EXT. JAZZ CLUB - DAY
11A tall, handsome man in a dark suit emerges from a LincolnTowncarand enters a small, basementR&B/Jazzclub.
INT. JAZZ CLUB - DAY
22He approaches a booth, says something in the din to the menthere, then calmly shoots them and exits.
AMERICAN GANGSTEREXT. HARLEM STREET - DAY (NOVEMBER)
33Bumpy Johnson, an elderly but still sturdy black man,elegantly dressed - cashmere overcoat, gloves, Homburg -stands in falling snow atop a flatbed truck - as he doesevery Thanksgiving - tossing down turkeys to the poor -like a benign king.
A younger man, the gunman from the club - Frank Lucas -Bumpy's driver/bodyguard/collector/protege - watches from below.
INT/EXT. STREET / DISCOUNT EMPORIUM - DAY (NOVEMBER)
44Whispering gunfire from a television set veiled byforeground snow: Soldiers in the jungles of Vietnamin1970. A rich, cultured, authoritative voice offers:BUMPY O/SThis is the problem. This is what’s wrong with America.The war footage multiplies by twenty: a stack of TVswithprice tags dangling from the knobs behind a display window.BUMPY O/SIt’s gotten so big you can’t find your way.People on the sidewalk, out of respect or fear, part to letFrank and Bumpy and Bumpy’s German shepherd pass.BUMPYThe corner grocery’s a supermarket.Candy store’s a MacDonald’s. And thisplace.
American Gangster 16 - 7.27.06 - SZ