20th Anniversary Celebration Of “Do The Right Thing”

Spike Lee attends the 20th anniversary celebration of ‘Do the Right Thing’ at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 26, 2009 in New York City.

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 film written, produced and directed by Spike Lee. The film tells a tale of bigotry and racial conflict in a multi-ethnic community in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York on the hottest day of the year. Filmed on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, the film stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. Do the Right Thing marks the feature film debuts of both Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. Samuel L. Jackson plays DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy, an alternative voice of the author to Spike Lee’s character.

In 1999, the film was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of five films to do so in its first year of eligibility.

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