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Do the Right Thing (1989) Movie Information

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Spike Lee


Ossie Davis
Danny Aiello
Spike Lee
Ruby Dee
Rosie Perez
Bill Nunn





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On the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, tensions rise, passions flare and races clash between locals.

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Snoogans 03/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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While the film may have the look and feel of the 80's, it's themes will remain timeless. It hits the topic of prejudices and racial tension directly on the nose. The dialogue and characters are so well written that you can clearly see where their conflict originates from and how they view each other's differences. Like all great films that dive into topics of human nature, this one raises questions and leaves the answers up to the viewer.

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mitchellyoung 01/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is one of Spike Lee's greatest films, if not his greatest. It's a movie that explores race relations in an emotional, symbolic, and often very funny portrait, that features an ensemble cast and some creative shot selection from the masterful director. It definitely sticks with you after the final frame and none of the themes felt forced.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Definitely a thought-provoking, dicussion-spurring film, especially with the two quotes at the end. A unique vision certainly helps you enter into the conflict and the heart-breaking climax. Do I agree completely with what Spike Lee is saying? No. But that doesn't inhibit one from enjoying this movie.

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06/27/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Nothing is ever so Black and White

Do The Right Thing remains one of the best examinations of American racial politics. Its dialectical style, especially its subversion of political melodrama archetypes (the sympathetic minority victim, the brutal racist, etc.), intend not to manipulate audiences into feeling pity for black people but to get them to think about why these humans of both races, with all their flaws and prejudices, are the way they are.

As the film ends with two juxtaposed quotations from MLK and Malcolm X on the ethics of violent residence to oppressive regimes, we are left to wonder, with all that we have seen and heard, how we can respect each other as human beings without compromising our autonomy. Such a query should be so simple, but the world keeps making it so complicated.

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07/21/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Spike Lee - Do The Right Thing. Eine Brooklyn Reihe. - Nur ganz wenige Filme bleiben hängen! Nur ganz, ganz wenige Filme dringen wirklich ins Innerste vor! Als ich mir zum ersten Mal Do The Right Thing von Spike Lee im Videodrom auf VHS auslieh, war ich zu Tränen gerührt! Gleich zu Beginn der Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo stand fest: Do The Right Thing muss ab Tag 1 im Laden verfügbar sein! Spike Lee hatte für mich das Unmögliche geschafft: Ein Film über Rassismus, der Empathie zu allen seinen Figuren aufbaut. Er rattert nicht einfach die altbekannten Argumente herunter; er entscheidet sich nicht einmal für eine Seite. Lee blickt traurig auf dieses Ding, dass wir Rassismus nennen und das scheinbar so tief in jeder Gesellschaft verwurzelt ist. Vielleicht sogar im Mensche...


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09/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Hope the block is still standing...We're still standing." A story of different characters such as Mookie (Spike Lee), Sal (Danny Aiello), Vito (Richard Edson), Pino (John Turturro), Tina (Rosie Perez), Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson) and many more. Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) had a concern with the “wall of fame” in Sal’s Famous Pizza joint since there were no successful black individuals included. Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) is appalled with the treatment of other people so he joins Buggin’ Out in protesting the restaurant. One of many great lines: Radio Raheem - “Let me tell you the story of right hand-left hand. It's a tale of good and evil....Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He's down. Left-Hand Hate KO-ed by Love.” and "Yo! Hold up! Time out! Time out! Y'a...

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