Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee (1989)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This fierce racial drama remains Spike Lee's most assured and controversial film to date, and time hasn't diminished any of its power. It concentrates on one sweltering day in New York when simmering racial tensions are about to explode: the focal point is a pizza parlour run by Danny Aiello's Sal, who refuses to replace his old Italian photographs with pictures of black heroes. Lee himself is excellent as Aiello's delivery boy, but the playing of the ensemble cast - John Turturro, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Giancarlo Esposito, John Savage - is also exemplary. And, although there are a dozen different storylines, Lee effortlessly meshes them together without losing sight of his central theme. Add to that Ernest Dickerson's bright, vibrant cinematography and the superb soundtrack, which blends hip-hop and jazz, and the result is an exhilarating, passionate and often very funny modern-day classic.


Racial tensions erupt in a Brooklyn neighbourhood on the hottest day of the summer. The simmering conflicts centre on the Italian-owned local pizza parlour, as a minor dispute gradually escalates into full-blown violence. Drama, directed by and starring Spike Lee. With Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ossie Davis, Rosie Perez and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Sal Danny Aiello
Mookie Spike Lee
Pino John Turturro
Vito Richard Edson
Da Mayor Ossie Davis
Mother Sister Ruby Dee
Buggin' Out Giancarlo Esposito
Radio Raheem Bill Nunn
Tina Rosie Perez
Clifton John Savage
ML Paul Benjamin
Coconut Sid Frankie Faison
Sweet Dick Willie Robin Harris
Mister Señor Love Daddy Samuel L Jackson
Smiley Roger Guenveur Smith
Ahmad Steve White
Cee Martin Lawrence
Punchy Leonard Thomas
Ella Christa Rivers
Charlie Frank Vincent
Director Spike Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Aug 2019