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Do the Right Thing (1989)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sal
... Da Mayor
... Mother Sister
... Vito
... Buggin Out
... Mookie
... Radio Raheem
... Pino
... ML
... Coconut Sid
... Sweet Dick Willie
... Jade
... Officer Ponte
... Officer Long
... Clifton
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This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone. Written by garykmcd

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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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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,545,445
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Ice Cube sampled Pino's "You gold teeth, gold chain wearing, fried chicken and biscuit eating, monkey, ape, baboon, big thigh, fast running, high jumping, spear-chucking, three-hundred-and-sixty-degree basketball dunking, titsun, spade, Moolignan. Go the fuck back to Africa. Go the fuck back to Africa. Go the fuck back to Africa..." rant for his 1990 song "Turn Off The Radio." See more »

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The story takes place at the intersection of Bedford and Stuyvesant Avenues. In reality, the two do not cross each other, however the film was shot in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. See more »

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[first lines]
Mister Senor Love Daddy: Wake up! Wake up! Up you wake!
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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)
Courtesy of Black Bull Productions
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Feels like a poor high school play or a Broadway musical wannabe
2 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

*** Warning *** -- may contain some spoilers

Everybody's raving how this is one of the best movies ever made. It even a got clean, crisp 100% ripe vote on rottentmatoes.com. I was expecting to be simply blown away by this movie. Instead, and much to my chagrin, I was forced to watch this half-hearted high school play. Poor acting, patronizing script, uneventful, boring action that never leaves one and a half block of a boring neighborhood. How's this a good movie?

OK, I understand that the topic is a hot button -- racial unrest in one of the most racist countries in the world (or at least, in the country with one of the most overt racist history). But so what? It's not the premise that counts, it's the delivery. And this delivery sucks!

The characters in this movie were all poorly drawn out to look like cardboard cutouts. Too much stereotyping, no real character development. The movie is desperately trying to tug in on the cheap sentiment that is prevalent in today's general public.

This movie is a disgrace. It's about time someone finally makes a real, honest and serious movie about the racial unrest in the States. Something like "Crash", only a bit less disjointed.

Oh yeah, a piece of advice for Spike Lee -- it's not a good idea to cast all your buddies in the film. Next time, try auditioning for the roles, before you begin shooting the movie. The acting in this movie was just terrible.

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