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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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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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare (1994) See more »

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Never Explain Love
Music by Cathy Block
Lyrics by Raymond Jones
Performed by Al Jarreau
Strings Arranged by Clare Fischer
Building Block Music (BMI)
Zubaidah Music, Inc./Unicity Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Crap, utter crap!
26 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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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