Do the Right Thing (1989)

  • Comedy, Drama
  • 2h 0m

It’s the hottest day of the year in a predominantly black Brooklyn neighbourhood, and simmering racial tensions are about to reach boiling point.

Now over 30 years old, Spike Lee’s incendiary third feature, a potent cocktail of visual bravado and barely suppressed anger, has lost none of its relevance and power to provoke. Lee plays Mookie, a pizza delivery man for Sal (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello), who runs a restaurant with his sons, Vito (Richard Edson) and the unapologetically-racist Pino (John Turturro). Local character Buggin’ Out (an early role for Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito) is incensed when he notices Sal’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian-American celebrities. Demanding redress, he stages a boycott and the pizzeria becomes a flashpoint in a series of confrontations that escalate inexorably towards violence.

Although the film centres around important issues, it never preaches; instead, it presents, making it a lasting depiction of NY life.

Director

Spike Lee

Languages

English, Spanish, Italian, Korean

Subtitles

English

Country

USA