Do the Right Thing

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Podcast Release Date:
May 03, 2019

Summer Hits of ’89 Series Episode 3

That’s that Gold Level truth, Ruth!

Spike Lee broke down barriers for black filmmakers in Hollywood when his third film Do The Right Thing became a surprise box office success in the Summer of 1989. Does his funny and fiery look at racial tension in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood still divide audiences over the appropriate use of a garbage can? And how long did customers have to wait for a pizza delivery in the days before DoorDash? Hear “Love” and “Hate” duke it out over the airwaves when you fight the power with Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie this Spring. Donate Now

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Movie Details

Summer Hits of 1989
Original Title
Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Perez, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage, Roger Guenveur Smith, Joie Lee, Steve White, Leonard L. Thomas, Christa Rivers, Robin Harris, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Aiello, Miguel Sandoval, Luis Antonio Ramos, Frank Vincent, Richard Habersham, Ginny Yang, Nicholas Turturro, Gwen McGee, Steve Park, Sherwin Park, Shawn Elliott, Diva Osorio, Chris Delaney, Angel Ramirez Jr., Sixto Ramos, Nelson Vasquez, Travell Lee Toulson, Joel Nagle, David E. Weinberg, Yatte Brown, Mecca Brunson, Shawn Stainback, Soquana Wallace
2 h 00 min
Release Date
14 June 1989
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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