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July 29 - August 8, 2021 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

Do the Right Thing

Tuesday, August 3
Abraham Chavez Theatre
Do the right thing

On the hottest day of the summer, a block in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood erupts in racial chaos. Inspired by the Howard Beach riots and Tawana Brawley incident of the late ’80s, writer-director-actor Spike Lee’s plea for tolerance seems more relevant than ever after the social-justice protests of the last few years. Sal (Danny Aiello, in a role intended for Robert DeNiro) is the proprietor of the pizzeria that serves as the backdrop for the action, and he regards Mookie (Lee) “like a son.” But familial and societal bonds break and trigger a moment at which Mookie, in the words of Malcolm X, must “do the right thing” and strike a blow against decades (if not centuries) of racial provocations.

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Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Rosie Perez, John Turturro
Rated: R