Do The Right Thing
Release: June 14, 1989

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. .ACTORS 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

Da Mayor: "Always do the right thing. -Da Mayor"
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