Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

The hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.

Film Info

  • Spike Lee
  • United States
  • 1989
  • 120 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #97

Special Features

  • Digital transfer approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson
  • Audio commentary by director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee
  • Introductions by Spike Lee
  • St. Clair Bourne’s sixty-minute documentary The Making of Do the Right Thing
  • Spike Lee and line producer Jon Kilik revisit the BedStuy locations
  • Public Enemy’s video for “Fight the Power,” directed by Spike Lee
  • 1989 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, and Joie Lee
  • Spike Lee’s behind-the-scenes footage, from rehearsal to wrap
  • Original storyboards for the riot sequence
  • Video interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Cover by Art Sims and Susan Stuart

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Digital transfer approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson
  • Audio commentary by director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee
  • Introductions by Spike Lee
  • St. Clair Bourne’s sixty-minute documentary The Making of Do the Right Thing
  • Spike Lee and line producer Jon Kilik revisit the BedStuy locations
  • Public Enemy’s video for “Fight the Power,” directed by Spike Lee
  • 1989 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, and Joie Lee
  • Spike Lee’s behind-the-scenes footage, from rehearsal to wrap
  • Original storyboards for the riot sequence
  • Video interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Cover by Art Sims and Susan Stuart

Do the Right Thing
Cast
Danny Aiello
Sal
Ossie Davis
Da Mayor
Ruby Dee
Mother Sister
Richard Edson
Vito
Giancarlo Esposito
Buggin Out
Spike Lee
Mookie
Robin Harris
Sweet Dick Willie
Samuel L. Jackson
Mister Señor Love Daddy
Bill Nunn
Radio Raheem
Rosie Perez
Tina
John Turturro
Pino
Paul Benjamin
ML
Frankie Faison
Coconut Sid
Miguel Sandoval
Officer Ponte
Martin Lawrence
Cee
John Savage
Clifton
Joie Lee
Jade
Roger Guenveur Smith
Smiley
Frank Vincent
Charlie
Credits
Director
Spike Lee
Produced, written, and directed by
Spike Lee
Co-producer
Monty Ross
Cinematography
Ernest R. Dickerson
Line producer
Jon Kilik
Editing
Barry Alexander Brown
Music
Bill Lee
featuring
Branford Marsalis
Production design
Wynn Thomas
Costumes
Ruth Carter
Casting
Robi Reed
Sound
Skip Lievsay

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