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 …

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1989-06-14
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 1595 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)
Art Wynn Thomas Production Design
Writing Spike Lee Screenplay
Directing Spike Lee Director
Production Spike Lee Producer
Editing Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Sound Skip Lievsay Sound Designer
Sound Bill Lee Original Music Composer
Camera Ernest R. Dickerson Director of Photography
Production Robi Reed Casting
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 Tony Martinez Sound Editor
Crew Steven Kirshoff Special Effects
Crew Eddie Smith Stunt Coordinator
Crew Andy Duppin Stunts
Crew Danny Aiello III Stunt Double
Sound Tom Fleischman Sound Re-Recording Mixer