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Do the right thing

Author: Spike LeeDanny AielloOssie DavisRuby DeeGiancarlo EspositoAll authors
Publisher: St. Louis, MO : Swank, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Spike Lee's fictional examination of racism was undertaken in the wake of a series racial incidents in New York, most notably the Howard Beach assault in which one black man was killed and another seriously injured by a white mob. The narrative takes place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year and unfolds around the web of race relations among blacks, Latinos,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Spike Lee; Danny Aiello; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; Giancarlo Esposito; Bill Nunn; John Turturro
OCLC Number: 317373142
Credits: Producer, director, writer, Spike Lee; photography, Ernest Dickerson; editor, Barry Alexander Brown; music, Bill Lee.
Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro.
Description: 4 film reels (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.
Other Titles: Do the right thing (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Universal ; produced by Spike Lee with Monty Ross.

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Spike Lee's fictional examination of racism was undertaken in the wake of a series racial incidents in New York, most notably the Howard Beach assault in which one black man was killed and another seriously injured by a white mob. The narrative takes place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year and unfolds around the web of race relations among blacks, Latinos, Italian-Americans, West Indians and Koreans that intersects in Sal's Pizzeria. Rueing the absence of black heroes on Sal's wall of notable Americans, Buggin' Out, a black nationalist, embarks on a crusade to have Sal remove Italian American luminaries and replace them with African American ones. Eventually, Buggin' Out organizes a boycott of the pizzeria that culminates in a violent confrontation between Sal and Radio Raheem, a local bully. Sal smashes Raheem's boom box and a ruckus ensues. The police are summoned to apprehend Radio and in the process, choke him to death. Mookie, Sal's deliveryman, evaluates the situation and in a moment of rage, hurls a garbage can through Sal's window. "The carnival of fury that Lee unfurl's at the film's finale combines a sixties' militancy with a nineties' vision." Throughout the film, racial strife is underlined by Public Enemy's rap "Fight the power." (Circulates).

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