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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Danny Aiello
Ossie Davis
Rubdy Dee
Richard Edson
John Turturro
Directors
Spike Lee
Screenwriters
Spike Lee
Running Time
120 minutes

Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee's second feature sees him capture New York's sweltering underbelly of racial tensions as keenly as Woody Allen did it's neurotic centre.


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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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