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Do the Right Thing (1989)

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Release Date
Jun 30, 1989 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 20, 2001

Budget $6,500,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country USA

Studio 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Universal

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Genre: Comedy, Suspense, Urban, Tragedy, Police, Mental Illness, Culture Clash

Tagline: It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...

Plot: Spike Lee's racial and political filmmaking bent is given the full treatment with this simmering exposé of racial tensions in a New York City neighborhood one scorching summer day. The film, written by Lee (and nominated for an Oscar), follows a group of racially diverse inhabitants from Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood as they spend their day trying to avoid the oppressive heat. These include African American pizza deliveryman Mookie (Lee), the racially sensitive Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), and the silent, boom-box-blasting Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn). Also thrown into the mix are Sal (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello), the Italian-American proprietor of Sal's Pizzeria, as well as his two sons, Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson), who hold completely opposing attitudes when it comes to race. After Buggin’ Out tries to organize a boycott of Sal's because of the lack of racial diversity on his shop's Wall of Fame, the tensions explode in an act of senseless violence. Lee's film is an electric work of political entertainment that confronts sensitive racial issues head-on. He deftly blends humor and drama as well as using specific music to further amplify his theme (Public Enemy’s song "Fight the Power" actually becomes the film’s main catalyst for action).

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 Directed by
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 Written by
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 Music By
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