Buggin' Out (Esposito), a black activist, demands the black community boycott a pizzeria (Sal's). Though this call to arms is laughed off, it unearths racist attitude's in Sal's workforce and in the police, which contribute, along with rising discontentment among the local black community, to and unavoidably bloody finale.
A pulsating homage to life on New York's streets, achieved thanks to Lee's sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.
Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
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