Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing (1989)

It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can Do the Right Thing.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1989-06-14
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 1699 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 0min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Spike Lee
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Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

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  • Danny Aiello

    as Salvatore 'Sal' Fragione
  • Spike Lee

    as Mookie
  • Ossie Davis

    as Da Mayor
  • Richard Edson

    as Vito Fragione
  • John Turturro

    as Pino Fragione
  • Ruby Dee

    as Mother Sister
  • Bill Nunn

    as Radio Raheem
  • Giancarlo Esposito

    as Buggin Out
  • Rosie Perez

    as Tina
  • Roger Guenveur Smith

    as Smiley
  • Samuel L. Jackson

    as Mister Señor Love Daddy
  • Paul Benjamin

    as ML
  • Frankie Faison

    as Coconut Sid
  • Robin Harris

    as Sweet Dick Willie
  • Joie Lee

    as Jade
  • Miguel Sandoval

    as Officer Mark Ponte
  • Rick Aiello

    as Officer Gary Long
  • Steve Park

    as Sonny
  • Ginny Yang

    as Kim
  • John Savage

    as Clifton
  • Steve White

    as Ahmad
  • Martin Lawrence

    as Cee
  • Leonard L. Thomas

    as Punchy
  • Christa Rivers

    as Ella
  • Frank Vincent

    as Charlie
  • Luis Antonio Ramos

    as Stevie
  • Richard Habersham

    as Eddie
  • Gwen McGee

    as Louise
  • Sherwin Park

    as Korean Child
  • Shawn Elliott

    as Puerto Rican Icee Man
  • Diva Osorio

    as Carmen
  • Chris Delaney

    as Stevie's Friend
  • Angel Ramirez Jr.

    as Stevie's Friend
  • Sixto Ramos

    as Stevie's Friend
  • Nelson Vasquez

    as Stevie's Friend
  • Travell Lee Toulson

    as Hector
  • Joel Nagle

    as Sergeant
  • David E. Weinberg

    as Plainclothes Detective
  • Yatte Brown

    as Double Dutch Girl
  • Mecca Brunson

    as Double Dutch Girl
  • Shawn Stainback

    as Double Dutch Girl
  • Soquana Wallace

    as Double Dutch Girl
  • Erik Dellums

    as Customer in Pizzeria (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Turturro

    as Policeman (uncredited)
Writing Spike Lee Screenplay
Production Spike Lee Producer
Sound Bill Lee Original Music Composer
Camera Ernest R. Dickerson Director of Photography
Editing Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Production Robi Reed Casting
Art Wynn Thomas Production Design
Art Steve Rosse Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Ruth E. Carter Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Matiki Anoff Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Larry M. Cherry Hairstylist
Sound Skip Lievsay Sound Designer
Sound Tony Martinez Sound Editor
Crew Steven Kirshoff Special Effects
Crew Eddie Smith Stunt Coordinator
Crew Andy Duppin Stunts
Sound Tom Fleischman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Directing Spike Lee Director
Crew Danny Aiello III Stunt Double
Production Jon Kilik Line Producer
Production Monty Ross Co-Producer
Directing Randy Fletcher First Assistant Director
Directing Nandi Bowe Second Assistant Director
Crew Mharaka Washington Stunt Driver
Crew Gary Frith Stunts
Crew Rashon Khan Stunts
Crew Erik Koniger Stunts
Crew Malcolm Livingston Stunts
Crew David S. Lomax Stunts
Crew Dominic Marcus Stunts
Crew Eric Payne Stunts
Crew Roy Thomas Stunts
Production Preston L. Holmes Production Supervisor
Directing Christopher Lopez Second Second Assistant Director
Production Brent Owens Location Manager
Production R.W. Dixon Unit Manager
Production Lillian Pyles Production Office Coordinator
Production Robin Downes Assistant Production Coordinator
Production Susan D. Fowler Production Coordinator
Crew Robert F. Nickson Production Controller
Directing Joe Gonzalez Script Supervisor
Camera John Newby Camera Operator
Camera Jonathan Burkhart First Assistant Camera
Camera Darnell Martin Second Assistant Camera
Camera Frank Prinzi Camera Operator
Camera George Pattison Camera Operator
Camera Bob Gorelick Assistant Camera
Camera Paul Reuter Assistant Camera
Sound Frank Stettner Sound Recordist
Sound Andrew Schmetterling Boom Operator
Camera David Lee Still Photographer
Art Dennis Bradford Assistant Art Director
Art Pam Stephens Art Department Coordinator
Art Jeff Balsmeyer Storyboard Artist
Art Octavio Molina Property Master
Art Mark Paul Selemon Props
Art Kevin Ladson Props
Art Andrew Lassman Props
Art Scott Rosenstock Leadman
Art Keith Wall Lead Set Dresser
Art Jon Rudo Assistant Set Decoration
Art Anthony Baldasare Set Dresser
Art Michael L. Benson Set Dresser
Art James R. Bilz Set Dresser
Art Thomas Hudson Reeve Set Dresser
Art Martin Bernstein Construction Coordinator
Camera Robert Ippolito Key Grip
Camera Paul Wachter Best Boy Grip
Camera Rex North Dolly Grip
Camera Rodney Bauer Grip
Camera John Archibald Grip
Camera Erich Augenstein Grip
Camera Donald Bialer Grip
Camera Roger Kimpton Grip
Lighting Charles Houston Gaffer
Lighting Val DeSalvo Best Boy Electric
Lighting Serge Mihajlov Electrician
Lighting John O'Malley Electrician
Crew Derrick Still Generator Operator
Lighting James Boorman Electrician
Lighting Christopher Vanzant Electrician
Editing Tula Goenka Assistant Editor
Sound Philip Stockton Supervising Dialogue Editor
Sound Jeffrey Stern Dialogue Editor
Sound Brunilda Torres ADR Editor
Sound Gail Showalter Foley Editor
Sound Alex Steyermark Music Editor
Sound Rudy Gaskins Sound Editor
Sound Eugene Gearty Sound Editor
Sound Bruce Pross Sound Editor
Sound Stuart Stanley Sound Editor
Sound James Flatto Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Marissa Littlefield Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Nic Ratner Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Marko Costanzo Foley Artist
Costume & Make-Up Karen Perry Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Jennifer Ruscoe Wardrobe Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Valerie Gladstone-Appel Seamstress
Costume & Make-Up Millicent Shelton Wardrobe Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Marianna Najjar Makeup Artist
Production Andrea Reed Casting Assistant
Production Sarah Hyde Hamlet Extras Casting
Crew Sam Mattingly Unit Publicist
Crew Cheryl Ann Scott Craft Service
Editing Bob Hagans Color Timer
Editing John Nicolard Color Timer