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Until Scott Eliot gets a break he's a gofer, an assistant to Roger Silver, a manipulative Hollywood screenwriter. The break he gets is a chance to work on a project from its inception when Roger asks Scott to write a movie about Allan Bakke, whose landmark Supreme Court victory slowed affirmative action in the seventies.
Scott is intrigued by a writer when he reads submissions for Roger’s screenwriting seminar. He tracks her down and is soon romantically involved with Thea Rhodes, a smart, attractive African American woman who writes short stories for literary quarterlies while she supports herself as a technical writer.
Soon Thea invites Scott to meet her family: her father, who went from letter-carrier to postmaster; her assistant-professor brother and his wife, a Hollywood lawyer. When he sees how they have benefited from affirmative action, he vows to write a balanced script. Influenced by the sixties TV series I Spy Scott invents a black buddy for Bakke, Willis Wheatley. To sell his idea, which he calls The Race Case, Scott makes one Faustian bargain after another, even writing Roger's girlfriend into the script.
When Scott’s mother has a brush with death, she implores Scott to be true to himself as a writer, which causes him to question his relationship with Roger.
The producers circulate a summary of The Race Case around Hollywood. A couple of stars take an interest in the Bakke role, but no deals are struck. Scott's mother dies just before a showdown meeting, which he attends in shock and grief. There, the producers decide the Willis Wheatley character must be re-cast as a white role. Scott, surprising even himself, walks out.
Scott is convinced that he's lost everything he's worked for. But Roger has cut corners along the way. If Scott can beat the devil, he may finally get a chance to write for himself.
Causes Kevin Arnold Supports
Poetry Center San Jose -- President