Wednesday, March 9, 2011

TODAY'S NUGGET: #93 WGA Script of All Time - Do the Right Thing (1989)

[Sorry - I read the last script out of order. The numbering has been corrected.]

[Quick Summary: During the hottest day in Brooklyn, tensions snap between a local Italian pizzeria owner & the surrounding black neighborhood.]

This isn't a perfect script because it takes awhile to get going.

However, Spike Lee conveys his distinct voice very well.  He does not get up on a soapbox, but there's a definite message. 

I was most keen on how he creates a crucible. 

ex. Mookie (played by Spike Lee) works for Sal, who owns the only pizza joint in a mostly black neighborhood. 

A customer, Radio Raheem gets upset at Sal for not posting any pictures of African-American heroes.  Raheem starts a protest against Sal's & the neighbors take his side. 

Mookie is torn between Sal, who has been good to him, & the neighbors, who act out of a long simmering injustice. 

The key to the crucible is that Mookie has no way out.  He must choose, & will be damned whichever way he chooses.   

WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I find a crucible interesting because it forces a character to make a decision.

If there are too many ways out, it's not a crucible.

Do the Right Thing (1989)
by Spike Lee

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