21 Sept: Do the Right Thing

USA 1987  | 120 minutes |  Certificate 18

Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie builds toward.

Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does ‘the right thing’.

Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece – maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings.

Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, New Cross SE14 6TY
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 4 December 2013
Tickets: £5 (£3 members) on the door


  • “A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing takes a hard look at a community in crisis.” GROUCHO REVIEWS
  • “The film – at once stylised and realistic – buzzes throughout with the sheer, edgy bravado that comes from living one’s life on the streets. It looks, sounds, and feels right.” TIME OUT
  • “A pulsating homage to life on New York’s streets, achieved thanks to Lee’s sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.” EMPIRE
  • “Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie builds toward. A joyful, tumultuous masterpiece – maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings.” AMAZON

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