Synopsis: This modern crime drama uses the names of the homonymous Shakespeare play's main characters which inspired its plot. White London Metropolitan Police commissioner Sinclair Carver promises to maintain law and order and further racial integration by recruiting and promoting black and Asian officers, but is taped in the lavatory by a tabloid reporter telling his assistant commissioner Ben Jago there is no black with a brain as big as his dick, and is thus forced to resign. When the death of the black Billy Coates in custody causes racial unrest, John Othello, the only authoritative black police officer, manages to prevent riots by pointing to the press and promising to solve the case; the government names him successor to Carver over his friend Jago's head. The ambitious Ben doesn't show his furious disappointment, but must have his revenge. His plots starts by making sure racists harass Othello's white wife Desdemona, so he can have her 'well guarded' by smooth white superintendent Micha
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Geoffrey Sax
Production: Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
  12 wins & 5 nominations.
100 min

All my life,

I always wanted to fly.

I always wanted

to live like a hawk.

I know you're not supposed

to be jealous of anything, but...

to take flight,

to soar above

everything and everyone,

now that's living.

So, we'll burn

15 seconds off the clock,

and we'll end this thing

our way in his house.

We stack it up. I want Odin, Michael

and Billy to handle the ball.

Hugo, you and Todd

set up the screens.

At 13 seconds, we run

the Tulsa play for Odin. Give me that.

Todd, you're in the stack

with Michael. Hugo? Hugo!

You're at the right elbow. Billy, you're

at the low block on the weak side.

And remember, lads.

Hugo and Todd are decoys.

Decoys! I don't want to see either

one of those guys with the ball.

At 13 seconds, we free up Odin

for the one on one, then clear!

If it's not Odin, Michael.

Put them in.

What time is it, team?

Game time! Rah!

All right, let's focus!

Move, move!

Good passes.

I want good passes!

Keep it tight.


Go, go, go!

Take the ball!

- Tulsa!

- Tulsa!

Don't stop! Don't stop!

Don't stop!

Eight, seven, six, five,

four, three, two, one!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Coach Duke Goulding!

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

All right.

Odin, would you

come down here, please?

As you all know,

I am a man of few words.

Except for when one of us

is late for practice, right, Pop?

I'll pretend I don't know

who said that, Hugo.

I'll get right to the point.

By virtue of having won

our divisional championship,

as well as having the best

record in the league,

we will have home court advantage

in the State Championship,

all the way up to, and

including, the semi-finals.

And one reason for that is

this young man standing next to me.

And I'll tell you

something else too-

and I'm very proud

to say this publicly.

I love him

like my own son.

Not only is he a shoe-in

for this year's USA Today

high school All American,

but he is going

to lead this team

to the 20th State Championship

in the 115 year

history of this institution!

You can stay on your feet,

'cause at this time,

I am very proud to present

this year's

unanimous choice

for most valuable player

to Mr. Odin James.


You know, at the beginning

of the season,

we decided

to go all the way.

And I did give it

all I had,

but that wouldn't have meant nothing

if I didn't have a go-to guy.

Big Mike,

come up here, man.

Come on, now's not

the time to be shy. Come on.

I told the coach

I wasn't accepting the MVP award

unless the "man with the

hands" could share it with me.

That's for you, baby.

It's all you, baby.

I don't understand.

Are you going to get

Desi and I together?

- She's with him.

- They're breaking up.

When people are breaking up,

they don't grind.

Those two

are definitely grinding.

We're going to break them up.

I thought

you were his friend.

You hang out

with him all the time.

And that's perfect,

'cause if we're going to do this,

I've got to act like

I'm cool with him anyway.

Look, you know

what a utility man is?

A what?

I'm considered

a utility man.

I rebound, I can shoot.

I play guard, forward, power forward.

You name the position,

I f***ing play it.

- What's your point?

- The point is,

I'm the MVP

on this piece of sh*t team.

I've been banging in the paint and

setting screens for the past four years,

and he chooses Michael.

F***ing sophomore! No way!

Look at this sh*t.

- Roger, don't wuss out on me now.

- He'll boot me out of school.

We are two blocks away from

the Roger Calhoon Senior Library.

Your father is

this f***ing institution.

Do you want Desi or not?

- Yes?

- Uh, hi. Dean Brable?

Yes. Who is this?

I don't know

how to tell you this, sir,

but someone sort of stole

something from you.

What are you talking about?

Your daughter.

What about my daughter?

We're going to run them until

they drop dead or we drop dead!

And that means

pressing on defense too.

And by the way,

my friend, Hugo,

your ass was dragging

in the fourth quarter.

Either you get back

to your position on the traps,

- or you give me some reason why.

- I'll be all right.

You got to be better

than all right, son!


look at me, not him!

This goes for you!

On your feet, gentlemen.

Good afternoon, Dean.

You're welcome here.

Good afternoon.

And I have a witness who says

he forced himself on her.

What? Who?

Look, if Desi says that I did anything

even close to wrong to her,

- I'll leave the goddamn school. OK?

- Take it easy, son.

Bob, that's a very

serious allegation.

- You say you have a witness?

- Come on, there's no witness.

I would never do anything

like that. Ever.

You're telling me you never

had any run-ins with the police?

No, it means I didn't

force myself on Desi.

That's not

what I just asked you.

What are you trying to say?

- You know what I'm saying.

- You're saying I'm not clean?

Is that what you're sayin'?

Cause I'm not

on that sh*t no more.

Come on, coach,

you know this.

I mean, test my ass.

Test me.

This is f***ed up.

This is f***ed up.

And a lot of the things I hear you say

about Desi are f***ed up.

- Bob.

- Don't underestimate me, son.

Don't underestimate me

when it comes to my daughter.

Hey, Bob! Please, please!

Back off! Now, come on. Please.

If you were

so worried about me,

how come this school

busted its ass to get me here?

Because you were worth it!

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Andrew Davies

Andrew Wynford Davies (born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for House of Cards and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and War & Peace. He was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2002. more…

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