Mike Nichols screenplay – Director | Producer | Additional Crew, The Graduate (1967) | Closer (I) (2004) | Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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Mike Nichols screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Mike Nichols’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Mike Nichols and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Mike Nichols production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Mike Nichols’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Mike Nichols and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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Grammar and Typos
The use of a flashback is up to the screenwriter, but it should be given careful consideration. Also, be aware that many story analysts consider it a cheat because its an easy out as opposed to finding more creative ways to convey the information in the confines of the main plot.
Mike Nichols – In Act III, a flashback can destroy the possibility of a viable resolution. In Act I could work to setup valuable information, but again it stalls the start of the story.
Where a flashback occurs can also hurt a script. While I advocate using this technique sparingly, the worst place to use it in my opinion is in Act II. Why? Because Act II is supposed to be about the hero confronting his flaw. Can he do this if the writer spends this valuable screen time in the past? Find ways to bring his past flaw into the present without resorting to the use of a flashback.
Mike Nichols – Its very typical to show the hero/ine looking longingly after children or show the hero/ine noticing how good the hero/ine is with kids: Aston Kutcher coaching Little League in What Happens in Vegas, Meg Ryan reading aloud to preschoolers in Youve Got Mail. A much funnier scene Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy being run ragged by Jessica Langes baby daughter in Tootsie.
GOSH, S/HED MAKE A GREAT PARENT! (or THE YEARNING FOR A FAMILY)
Sometimes the love interest asks a thematic question that the hero/ine finally comes to understand, usually at the climax of the story an interesting fairy tale touch (Leap Year).
by: Mike Nichols – Director | Producer | Additional Crew, The Graduate (1967) | Closer (I) (2004) | Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)