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Do the Right Thing -- It is the hottest day of the year on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn; a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.
Do the Right Thing -- 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 summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Aiello ... Salvatore 'Sal' Fragione

Ossie Davis ... Da Mayor

Ruby Dee ... Mother Sister

Richard Edson ... Vito

Giancarlo Esposito ... Buggin' Out

Spike Lee ... Mookie

Bill Nunn ... Radio Raheem

John Turturro ... Pino
Paul Benjamin ... ML

Frankie Faison ... Coconut Sid

Robin Harris ... Sweet Dick Willie

Joie Lee ... Jade

Miguel Sandoval ... Officer Ponte

Rick Aiello ... Officer Long

John Savage ... Clifton

Samuel L. Jackson ... Mister Señor Love Daddy (as Sam Jackson)

Rosie Perez ... Tina

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Smiley

Steve White ... Ahmad

Martin Lawrence ... Cee

Leonard L. Thomas ... Punchy (as Leonard Thomas)
Christa Rivers ... Ella

Frank Vincent ... Charlie

Luis Antonio Ramos ... Stevie (as Luis Ramos)
Richard Habersham ... Eddie

Gwen McGee ... Louise
Steve Park ... Sonny
Ginny Yang ... Kim
Sherwin Park ... Korean Child

Shawn Elliott ... Puerto Rican Icee Man
Diva Osorio ... Carmen
Chris Delaney ... Stevie's Friends

Ángel Ramírez ... Stevie's Friends
Sixto Ramos ... Stevie's Friends

Nelson Vasquez ... Stevie's Friends
Travell Lee Toulson ... Hector

Joel Nagle ... Sergeant
David E. Weinberg ... Plainclothes Detective
Yattee Brown ... Double Dutch Girl
Mecca Brunson ... Double Dutch Girl
Shawn Stainback ... Double Dutch Girl
Soquana Wallace ... Double Dutch Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erik Dellums ... Customer in Pizzeria (uncredited)
Leland Hardy ... Riot Starter (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... P.O. Bonamo (uncredited)
Eric Payne ... Guy in riot (uncredited)
John Michael Quinn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Michael Ralph ... Guy by water hydrant (uncredited)

Nicholas Turturro ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
Writing credits
Spike Lee (written by)

Produced by
Jon Kilik .... line producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Monty Ross .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bill Lee 
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson  (as Ernest Dickerson)
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
Casting by
Robi Reed 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
Set Decoration by
Steve Rosse 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter  (as Ruth Carter)
Makeup Department
Matiki Anoff .... makeup artist
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist (as Larry Cherry)
Marianna Najjar .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
R.W. Dixon .... unit manager
Preston L. Holmes .... production supervisor (as Preston Holmes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nandi Bowe .... second assistant director
Randy Fletcher .... first assistant director
Christopher Lopez .... second second assistant director (as Chris Lopez)
Art Department
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Patricia Bases .... scenic artist
Sherman Benjamin .... shop production assistant
Michael L. Benson .... set dresser (as Michael Lee Benson)
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
James R. Bilz .... set dresser (as James Bilz)
James Boniece .... construction grip (as James Bonice)
Dennis Bradford .... assistant art director
David Bromberg .... construction grip
Lawrence Casey .... scenic artist
Rodney Clark .... carpenter
Dominic Ferrara .... carpenter (as Dominic Ferrar)
Jeffrey L. Glave .... chargeman
Jonathan Graham .... construction grip
Harold Horn .... carpenter
Marc Henry Johnson .... second assistant props
Richard C. Kerekes .... construction grip (as Rich Kerekes)
Joyce Kubalak-Szafilita .... second scenic artist (as Joyce Kubalak)
Kevin Ladson .... third assistant props
Andrew Lassman .... additional assistant props (as Andy Lassman)
Timothy Main .... carpenter
Charlie Marroquin .... construction grip (as Charles Marroquin)
Chris Miller .... carpenter
Jeff Miller .... scenic artist
Monique Mitchell .... construction grip
Octavio Molina .... property master
Ken Nelson .... key set builder
Michael O'Dell Green .... assistant art director (as Michael Green)
Carl Peterson .... construction grip
Carl Prinzi .... construction grip
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Scott Rosenstock .... lead man
Jon Rudo .... assistant set decorator
Rosalie Russino .... shop person
Twad Schuetrum .... carpenter
Mark Paul Selemon .... first assistant props (as Mark Selemon)
Pam Stephens .... art department coordinator
Bryan Unger .... construction grip
Keith Wall .... key set dresser
Robert Woods Jr. .... construction production assistant
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Abdul Malik Abbott .... cableman production assistant
Nzingha Clarke .... apprentice sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Mike DiCosimo)
William Docker .... apprentice sound editor
James Flatto .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Rudy Gaskins .... sound editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound editor (as Gene Gearty)
Charles R. Hunt .... cableman production assistant (as Charles Hunt)
Skip Lievsay .... sound designer
Marissa Littlefield .... assistant sound editor
Tony Martinez .... sound editor
Bruce Pross .... sound editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator (as Andy Schmetterling)
Gail Showalter .... foley editor
Stuart Stanley .... sound editor
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor (as Jeff Stern)
Frank Stettner .... sound recordist
Philip Stockton .... supervising dialogue editor
Brunilda Torres .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Berry .... special effects assistant (as John N. Berry)
Wilfred Caban .... special effects assistant
Paul Colangelo .... special effects assistant (as Paul Collangello)
David Fletcher .... special effects assistant (as Dave Fletcher)
William D. Harrison .... special effects assistant (as Bill Harrison)
Don Hewitt .... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
William Vanderputten .... special effects assistant (as William Van Der Putten)
Denis Zack .... special effects assistant (as Dennis Zack)
Danny Aiello III .... stunt double: Sal
Chantal Collins .... stunt coordinator assistant
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Gary Frith .... stunts
Rashon Khan .... stunts
Erik Koniger .... stunts
Francine Renee Lawrence .... stunt coordinator assistant
Malcolm Livingston .... stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts
Dominic Marcus .... stunts
Eric Payne .... stunts (as Eric A. Payne)
Eddie Smith .... stunt coordinator
Roy Thomas .... stunts
Mharaka Washington .... stunt driver
Tom Wright .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (uncredited)
Garry Pastore .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Allen .... crane technician: Louma crane
John Archibald .... additional grip
Erich Augenstein .... additional grip
Rodney Bauer .... third grip
Donald Bialer .... additional grip (as Donald Bailer)
James Boorman .... electrician
Jonathan Burkhart .... first assistant camera
Addison Cook .... electric trainee
Val DeSalvo .... best boy (as Val Desalvo)
Bob Gorelick .... additional assistant camera
Charles Houston .... gaffer
Robert Ippolito .... key grip
Roger Kimpton .... additional grip
David Lee .... still photographer
Juan Lopez .... electric trainee
Darnell Martin .... second assistant camera
Serge Mihajlov .... third electrician (as Sergei Mihajlov)
John Newby .... camera operator
Rex North .... dolly grip
John O'Malley .... third electrician
George Pattison .... additional camera operator
Frank Prinzi .... additional camera operator
Paul Reuter .... additional assistant camera (as Paul S. Reuter)
Derrick Still .... generator operator
Marcus Turner .... grip trainee
Christopher Vanzant .... electrician
Paul Wachter .... best boy
Casting Department
Sarah Hyde Hamlet .... extras casting (as Sarah Hyde-Hamlet)
Andrea Reed .... casting assistant
Tracy Vilar .... casting production assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michèle Boissière Armstrong .... wardrobe production assistant (as Michele Boissiere)
Valerie Gladstone-Appel .... wardrobe seamstress (as Valerie A. Gladstone)
Karen Perry .... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Ruscoe .... wardrobe supervisor
Millicent Shelton .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Tula Goenka .... assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
John Nicolard .... color timer
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher
Leander T. Sales .... apprentice editor (as Leander Sales)
Music Department
Elena Barere .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Kenny Barron .... musician: piano, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Sandra Billingslea .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Terence Blanchard .... musician: trumpet, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Alfred Brown .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Alfred V. Brown)
Carol Buck .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
John R. Dexter .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Lewis Eley .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Barry Finclair .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Michael Fleming .... musician: bass, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Michael M. Fleming)
Eileen M. Folson .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Maureen Gallagher .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Winterton Garvey .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Kenneth Gordon .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Donald Harris .... musician: alto saxophone, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Juliette Hassner .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Richard Hendrickson .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Richard Henrickson)
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Cecelia A. Hobbs)
Robert Hurst .... musician: bass, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Regis Iandiorio .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Marlon Jordan .... musician: trumpet, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Gregory Komar .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Bill Lee .... conductor: The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as William J.E. Lee)
Patmore Lewis .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Charles Libove .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Joe Malin .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Joseph Malin)
Branford Marsalis .... musician: tenor and soprano saxophone, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Lois Martin .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Lois E. Martin)
Melissa Meel .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Diane Monroe .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Louann Montesi .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Paul Peabody .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Marion Pinheiro .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Marion J. Pinheiro)
John Pintavalle .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Rufus Reid .... musician: bass, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Maxine Roach .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Alvin Rogers .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Alvin E. Rodgers)
Bruce Rogers .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Elliot Rosoff .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Alen W. Sanford .... musician: violin, concert master, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Astrid Schween .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Mark Orrin Shuman .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Laura J. Smith .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Alex Steyermark .... music editor
Gerald Tarack .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Lesa Terry .... musician: violin, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Zela Terry .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
James 'Jabbo' Ware .... music copyist
Jeff 'Tain' Watts .... musician: drums, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
James Williams .... musician: piano, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Harry Zaratzian .... musician: viola, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Frederic Zlotkin .... musician: cello, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra (as Frederick Zlotkin)
Mervyn Warren .... music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William K. Gaskins .... driver (as Willi Gaskins)
Clifford Johnson .... driver
Sullie Jordan .... driver
Brian Maxwell .... driver
Martin Whitfield .... driver
Carlos Williams .... driver
Other crew
Richard Beaumont .... intern
Kai Bowe .... intern
Kenny Buford .... set production assistant
Steve Burnett .... office production assistant
Beverly Cable .... electric production assistant (as Beverly C. Jones)
Dawn Cain .... intern
Fritz Celestin .... intern
Spencer Charles .... set production assistant
Holly Chase .... auditor
Melissa A. Clark .... intern
Eric Daniel .... set production assistant
Arlene Donnelly .... intern
Robin Downes .... assistant production office coordinator
Mike Ellis .... set production assistant (as Michael Ellis)
Peggy Farrell .... provider: Malcolm X/Martin Luther King Jr. photos
Susan D. Fowler .... production coordinator: Forty Acres
Michael Gaynor .... dailies projectionist
Joe Gonzalez .... script supervisor
Juliette Harris .... intern
Stanley G. Hunte .... violins contractor: The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
Eddie Joe .... set production assistant
Stephanie Jones .... set production assistant
Erik Knight .... set production assistant (as Erik Night)
Avril Lacour-Hartnagel .... product placement coordinator
James Leavey .... teamster captain (as Jim Leavey)
Ernie Mapp .... intern
Mitchell Marchand .... intern
Sam Mattingly .... unit publicist
Jacki Newson .... intern
Robert Nickson .... production controller
Fred Nielson .... set production assistant (as Frederick Nielsen)
Judith Norman .... office production assistant
Eric Oden .... assistant auditor
Alexander Ostrovsky .... piano tuner
Brent Owens .... location manager
Rosie Perez .... choreographer
Traci Proctor .... intern
Kia B. Puriefoy .... set production assistant (as Kia Puriefoy)
Lillian Pyles .... production office coordinator
Sara Renaud .... intern
Bruce Roberts .... set production assistant
Carolyn Rouse .... intern
Astrid Roy .... intern
Otis Sallid .... choreographer
Cheryl Ann Scott .... craft service
Art Sims .... logo designer: "Do the Right Thing"
Sharoya N. Smalls .... intern
Alan C. Smith .... intern
Audra C. Smith .... production assistant: Forty Acres
Susan Stuart .... intern
Karen Taylor .... intern
Jean Warner .... intern
Dale Watkins .... set production assistant
Gail White .... intern
Latanya White .... intern
Monique Williams .... intern
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Kim Delgado .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Norway:11 (cinema release) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) | UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (2015) | USA:R | West Germany:12

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Graffiti on the wall behind Mookie and Jade reads "Tawana told the truth" in reference to the Tawana Brawley alleged rape and abduction case of 1987.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
No more good guys., 17 December 2001
Author: zeeboe82 from United States

"Do the Right Thing" is a film from 1989 directed and written by Spike Lee who also stars in the movie. The rest of the cast includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro.

The story takes place in the city of New York City, New York in the area of Brooklyn within the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. It is on one of the hottest days in the summer. The story follows the adventures of a young African-American man named Mookie who lives with his sister and works as a delivery man for a middle-aged American-Italian man named Sal who owns the local pizza parlor, "Sal's Famous Pizzeria."

Mookie's heart is not into his job at all, and doesn't take it very seriously and often slacks off from it much to Sal's dislike. Mookie also has a three-year old son with his girlfriend Tina, but is too scared to marry her, move in together, and settle down.

"Sal's Famous Pizzeria" has been standing proudly in the neighborhood for twenty-five years. Sal, and his two sons Pino and Vito are few of the only white men who work in the area which is predominantly African-American. The neighborhood was originally a largely Italian-American neighborhood until the 1960's during the civil rights movement when black people moved into the neighborhood, which caused many of the local Italians to move out.

Sal's oldest son Pino, is a huge racist and hates having to work in a black neighborhood. Pino makes it very clear that he doesn't enjoy his job and that he hates black people. Sal's other son, Vito is more open toward blacks and just the opposite of Pino, and has a good friendship with Mookie.

One of Sal's regular customers, "Buggin' Out" notices that Sal's wall of fame in the restaurant only has pictures of Italians. He asks Sal why there are no black people on the wall, and Sal tells them that this is his place, and Italian people are to be all the wall only. Buggin' Out argues that because mostly black people spend their money in there that they do have some say over the creative control of the business. This idea does not go over too well with Sal, and he kicks Buggin' Out to the streets. Buggin' Out then plans to organize a boycott of Sal's pizzeria and goes on a quest to find those who will join him.

There are other little story lines and characters within the film, but the one I described above is the main plot of the story.

It's an interesting, thought provoking film that I think everyone should see. It's a little disturbing and not a feel good movie. It's also just a tiny bit dated (but the 80's theme is all apart of the appeal in my view) the film is kinda cheesy in some parts too, but again, it is apart of the appeal of the movie. There's also some reverse racism that goes on that is intended to be comical to black audiences, but I found it to be offensive and mean.

On that note, in many of Spike Lee's movies he often has his Italian characters as either being racist bullies that the audience are suppose to hate, or unintelligent people who the audience is suppose to laugh at, and we see both of that in the characters of Pino and Vito.

There are honestly no classic cinema good guys in this film. (which is not exactly a bad thing since it makes the film more realistic.) Not even the main character Mookie is someone I would call a hero. He doesn't set a very good example for the audience. He's a complete slacker when it comes to his job, and only cares about getting paid, and yet he doesn't do much to earn the money.

Spike Lee presents a very realistic and honest look at culture clashes that sadly exist in the United States of America. Now while it's true that I personally haven't been involved with too many race conflicts, thank goodness...all one has to do is observe history, read a newspaper or watch the news to see the realism in "Do the Right Thing" that is just as alive now that it was in 1989.

The thing about this film is that almost no one is nice. Almost everyone is a very rude jerk with no manners. Some might think this movie stereotypes New Yorkers, but there were mostly New York actors in it. I can see why NYC has the rep that it does (at least among some of the people I know) for it's rudeness, and this movie does not deny it. In most cases, anytime a person is rude to another person, that person will often react by also being ruder, and that happens often in this film, and so much violence and drama could have been avoided in this picture if one person could have turned the other cheek, swallowed their pride, been polite and unselfish. I think the movie is very realistically because in real life, the exact same thing I said above applies to everyday violent human events.

The title "Do the Right Thing" is interesting...because no one does the right thing.

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