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This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone.

  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama | Repertory
  • Year: 1989
  • Run Time: 02:06:00
  • imdb Score: 7.9/10 (75,042 votes)
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish, Korean
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson
"Stirred up impassioned debate everywhere; it would seem the greatest compliment that could be paid a stunning entertainment."
Sheila Benson - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"This is a sumptuous work, from its unconventional title sequence of a woman dancing hard in the streets to its provocative ending with conflicting quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr."
Gene Siskel - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time."
Roger Ebert - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

AWARDS

20/20 Awards 2010
Best Director, Editing and Original Song

Cahiers du Cinéma 1989
Best Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1990
Best Director, Picture and Supporting Actor

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 1990
Best Supporting Actor

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1989
Best Picture, Director, Music and Supporting Actor

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1989
Best Cinematographer

MTV Movie + TV Awards 2006
Director

Online Film & Television Association 2011
Best Motion Picture

Image Awards 1991
Best Actress and Actor

FESTIVALS

Denver Int'l Film Festival 2014

Cannes Film Festival 1989

Maryland Film Festival 2015

BAMcinemaFest 2014