History Film / DoTheRightThing

18th Oct '17 3:23:47 PM jogarz
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** [[spolier: Raheem being murdered in cold blood by the NYPD officer for his assault on Sal]].



* GreyAndGreyMorality: Many of the main characters are of questionable morals [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and their actions can be interpreted one way or another.]] Mookie is not a hard worker but clearly cares for his son and is respected in the community, Pino is a {{jerkass}} whose own friends don't respect him, Buggin' Out is a black militant [[MalcolmXerox Malcolm X wannabe]] who could be a good character but misdirects his ideals of black justice at Sal, who never did anything wrong to anyone, and Sal himself is a nice man who's constantly provoked by Buggin' Out.

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* GreyAndGreyMorality: Many of the main characters are of questionable morals [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and their actions can be interpreted one way or another.]] Mookie is not a hard worker but clearly cares for his son and is respected in the community, Pino is a {{jerkass}} whose own friends don't respect him, Buggin' Out is a black militant [[MalcolmXerox Malcolm X wannabe]] who could be a good character but misdirects his ideals of black justice at Sal, who never did anything wrong to anyone, and Sal himself is a nice decent man who's constantly provoked by Buggin' Out. who canít control his temper and has some latent racist tendencies.



* YankTheDogsChain: Right as Sal, the kindly old man who's one of the few genuinely kind people, is about to let in some customers even though he's closed, because he just loves his community, [[spoiler:a riot breaks out ending up with Sal being attacked on the street, a man dead, the pizzeria that he built and ran all his life looted and burnt to the ground,]] all by the people who he just moments ago happily mentioned grew up on his pizza.

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* YankTheDogsChain: Right as Sal, the kindly old man who's one of the few genuinely kind people, is about to let in some customers even though he's closed, because he just loves his community, [[spoiler:a riot breaks out ending up with Sal being attacked on the street, a man Radio Raheem dead, the pizzeria that he built and ran all his life looted and burnt to the ground,]] all by the people who he just moments ago happily mentioned grew up on his pizza.
25th Sep '17 3:11:00 PM Overfiend
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*TitleDrop: Da Mayor advises Mookie using the name of this film.
7th Sep '17 6:15:44 AM qpa
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* BrooklynRage: Buggin' Out.

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* BrooklynRage: Sal and Pino when agitated. Buggin' Out.Out could be considered a black version of it.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Radio Raheem's killed by a cop, a riot breaks out and Sal's Pizzeria is burned down. Though WordOfGod via Mookie's cameo in Spike Lee's film ''Red Hook Summer'' confirms that Sal did eventually re-open his pizzeria, Mookie still works as a delivery man and the two reconciled.]]
* DramaticStutter: Smiley.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Radio Raheem's killed by a cop, the cops, a riot breaks out and Sal's Pizzeria is burned down. Though WordOfGod via Mookie's cameo in Spike Lee's film ''Red Hook Summer'' confirms that Sal did eventually re-open his pizzeria, Mookie still works as a delivery man and the two reconciled.]]
* DramaticStutter: Smiley.
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Takes place on a hot summer afternoon.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Takes place on over the course of a hot single summer afternoon.day (and a little bit of the following morning).



-->'''Mookie:''' You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.\\

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-->'''Mookie:''' You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, LucianoPavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.\\



* KnuckleTattoos: Subverted in that the typical LOVE/HATE tattoos are replaced by Radio Raheem's jewelry.

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* KnuckleTattoos: Subverted in that the typical LOVE/HATE tattoos are replaced by Radio Raheem's gold-knuckle jewelry.



** There's also a sequence of speeches (the first is: "You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.") which reference an old Pepsi Cola ad. ("Lip smacking, thirst quenching, ace-tasting, motivating, good buzzing, cool talking, high walking, fast living, ever-giving, cool fizzing...")

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** There's also a sequence of speeches (the first is: "You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.") (see FloweryInsults above) which reference an old Pepsi Cola ad. ("Lip smacking, thirst quenching, ace-tasting, motivating, good buzzing, cool talking, high walking, fast living, ever-giving, cool fizzing...")
29th Aug '17 9:50:11 PM Jupree
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* AssholeVictim: Radio Raheem.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Radio Raheem. Raheem.]]
29th Aug '17 9:48:36 PM Jupree
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* AssholeVictim: Radio Raheem.
24th Jul '17 5:40:20 PM creader
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* BigNo: [[spoiler: Done by Mother-Sister repeatedly during the riot, specifically when the white firefighters are turning their hoses on the black rioters for failure to disperse.]]

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* BigNo: BigNo:
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[[spoiler: Done by Mother-Sister repeatedly during the riot, specifically when the white firefighters are turning their hoses on the black rioters for failure to disperse.]]



* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Smiley.



* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Smiley


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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: This film was inspired by an actual incident in New York where some black youths were chased out of a pizzeria by some white youths in a section of New York known as Howard Beach.
21st Jul '17 6:45:55 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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There was controversy about it when it came out, with some even warning that the film might incite people to riot (which did not happen). The ambiguous nature of the ending was also controversial. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay and Danny Aiello as Sal for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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There was controversy about it when it came out, with some even warning that the film might incite people to riot (which did not happen). The ambiguous nature of the ending was also controversial. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards: UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s: Best Original Screenplay and Danny Aiello as Sal for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
20th Jul '17 10:59:26 AM ClintEastwood
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* KarmaHoudini: Mookie, who [[spoiler: seemingly suffers no punishment for starting the riot that led to the destruction of Sal's Famous. Considering his reason for starting the riot in the first place was the death of his close friend, though, it's still hard to call the end of his story a happy one.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Mookie, who [[spoiler: seemingly suffers no punishment for starting the riot that led to the destruction of Sal's Famous. Considering his reason for starting the riot in the first place was the death of his close friend, though, it's still hard to call the end of his story a happy one.]]]]
** The police who [[spoiler:choked Radio Raheem to death]].
20th Jul '17 10:56:26 AM ClintEastwood
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Mookie (Spike Lee) is a delivery man for Sal (Danny Aiello), the Italian-American owner of a Brooklyn pizza joint. One hot summer day, a friend of Mookie's, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) notices that Sal's "Wall of Fame" has only Italian celebrities, with no blacks; since Sal's income is coming from the many black people of the neighborhood, Buggin' Out feels that they deserve a place on the wall. Sal feels that it's his right as the owner of the restaurant to put up whoever he likes on the wall. This is one of many incidents of racial tension that play out in the neighborhood, but today is the hottest day of the summer, and by the end of the day the tension will build up to violence and tragedy.

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Mookie (Spike Lee) is a delivery man for Sal (Danny Aiello), the Italian-American owner of a Brooklyn pizza joint. One hot summer day, a friend of Mookie's, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) (Creator/GiancarloEsposito) notices that Sal's "Wall of Fame" has only Italian celebrities, with no blacks; since Sal's income is coming from the many black people of the neighborhood, Buggin' Out feels that they deserve a place on the wall. Sal feels that it's his right as the owner of the restaurant to put up whoever he likes on the wall. This is one of many incidents of racial tension that play out in the neighborhood, but today is the hottest day of the summer, and by the end of the day the tension will build up to violence and tragedy.
21st Apr '17 11:33:39 PM Mr.French
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: The tall and quietly imposing Radio Raheem contrasts the comparatively short and hyper-aggressive Buggin' Out pretty nicely. The two are shown to be good friends, [[spoiler: and eventually join together to protest Sal's pizzeria]].



* HeatWave

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* HeatWaveHeatWave: The film takes place during the biggest one of the year, and the rising temperature is frequently used as a metaphor for the rising tensions between the various racial groups of the neighborhood.
* HotBlooded: Buggin' Out is incredibly loud, angry and driven.



* KarmaHoudini: Mookie, see entitled bastard for more.

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* KarmaHoudini: Mookie, see entitled bastard who [[spoiler: seemingly suffers no punishment for more.starting the riot that led to the destruction of Sal's Famous. Considering his reason for starting the riot in the first place was the death of his close friend, though, it's still hard to call the end of his story a happy one.]]



* MeaningfulName: Buggin' Out.

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* MeaningfulName: Buggin' Out.Out, who spends almost all of his screen time ranting and raving about ultimately trivial things.


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* TheStoic: Mookie confronts pretty much all of the moments in his life, happy or sad, good or bad, with the same sleepy expression and slightly annoyed tone of voice. During more intense scenes, however, his expression, while unchanging, comes off as being one of quiet intensity rather than tiredness.
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