Do the Right Thing

Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin' deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience store owned by a Korean couple; and Sal's Famous Pizzeria, the only white-operated business in the neighborhood. Sal (Danny Aiello) serves up slices with his two sons, genial Vito (Richard Edson) and angry, racist Pino (John Turturro). Sal has one black employee, Mookie (Spike Lee), who wants to get paid but lacks ambition. His sister Jade (Joie Lee, Spike's sister), who has a greater sense of purpose and a real job, wants Mookie to start dealing with his responsibilities, most notably his son with girlfriend Tina (Rosie Perez). Two of Mookie's best friends are Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), a monolith of a man who rarely speaks, preferring to blast Public Enemy's rap song Fight The Power on his massive boom box; and Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), nicknamed for his coke-bottle glasses and habit of losing his cool. When Buggin' Out notes that Sal's Wall of Fame, a photo gallery of famous Italian-Americans, includes no people of color, he eventually demands a neighborhood boycott, on a day when tensions are already running high, that incurs tragic consequences.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

- Synopsis provided by Internet Video Archive

Credits

Director:

  • Spike Lee

Cast:

  • Danny Aiello
  • Ossie Davis
  • Ruby Dee
  • Richard Edson
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Spike Lee
  • Bill Nunn
  • John Turturro

Writer:

  • Spike Lee

Producers:

  • Jon Kilik
  • Monty Ross
  • Spike Lee

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The next date Do the Right Thing is playing is Friday, June 18 .

(Do the Right Thing is not showing in any area theaters on Monday, June 14.)

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