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Do the Right Thing

Tensions escalate fast one hot Brooklyn summer in Spike Lee’s seminal joint.

Image from Do the Right Thing

USA 1989
Dir Spike Lee
With Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Digital 4K
Certificate 15
A Park Circus Release

Do the Right Thing is a gripping and relevant tale of racial tension in Brooklyn, with Spike Lee playing Mookie, a delivery man who works for Sal (Aiello), the long-standing owner of an Italian restaurant in a largely African-American neighbourhood. What starts as a spat in the restaurant soon escalates into a tragic event that touches the whole community. Despite being 30 years old, Lee’s film is as astute, funny, moving and thought-provoking as it was upon release, and features great performances across the board.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

See our Member salon and our Nineties season.

The screening on Thursday 8 August 18:10 will be followed by a discussion hosted by the Future Film Steering Group: a collective of Film Programmers aged 16-25. All attendees aged 16-25 are invited along to the BFI Bar & Kitchen for an informal discussion of the film and a drink on us (proof of age required for alcohol).

Also available on BFI Player.


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