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10,377 Ratings

Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 1989


Over the course of the hottest day of the year in New York City, a pizza delivery boy navigates through racial, generational, and class conflicts as tensions intensify and reach their boiling point around a pizza joint in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

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Do the Right Thing Directed by Spike Lee

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1990 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Anchored on a history of racial strife that far transcends the late-80s Brooklyn block it’s set in, Do the Right Thing thrives on Lee’s ability to grind antithetical characters onto a magnetic field that concurrently pushes and pulls them apart.
January 29, 2019
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I saw it in a movie theatre when it first came out, with a mostly-African-American audience, on the weekend it opened, and it is, to date, one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had seeing a movie out in public. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. And thinking about the reaction of that crowd.
September 25, 2016
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Though audiences had to wait 23 years for the postscript, Mookie reappears in Red Hook Summer(Spike Lee, 2012), still delivering pizza with Sal’s imprimatur on his shirt. Between these bookends, we might pause to note Lee’s laudable resistance to premature closure, a resistance that enables audiences to ponder Sal and Mookie’s complexities, and mourn Raheem’s death.
April 01, 2015
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