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Do the Right Thing


Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson View All


Spike Lee (Screenplay), Spike Lee (Director) View All

Release: Jun. 14th, 1989
Runtime: 2 hours
Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, 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.
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mark f
By the time this film reaches its climax, most viewers should be well aware that they have seen a complex film about a complex subject, and I, for one, do not find it racist at all, from any of the possible "racist" angles.
Spike Lee probably gets the most screen time as he acts within his own film and the title could refer to many things, but most likely its the action Lees character Mookie takes at the films climax.
Unlike a lot of films about racism , it doesn't try and show you the path to preventing it : instead it shows what happens when it's not resolved and when it escalates.
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