Overall Rank: 413
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 216
Theatrical Release Date: 06/30/1989
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Spike Lee
Actors: Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, Bill Nunn
Plot: On the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, tensions rise, passions flare and races clash between locals.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 08/04/2019
A real stand out for Spike Lee. His flawless direction backs his well inspired script, thus making "Do The Right Thing" important and still relevant.
Snoogans - wrote on 03/02/2013
While the film may have the look and feel of the 80's, it's themes will remain timeless. It hits the topic of prejudices and racial tension directly on the nose. The dialogue and characters are so well written that you can clearly see where their conflict originates from and how they view each other's differences. Like all great films that dive into topics of human nature, this one raises questions and leaves the answers up to the viewer.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/08/2012
This is one of Spike Lee's greatest films, if not his greatest. It's a movie that explores race relations in an emotional, symbolic, and often very funny portrait, that features an ensemble cast and some creative shot selection from the masterful director. It definitely sticks with you after the final frame and none of the themes felt forced.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 06/03/2020
Wake up! Wake up! Up you wake!"
I had this on my watch-list for quite a while now since I joined this site, because when it comes to movies labelled as classic are often the hardest for me to truly tackle, but with everything that's been going on recently, I thought the time is right to watch Spike Lee's masterpiece. I know logging this in isn't anything new with everyone else doing the same, but you also have to keep in mind the reasons why a movie that explores the struggles of American racism, police brutality, and racial stereotyping still hits close to our lives, especially 30 years after its release.
The hottest day of the year in the neighborhood of Brooklyn - where heat, frustration, and tension quickly rises up to the surface in extreme temperatures, where the intensity is …
SIngli6 - wrote on 06/27/2017
Do The Right Thing remains one of the best examinations of American racial politics. Its dialectical style, especially its subversion of political melodrama archetypes (the sympathetic minority victim, the brutal racist, etc.), intend not to manipulate audiences into feeling pity for black people but to get them to think about why these humans of both races, with all their flaws and prejudices, are the way they are.
As the film ends with two juxtaposed quotations from MLK and Malcolm X on the ethics of violent residence to oppressive regimes, we are left to wonder, with all that we have seen and heard, how we can respect each other as human beings without compromising our autonomy. Such a query should be so simple, but the world keeps making it so complicated.
cinegeek.de - wrote on 07/21/2016
Our Daily Free Stream: Spike Lee - Do The Right Thing. Eine Brooklyn Reihe. - Nur ganz wenige Filme bleiben hängen! Nur ganz, ganz wenige Filme dringen wirklich ins Innerste vor! Als ich mir zum ersten Mal Do The Right Thing von Spike Lee im Videodrom auf VHS auslieh, war ich zu Tränen gerührt! Gleich zu Beginn der Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo stand fest: Do The Right Thing muss ab Tag 1 im Laden verfügbar sein! Spike Lee hatte für mich das Unmögliche geschafft: Ein Film über Rassismus, der Empathie zu allen seinen Figuren aufbaut. Er rattert nicht einfach die altbekannten Argumente herunter; er entscheidet sich nicht einmal für eine Seite. Lee blickt traurig auf dieses Ding, dass wir Rassismus nennen und das scheinbar so tief in jeder Gesellschaft verwurzelt ist. Vielleicht sogar …
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