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Do the Right Thing
Directed by Spike Lee
Produced by Spike Lee
Written by Spike Lee
Starring Danny Aiello
Ossie Davis
John Turturro
Ruby Dee
Richard Edson
Spike Lee
Bill Nunn
Rosie Perez
Giancarlo Esposito
John Savage
Music by Bill Lee
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of France May, 1989 (première at Cannes)
Flag of the United States June 30, 1989
Running time 125 minutes
Language English
Budget $6,500,000
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Do the Right Thing is a 1989 motion picture produced, written, directed and starred in by Spike Lee and released by Universal Pictures. The film tells a tale of bigotry and racial conflict in a multi-ethnic community in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on the hottest day of the year. It stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. Do the Right Thing marks the feature film debuts of both Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. Samuel L. Jackson plays DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy, an alternative voice of the author to Spike Lee's character. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (656x884, 96 KB)source: http://adekerma. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Danny Aiello Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr. ... Ossie Davis in The Green Pastures, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1951 Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an African American film actor, director and social activist. ... John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor noted for his performances in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), The Color of Money (1986), Five Corners (1987), Men of Respect (1991), Quiz Show (1994), Monday Night Mayhem (1999), Secret Window (2004), The... Ruby Dee (born October 27, 1924) is an African American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. ... Richard Edson (born 1954, New Rochelle, New York) is an American actor and musician. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... Bill Nunn (born October 20, 1953) is an African American actor. ... Rosa Maria Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, dancer, choreographer and director. ... Giancarlo Esposito (b. ... John Savage (born John Youngs on August 25, 1949 in Old Bethpage, New York) is an American film actor, producer, production manager and composer. ... Bill Lee (born July 23, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American musician. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see May (disambiguation). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... 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Rosa Maria Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, dancer, choreographer and director. ... Samuel Jackson redirects here. ... Writers voice is a literary term used to describe the individual writing style of an author. ...


In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. A Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing has been released: it is no. 97 in the Criterion series. In 2007, the American Film Institute listed the film as the 96th greatest American Movie in Film History. This article is about the year. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... The Criterion Collection is a joint venture between Janus Films and The Voyager Company that was begun in the mid 1980s for the purpose of releasing authoritative consumer versions of classic and important contemporary films on the laserdisc and DVD formats. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy is a recurring aural motif in the film, as blasted from a huge ghetto blaster toted by Radio Raheem (Nunn). It appears 15 times in the film. For the Isley Brothers song, see Fight the Power, Pt. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... Ghettoblaster, a term that can be considered insulting or complimentary depending on the context, is a portable stereo system capable of playing radio stations or recorded music at relatively high volume. ...


Do the Right Thing remains one of the few films to retain a 100% "Fresh" rating on the critics' site Rotten Tomatoes. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Synopsis

Do the Right Thing is set on a single street in Bed-Stuy, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The street is populated primarily by African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. At one end of the street is a pizzeria run by an Italian-American family and a Korean-American corner store. Bedford-Stuyvesant (also known as Bed-Stuy) is a neighborhood in the central portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Language(s) American English, Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, other (predominantly southern) Italian dialects and languages of Italian historical minorities Religion(s) Roman Catholic An Italian American is an American of Italian descent. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The film features a multitude of characters. The main character in the film is Mookie (Lee), a young man who lives with his sister and works as a pizza delivery man for the local Sal's Pizzeria. Salvatore "Sal" Frangione (Aiello), the pizzeria’s Italian-American owner, has owned the shop for decades. His older son Pino (Turturro) "detests the place like a sickness" and hold racial contempt for the neighborhood African Americans. Sal, after being confronted by two angry men from the neighborhood, loses his temper and begins shouting racial slurs as racial slurs are shouted at him. Sal ends up destroying the radio that had been blasting music loudly with a baseball bat. His younger son Vito is friends with Mookie, which Pino feels this undermines their fraternal bond. Language(s) American English, Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, other (predominantly southern) Italian dialects and languages of Italian historical minorities Religion(s) Roman Catholic An Italian American is an American of Italian descent. ...


The Bed-Stuy street corner, where the characters populate, is filled with distinct personalities, most of whom are just trying to find a way to deal with the intense heat and go about their regular day-to-day activities. A philandering drunk called Da Mayor (Davis) is constantly trying to win both the approval and affection of the neighborhood matron, Mother-Sister (Dee). Three unemployed men on the corner continuously crack jokes. One of the men detests the presence of a Korean owned and run market in their African American neighborhood when they as African Americans are jobless. The character of Sweet Dick Willie replies that he will go to the market and that they were all 'fresh off the boat' not long ago. Mookie's girlfriend, Tina (Perez), is constantly nagging him about caring for their infant son, Hector, and stopping by more often. A young man named Radio Raheem (Nunn) lives for nothing else but to blast Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" on his boombox wherever he goes. He wears a "love" and "hate" four-fingered ring on either hand which he explains in one scene to symbolize the struggle between the two forces. A mentally handicapped man named Smiley (Roger Guenveur Smith) constantly meanders about the neighborhood, holding up hand-colored (with marking pens) pictures of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. We also meet Mookie's sister, Jade (Joie Lee, the director's real life sister), and the local DJ, Mister Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson) who operates a radio station nearby and acts as both a narrator and a character. African American neighborhoods or black neighborhoods are types of ethnic enclaves found in many cities in the United States. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... For the box set by No Doubt, see Boom Box (No Doubt box set). ... The Scream, the famous painting commonly thought of as depicting the experience of mental illness. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Samuel Jackson redirects here. ...


Buggin' Out (Esposito) makes sure his points are heard by whoever is in ear shot. Upon entering Sal's shop, he notices that Sal's "Wall of Fame" is decorated with dozens of pictures of celebrity actors, athletes, etc.--all of them Italian. Buggin' Out questions Sal about the "Wall of Fame" and demands he place some pictures of African-American celebrities on the wall (since, he explains, Sal's pizzeria is situated in a black neighborhood and sells pizza to black people). Sal replies that it is his store, he is proud of his Italian heritage, and that he isn't going to put anyone but Italians on his wall. Buggin' Out attempts to start a protest over the "Wall of Fame", but no one will support his protest, except for Radio Raheem, who earlier got into an argument with Sal about playing his boombox loudly in the store. (Ironically, although irrelevant in the context of the movie, the actor portraying Buggin' Out is biracial of African American and Italian ancestry)[1] Giancarlo Esposito (b. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


Buggin' Out's own racism comes to the front when he verbally attacks a white bicycler who knocks him in the back without apologizing and unknowingly scuffs his shoe. Buggin' Out begins to harass the man, regardless of the man's apology, telling him to "go back to Massachusetts." The small crowd continues to harass him and they unanimously object by exclaiming "Aw man!" when he replies that he was born in Brooklyn.


Radio Raheem and Buggin' Out march into Sal's and stage a sit-in, protesting until Sal changes the pictures on the wall. Radio Raheem's boombox is blaring, as always, Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," at the highest volume possible in lieu of their protest. Sal demands that they turn the radio down or leave the shop, which the two men refuse to do. Reaching his wit's end, Sal snaps and destroys Radio Raheem's boombox with a baseball bat. Radio Raheem's prized possession destroyed, he becomes enraged and begins choking Sal. Vito and Pino jump onto Radio Raheem in attempt to pull the men apart, at which point the other African American men in the restaurant join the scuffle. A fight ensues between Radio Raheem and Sal on one side and Buggin' Out and Pino on the other, with Vito and Mookie trying to break it up. The fight spills out into the streets, to a crowd of spectators cheering on the fight. White policeman arrive at the scene and begin to apprehend Radio Raheem and Buggin' Out. Radio Raheem is placed him in a choke hold that kills him (a reference to a 1983 incident where graffiti artist Michael Stewart was apprehended for defacing public property and killed by the arresting officer in a similar manner).[2] An underlying issue in this series of arrests is that of six officers present in this mostly African American neighborhood, only one officer on the scene is black and the rest are white. Buggin' Out yells angrily "You're taking me to jail, huh, you're not taking Vito or Pino or Sal.", and "you can't arrest all of us!" as he is arrested. Officers continue to beat him from the front seat of the car as they drive him away from the scene. For other uses, see Graffiti (disambiguation). ... Michael Jerome Stewart of Brooklyn, NY received posthumous recognition when he died following his arrest for spray painting graffiti. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


The fight drew a large crowd of onlookers, all of whom are enraged about Radio Raheem's death. Deciding that the floodgates are going to burst open eventually, Mookie grabs a trash can and, screaming "HATE!", slings it through the window of Sal's restaurant. The angry crowd becomes an angry riotous mob, and rushes into the restaurant and destroys everything within and Smiley starts a fire. Firefighters arrive and begin spraying the building as the crowd are held back by riot patrol. The firefighters turn their hoses on the mob (much like how Blacks were hosed during Civil Rights Movements in the 1960s) which further enrages the mob. The Mob begins to head for the Korean's market but the owner stops them by yelling, "I black!" trying to explain he is one of them. The mob spares his store and begins to disperse with Sweet Dick Willie saying, "the Korean's alright."


When it is all over, Sal's pizzeria is burned beyond recognition, Sal and his two sons (saved by Da Mayor just before the riot starts) and Smiley, with no one else around to see, wanders back into the smoldering restaurant and, sympathetic to Buggin' Out's cause, hangs on what's left of Sal's "Wall of Fame" one of his pictures of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. shaking hands.


The next day, Mookie, who has been at Tina's goes to Sal's, where Mookie gets his weekly pay he had earlier been demanding to receive early. He and Sal cautiously reconcile.


The film ends on an ambiguous note due to two quotations. The first, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., argues that violence is never justified under any circumstances. The second, from Malcolm X, argues that violence is "intelligent" when it is self-defense. Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ...


Production

Spike Lee wrote the screenplay in two weeks.[citation needed] The original script of Do the Right Thing ends with a stronger reconciliation between Mookie and Sal. Sal's comments to Mookie mirror Da Mayor's earlier comments in the film and hint at some common ground and perhaps Sal's understanding of why Mookie was motivated to destroy his restaurant. It is unclear why Lee changed the ending. [1]


The film was shot entirely on a real street in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood. The street's color scheme was heavily altered by the production designer, who used a great deal of red and orange paint in order to help convey the sense of a heatwave. The ovens in the pizzeria set were actually operational, and Danny Aiello learned to knead pizza dough in preparation for his role.[citation needed]


Spike Lee campaigned for Robert De Niro as Sal the pizzeria owner, but De Niro had to decline due to prior commitments. The character of Smiley was not in the original script; he was created by Roger Guenveur Smith, who was pestering Spike Lee for a role in the film.[citation needed] In contrast to the serious nature of the film, three of the cast members were stand-up comedians -- Martin Lawrence, Steve White, and the late Robin Harris. Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ... Roger Guenveur Smith in Final Destination (2000) Roger Guenveur Smith (born July 27, 1959 in Berkeley, California) is an American writer, director, and actor. ... Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. ... Robin Hughes Harris (August 30, 1953 - March 18, 1990) was an African-American comedian and actor, best known for his recurring comic sketch about Bébés Kids. In the sketch, Harris girlfriend would insist that he take her best friend Bébés three ill-behaved children with them...


Controversies

Sal and Mookie in the aftermath of the riot

The film was released to protests from many reviewers, including Joe Klein in New York magazine; it was openly stated in several newspapers that the film could incite black audiences to riot.[3] In the event, no such riots occurred, and Lee criticized white reviewers for assuming that black audiences were incapable of restraining themselves while watching fiction.[4] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 451 pixel Image in higher resolution (852 × 480 pixel, file size: 255 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Sal and Mookie in Do the Right Thing This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 451 pixel Image in higher resolution (852 × 480 pixel, file size: 255 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Sal and Mookie in Do the Right Thing This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is... For the basketball player, see Joe Kleine. ... New York is a weekly magazine concerned with the life, culture, politics, and style of New York City. ...


For many viewers, one of many questions at the end of the film is whether Mookie 'does the right thing' when he throws the garbage can through the window, thus inciting the riot that destroys Sal's pizzeria. The question is directly raised by the contradictory quotations that end the film, one advocating non-violence, the other advocating violent self-defense in response to oppression. However, Lee himself has stated that only white viewers ask this question. He believes the key point is that Mookie was angry at the death of Radio Raheem, and that viewers who question the riot's justification are implicitly valuing white property over the life of a black man.[5] Mookie tells Sal to "Motherfuck a window. Radio Raheem is dead".


In June 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine placed Do the Right Thing at #22 on its list of "The 25 Most Controversial Movies Ever". Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Political allusions

The film contains several allusions to recent race-related violent acts.


In the scene in which Mookie shows frustration with his sister for getting too close to Sal, "Tawana told the truth!" is spray painted on the bricks in the rear of this shot, referring to the 1987 Tawana Brawley rape incident. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Tawana Brawley at a press conference in 1987 Tawana Brawley (born 1972) is an African-American woman who, at the age of 15, received national media attention in the US for her claim that she was raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the village of...


Awards & nominations

1989 Academy Awards Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Danny Aiello (nominated)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen — Spike Lee (nominated)

1989 Cannes Film Festival The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...

  • Golden Palm — Spike Lee (nominated)

1990 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards The Chicago Film Critics Association is an American film critic association. ...

  • Best Director — Spike Lee (won)
  • Best Picture (won)
  • Best Supporting Actor — Danny Aiello (won)

1990 Golden Globes The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best Director (Motion Picture) — Spike Lee (nominated)
  • Best Motion Picture - Drama (nominated)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture — Danny Aiello (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) — Spike Lee (nominated)

1991 NAACP Image Awards The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture — Ruby Dee (won)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Ossie Davis (won)

1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ...

  • Best Director — Spike Lee (won)
  • Best Music — Bill Lee (won)
  • Best Picture (won)
  • Best Supporting Actor — Danny Aiello (won)

1989 New York Film Critics Circle Awards New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ...

National Film Preservation Board Ernest Roscoe Dickerson (born June 25, 1951) is an American film director and cinematographer. ... The United States National Film Preservation Board is the board selecting films for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. ...

  • National Film Registry (1999)

MTV Movie Awards The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV (Music Television). ...

  • The Bucket of Excellence (lifetime achievement award, 2006)

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards was aired June 8, 2006 at 9pm ET on MTV. The event was held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. ...

Connections with other Lee films

  • In the surreal final scene of School Daze, Dap Dunlap (Laurence Fishburne) pleads with the other characters (and the audience) to "Wake Up!" This exhortation is repeated by Mister Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson) at the beginning of Do the Right Thing. The whole 'Wake Up' scenario would go on to appear in numerous ways in Spike Lee's films such as Jungle Fever.
  • The child character (Eddie) to whom Da Mayor gives money to buy beer and whom he saves later on, wears a shirt with the inscription 'Da Butt.' 'Da Butt' was a song performed by E.U that became popular after the band performed it in the party scene in Spike Lee's School Daze
  • The Air Jordan sneaker scuff scene was originally going to be in She's Gotta Have It, where a complete stranger steps on Mars Blackmon's black and red Jordans.
  • Rick Aiello and Miguel Sandoval portray Long and Ponte, two police officers who eventually arrest Buggin' Out and kill Radio Raheem in a choke-hold. Long and Ponte reappear to harass Wesley Snipes' character Flipper in Jungle Fever. Rick Aiello would go on to play a police officer in the final scene in 1995 movie, Clockers which was directed by Spike Lee.
  • In his 2006 movie Inside Man, Lee references Do the Right Thing by using pizza boxes that read "Sal's" on the lids.

School Daze is a 1988 musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Samuel Jackson redirects here. ... Jungle Fever is a 1991 film directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. ... The European Union or EU is a supranational organisation of European countries, which currently has 25 member states. ... School Daze is a 1988 musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell. ... Air Jordans, also known as Jordans, Js or AJs, or MJs are a brand of shoes originally worn by legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan. ... Shes Gotta Have It is a 1986 comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. ... Miguel Sandoval (born November 16, 1951) is an American film and television actor. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... Jungle Fever is a 1991 film directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. ... Clockers is a 1995 film directed by Spike Lee. ... This article is about the 2006 film by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington. ...

In popular culture

  • The comedic scenes involving the trio of middle-aged black men chatting on the street corner inspired animator Mike Judge to create the television show King of the Hill. He recalls, "I loved the moments of the old guys sitting out there, talking about the Korean grocer. I thought somebody should make a movie like that, but just about my suburban neighborhood." [2]
  • The The Boondocks (TV series) episode "The Block Is Hot" parodies Do the Right Thing.
  • Strong Bad Email 4 branches references it when Strong Bad says, "or throw a trashcan through a plate glass window".
  • In the Episode "Miserable" (S1E2) of The Critic, Mookie (wearing a Malcolm X hat) yells "Yo, Sal, I got something for you man!" and throws a garbage can into Sal's window. Sal predictablely rushes out but contrary to normal expectations says "Aw Mookie! You found my trashcan!" and both chuckle in affection and embrace each other in a hug.
  • In an episode of Family Guy Peter says "brothers and sisters fighting is as natural as a white man’s dialogue in a Spike Lee movie," leading to a cutaway to a black customer ordering a pizza and then focuses behind the counter to a character who vaguely looks like Danny Aiello drooling, clawing and snarling at the customer.
  • Spike Lee and "Do The Right Thing" have been honored by the release of special edition Air Jordans. On April 14th, the "Do The Right Thing" Jordan 3 was released. The toe of the Jordan 3 can be seen on the cover of "Do The Right Thing".
  • In the second season of Futurama, the episode "Mother's Day" sees a robot rebellion instigated by the villainous Mom. During a montage of the resulting carnage, a robotic trashcan leaps from the curve and throws himself through a plate glass window emblazoned with the words "Sal's Pizza".
  • Canadian-Rapper Kardinal Offishall released a mixtape with Clinton Sparks entitled "Do the Right Thing"
  • In the TV series Martin starring Martin Lawrence who also starred in the movie, the poster for the movie is on the wall in his apartment.

Michael Craig Judge (born 17 October 1962 in Guayaquil, Ecuador) is an American animator, actor, voice actor, writer, director, and producer, best-known as the creator and star of the hit animated television series Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill. ... This article is about the television program. ... This article is about an animated television series. ... Strong Bad is a primary character in the fictional world of Flash animation cartoon series Homestar Runner. ... For the play by Sheridan, see The Critic (play). ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the television series. ... Kardinal Offishall (born Jason Harrow on May 21, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian hip-hop MC and producer of Jamaican descent. ... Martin is an American television sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions (a subsidiary of HBO, in turn a division of Time Warner) that aired for five seasons from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997 on FOX. The show starred comedian Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell. ... Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002064/bio
  2. ^ "Spike Lee's Bed-Stuy BBQ", interview with Lee by Marlaine Glickman, 1989, rept. in Spike Lee Interviews, ed. Cynthia Fuchs (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), p.17.
  3. ^ Klein, Joe. "Spiked?" New York 26 June 1989: 14-15.
  4. ^ 'Spike Lee's Last Word', special feature on the Criterion Collection DVD (2000)
  5. ^ 'Spike Lee's Last Word', special feature on the Criterion Collection DVD (2000)

The Criterion Collection is a joint venture between Janus Films and The Voyager Company that was begun in the mid 1980s for the purpose of releasing authoritative consumer versions of classic and important contemporary films on the laserdisc and DVD formats. ... The Criterion Collection is a joint venture between Janus Films and The Voyager Company that was begun in the mid 1980s for the purpose of releasing authoritative consumer versions of classic and important contemporary films on the laserdisc and DVD formats. ...

References

  • Spike Lee's Last Word. Documentary on the Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing. 2000.
  • Spike Lee et al. Commentary on the Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing. 2000.
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Do the Right Thing is a 1989 motion picture produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee and released by Universal Pictures.
Do the Right Thing also marks the feature film debuts of both Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.
A Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing has been released: it is no. 97 in the Criterion series.
DO THE RIGHT THING - THE CRITERION COLLECTION DVD (1762 words)
Cinematically, and outside the context of the (sadly) brief debate it inspired, Do the Right Thing is Spike Lee's masterpiece.
Uncertainties about whether the "right thing" was done, and by whom, may linger, but only a more thorough examination of its final 20 minutes than was initially granted can absolve the film of its undeserved reputation and, perhaps, explain why the riots that were feared never materialized.
The folks at The Criterion Collection have done the right thing and transported the bulk of their magnificent 1995 laserdisc edition of the film, along with a few enhancements, to DVD in a superb 2-disc set.
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