*** #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.
* PlayingAgainstType: John Turturro (an Italian-American), actually playing... an Italian![[note]]He's frequently cast as [[FakeNationality Latinos]][[/note]]
** Who knew [[Series/BreakingBad Gus]] could be such a loudmouth?
* RealLifeRelative: Mookie's sister Jade is played by Spike Lee's real-life sister Joie.
** Rick Aiello, who played Officer Long, is the real life son of Danny Aiello, who played Sal in the film.
** 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. MattDillon was also Lee's first choice for Pino.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was offered to play the role as Da Mayor.
** The character [[InspirationallyDisabled Smiley]] was not originally in the script, but Lee added him after when his actor, Roger Guenveur Smith requested a role in his film.