This Day in History:
'Do the Right Thing'
Is Released in Theaters June 30, 1989 'Do the Right Thing' is
Spike Lee's third film.
The film takes place over the course
of the hottest day of the year in the
Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
It examines racial tensions in
the neighborhood that result in the
police killing of an unarmed black man.
In a scene that has played out
countless times since the film was released,
the character Radio Raheem is put in
a chokehold by police until he suffocates to death.
Now considered a seminal
American film addressing the issue of race,
'Do the Right Thing' was controversial
when it was released.
Lee was nominated for a
Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
Danny Aiello was also nominated for
Best Supporting Actor.