Watched Spike Lee's 1989 Film "Do The Right Thing"

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Da Mayor: Doctor...
Mookie: C'mon, what. What?
Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.
Mookie: That's it?
Da Mayor: That's it.
Mookie: I got it, I'm gone.

Do The Right Thing is a 1989 dramedy written and directed by Spike Lee and starring him as well. It's also #96 on the AFI 100. Taking place in the black neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer, this film follows Mookie, played by Spike Lee, who delivers for the local pizzeria.
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The pizzaria is owned by an Italian-American named Sal Frangione, played by
Danny Aiello.
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There are many colorful characters in the film, including the DJ of the radio station "Mister Señor Love Daddy", played by
Samuel L. Jackson.
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One of the pivotal figures in the neighborhood is Da Mayor, played by
Ossie Davis. He's a lovable drunk that walks around giving advice to the people that will listen. He's the one that tells Mookie to "do the right thing".
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John Turturro plays Sal's son, Pino, who holds contempt for the black people he serves. He and Mookie are constantly bickering.
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Another important figure in the film is Radio Raheem, played by
Bill Nunn, who walks around blasting his boombox all over the place.
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I really enjoyed this movie. Besides
Malcolm X, I think it may be the only Spike Lee movie I've seen all the way through. It captured both the environment of the neighborhood and the people in a way that drew me in and made me want to know more about each and every character. It was funny when it had to be, but it was also dramatic in the right parts as well. It has a controversial ending that is worthy of a reasonable discussion, and this is what I think great film does.

It's a film well worth seeing and it's currently streaming on Netflix.

Related Links:
Do the Right Thing [Blu-ray]
Do The Right Thing on Netflix
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