Do The Right Thing

120 mins.
Directed by Spike Lee
R
1989

Set during one sweltering summer day on a block of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, DO THE RIGHT THING follows the initially casual interactions among Mookie (Lee), Sal (Danny Aiello), Da Mayor (Ossie Davis), Mother Sister (Ruby Dee), Mister Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson), Tina (Rosie Perez), Buggin Out (Giancarlo Esposito), Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), and Pino (John Turturro).

But tensions rise along racial fault lines as locals demand a black person’s photo be added to the Italians-only Wall of Fame at Sal’s Pizzeria, and heated, profane confrontations ultimately explode into violence.

Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” DO THE RIGHT THING is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen.

Presented in a 4K restoration.