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Do the Right Thing

HD   R Closed Captioning

Spike Lee

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About the Movie

This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. Danny Aiello co-stars in this absorbing tale of inner-city life that heats up with vivid images and unforgettable performances.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 63
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Lee's movie is anything but minimalist. It is bursting with character, color, incident and music, including a militant rap number performed by Public Enemy. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Mar 3, 2015

Fresh: There's only one way to do the wrong thing about Do the Right Thing: that would be to ignore it. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 3, 2015

Fresh: Spike Lee combines a forceful statement on race relations with solid entertainment values. – Variety Staff, Variety, Mar 3, 2015

Fresh: Do the Right Thing is complex, bravura movie making. It is also hugely entertaining, since fortunately for us, Lee's seditious method is to use humor to carry his biting message. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Mar 3, 2015

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Customer Reviews

do the right thing

this is such a powerful spectacular spike lee movie, some of his best work

One of the best films ever made.

Most people are skeptical about seeing "Do the Right Thing," as I was. But than you see it, and the rest, as they say, is history; it is a masterpiece. Spike Lee has crafted a film that is emotionally draining, but ultimately rewards the viewer in the end. It's not as preachy as you may be lead to believe, so give it a chance, and, though this can't be said about very many films anymore, it will change your life.

Well done

I totally forgot I was watching Spike Lee as himself in this movie. Great acting, moving story and potent handling of racial issues without pointing fingers. (Unless pointing fingers in every direction is equivalent.) Loved it.

Do the Right Thing
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1989

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