That quirky movie, U-Turn was based on a novel written by an
John Ridley, an African American writer who got his start as a
stand up comic in NYC, has written for several sitcoms including
Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The John
Larroquette Show. Oliver Stone directed the film version of
Ridley's first novel, Stray Dogs under the title U-Turn.
Ridley is also the author of Love is a Racket and Everyone Smokes
in Hell. He is definitely a talent to keep your eyes on.