Do the Right Thing (1989) USA
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Director:Spike Lee
Studio:Mca Home Video
Producer:Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott, Ted Hopkins, Mark Kibble, Spike Lee, Johnny Mercer, Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Monty Ross
Writer:Spike Lee
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations
Genre:Breakthrough Cinema
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.66:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Spike Lee  ...  (Director)
Spike Lee  ...  (Writer)
Danny Aiello  ...  Sal
Ossie Davis  ...  Da Mayor
Ruby Dee  ...  Mother Sister
Giancarlo Esposito  ...  Buggin Out
Richard Edson  ...  Vito
Spike Lee  ...  Mookie
Bill Nunn  ...  Radio Raheem
John Turturro  ...  Pino
Paul Benjamin  ...  ML
Rosie Perez  ...  Tina
Robin Harris  ...  Sweet Dick Willie
Frankie Faison  ...  Coconut Sid
Steve White  ...  Ahmad
Leonard L. Thomas  ...  Punchy (as Leonard Thomas)
Samuel L. Jackson  ...  Mister Señor Love Daddy
Joie Lee  ...  Jade
Miguel Sandoval  ...  Officer Ponte
Rick Aiello  ...  Officer Long
John Savage  ...  Clifton
Comments: It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...

Summary: Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing." Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlor owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal's sons; Lee's sister Joie as Mookie's sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie's girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie's hot-headed friend Buggin' Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Señor Love Daddy. A rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure, and learn from--over and over again. --Jim Emerson