Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

DVD - 2001
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"The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise, "--Container.

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This movie didn't even make it as one of the nominees in 1989. It is iconic, and no one can deny Spike Lee as a visionary.


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SunsetBranch
Jan 20, 2016

If you're an American, I think you would recognize this as being the state of the union

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ptv023
Jul 17, 2015

Watching this again after 15-20 years, I was saddened how relevant this classic film still is, but amazed at Lee's technical skills and the versatility of his cast.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Aug 29, 2014

The PURE RACISM that Eric Garner in real life recently became a real murdered victim of in 2014 by the DEEPLY RACIST NYPD is exactly what this Spike Lee classic MASTERPIECE is really all about ladies and gentlemen period.This masterwork is extremely more relevant now in 2014 and beyond until ARMAGEDDON than it ever was in the late 1980's when this CLASSIC first came out in movie theaters period.This is arguably the GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME because this is literally the most TIMELESS film of all time period.This is Spike Lee's best film of his entire career and i know he will never top this one ever period,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rationallady
Aug 14, 2014

I only watched about half of it. The acting is good and the racial tensions are well depicted. Probably I'm just too old to appreciate it. I tried!

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SCL_WorldLanguages
Jan 02, 2013

On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

It's an interesting idea, but at times, I think the execution isn't quite right. It's powerful, but I think it's a great film for discussion, but not for entertainment. Its message is a confusing dichotomy, leaving audiences to determine for themselves what the right thing is to do. To be fair, it was made during a different time and was relevant then, but now it seems as if Spike was being wishy-washy by giving two contradicting quotes to conclude, almost as if he was daring audiences to choose the wrong one without knowing for himself what the wrong one was. Either way, I think you should watch it, even if you're not sure if you like it. It's important on a cultural level.

Toro1234 Jul 21, 2011

Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York.

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mtayal
Jul 21, 2011

Very awful. The message of the film is good, but the language and direction is pretty poor.

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Pmanuel900
Apr 25, 2011

I'm watching this for film class and artistically it's a really amazing film.

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RonNasty64
Apr 20, 2008

This was a very powerful film the first time I saw it. I wonder if it still holds up.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Always do the right thing."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Those that'll tell don't know, and those that know won't tell."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Do your friends put money in your pocket? Food on your table, they pay your rent, a roof over your head? They're not your friends. If they were your friends, they wouldn't laugh at you."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Today's temperature's gonna rise up over 100 degrees, so there's a Jheri curl alert! That's right, Jheri curl alert. If you have a Jheri curl, stay in the house or you'll end up with a permanent black helmet on your head fuh-eva!"

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"You're 30 cents away from having a quarter!"

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"You almost knocked me down, man. The word is 'Excuse me'."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Let me tell you the story of right hand-left hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cain iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand--Love--is finished. But hold on, stop the presses; the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He's down. Left-Hand Hate KO-ed by Love."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

Violence: Some violence (I can't describe in detail as it risks spoiling the film), but most of it could be seen on the news, so it's fair to say it's present but not brutally harsh, especially for today's standards in, say, action films or crime dramas.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

Other: Some scenes show mere glimpses of smoking and beer-drinking.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

Coarse Language: 240 uses of the F-word, even more uses of the N-word, and many uses of various other cusses, including a wide range of racial slurs (one scene includes a montage of different prejudicial views on different rases that are filled with them). If coarse language is a concern to you, then this film will be highly inappropriate.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The climactic scene (involving a great deal of violence and destruction) in this film may be intense for more sensitive viewers.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

Sexual Content: A woman rubs ice on her naked breasts, legs, and thighs to cool down from the heat outside. The scene is fairly brief.

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

As a pizza delivery guy travels through one particular street in Brooklyn and mixes amongst the collection of residents, everyone's hate and bigotry comes to a boil until the bubble of semi-civility explodes.

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