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

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What inspired the film?

This film was inspired by an actual incident in Howard Beach area of Queens borough. If you’re not familiar this is what happened. Three black men went into a pizzeria in Queens, after their car broke down. Shortly after, a group of white teenagers yelled a racial epithet at the three men and a verbal altercation took place. Later, the white teens returned with 7-9 friends. The three black teens tried to run. One escaped, one was beaten with baseball bats, tree limbs and fists and the third was killed when he was run over by a car in the middle of the melee.

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