Found in: NYC On Film

Do the Right Thing

classified 15

NYC On Film


Please note: This was screened in April 2024

Spike Lee
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
120 mins, 1989, USA
Primary language

Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America circa 1989 remains a pulsating homage to life on New York's streets.

On the hottest day of the summer, Mookie (Spike Lee) delivers pizzas for Sal (Danny Aiello), an Italian-American who runs a restaurant with his sons. One of those sons (John Tuturro), refuses to curb his racist slurs.

Hostility builds when pizzeria regular Buggin’ Out confronts Sal about the photos of only white men on his wall. Friction intensifies, the mercury rises and tensions are about to reach melting point.

A joyful, tumultuous masterpiece, Do The Right Thing was, and remains, a true one off.

Screening in partnership with Bristol Ideas. Part of their Festival of the Future City.

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