Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin' deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience store owned by a Korean couple; and Sal's Famous Pizzeria, the only white-operated business in the neighborhood. Sal (Danny Aiello) serves up slices with his two sons, genial Vito (Richard Edson) and angry, racist Pino (John Turturro). Sal has one black employee, Mookie (Spike Lee), who wants to "get paid" but lacks ambition. His sister Jade (Joie Lee, Spike's sister), who has a greater sense of purpose and a "real" job, wants Mookie to start dealing with his responsibilities, most notably his son with girlfriend Tina (Rosie Perez). Two of Mookie's best friends are Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), a monolith of a man who rarely speaks, preferring to blast Public Enemy's rap song Fight The Power on his massive boom box; and Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), nicknamed for his coke-bottle glasses and habit of losing his cool. When Buggin' Out notes that Sal's "Wall of Fame," a photo gallery of famous Italian-Americans, includes no people of color, he eventually demands a neighborhood boycott, on a day when tensions are already running high, that incurs tragic consequences.
    Danny Aiello - Sal
    Spike Lee - Mookie
    Richard Edson - Vito
    John Turturro - Pino
    Giancarlo Esposito - Buggin Out
    Rosie Perez - Tina
    Bill Nunn - Radio Raheem
    Ossie Davis - Da Mayor
    Ruby Dee - Mother Sister
    Paul Benjamin - ML
    Frankie R. Faison - Coconut Sid
    Robin Harris - Sweet Dick Willie
    Joie Lee - Jade
    Samuel L. Jackson - Mister Senor Love Daddy
    Martin Lawrence - Cee
    John Savage - Clifton
    Steve White - Ahmad
    Erik Koniger
    Ginny Yang - Kim
    Roy Thomas
    Sherwin Park - Korean Child
    Travell Lee Toulson - Hector
    Tom Wright
    Gwen McGee - Louise
    Diva Osorio - Carmen
    Joel Nagle - Sergeant
    Robi Reed
    Stephen Park - Sonny
    Dominic Marcus
    Eric Payne
    Angel Ramirez - Stevie's Friends
    Rick Aiello - Officer Long
    Richard Habersham - Eddie
    Shawn Elliott - Puerto Rican Ice Man
    David Weinberg - Plain Clothes Detective
    Nelson Vasquez - Stevie's Friends
    Leonard Thomas - Punchy
    Frank Vincent - Charlie
    Luis Ramos - Stevie
    Christa Rivers - Ella
    Roger Guenveur Smith - Smiley
    Miguel Sandoval - Officer Ponte