Do The Right Thing

Directed by
Spike Lee

The hottest day of the summer boils over in Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece, a parade of pride, resentment and humanism widely considered a definitive work on the American race problem.

Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

“A powerful and persuasive look at an ethnic community and what makes it tick — funky, entertaining, packed with insight, and political in the best, most responsible sense.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

“An exceptional film, a movie that wisely deprives you of the cozy resolutions and epiphanies so often manufactured by Hollywood. Like the film’s principals, you are left feeling that you have been torched where you live.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

USA
1989
120
minutes
• Rated
R

Starring
Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito