|Do the Right Thing 1989 R, 120 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, John Turturro, John Savage, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, Rick Aiello, Joie Lee, Robin Harris, Miguel Sandoval
Italian-American Sal (Danny Aiello) owns a pizzeria in a Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, and his sons–angry bigoted Pino (John Turturro) and congenial Vito (Richard Edson)–work at the pizzeria. The only Black employee is Mookie (Spike Lee) who drives the delivery truck. One hot summer day, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) arranges a boycott of Sal's pizzeria because of the lack of racial diversity. Tensions rise and erupt in violence. Spike Lee created critical attention with his much discussed finale.
|Harlem Nights 1989 R, 119 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Eddie Murphy
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw, Arsenio Hall, Robin Harris, Jasmine Guy, Vic Polizos, Lela Rochon, David Marciano, Thomas Mikal Ford, Berlinda Tolbert
The plot of this movie involves mobsters taking over a Harlem nightclub. Illegal casino owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) joins forces with his adopted son, Quick (Eddie Murphy). They put their lives on the line to prevent gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) and corrupt cop Phil Cantone (Danny Aiello) from muscling in on the casino business. Their solution: fix a boxing match and collect Bugsy's cash.
|House Party 1990 R, 100 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Cast: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Paul Anthony, Desi Arnez Hines II, Lou B. Washington, Clifton Powell, Edith Fields, Verda Bridges, Kelly Jo Minter, B-Fine, Bowlegged Lou
This good rap musical involves teenagers Kid (Christopher Reid) and Play (Christopher Martin) who throw a party for their friends while Play's parents are away. Even though Kid is grounded, he sneaks out of his house so he won't miss out on the fun. Although rival rappers and authority figures try to interfere, these guys still manage to impress the girls.
|Mo' Better Blues 1990 R, 130 min.|
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Cynda Williams
Director Spike Lee delves into the jazz world with this entry that follows Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington), a trumpeter who forms a jazz quartet and seeks world-class status. Bleek also has two girlfriends who want commitments, but no one can take priority over his trumpet. Mix this with his manager and best friend Giant (Spike Lee), a compulsive gambler routinely finding himself in trouble with his bookie, and you have an entertaining film.
|1. Do the Right Thing (1989)|
2. Harlem Nights (1989)
3. House Party (1990)
4. Mo' Better Blues (1990)
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