Joker

Synopsis: Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Joker provides a possible origin story for the character; set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Todd Phillips
 
IMDB:
8.7
Year:
2019
2h 2m
$1.060 billion
798 Views


This story takes place in its own universe. It has no

connection to any of the DC films that have come before it.

We see it as a classic Warner Bros. movie. Gritty, intimate

and oddly funny, the characters live in the real world and

the stakes are personal.

Although it is never mentioned in the film, this story takes

place in the past.

Let's call it 1981.

It's a troubled time. The crime rate in Gotham is at record

highs. A garbage strike has crippled the city for the past

six weeks. And the divide between the "haves" and the "have-

nots" is palpable. Dreams are beyond reach, slipping into

delusions.

OVER BLACK:

HEAR LAUGHTER.

The sound of a man totally cracking up.

FADE IN:

1 INT. DEPT. OF HEALTH, OFFICE - MORNING 1

CLOSE ON JOKER (30's), tears in his eyes from laughing so

hard. He's trying to get it under control. His greasy, black

hair is matted down. He's wearing an old, faded red hooded

zip-up sweatshirt, a threadbare gray scarf, thin from years

of use, hangs loosely around his neck.

WE NOTICE TWO FADED OLD SCARS cut at the corners of his

mouth. Almost forming a smile.

He's sitting across from an overworked SOCIAL WORKER (50's),

African American. Her office is cramped and run-down in a

cramped and run-down building. Stacks of folders piled high

in front of her.

She just sits behind her desk, waiting for his laughing fit

to end, she's been through this before. Finally it subsides.

Joker takes a deep breath, pauses to see if it's over.

Beat.

JOKER:

--is it just me, or is it getting

crazier out there?

Despite the laughter, there's real pain in his eyes.

Something broken in him. Looks like he hasn't slept in days.

SOCIAL WORKER:

It's certainly tense. People are

upset, they're struggling. Looking

for work. The garbage strike seems

like it's been going on forever.

These are tough times.

(then)

How 'bout you. How's the job? Still

enjoying it?

JOKER:

Yeah, I mean, it's different each

day, so I really like that. I don't

think I could ever work in an

office. Behind a desk.

(MORE)

2.

JOKER (CONT'D)

(beat)

No offense.

She smiles. Writes something down. Looks at the clock, she's

running late for her next appointment.

SOCIAL WORKER:

Have you been keeping up with your

journal?

JOKER:

Everyday.

SOCIAL WORKER:

Great. Did you bring it with you?

Beat.

JOKER:

(dodging the subject)

I'm sorry. Did I bring what?

SOCIAL WORKER:

(impatient; she doesn't

have time for this)

Arthur, last time I asked you to

bring your journal with you. For

these appointments. Do you have it?

JOKER:

Yes ma'am.

Beat.

SOCIAL WORKER:

Can I see it?

He reluctantly reaches into his bag. Pulls out a weathered

notebook. Slides it across to her--

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Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips (born c. 1970/1971) is an American filmmaker and actor. He is best known for writing and directing the films Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), Starsky & Hutch (2004), The Hangover Trilogy (2009, 2011, and 2013), Due Date (2010), and Joker (2019). For his work on the satirical comedy film Borat (2006), Phillips was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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