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The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Spike Lee's powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise. Criterion is proud to present Do the Right Thing in a new Director Approved special edition.
Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing." Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlor owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal's sons; Lee's sister Joie as Mookie's sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie's girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie's hot-headed friend Buggin' Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Señor Love Daddy. A rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure, and learn from--over and over again. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The eye opener of the year...I loved it. Excellent story line and a must see movie by mature audiences only. Very compelling!Published on June 29 2004 by Nick Rocco
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" is a groundbreaking film indeed. Read more
Ah, Spike Lee's ''Do The Right Thing'' made in 1989 is one of the most controversial ever made, it brought bough negative and critical acclaim for Spike Lee, it was
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I still remember coming out of the movie theatre crying after seeing this film. Spike Lee is one of the most thought provoking writer/directors of his time and this film proves... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Geminigirl
This movie is very confrontational, and not really a movie. It's a pissed off guys way of telling the world "HEY WE'RE ALL THE SAME YOU MORONS NOW LET'S STOP WITH THE RACIAL HATRED... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Tom Servo
I first saw this movie in 1990. I have seen it a few more times since then, and today I am convinced that the movie stands the test of time. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by nadav haber
This film had so much promise: the beautiful colors, the eventual all-star ensemble cast in great roles, the poignant topic, the up-and-coming director's early film, and so on. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by ixta_coyotl
I didn't understand it back then and I still don't understand it now it represents black people in a very negative way!!!! Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by A. R SCOTT
You just have to love the nerve, the absolute gall, the pure audacity, of the lazy worthless little goof-off delivery kid who throws a garbage can through the main window of his... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by J. Reynolds