This weekend, Spike Lee’s acclaimed 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” celebrates its 20th anniversary. The film examines race relations in a way we’d never seen. Lee’s storytelling highlights the racial tensions that mount between the residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer.
Mister Señor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson) delivers everything from the temperature to the local neighborhood news over smooth grooves.
Tina (Rosie Perez) serves her boyfriend Mookie (Spike Lee) the riot act. Perez, a former Soul Train dancer, made her acting debut in “Do The Right Thing” and danced in the opening credits to Public Enemy’s fist-pumping anthem “Fight The Power.”
Mookie (Spike Lee) is reminded to always do the right thing by Da Mayor (Ossie Davis), the neighborhood’s wisdom-spouting wino.
Mother Sister (Ruby Dee) throws Da Mayor (Ossie Davis) shade as he tries to win her affection. Of course, the two were lovebirds in real life and married for 56 years before Davis passed away in 2005.
Bugging Out, a regular customer of Sal’s, challenges the pizzeria owner to add African-American heroes to his restaurant’s wall of fame.
Mookie (Spike Lee) listens to Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) break down the difference between love and hate and how they coexist in life—and on his hands via his four-finger rings.
Sal (Danny Aiello) has an intense conversation with his son Pino (John Turturro) about race relations.
Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), who can’t live without his radio, moves the crowd as he keeps his prized possession and secret weapon by his side.
Buggin Out (Giancarlo Esposito) expresses his outrage in the aftermath of the fatal police brutality, which causes Radio Raheem’s tragic death.
Mookie (Spike Lee) snuggles with his boo Tina (Rosie Perez) as they mourn the death of their friend Radio Raheem.
Mookie (Spike Lee) has a heart-to-heart with Sal (Danny Aiello) the morning after an angry mob destroyed his pizzeria following the tragic death of Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) by police.