A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
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 <email@example.com>
Delroy Lindo was offered the chance to audition as one of the "Corner Men" but turned it down. See more »
When Mookie throws the trash can through Sal's window, the reverse shot from inside the restaurant reveals the main camera, in the lower left portion of the screen, dollying in towards the window as it's smashed. See more »
Why Don't We Try
Music and Lyrics by Raymond Jones, Larry DeCarmine, and Vincent Morris
Performed by Keith John
Jerrelle Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Zubaidah Music, Inc./Unicity Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Hey Nineteen Music (ASCAP)
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I saw this movie recently, and I found myself disturbingly reminded of why I hate this film so much.
Now maybe some who have praise for this film are a little perplexed by this, so let's look at a few points: we have a black man who goes into a pizzeria and decides to incite a riot because there are no pictures of black people on the wall. Maybe if this guy had something to do, maybe he wouldn't think like this. But really, who cares about pictures on the wall? Why would anyone want pictures of black people on the wall when he comes into an Italian pizzeria? But that's just for starters, folks. We've got another guy who walks around the neighborhood playing the same song looking mean, having zero respect for anyone who's not black, looking for trouble and finally getting it. Again, give this guy a job. Finally, we've got a poor employee (at best, a fair employee) of the pizzeria who decides to incite a riot against his own place of employment! (Yes, we should hire more black guys like that) Why did he do it, because his friend found the trouble he seemed so desperately in search of. Now, to respond to the person below who thought this was a valid thing to do, I'd say that's nonsense! What did Sal's Pizzeria have to with the guy getting killed? Nothing. He came into the pizzeria looking for trouble, and he got it. Simple. It's his own fault he's dead. With his attitude, this guy had the life-expectancy of about 2 minutes. Besides, why would an employee throw a trash can through his own place of employment?
Obviously, this film revolted me, and I have nothing but contempt for it, but I'd have to say the scene when the black people riot, was so disturbing, I found it difficult to watch. How could anyone offer any praise for this film after seeing that? How can anyone watch that?! And then you've got the catalyst, Mookie, the lousy employee returning to the scene of his crime. Why you may ask? For his pay! Yeah Sal, I started a riot, and helped burn down your pizzeria. Now I needs to get paid.
I find it very puzzling, to say the least, that a black man would write, and direct a film like this. He made the main black characters look like simple minded idiots! If this were directed by a white man, it would be called racist, wouldn't it? Personally, I couldn't care less. Do The Right Thing is really one of the worst films ever made.
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