Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone.Written by
The opening sequence, which featured the song "Fight The Power", and Rosie Perez dancing, took eight hours to film. See more »
When Mookie throws the trash can through Sal's window, the reverse shot from inside the restaurant reveals the main camera, in the lower left portion of the screen, dollying in towards the window as it's smashed. See more »
the "pan & scan" version broadcast on ITV4 truncates the conversation between Radio Raheem and the Koreans when he visits their store to replace the batteries for his portable radio. The sequence where the husband loses his temper and swears "mother-f&%k you", to which Raheem responds warmly is omitted. See more »
Do The Right Thing is a powerful movie full of the everyday struggles facing the minorities of this world. this movie plunges you into the intercity life and shows you things you may have never seen. Do The Right Thing is full of struggle and discrimination, but the movie leaves itself open, it's not blunt about such subjects, instead it integrates them in a highly intelligent way and really makes the viewer think. besides the focus on racism and discrimination this movie brings to light struggles we all face everyday; keeping a job, making money, raising children, etc... but this movie shows you another world and by the end has your mind boggling. This movie is powerful and sends out a strong message, with no resolve by the end, this movie really does leave you wondering "what is the right thing?"
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