Spike Lees racial and political filmmaking bent is given the full treatment with this simmering exposÃƒÂ© of racial tensions in a New York City neighbourhood one scorching summer day. The film written by Lee (and nominated for an Oscar) follows a group of racially diverse inhabitants from Brooklyns Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood as they spend their day trying to avoid the oppressive heat. These include African American pizza deliveryman Mookie (Lee) the racially sensitive Buggin Out (Giancarlo Esposito) and the silent boom-box-blasting Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn). Also thrown into the mix are Sal (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello) the Italian-American proprietor of Sals Pizzeria as well as his two sons Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson) who hold completely opposing attitudes when it comes to race. After Buggin Out tries to organise a boycott of Sals because of the lack of racial diversity on his shops Wall of Fame the tensions explode in an act of senseless violence. Lees film is an electric work of political entertainment that confronts sensitive racial issues head-on. He deftly blends humour and drama as well as using specific music to further amplify his theme (Public Enemys song Fight the Power actually becomes the films main catalyst for action). Boldly closing the film with opposing quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King on the nature of race relations Lee leaves it up to the viewer to decide if Mookies actions were the correct ones. Aiello and Esposito are standouts in an all-star cast that includes Lee himself his sister Joie discovery Rosie Perez and the married team of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Always one to spark controversy Lees summer drama finds the filmmaker at the peak of his craft.
Release Date: 06 June 2005
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Main Language: English