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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

1989 / 120min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: SPIKE LEE

CAST: DANNY AIELLO, OSSIE DAVIS, JOHN TURTURRO, ROSIE PEREZ, BILL NUNN

SCREENPLAY - SPIKE LEE

Has any movie done a better job of capturing those days when you can actually feel the weight of the atmosphere? Production designer Wynn Thomas splashed Lexington Ave. with red-hot high-lights and Spike Lee and cinematographer Ernest Dickerson maintained a sense of the suffocating heat that melts pavement in this undisputed masterpiece of the ‘80s, which looks at the pressure cooker effects of a NYC heatwave on a few blocks in Bed-Stuy, bringing simmering racial toxicity to a boil. The opening of Rosie Perez shadowboxing to Public Enemy’s anthem “Fight the Power” would be, along with Dog Day, the other single on the double A-side of classic title sequences.