Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
Directed by Ridley Scott
Running time: 150 minutes
BASIC TWO PROTAGONIST STORY MAP
PROTAGONIST: Frank Lucas
CHARACTERIZATION/MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: Business-minded | Greed
EXTERNAL GOAL: To create a business with a superior product | To expand and maintain his business
INTERNAL GOAL: To win at all costs
MAIN DRAMATIC CONFLICT: Richie | Mobsters | Trupo
THEMES: Capitalism | Greed
CENTRAL DRAMATIC QUESTION: Will Frank be able to expand and maintain his business without being arrested or killed?
ENDING: Frank is arrested.
ARC: Frank goes from a Harlem gangster’s driver to the most successful heroin supplier in the United States, but is arrested when he refuses to quit.