Do you remember the movie "Do the Right Thing?"

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Do you remember the movie "Do the Right Thing?"
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In the heat of a summer day, the temperatures rise, and so do the tensions in a multi-ethnic city neighborhood. A violent confrontation ensues. How much do you remember about "Do the Right Thing"?
"Do the Right Thing" is an urban movie from 1989. Who has the starring role?
Clint Eastwood
Dean Martin
Spike Lee
"Do the Right Thing" is an urban movie starring Spike Lee. Lee plays a young man by the name of Mookie.

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Mookie is a young black man in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in which city?
Brooklyn
Mookie live in the midst of the multicultural haven of Brooklyn, in New York City. But there's trouble brewing.
Iowa City
Idaho Falls

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Mookie's occupation becomes a centerpiece of the storyline. What does he do for a living?
He's an artist
He's a pizza delivery man
Mookie is a pizza delivery man who works for a long-established Brooklyn pizza joint. We are getting hungry just thinking about it.
He's a male prostitute

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Actor Danny Aiello plays the part of Salvatore Frangione. What's Sal doing with his life?
He owns the pizza restaurant
Sal is the man who owns the pizza joint. He's an Italian-American who's watched the neighborhood morph from a white-dominated area into a location with many minorities like Puerto Ricans and blacks.
He sells massive amounts of cocaine
He's a mobster who kills people for fun

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How does Sal's son Pino feel about black people?
He loves them
He's indifferent
Pino hates black people
Sal's son Pino is a through-and-through racist. He despises blacks and wants to move the family restaurant to a whiter neighborhood.

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What's Mookie's take on his pizza job?
He's pretty lazy
Mookie is pretty unmotivated and isn't very concerned with trying to get ahead in life. This fact is a source of consternation to Tina, the mother of his young son.
He runs around like crazy trying to make as many tips as possible
He eats all of the pizza

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The weather is a key plot point. What's the weather like in "Do the Right Thing"?
There are tornadoes in every scene
There's a full-blown hurricane
It's crazy hot
It's one of the hottest days of the year. All of the characters are outside on the street just trying to get by without suffering heat exhaustion.

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A character named "Radio Raheem" wanders the neighborhood. He's always carrying which object?
A gun
A big boom box
Radio Raheem clearly loves his big boom box, because he carries it everywhere. He's always playing Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."
A baby tiger

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One character is nicknamed Smiley. What's Smiley's big challenge?
He's mentally disabled
Smiley is a mentally-disabled man who roams the streets. He's often seen holding up pictures of famous civil rights leaders.
He has one tooth
He has no fingers

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Another young black man, nicknamed "Buggin' Out," also wanders the neighborhood. He's very interested in which topic?
Animal rights
music
Civil rights
Buggin' Out is very interested in the concept of civil rights. He's continually engaging other residents in conversations about minority rights.

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Buggin' Out enters Sal's pizza shop. What's he upset about?
That he wanted more bugs on his pizza
That his pizza was rotten
That Sal's "Wall of Fame" features only white people
Buggin' Out is angry that Sal's "Wall of Fame" has only pictures of white people. He thinks that the wall should have some pictures of black people, especially since most of Sal's profits come from local blacks.

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How does Sal respond to Buggin' Out's demand that he put pictures of black icons on his wall?
Sal refuses
Sal simply refuses Buggin' Out's demands. It's his restaurant, he's an Italian-American, and those are the kinds of people that he wants on his wall.
Sal shrugs and says, "Okay, buddy, whatever you want!"
Sal orders a hitman to kill Buggin' Out

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After Sal refuses to meet his demands, what does Buggin' Out do?
He calls Barack Obama
He tries to organize a boycott
Buggin' Out is even angrier now that Sal has refused to budge on the picture issue. He tries (and fails) to start a boycott. None of the locals want to participate. They love the pizza too much.
He slathers Sal in pizza sauce and eats him alive

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How does Mookie react to the confrontation between Sal and Buggin' Out?
He punches Buggin' Out in the crotch
He calls Sal a "bad, bad man"
He tries to defuse the problem
Mookie doesn't see any reason to escalate the confrontation. He pulls Buggin' Out aside and tells him to come back some other time.

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During one famous scene, Pino and Mookie get into an argument about what topic?
Race
Pino and Mookie have a loud verbal confrontation regarding race. Both men then utter hateful racist phrases directly into the camera.
What sort of pizza is the best
A complicated calculus equation

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Buggin' Out and Radio Raheem return to the pizza store and once again demand that Sal change the pictures. What does Sal do?
He destroys Raheem's radio
The two young men march into the shop, with Raheem's radio at full volume. Sal can't take any more of the conflict and the noise. He whips out a baseball bat and destroy's Raheem's boom box.
He threatens to kill Buggin' Out's mother
He closes his shop permanently

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After Sal ruins Raheem's radio, a physical fight ensues and moves out into the streets. Where are the police?
They show up right away
The police arrive promptly and try to break up the confrontation. But things get out of control in a hurry.
They never arrive
They are eating doughnuts, duh

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After the police arrive, what happens?
Peace returns and the movie ends
One officer kills Raheem
The cops try to subdue the young black men, but there's a scuffle. One cop puts Raheem in a chokehold and kills him.
They shoot everyone

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A crowd of locals witnesses Raheem's death. How do the people react?
They order more pizza
They say "Good riddance" and rub their hands together
They get very, very angry
The locals are furious about Raheem's unnecessary death. They begin murmuring amongst themselves maybe they should attack the pizza shop's owners.

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Mookie doesn't want to see Sal's family attacked by an angry mob. How does he distract the mob?
He kicks the killer cop right in the face, yeah!
He throws a garbage can through the shop's window
In a desperate bid to distract the angry mob, Mookie shatters the restaurant's front window with a trash can. The mob then turns its fury on property instead of people.
He gives away free pizza

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What do the police officers do after they kill Raheem?
They start shooting random people
They flee the area
The two police officers see that they've just killed a black man in front of a black crowd. They hurriedly load Raheem's body in the squad car and then flee the area.
They commit ritual suicide

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The angry mob moves down the street towards a Korean market. How does the owner drive them away?
He breaks out a big flamethrower
He essentially says that "he's black, too!"
The owner of the Korean market exclaims that he's not white and that he's actually black, just like the mob. They decide to move on, sparing his store.
No one can understand a word he says

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During the confrontation, what does Smiley do?
Sets the pizza store on fire
Smiley, the kind but mentally-disabled man, is swept up in the mob mentality. He sets Sal's pizza store on fire.
Eats all the pizza
Gives up and goes home

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Firefighters arrive on the scene to douse the flames in the pizza shop. What does the mob do?
They are still unruly
The firefighters are just trying to do their jobs, but the mob is in the way. The situation continues to escalate in a bad way.
They disperse immediately
They kill all of the firemen

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More police officers arrive and warn the mob to back away from the scene. Then what do the the firefighters do?
They throw candy at the crowd
They go on strike
They spray the crowd with their hoses
The police warned the crowd, but they didn't listen. They instruct the firefighters to turn their hoses on the mob, which only makes things worse.

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What is Mookie doing during the rioting?
Packing his bags for Jamaica
Sitting on the curb, shaking his head
Mookie is in disbelief at the violent scene. All he can do is sit on the curb and try to make sense of it all.
Wishing that he had just one more slice of pepperoni pizza

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As the building smolders, what does Smiley do?
He's hit by a drunken scooter rider
He hangs a picture of Malcolm X on what's left of the wall
In a moment of extreme symbolism, Smiley enters the ruins and hangs a picture of Malcolm X on the wall. Meanwhile, Sal looks at his ruined shop in despair.
He sets himself on fire

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As the mob finally calms down, what does Sal do to Mookie?
He thanks him profusely
He fires him
Sal is looking for a scapegoat, and he blames Mookie for triggering the riot because he tossed the garbage can through the window. He fires Mookie. Mookie demands the money that Sal owes him.
He sells the pizza shop to him

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After a loud confrontation, how do things end with Sal and Mookie?
They punch each other repeatedly
They never speak to each other again
They make peace
Sal and Mookie realize that their friendship is worth saving. Their reconcile near the ashes of Sal's store.

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How does the movie end?
Mookie becomes a very successful businessman
With two iconic civil rights quotes
The movie concludes with two quotes, one from Martin Luther King, Jr. and one from Malcolm X. The former preaches non-violence; the latter concedes that sometimes violence is an intelligent response to threats.
Everyone dies

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