It's Official: Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' Returns To Theaters After 30 Years!

It's Official: Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' Returns To Theaters After 30 Years!

The iconic movie that dove into the depths of Black culture will be returning to the screen in a remastered, 4K restored version for its 30th anniversary.

Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' has graced the list of many articles about iconic movies that best represent Black culture. The movie's storyline is simple, straightforward, as well as timely: it showcases the reality of racial discrimination and cultural altercations. 

Thirty years after its release, the still-topical 'Do The Right Thing' is getting a 4K makeover and the remastered feature film is set to hit the big screen again on June 28. According to a Deadline exclusive, the movie's re-release will also include one-week engagements as well as single showtimes on June 30, at select AMC, Cinemark, Regal Cinemas and Alamo Drafthouse theatres. 


The premiere of 'Do The Right Thing' thirty years ago sparked a nationwide conversation about race and race relations in America. It created a space that allowed an open discussion about how citizens lived on the basis of assumptions, which Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' portrayed through a neighborhood community. 


'Do The Right Thing' is set during a sweltering summer day on the Bedford-Stuyvesant block, a rather lively neighborhood full of eccentric characters. What begins as a normal day for Mookie (played by Spike Lee) slowly turns into a tense showdown between his eclectic friends and the local pizzeria owner Sal (played by Danny Aiello).


The film soon boils over with tension as one group demands that a picture of a Black person has to be added to Sal's Pizzeria's Italians-only 'Wall of Fame'. The racially charged showdown ends in police intervention which ends in police-instigated violence. 


Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' was featured in 'Do The Right Thing' and served as the film's anthem. The track continues to remain an influential classic till date. Spike Lee earned an Oscar nomination for 'Best Original Screenplay', and Danny Aiello earned a nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor'. In 1999, 'Do The Right Thing' was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.


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