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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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pizzeria | hate | violence | korean | street | 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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30 June 1989 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,545,445 (USA)
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According to Rosie Perez, her face is not shown in her nude scene because she felt exploited and was crying. She later decided she didn't mind and appeared nude again in other movies. See more »

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Right before Sal begins to bash the radio, you can see Radio Raheem's arms on the radio as if he's leaning on it. The second Sal starts to bash the radio, you can see that Radio Raheem is standing a few feet behind the counter. See more »

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[first lines]
Mister Senor Love Daddy: Wake up! Wake up! Up you wake!
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Spike Lee's explosive, brilliant cinematic masterpiece
8 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

I felt that Do the Right Thing should have been included in the AFI's Top 100. It has remained a powerful and moving film that I cannot stop thinking about years after its release. All of the elements so beautifully coalesce: the acting (from Turturro to Davis to Harris to Esposito; its all superb), the cinematography (Dickerson's extreme angles and vivid color scheme perfectly contribute to the feeling of heat), the screenplay (funny and light catapults to poignant and fierce in the blink of an eye), and the direction (Lee is never afraid to take huge risks in his technique). Everything pays off double. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.


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Great film.... but Sal forgot how to run an American business. dasein_williams
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