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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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Spike Lee

Writer:

Spike Lee
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Sal
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
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The character of "Buggin' Out", portrayed by actor Giancarlo Esposito, angrily protests that Sal's Pizzeria only features people of Italian descent on the wall. He demands that some photos of black Americans be displayed. In reality, Esposito himself is half-Italian, hence his name. He was born Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito , to an Italian father from Naples, and to a Black-American mother. See more »

Goofs

The way Sal, who's an Italian-American from New York City pronounces the word "pizzeria". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mister Senor Love Daddy: Wake up! Wake up! Up you wake!
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Alternate Versions

the "pan & scan" version broadcast on ITV4 truncates the conversation between Radio Raheem and the Koreans when he visits their store to replace the batteries for his portable radio. The sequence where the husband loses his temper and swears "mother-f&%k you", to which Raheem responds warmly is omitted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: Giancarlo Esposito (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel So Good
Music and Lyrics by Sami McKinney, Lori Perry, and Michael O'Hara
Performed by Perri
O'Hara Music/Texas City Music (BMI), AVID One Music (ASCAP)
MCA Publishing/Perrylane Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Zebra/MCA Records
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Do The Right Thing
10 May 2011 | by Soph55See all my reviews

Do The Right Thing is a powerful movie full of the everyday struggles facing the minorities of this world. this movie plunges you into the intercity life and shows you things you may have never seen. Do The Right Thing is full of struggle and discrimination, but the movie leaves itself open, it's not blunt about such subjects, instead it integrates them in a highly intelligent way and really makes the viewer think. besides the focus on racism and discrimination this movie brings to light struggles we all face everyday; keeping a job, making money, raising children, etc... but this movie shows you another world and by the end has your mind boggling. This movie is powerful and sends out a strong message, with no resolve by the end, this movie really does leave you wondering "what is the right thing?"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heatwave See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,563,535, 2 July 1989

Gross USA:

$27,545,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,346,892
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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