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Do the Right Thing

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Do the Right Thing
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It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tensions are growing, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie is Sal's delivery boy. Radio Raheem has the letters of love and hate written on his hands. He is defiant and together with a motivated Buggin Out, push Sal and his sons to their breaking point. The cops intervene, using force and brutality to apprehend the large Radio Raheem. He is unwilling to succumb to the over-excessive brutality of the police and the racist views of Sal and his family. The overzealous police officers don't understand the repercussions of the violence they just unleashed. The neighbors band together to protest this extreme form of pure, toxic bigotry. Mob mentality takes over and the other local non-African American store owners become threatened. Tempers flare and rage is in the air.
Title: Do the right thing
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Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
Edition: 20th anniversary ed. Two-disc 20th anniversary ed..
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Disc 1: 20th anniversary edition feature commentary with director Spike Lee; feature commentary with director Spike Lee, director of photography Ernest Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas and actor Joie Lee; "Do the right thing: 20 years later:" new retrospective documentary with the cast and crew; deleted and extended scenes. Disc 2: Behind-the-scenes: Spike Lee's personal video footage from the set; "Making Do the right thing:" in-depth documentary on the making of the film; interview with editor Barry Brown; "The riot sequence:" storyboard gallery of the climatic riot sequence; Cannes, 1989: press conference footage from the Film Festival.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.
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Summary: It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tensions are growing, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie is Sal's delivery boy. Radio Raheem has the letters of love and hate written on his hands. He is defiant and together with a motivated Buggin Out, push Sal and his sons to their breaking point. The cops intervene, using force and brutality to apprehend the large Radio Raheem. He is unwilling to succumb to the over-excessive brutality of the police and the racist views of Sal and his family. The overzealous police officers don't understand the repercussions of the violence they just unleashed. The neighbors band together to protest this extreme form of pure, toxic bigotry. Mob mentality takes over and the other local non-African American store owners become threatened. Tempers flare and rage is in the air.
Audience: MPAA rating: R.
Terms Of Use: These DVD discs are copy protected.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Aug 29, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The PURE RACISM that Eric Garner in real life recently became a real murdered victim of in 2014 by the DEEPLY RACIST NYPD is exactly what this Spike Lee classic MASTERPIECE is really all about ladies and gentlemen period.This masterwork is extremely more relevant now in 2014 and beyond until ARMAGEDDON than it ever was in the late 1980's when this CLASSIC first came out in movie theaters period.This is arguably the GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME because this is literally the most TIMELESS film of all time period.This is Spike Lee's best film of his entire career and i know he will never top this one ever period,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 14, 2014
  • rationallady rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I only watched about half of it. The acting is good and the racial tensions are well depicted. Probably I'm just too old to appreciate it. I tried!

On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's an interesting idea, but at times, I think the execution isn't quite right. It's powerful, but I think it's a great film for discussion, but not for entertainment. Its message is a confusing dichotomy, leaving audiences to determine for themselves what the right thing is to do. To be fair, it was made during a different time and was relevant then, but now it seems as if Spike was being wishy-washy by giving two contradicting quotes to conclude, almost as if he was daring audiences to choose the wrong one without knowing for himself what the wrong one was. Either way, I think you should watch it, even if you're not sure if you like it. It's important on a cultural level.

Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York.

Jul 21, 2011
  • mtayal rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Very awful. The message of the film is good, but the language and direction is pretty poor.

Apr 25, 2011
  • Pmanuel900 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm watching this for film class and artistically it's a really amazing film.

Apr 20, 2008
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a very powerful film the first time I saw it. I wonder if it still holds up.

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Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

As a pizza delivery guy travels through one particular street in Brooklyn and mixes amongst the collection of residents, everyone's hate and bigotry comes to a boil until the bubble of semi-civility explodes.

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Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Some scenes show mere glimpses of smoking and beer-drinking.

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The climactic scene (involving a great deal of violence and destruction) in this film may be intense for more sensitive viewers.

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: A woman rubs ice on her naked breasts, legs, and thighs to cool down from the heat outside. The scene is fairly brief.

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Some violence (I can't describe in detail as it risks spoiling the film), but most of it could be seen on the news, so it's fair to say it's present but not brutally harsh, especially for today's standards in, say, action films or crime dramas.

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: 240 uses of the F-word, even more uses of the N-word, and many uses of various other cusses, including a wide range of racial slurs (one scene includes a montage of different prejudicial views on different rases that are filled with them). If coarse language is a concern to you, then this film will be highly inappropriate.

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Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Always do the right thing."

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Those that'll tell don't know, and those that know won't tell."

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Do your friends put money in your pocket? Food on your table, they pay your rent, a roof over your head? They're not your friends. If they were your friends, they wouldn't laugh at you."

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Today's temperature's gonna rise up over 100 degrees, so there's a Jheri curl alert! That's right, Jheri curl alert. If you have a Jheri curl, stay in the house or you'll end up with a permanent black helmet on your head fuh-eva!"

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"You're 30 cents away from having a quarter!"

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"You almost knocked me down, man. The word is 'Excuse me'."

Aug 07, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Let me tell you the story of right hand-left hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cain iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand--Love--is finished. But hold on, stop the presses; the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He's down. Left-Hand Hate KO-ed by Love."

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