Do the Right Thing

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Released 1989

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
1989
Rating:
R

Do the Right Thing is a drama that focuses on the racial diversities of a Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. Mookie (Spike Lee) is a young Black man who works as a delivery man at a pizzeria owned by Salvatore (Danny Aiello). Salvatore's oldest son, Pino (John Turturro), is a racist who does not like working in a predominantly black neighborhood while his younger son, Vito (Richard Edson), has no issues with Blacks and is one of Mookie's friends. One day a man named Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) is eating in Sal's pizzeria and notices all of the pictures on the wall are of famous Italian Americans. He tells Sal that since his business is in a Black neighborhood, there should be pictures of famous African Americans. Sal fires back at Buggin' Out saying since he is Italian and proud of his heritage, he will not take the photos down. Buggin' Out tells the neighbors about his dispute with Sal, which makes them think he is a racist. Racial tensions spiral out of control and the residents decide to take their revenge on Sal by ruining what he loves most -- his restaurant.

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