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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through John Lithgow’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

John Lithgow – 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 John Lithgow 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 John Lithgow 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.

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About John Lithgow’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, John Lithgow 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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Extra Note: There should be few, if any all dialogue pages in a script. More than 3 means the script relies too heavily on dialogue to deliver information rather than the visuals. This type of script isn’t visual enough for the big screen.

John Lithgow – An exception might be a speech. Maybe the hero is giving a speech at the end of the movie. Or the hero’s a politician. Same rules apply as above to break it up with action/or description.

Keep dialogue short and pithy. The 4-6 line maximum rule stands. This keeps the story moving along and helps maintain visual flow. What if the character has to provide vital information that’s lengthy and can’t be delivered visually, like a lawyer in a courtroom setting? Then break it up with action and/or description. Does the lawyer pace back and forth? Does he shuffle paper? Or stroll up to the jury box? Add action and description to break up lengthy dialogue.

There is a double climax at the end of Act Two: first, Tom gets stuck in the elevator of his apartment with his girlfriend, and as other people in the elevator get serious about how they are going to change their lives if they ever get out of the elevator alive, Tom has an epiphany about how shallow his girlfriend is. He moves out on her that night, as soon as they are freed from the elevator.

John Lithgow – Meg resigns herself to closing the shop and makes preparations to do so. A lot of tear-jerking is going on in this sequence, but remember, one of the promises of the premise of a story like this is that it will make you cry.


…is first the very long scene of Tom and Meg getting to know each other — and fighting again — in the “chance” meeting in the café, then a scene of Meg’s staff speculating why her online friend stood her up, and then an email exchange in which Meg writes to her online friend expressing her disappointment that he didn’t show up to their date, and then Tom’s response, which climaxes as he finds himself unable to lie to her, and promises that although he can’t tell her what happened right then, he will tell her eventually. (1 hour 17 minutes.)

by: John Lithgow – Actor | Soundtrack | Producer, 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001) | The World According to Garp (1982) | Cliffhanger (1993)