*** #40, "Fight The Power"
** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #96
* CastingGag: Buggin' Out, who says Sal is racist for not putting any black people on his Italian-American exclusive "Wall of Fame" is played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is himself half-black, half-Italian American.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez make their film debuts in this film.
** Vito is played by Richard Edson, the original drummer from Sonic Youth ''and'' the creepy valet in FerrisBuellersDayOff.
** We also see Samuel L. Jackson several years before Film/PulpFiction.
** Buggin' Out is the [[PlayingAgainstType polar opposite]] of [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]].
** [[Series/TheSopranos Phil Leotardo]] is the guy who gets water sprayed on his car.
** Several actors have appeared in multiple Spike Lee films. John Turturro and Spike's sister Joie share the record with nine appearances each.
* PlayingAgainstType: John Turturro (an Italian-American), actually playing... an Italian![[note]]He's frequently cast as [[FakeNationality Latinos]][[/note]]
* RealLifeRelative: Mookie's sister Jade is played by Spike Lee's real-life sister Joie.
** Ossie Davis and wife Ruby Dee, as Da Mayor and Mother Sister.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lee's first choice for Sal was RobertDeNiro, who turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to ones he had played in the past.