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Do the Right Thing

  • Drama
  • 1989
  • Spike Lee
  • 114 mins
  • 18

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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SalDanny Aiello
MookieSpike Lee
PinoJohn Turturro
VitoRichard Edson
Da MayorOssie Davis
Mother SisterRuby Dee
Buggin' OutGiancarlo Esposito
Radio RaheemBill Nunn
TinaRosie Perez
CliftonJohn Savage
MLPaul Benjamin
Coconut SidFrankie Faison
Sweet Dick WillieRobin Harris
Mister Señor Love DaddySamuel L Jackson
SmileyRoger Guenveur Smith
AhmadSteve White
CeeMartin Lawrence
PunchyLeonard Thomas
EllaChrista Rivers
CharlieFrank Vincent

Crew

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DirectorSpike Lee

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
2019-08-02
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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