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Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, USA, 1989)

This might sound like a depressing story, but the level of performance and filmmaking is so high that Do the Right Thing becomes a most entertaining warning.
— Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

On a swelteringly hot summer day on a street in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood, long-held grudges, barely suppressed bigotry and an air of general frustration smoulders and smokes until finally exploding into violence. Spike Lee’s breakthrough film is also his masterpiece: dealing with race relations with humour and a palpable sense of anger, but with a real social conscience at its heart.