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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which culminates in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day.

Plot

Mookie is a 25-year-old pizza delivery man living in Bedford–Stuyvesant, with his sister Jade. He and his girlfriend Tina have a toddler son named Hector. Mookie works at a local pizzeria owned by Sal, an Italian-American who has been in the neighborhood for 25 years. Sal's eldest son Pino is racist, and does not get along with Mookie. Because of this, Pino is at odds with both his father, who refuses to leave the majority African-American neighborhood, and his younger brother Vito, who is friendly with Mookie.

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    award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture National Film Registry
    contentLocation Brooklyn
    director Spike Lee
    editor Barry Alexander Brown
    genre comedy-drama
    keywords african-american neighborhood african americans arthur miller baseball bat bedford–stuyvesant betray boombox brownstone building on fire death of michael stewart delivery man disabled edmund perry eleanor bumpurs fight fire hydrant italian-american kill majority african-american malcolm x martin luther king martin luther king jr. mentally disabled michael griffith michael stewart nigger phone call pizza delivery public enemy puerto rican squad car warn
    musicBy Bill Lee
    nomination Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director
    producer Spike Lee
    productionCompany 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
    publisher Universal Pictures
    recordedAt New York City
    theme hip hop hood independent race and ethnicity