Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
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
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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 »
I was incredibly disappointed by this movie. The only character that seemed to be anything other than a crude cartoon was the Mayor. Seriously, I know that riots have been started over tragically trivial things in real life, but a radio? I'm sure any store owner, whether black or not, would have objected to Radio Raheem's obnoxious boom box. And once the cops showed up and there was a real reason for outrage, the community continued to lash out at Sal's shop, ignoring that Raheem would quite likely have murdered him in the street had the cops not arrived. And, no, that in no way justifies the actions of the office who killed Raheem. And how dare Mookie ask Sal for his salary?
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