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Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing." Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlor owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal's sons; Lee's sister Joie as Mookie's sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie's girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie's hot-headed friend Buggin' Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Señor Love Daddy. A rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure, and learn from--over and over again. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Dolby
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Danny AielloSalvatore 'Sal' Fragione
Ossie DavisDa Mayor
Ruby DeeMother Sister
Richard EdsonVito
Giancarlo EspositoBuggin' Out
Spike LeeMookie
Bill NunnRadio Raheem
John TurturroPino
Paul BenjaminML
Frankie FaisonCoconut Sid
Robin HarrisSweet Dick Willie
Joie LeeJade
Miguel SandovalOfficer Ponte
Rick AielloOfficer Long
John SavageClifton
Samuel L. JacksonMister Señor Love Daddy
Rosie PerezTina
Roger Guenveur SmithSmiley
Steve WhiteAhmad
Martin LawrenceCee
Leonard L. ThomasPunchy (as Leonard Thomas)
Christa RiversElla
Frank VincentCharlie
Luis Antonio RamosStevie (as Luis Ramos)
Richard HabershamEddie
Gwen McGeeLouise
Steve ParkSonny
Ginny YangKim
Sherwin ParkKorean Child
Shawn ElliottPuerto Rican Icee Man
Diva OsorioCarmen
Chris DelaneyStevie's Friends
Ángel RamírezStevie's Friends
Sixto RamosStevie's Friends
Nelson VasquezStevie's Friends
Travell Lee ToulsonHector
Joel NagleSergeant
David E. WeinbergPlainclothes Detective
Yattee BrownDouble Dutch Girl
Mecca BrunsonDouble Dutch Girl
Shawn StainbackDouble Dutch Girl
Soquana WallaceDouble Dutch Girl
Erik DellumsCustomer in Pizzeria (uncredited)
Leland HardyRiot Starter (uncredited)
Garry PastoreP.O. Bonamo (uncredited)
Nicholas TurturroExtra (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 30, 1989
    EuropeJun 23, 1989
    JapanApr 21, 1990
    AustraliaDec 14, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 1, 2003
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