Elizabeth McGovern screenplay – Actress | Writer | Producer, Ordinary People (1980) | Once Upon a Time in America (1984) | The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)
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Elizabeth McGovern screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Elizabeth McGovern’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 Elizabeth McGovern 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 Elizabeth McGovern 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 Elizabeth McGovern’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, Elizabeth McGovern 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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In a suspense thriller, the hero ends up in a life or death situation and hes held there for a riveting scene or sequence. Remember the night-vision scene in Silence of the Lambs? The opposite is true in a crime thriller. In a crime thriller, the hero is in a life or death situation almost every minute of the movie. Good examples are The Departed and Donnie Brasco.
Even though the crime thriller doesnt mislead us the way a suspense thriller does, it usually provides a shocking ending. In The Departed DiCaprios character is shockingly shot and killed at the end of the movie while exiting an elevator after evening the final score with the bad guys. Theres no way we could have seen this coming. In a suspense thriller, this ending would have been in our faces the whole time. For example, in the film Along Came a Spider the culprits handling of a case throughout the story was her downfall and lead the hero to discover she was the kidnapper.
Elizabeth McGovern – This can be a tricky genre to write because its often confused with a suspense thriller. Both have mystery components, but the crime thriller doesnt have red herrings and while the clues may lead us in the wrong directions, we probably know or strongly suspect who the culprit is and were usually right. It isnt such a big mystery. Were just waiting to see if the cops (or good guy) figures it out. In suspense thriller were most likely to be shocked when the real killer is revealed.
If we know who perpetrated the crime and were just waiting for him/her to get caught, then the story isnt a crime thriller, its a crime drama. A thriller means there is some type of mystery component to the story.
And just to further drive its importance home, the Midpoint will often be one of the most memorable visual SETPIECES of the story, where the filmmakers really show off their expertise with a special effects sequence (as in How to Train Your Dragon and Harry Potter, 1), or a big action scene (Jaws), or in breathtaking psychological cat-and-mouse dialogue between unforgettable characters (in The Silence of the Lambs). It might be a sex scene or a comedy scene, or both in a romantic comedy. Whatever the Midpoint is, it is most likely going to be specific to the promise of the genre.
Elizabeth McGovern – The midpoint can also be a huge defeat, which requires a recalculation and NEW PLAN of attack or a CHANGE IN PLAN. Its a game-changer, and it locks the hero/ine even more inevitably into the story.
Often a TICKING CLOCK is introduced at the Midpoint. A clock is a great way to speed up the action and increase the urgency of your story.
The Midpoint is also often called the MOMENT OF COMMITMENT or the POINT OF NO RETURN or NO TURNING BACK: the hero/ine commits irrevocably to the action.
by: Elizabeth McGovern – Actress | Writer | Producer, Ordinary People (1980) | Once Upon a Time in America (1984) | The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)