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Do The Right Thing [DVD] [1989]

Danny Aiello , Ossie Davis , Spike Lee    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee, Jon Kilik, Monty Ross
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005PJOO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Spike Lee's incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the "right thing." Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizza parlour owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy; John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal's sons; Lee's sister Joie as Mookie's sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookie's girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; Giancarlo Esposito as Mookie's hot-headed friend Buggin' Out; Bill Nunn as the boom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L Jackson as DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy. This is a rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure and learn from--over and over again. --Jim Emerson

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Spike Lee's study of racial tensions takes place on the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The film charts the increasing tension between a black pizza delivery boy (Spike Lee) and his Italian bosses, the local folk and yuppy newcomers, and builds inexorably to a violent confrontation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this film just out of curiosity and of course like everyone else I was totally blown away by it. I consider it to be one the best films ever made and it is one of my favourite films. In short this film is totally mesmerising, powerful and incredibly important. Everything about the film just oozes confidence and daring. It is certainly not a film that suffers from a lack of imagination. This film is Lee's exposition on race and racial tension. I think ultimately that this is movie grounded in reality - no matter how PC people are they are sometimes just plain racists hiding behind smiles and that racism bubbling under the surface of polite society can explode at any moment.

Throughout the plot Lee explores the dynamics of a community in which different races have been living together for a long time and outwardly tolerating each other. However, long running issues such as economic deprivation, power struggles, questions of status, questions of responsibility, questions of history have been left unresolved and so manifest themselves in the form of racism. As well as this the inhabitants of Bed-Stuy (where the film is set) have shied away from the glaring fact that they are all different but they live alongside one another. Bed-Stuy is shown as a ticking time bomb whose time to detonate has come - on a maddeningly HOT day.

The acting performances can't be praised enough. Everyone from Lee (who plays Mookie) to Aiello (who plays Sal) to Perez (who plays Tina) to Nunn (who plays Radio Raheem) gives a cool and assured performance. I personally like Jackson's character, Mister Senor Love Daddy, a DJ-cum-philosopher who communicates his worldview over the airwaves.

The production is quirky and fresh. Every scene is vibrant and visceral.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee's Masterpiece 23 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Quite simply, this is Lee's best and most powerful film to date. He combines wit and anger to illustrate the evils of racism. As the temperatures rise on the hottest day of the summer, tempers begin to fray in a Brooklyn neighbourhood. When night falls and a young black man dies at the hands of the police, these racial tensions boil over into a neighbourhood race riot. The tight script and strong acting, with Lee taking the lead, as well as the noise of Public Enemy combine perfectly to produce one of the best African-American films of all time. In my top 10 films ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 years later, still hits home 19 Sep 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When I first saw this film, I was utterly mesmerized by the lively, tumultuous tableau that Lee so masterfully painted. The dazzling array of characters, the tensions (racial or otherwise) that needed release in the heat, the sense of a fractious community - Lee really held it together. Then the climax of violence that came, from the spark of a needless killing, and threatened to engulf everyone. I loved it then and loved it now, 20 years after I first saw it.

Nonetheless, the film had aged considerably for a number of reasons. First and foremost, race relations have evolved decisively. We have a black president, in spite of all our persistent problems of poverty, under-achievement, and drugs. But I also found some of the acting a bit stilted, even from two great actors, Aiello and Samuel Jackson; even Ossie Davis and Turturro seemed locked in rather two-dimensional characters. Moreover, the complete absence of the drug culture makes the picture incomplete. Lastly, I found the climax, and particularly Mookie's unexpected action, harder to believe than I did when younger. As such, I find that there are new productions, such as the incomparable The Wire, have succeeded far better in exploring through art the issues that underlie America's ongoing urban crisis.

That being said, many of the performances are still fresh, both hilarious and affecting. The trio of men (with Sweet Dick WIllie) in ongoing dialogue, the wonderful anger of Rosie Perez, and the simmering rage of Ruby Dee are worth the price of admission. Moreover, the internal dialogue that the film is designed to provoke - similar to Bertold Brecht - is as effective and relevant as ever. This is a pioneering work that is well worth viewing again. It may even become a classic.

Warmly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the style is not to everyone's taste, but it's nicely pitched........ however irritating the characters, they put you right there.....if it had been constantly broody it would have been flagwaving too much what was to come, whereas here it just soaks into you, and some of the humour even acts as a counterpoint. The 'urban ghetto' is pretty well captured.I wouldn't call it entertainment but it certainly leaves you affected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Urban Cinema 13 Aug 2008
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While some people find Spike Lee's filmic style a little too "in your face" at time, it is impossible to deny that he has extraordinary talent as both screenwriter and director after watching his best movie, Do The Right Thing (1989). With its cast completely on form, each person gives an electrifying performance, directing that enables us to empathise with every character and brillinatly juxtaposes ultra realism with surrealism, and a script that is both halarious and though provoking, Do The Right Thing is a brilliant movie, both entertaining and thought provoking, that should be viewed by everyone. Featuring on many top 100 film polls, Do The Right Thing is without a doubt one of the best movies of the 1980s and one of the best new york movies ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
Great, great movie - one of my all time favorites. The story is simple but executed so well. Direction, script and soundtrack are brilliant.
Published 6 months ago by Amz149
5.0 out of 5 stars Do The Right Thing
One of my favourite films now. I have never seen the film right through but sat and watched it all
Published 8 months ago by JOHN HAY
4.0 out of 5 stars where you comin' from?
It's a dynamic and entertaining film but there are a number of misjudgements which make it flawed. The violent denouement, including those sympathetic characters such as the chorus... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mario
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I remember.
I had memories of this being a great film, but watching it some 20 years later I'm left disappointed. I think any message intended in the film is lost, and out-dated. Read more
Published 11 months ago by HayWayne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film About (Black/White) Racism Ever Made?
Spike Lee's 1989 masterpiece Do The Right Thing is arguably the best film about racism ever made. I was trying to think of other comparators, and whilst there are of course many... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by Keith M
If I had to name 10 best American films, this Spike Lee joint would probably enter the competition, fighting with the best Ford, Hawks, Altman, Lang, Hitchcock, Huston, Welles,... Read more
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Published on 4 April 2009 by K. Maloney
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Hip Hop Film
Although this film is not about Hip Hop, it embodies the spirit of Hip Hop circa 1989.
Public Enemy's music blasts throughout the film, the characters could have stepped... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by British Commentator
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Forget the recently made film Crash which far from being a critical analysis of race and class in society this film, made over a decade before is the one you want to see. Read more
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