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What grade would you give this film?
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Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American ensemble film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. The film deals with issues of racial conflict in the multi-ethnic community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, during the hottest day of the summer. Director Lee stars in the film, alongside Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. The film is also notable in that it marks the feature film debuts for Martin Lawrence, Christa Rivers, and Rosie Perez.

The film was a success at the box office, and received numerous accolades and awards. The film has grown in stature over time; in 1999, it was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of five films to do so in its first year of eligibility. In 2007, the American Film Institute listed the film as the ninety-sixth greatest American Movie in Film History.

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A bit of neo-realism mixed with a bit of postmoderinsim mixed with A LOT of Brooklyn. It's a great film and gives as realistic view of the people in that area (and time period) as possible with film. Though it never really gives the inner-thinking of any of the charaecters; we just get their surface-level thoughts/feelings. It's not a flaw per se but had Lee been a bit more introspective, I think it could have been amazing.

It's interesting watching this film now and seeing how much has changed 20 years later and how much has not. In that sense, the film is forever going to be important as way of kind of gauging how far we've come.

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One of the best films of the 80s.

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So Overrated, this movie made Spike Lee a household name? The final act is so absurd and all character development is lost in the stupidity. Other than that, its interesting up until Radio and the other guys entrance into the pizza place.

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I'll say it again, it was a very good racial drama that touched on a lot of important issues, even if it was beat over the head with them too much at times, until its retarded final 20 minutes.

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The final 20 minutes do seem a bit forced I agree and it's kind of what stops me from calling it amazing. I think a lot of the inner-thinking of the charaecters isn't explored enough, thus the ending seems forced. But I still think its great.

Though I find it hard that of all the films he's seen, this is the only one Ebert said he cried.

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Marvelous. Spike Lee's best. A


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Yeah, it's pretty brilliant. I'd argue that the last 20 minutes actually do make it amazing, instead of the other way around. It's the perfect explosive ending to the heated racial tensions that build up and finally boil over.

Even though Lee was dipping into Woody Allen levels of narcissism by casting himself, I'd say he'd earned it.

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A movie that really actually points out a key issue.

A lot of people at the end got angry that the Pizza place was burned down but forgot about the black man getting killed by the police.

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My history with Spike Lee films is limited at best, so I finally watched this. Man, what an experience. It's a phenomenal story, start to finish. Racial tensions come to a boiling point on one hot summer day. That's the movie, basically. Sometimes it's difficult to drop a film right in the middle of characters' lives and expect us to get any sense of who they are, but Spike Lee does it pretty flawlessly. You get a good hour or more of getting to know these characters, not by seeing their history but just seeing their day-to-day interactions, and you end up feeling like you know them, at least the main characters.

Spike Lee makes for a perfectly able main character. His acting isn't exceptional, but the role is perfect for him, as he comes across as this center for the whole film that is playing out wildly around him. Strong acting standouts include Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Ossie Davis and, of course, Danny Aiello.

Parts of this movie may look dated (it's definitely from the 80s), but the story and the key plot points are very much timeless at this point, unfortunately. It's crazy to see Radio Raheem choked to death by the cop, after seeing something eerily similar happen in real life a few years ago. Even so much as the cops trying to pretend the person isn't dead.

Do the Right Thing does something special. It puts you in a specific environment with specific characters and makes the whole thing feel like the world exists in this one neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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