Malcolm X

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.
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
202 min



It is a bright sunny day on a crowded street on the black

side of Boston. PEOPLE and KIDS are busy with their own


SHORTY bops his way down the street. He is a runty, very

dark young man of 21 with a mission and a smile on his face.

He wears the flamboyant style of the time: the whole zoot-

suit, pegged legs and a wide brim hat with a white feather

stuck in the hat band.


FOLLOW SHOT. Shorty dodges through the crowd with his


His smile is one of anticipation. He nods to a PAL without

stopping; eyes a COUPLE OF CHICKS dancing on the street, but

is not dissuaded.


Shorty has his jacket and hat off, his sleeves rolled up. He

is like a surgeon preparing for an operation. His equipment

is spread out on a table: can of lye, large mason jar, wooden

stirring spoon, knife, the eggs. His actions have the

character of a ritual: each thing being done just so, in

time-honored fashion.

He slices the potatoes and drops the thin slices into the

mason jar.

He adds water and makes a paste of the starch.

Behind Shorty is a spirited barbershop conversation. ONE MAN

is getting a haircut; TWO OTHERS are watching (TOOMER, JASON)

one of them from behind a newspaper. A middle-aged barber,

CHOLLY, is doing most of the talking.


After I hit the number that woman

wasn't no good to me at all.

The men laugh.

ANGLE - Shorty pries open the can of lye, whiffs it. It's

good and strong. He pours some in the mason jar, stirring

with the wooden spoon. He cracks the eggs into the mixture

and stirs. He waits as fumes rise and feels the outside of

the jar as it gets hot.

ANOTHER ANGLE - The barbershop SEEN from a door, slightly

ajar. A woolly head, entirely in shadow, peers out.


She says I'm cheap cuz I won't cop

her a diamond ring. Had the

indignation to call me a cheap black

sunovabitch to boot.


And when a black woman call you a

cheap black sunovabitch you've been

called a cheap black sunovabitch.

Cholly is annoyed. It's _his_ story.


Will you let me tell it?

ON SHORTY - He opens the bulky package he has been carrying,

unfolds a large rubber apron and gets into it. Now he dons a

pair of rubber gloves.


Where's Homeboy?

He is all ready; one of his hands is filled with a huge glob

of Vaseline. His manner is indignant as if he were asking

the whereabouts of an exasperating child.

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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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