Do the Right Thing (1989) Written and directed by Spike Lee
Ossie Davis as Da Mayor and Ruby Dee as Mother Sister (not pictured)

Mother Sister (from the window): Hey, you old drunk! What’d I tell you about drinkin’ in front of my stoop? Move on, you’re blockin’ my view.
Da Mayor: (stares back at her)
Mother Sister
: You are ugly enough. Don’t stare at me. The evil eye doesn’t work on me.
Da Mayor: Mother Sister, you been talkin’ about me for eighteen years. What I ever done to you?
Mother Sister: You’re a drunk fool.
Da Mayor: Besides that. Da Mayor don’t bother nobody. And nobody don’t bother Da Mayor… but you. Da Mayor just tend to his own business. I love everybody. I even love you.
Mother Sister: Hold your tongue! You don’t have that much love!
Da Mayor: One day… you gonna be nice to me. We may both be dead and buried but you gonna be nice… at least civil.

One Response to “Do the Right Thing (1989)”

  1. So happy that you gave this great film a separate post after the Watercooler lead-in that featured ‘Fight the Power.’ Yes this is a terrific exchange and fully worthy of showcasing. Others involving pent-up, anger management cherry bomb Buggin Out (Giancarlo Giannini) would also be ideal, as that ethic slurring survey of people around the city. But I rather love your choice.

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