Do the Right Thing
A summer heat wave in a Brooklyn neighborhood brings racial tensions to a boiling point.
Production Year: 1989
April 13, 2012 02:30 (KSA) ~ April 13, 2012 01:30 (CLT)
Spike Lee portrays Mookie, a resident of a predominately black Brooklyn neighborhood. He works for Sal (Danny Aiello) as a pizza deliveryman to support his baby son and its mother, Tina (Rosie Perez). Sal and his two sons are Italian-Americans, and their pizzeria has fed the community for twenty-five years.
Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) launches a boycott against Sal because the pizzeria's walls are covered with photos of Italians, not African-Americans. Although Buggin' Out has just a few supporters, the death of a young black teen in front of Sal's restaurant enrages the community, who seek to vent their anger on a hot summer day.
Do the Right Thing was nominated for two Oscars and four Golden Globes. The picture was a commercial success, earning five times its $6.5 million budget.
- Spike Lee
- Danny Aiello
- Ossie Davis
- Giancarlo Esposito
- John Turturro