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Do the Right Thing (1989)

 -  Drama  -  30 June 1989 (USA)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

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It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, and tensions are growing there, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie, Sal's delivery boy, manages to always be at the center of the action. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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korean | street | violence | hate | pizzeria | See more »

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It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,545,445 (USA)
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Did anyone in this movie do the right thing?
1 December 2004 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

It doesn't look like any of the characters did the "right thing."

Mookie and Sal were mostly on the right track until the last ten minutes.

For that matter, it's hard to see how anyone could've done the right thing, given the desperate straits they were all in.

I guess that's the point.

But still, it was frustrating to watch Mookie and Sal, the two most reasonable people in the movie, because they were so unbearably stubborn, Sal in his self-righteousness and Mookie in his laziness.

What no character did well was to step back and really try to take a look at the big picture.

Maybe Jade. Maybe Jade was the key.


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