DO THE RIGHT THING has been hailed as the most insightful view of race relations ever to hit US screens and condemned as dangerous agitprop, but its timeliness--and its ability to touch a nerve in the culture at large--was never in question.
The story is set in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on a broiling hot Saturday. Blacks and Latinos inhabit the area, but the local eatery, Sal's Famous Pizzeria, is owned and managed by Italian-American Sal (Danny Aiello) who commutes to work with his two sons, the embittered, bigoted
Pino (John Turturro) and the mild-mannered and sympathetic Vito (Richard Edson). Also working at Sal's is Mookie (writer-director S...