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By Robert Gately

GENRE: Drama, Sports
LOGLINE: A black correctional officer in personal turmoil coaches the inmate basketball team and finds the strength and motivation he needs -- both in life and on the job -- in Boo Hoo Flanagan, an aging, white, crippled inmate who shoots three-point baskets better than anyone has ever seen. Or – The Longest Yard except it’s basketball with a little Shawshank Redemption thrown in.


CW Gavin's father commits suicide after he was suspended from the police force on accusations that he was a crooked cop. CW knows his father was framed and, being a dutiful son, he tries to clear the family name. He starts asking questions - too many questions to the wrong people, actually. The lives of his wife and daughter are threatened if he pursues his inquiries and, unable to cope with this situation, CW has an emotional breakdown. When he returns from his ‘leave of absence’, the Governor arranges for a comfortable job for CW to coach basketball to the inmates at the correctional institution. This is where CW meets an older inmate, Brendon H. Flanagan, a cripple who shoots three-point baskets better than anyone in the NBA. CW adheres to the innocence proclaimed by the sharpshooter. The fact that CW is black and Flanagan is white doesn't matter. It's the inmate's story that attracts CW and he sees an opportunity to erase his own self-image as a failing son by investigating Flanagan’s story. Ten years earlier the other inmates in the institution nicknamed Brendon H. Flanagan as 'Boo Hoo' because of his sobbing episodes during his first month of incarceration. CW pieces together the puzzle of Boo Hoo's story. Coming home early from a business trip, Boo Hoo hears strange noises upstairs and, thinking he is being robbed, he takes a gun from the den and investigates. Instead of being robbed, Petzinger, the villain, is having sex with Mrs. Flanagan. When Boo Hoo catches them, a struggle ensues. During this scuffle random shots are fired and Petzinger's knee is blown out of his leg and Boo Hoo's wife lay dead with a stray bullet in her head. Petzinger, a professional tennis player, tells the authorities Boo Hoo callously shot his wife in cold blood. Based on this testimony, Boo Hoo receives a twenty-year sentence for second-degree murder. The Flanagan daughters also believe the lies and disown their father for killing their mother. Left to rot in jail, Boo Hoo faces another letdown. Petzinger, cloaked with a mask, assaults the youngest Flanagan daughter and takes pictures of her bruised body. He does this because the hope and dream of becoming a tennis pro is replaced with a wheel chair and crutches, and Boo Hoo is going to pay with more than just his life. During a surprise visit, Petzinger shows Boo Hoo the pictures of his daughter, and finds pleasure in the sight of Flanagan’s anguished face while inspecting the photos. Boo Hoo thinks, eats, and sleeps basketball for almost a decade just to remove the hate in his heart. It is the only thing that distills his brain from anguishing thoughts of his wife and haunting images of his daughter's brutal experience. The repetitive act of shooting basketballs is the only way he can keep his sanity. Until CW comes along, Boo Hoo rarely talks to anyone. In a carefully choreographed background of basketball, which culminates in a tension-packed game between the inmates and guards, the forefront story has CW struggling to get past the Warden's personal agenda, Petzinger's decadency, and two very stubborn Flanagan daughters. In the end, Boo Hoo's redemption and CW success in restoring the family’ name converge in a good-feeling climax where three-point shots save the day.

Corey L. Douglas Mcbryde

I really like this synopsis.

Robert Gately
@Corey L. Douglas Mcbryde

Thanks. If you want to read the script let me know. I'll email it to you if you want

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