Here’s some info on a script I wrote about my experiences in the Guardian Angles. It was a finalist in two festivals and I am currently shopping it arounf Hollywood. My ideal lead would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He has the ideal look, acting ability, and athletic ability for the part. John Leguizamo would be perfect to play the role of CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, the charismatic leader of the New York chapter of the Guardian Angels. The script is New York based and has many parts for black and hispanic actors and film combatants. There are many martial arts fight scenes. Here is the logline and summary.
AN ANGEL’S TALE
LOGLINE: Crazyhorse, an outcast at his politically correct college, decides to whip some ass and joins the dangerous world of the underground crime-fighting organization known as the Guardian Angels. This is based on a true story.
SYNOPSIS: It’s 1990 and Sarah Lawrence College is ripe with Political Correctness. Nineteen-year old David just can’t fit in. It’s bad enough that the women at his college coldly reject him, but when he can’t sleep because his roommate is having sex in the top bunk, David is pushed over the edge. When his sense of isolation causes him to lose all fear of death, David, a martial artist, joins the Guardian Angels and takes the codename CRAZYHORSE. His double-life begins. During the school-week, David is a college freshman, juggling his course-load and slowly courting ALICE, the girl-next-door type in his political science class. During the weekends he becomes Crazyhorse, martial arts crime-fighter in a secretive group of ghetto vigilantes. His liberal-minded classmates have no knowledge of his weekend activities. He can’t even tell his MOM, who is battling breast cancer, for fear the stress over her worrying for his safety could kill her.
During a riot on the mean streets of New York City, Crazyhorse takes on numerous gang members single-handedly before being rescued by his fearless but reckless and not-altogether-sane Patrol Leader, COPI. This solidifies Crazyhorse’s rep as a street fighter and his loyalty to Copi. Copi’s example inspires him to strive to become a Patrol Leader himself. To get promoted to Patrol Leader, he’s got to impress Capital Punishment, the charismatic commander New York City Chapter of the Guardian Angels. This street-wise Puerto Rican isn’t quite sure that a college-educated whiteboy like Crazyhorse is ready to lead Angels into combat.
When Crazyhorse and his fellow Angels rescue a merchant being shot by a robber, Alice from his college is in the crowd of bystanders. As he performs, first-aid on the victim’s bullet-wound, Crazyhorse’s and Alice’s eyes lock and the secret is out. His college life and his Angel life begin to merge. He finally gains the courage to ask her out.
The growing reputation of Crazyhorse and his fighting prowess attract the admiration of some, but the jealousy of others. DEADLY FORCE, an overweight bully who outranks Crazyhorse, blocks and undermines Crazyhorse, questioning his masculinity. In order to defend his reputation and his right to lead, Crazyhorse must challenge Deadly Force to single combat.
When Crazyhorse overcomes his obstacles and gets promoted, he quickly learns that getting command and keeping command are two different things. Being a bad-ass gets you respect, but its not enough to command the streets. Crazyhorse needs to develop streetsmarts and fast, something the naïve, college-educated whiteboy is gravely deficient in.
The long anticipated date with Alice arrives, but unfortunately, it ends in disaster and Alice dumps Crazyhorse to support her heroin-addicted ex-boyfriend. In a fit of depression, Crazyhorse goes to a barber to cut his long hair short. As his hair falls to the floor, Crazyhorse begins to see that his involvement in the Angels is less about the courage to face criminals and more about illusory escapism from his bad social situation at college.
Now Crazyhorse must lead Guardian Angel patrols while juggling his broken heart, his over-protective Mom, and his term-paper and sinking GPA. In a skirmish, Crazyhorse gets stabbed and everyone, even Copi, his hero, believes that he froze under pressure. Still he won’t quit the Angels.
When he visits his mom on Mother’s Day, she confronts him with a bill she received for the treatment of his stab wounds. He’s forced to acknowledge the secret life he didn’t want her to worry about. When CURTIS, the group’s founder is shot in a John Gotti styled hit, Mom confronts Crazyhorse in front of his fellow Angels while he is leading a patrol and pressures Crazyhorse to quit the group. He refuses and they argue and become estranged.
Then Curtis drops a media bombshell. He confesses that much of the early heroics of the Guardian Angels were a carefully arranged publicity stunt and that he even falsely accused the New York City Transit Police of kidnapping and torturing him just so he could get badly needed media attention and funding for the organization. Mom reveals that Curtis attempted to do a reversal on his promise to pay Crazyhorse’s medical bill for the stab-wound and only gave in when she confronted him and threatened to go to the papers.
Over Thanksgiving dinner, Crazyhorse pours over newspapers with a complete loss of faith in himself and everything he believes in. Mom, now more respectful, hands him a report card with his falling grades and asks him about his futures plans. He decides to leave the Guardian Angels. Mom suggests that he catch up on his grades and apply for a Masters program at Columbia University, where she has some connections.
An Epilogue reveals that Crazyhorse gets his MA from Columbia. Mom succumbs to breast cancer shortly after Crazyhorse’s graduation. Crazyhorse winds up living the life of an adventurer. His varied careers include soldier, daytrader, actor, policeman, and ,of course, writer. The last image is a list of the six Guardian Angels killed in-the-line-of-duty.