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Director: Spike Lee     Starring: Spike Lee Danny Aiello
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40143972
UPC: 715515011228
UPC 14: 00715515011228
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The hottest day of the year in the bedford-stuyvesant area of brooklyn explodes into events that will change the residents' lives forever.
Editor's Note
Spike Lee's racial and political filmmaking bent is given the full treatment with this simmering exposé of racial tensions in a New York City neighborhood one scorching summer day. The film, written by Lee (and nominated for an Oscar), follows a group of racially diverse inhabitants from Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood as they spend their day trying to avoid the oppressive heat. These include African American pizza deliveryman Mookie (Lee), the racially sensitive Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), and the silent, boom-box-blasting Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn). Also thrown into the mix are Sal (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello), the Italian-American proprietor of Sal's Pizzeria, as well as his two sons, Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson), who hold completely opposing attitudes when it comes to race. After Buggin' Out tries to organize a boycott of Sal's because of the lack of racial diversity on his shop's Wall of Fame, the tensions explode in an act of senseless violence. Lee's film is an electric work of political entertainment that confronts sensitive racial issues head-on. He deftly blends humor and drama as well as using specific music to further amplify his theme (Public Enemy's song "Fight the Power" actually becomes the film's main catalyst for action). Boldly closing the film with opposing quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King on the nature of race relations, Lee leaves it up to the viewer to decide if Mookie's actions were the correct ones. Aiello and Esposito are standouts in an all-star cast that includes Lee himself, his sister Joie, "discovery" Rosie Perez, and the married team of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Always one to spark controversy, Lee's summer drama finds the filmmaker at the peak of his craft.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/20/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1561-D
Video UPC UPC: 00715515011228
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ruby Dee
Video Cast Info Rosie Perez
Video Cast Info John Turturro
Video Cast Info Spike Lee
Video Cast Info Ossie Davis
Video Cast Info Giancarlo Esposito
Video Cast Info Bill Nunn
Video Cast Info Danny Aiello
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Producer
Video Cast Info Monty Ross - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Bill Lee - Score Composer
Video Cast Info Ernest R. Dickerson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Director
Plot Summary
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, disc jockey Mr. Señor Love Daddy wakes his morning listeners with soulful rhythms and prepares them for the sweltering heat of the summer's day. The nearby eatery and hangout is Sal's Famous Pizzeria. Young locals Buggin' Out, Radio Raheem, and pizza delivery guy Mookie view Sal's as a symbol of the successful economic and cultural assimilation of Italian Americans and as an oppressive economic force that profits at their expense. Existing racial tensions between merchant and community are exacerbated when Sal refuses to place pictures of prominent African Americans on his shop's Wall of Fame. When Radio Raheem and Buggin' Out confront Sal on his exclusionism, tempers fly and tragedy ensues. Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING is an electrifying motion picture that remains one of the 1980s' most powerful films. In portraying a day in the life of several Brooklyn residents, Lee builds his story at a leisurely, comic pace, building to a violent climax that raises questions rather than answering them.

Memorable Quotes

"Twenty D Energizers."----Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), to a deli clerk

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Lee's best and boldest film....[He] gives the audiences the most vigorous shake-up they've had in years..." 06/29/1989 p.27

Sight and Sound
"...DO THE RIGHT THING is aesthetically very sophisticated..." 09/01/1989 p.281

USA Today
"...Lee's film is stirring....It is floridly cinematic....This is a fascinating movie experience, confident in style..." 06/30/1989 p.1D

Film Comment
"...DO THE RIGHT THING has furious drive and muscle..." 07/01/1989 p.67-9

Los Angeles Times
"...DO THE RIGHT THING announces the coming-of-age of an important filmmaker with something urgent and uncomfortable to say....A stunning entertainment..." 06/30/1989 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Assured, confident....[Lee] takes this story, which sounds like grim social realism, and tells it with music, humor, color and exuberant invention. A lot of it is just plain fun..." 06/01/2001 p.33

Total Film
"...A subtle and ambiguous work....The still undervalued Danny Aiello is superb..." 07/01/2003 p.137

4 stars out of 4 -- "Spike Lee's best film....It remains a beautifully shot, funny, smart, and thought-provoking masterpiece." 06/30/2009

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Lee,Spike
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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