A single block in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on summer's hottest day is the setting of Spike Lee's groundbreaking third feature. A stylish and electric comedy-drama, Do the Right Thing stars the writer-director as Mookie, a delivery man for pizza parlor owner Sal (Danny Aiello in an Oscar-nominated supporting performance), whose restaurant becomes a flashpoint for racial unrest. The large ensemble includes everyone from veteran thespians Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis to then-newcomers Martin Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Giancarlo Esposito and Rosie Perez, who made a memorable screen debut as Mookie's take-no-prisoners girlfriend. Journalists of the day predicted that the film's bold ending would inspire real-life copycats but no such thing occurred, and the film went to become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of Lee's career, earning him an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay. We will be presenting the world premiere of a brand-new 35mm print of the film from the Academy Film Archive.
1989, 120 minutes, color, 35mm | Written and directed by Spike Lee; with Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, Rosie Perez, Samuel L. Jackson.
25th Anniversary Screening and Conversation
Special guests: writer-director Spike Lee, actor Roger Guenveur Smith, casting director Robi Reed, production manager Preston Holmes, rapper Chuck D and Universal executive Tom Pollock; Moderated by John Singleton.