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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Danny Aiello , Ossie Davis , Ruby Dee , Richard Edson , Giancarlo Esposito , Spike Lee , Bill Nunn , John Turturro

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Criterion Collection, MCA/Universal Pictures [us]

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Release Date: June 30th, 1989|2 hr. min.

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  • Has more originality, nitty-gritty humor, spirit and spunk than all the summer blockbuster retreads combined. Underneath the jousting and jiving, there's a sharp, uncompromising look at the anatomy of a race riot in the movie. [30 June 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E3] show more

  • This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D] show more

  • It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time. show more

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  • August 13, 2012 filmlover1994
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    Do The Right Thing Was Roger Ebert\'s And Gene Siskel\'s Best Film Of 1989.

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