. Their children sing the blues."


Where Justice puts some model heads into the trunk of her car.

9 EXI:
CRENSHAW BOULEVARIF-DAY We see a CRENSHAW Sign up close go past the

frame, left to right. MONTAGE OF

IMAGES We see various images of life in the Crenshaw district of South Central

Los Angeles. Some are static; others are hand-held

traveling shots, docu style.

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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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