over 2 years
Really great. Feels like a stageplay, but I still appreciate the use of the film medium.
over 3 years
Gutsy, raw, noisy, gritty and moving altogether. Spike Lee is a tad too self-conscious.
intentionally ambiguous. A very well constructed essay on racism from all sides.
over 4 years
Really fantastic. Cinema at its most alive.
almost 5 years
As striking and poignant as it was 26 years ago.
over 6 years
I realize I'm probably not the target audience, but I didn't see any likeable characters
almost 8 years
From original 10s list
Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American dramedy produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who is also a featured actor in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. It is also notably the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The movie tells the story of a neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer.
The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actor for Aiello's portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is commonly listed among the greatest films of all time. In 1999, it was deemed to be "culturally significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of just five films to have this honor in...