Do the Right Thing

Lists: Drama, AFI 100 (2007), Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "Do The Right Thing takes place on a hot summer day in Brooklyn and depicts the racial conflict between an Italian American pizza restaurant owner and his African American customers and how things erupt into a violent outbreak. This Spike Lee Joint touches on themes of segregation and apartheid in the USA."

Overall Ranking: 73 (Rank from 1989: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 85.71%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Dan O'Neill100(full review)
Josh of Classicblanca100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Warning Sign90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Carrie B85
Rob from GuysFilmQuest74

People Involved

  • Ossie Davis (Da Mayor)
  • Danny Aiello (Sal)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out)
  • Richard Edson (Vito)
  • Spike Lee (Mookie)
  • Ruby Dee (Mother Sister)
  • Bill Nunn (Radio Raheem)
  • Paul Benjamin (ML)
  • Rosie Perez (Tina)
  • Robin Harris (Sweet Dick Willie)
  • Frankie Faison (Coconut Sid)
  • Steve White (Ahmad)
  • Leonard L. Thomas (Punchy)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Mister Señor Love Daddy)
  • John Turturro (Pino)
  • Martin Lawrence (Cee)
  • Spike Lee (Director)