Do the Right Thing
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.
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.
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Other: Some scenes show mere glimpses of smoking and beer-drinking.
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.
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.
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.
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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"Always do the right thing."
"Those that'll tell don't know, and those that know won't tell."
"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."
"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!"
"You're 30 cents away from having a quarter!"
"You almost knocked me down, man. The word is 'Excuse me'."
"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."