Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing
  • R
  • 1h 59m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh92%
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This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. Danny Aiello co-stars in this absorbing tale of inner-city life that heats up with vivid images and unforgettable performances.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee's most fully realized efforts -- and one of the most important films of the 1980s.
New York Daily News
Kathleen Carroll

In the final analysis, the best thing one can say for Lee is that he takes risks, like all true ar...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel

This might sound like a depressing story, but the level of performance and filmmaking is so high t...

June 25, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Sheila Benson

Do the Right Thing is complex, bravura movie making. It is also hugely entertaining, since fortuna...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing is an intense study of racism as it existed in an urban U.S. neighborhood during the late 1980s. There are many angry racial confrontations using provocative, coarse language and highly-charged racial taunts, including constant use of "n----r." Violence realistically depicted includes: a riot, fistfights, a crowd setting fire to a restaurant, a man being choked by police using a baton. One sexual scene shows a couple during foreplay and uses extreme close-ups of a woman's body parts: her legs, her breasts, her neck. A leading character drinks beer continuously.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:June 30, 1989
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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