Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Do The Right Thing”

September 10, 2012 ‐ By


Do The Right Thing changed the game. Before this movie, there were no filmmakers who were speaking about the racial dynamics in New York  neighborhoods the way Spike Lee was. The movie took movie goers by storm, educating a lot of people along the way. Though Do The Right Thing cost $6.5 million dollars to make, it eventually grossed $27.5 million at the box office and the American Film Institute eventually dubbed it one of the greatest movies of all time. You’ve memorized the plot. You remember how you mourned for Radio Raheem. And you know how the movie touched you. But, we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets.

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  • Kellz

    Tyler perry take notes……

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  • love/hate

    d motherf…. d

  • I love how Spike always used the same actors for many of his movies! This is of course another classic!! Did you guys already do a list like this for School Daze? And Crooklyn? And Clockers? (LOL… CLEARLY I’m a huge Spike Lee fan!)

  • mari

    Brilliant. I should’ve known that Spike Lee had such good symbolism and what not in this film. He’s such an amazing director .. creative genius.

  • I always thought Mookie threw the can to distract the people and save Sal’s life.

  • JN31

    I’m starting to think I may be a little too old to be reading MN. And I’m only in my early 30’s. Anyone who was around the time the movie came out already knows these so called “secrets”. This is nothing you can’t find checking out IMBD or reading any old Spike interviews..

    • mari

      There’s nothing wrong with enlightening someone that has not sought this knowledge beforehand.

    • missypooh

      i totally agree. im 33 and from Brooklyn. most of the things on here i already knew. Except about Robert Deniro.

  • Na Na

    any film that makes you think this much is a classic! We get so bombarded with the bull that alot of things that are actually thought provoking get written off.