Do the Right Thing
Director: Spike Lee Run Time: 120 min. Release Year: 1989
Starring: Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis, Richard Edson, Ruby Dee
Salvatore “Sal” Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.