On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
African-American writer/producer/director Spike Lee also starred in this independent film (his breakout film) about one very hot summer day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, and its accompanying racism, intolerance and violence.
One of the multi-ethnic relationships in the film was between:
Mookie (director Spike Lee), Sal’s Pizzeria delivery boy
Tina (Rosie Perez in her feature film debut), a feisty Hispanic
Mookie and Tina had a young son named Hector. During a visit with Tina on this sweltering day of one hundred degree heat, he was frustrating her by wanting to have quickie sex (the “nasty”) in her hot apartment bedroom, and then wishing to quickly leave afterwards. She complained:
“If you think I’m gonna let you get some, put your clothes on, and leave here, and I won’t see your black ass for another week, you must be bluffin’?”
He proposed instead: “let’s do somethin’ else.” He had her stand on the bed and strip naked (“Take your clothes off”), while he went to the refrigerator to retrieve two trays of ice cubes.
In the infamous ice-cube scene, he methodically rubbed melting ice cubes over her naked body (forehead, lips, neck, kneecaps, elbows, thighs, and breasts) in full-closeup view, while espousing:
“Thank god for the lips…Thank god for the neck…Thank god for kneecaps…Thank god for elbows…Thank god for thighs…Thank god for the right nipple. Thank god for the left nipple. Ah, she likes, she likes, she likes.”
In the original screenplay, it read: “Mookie now has an ice cube on the left and right nipples and WE SEE before our very own eyes both get swollen, red, and erect.” Tina responded: “Feels good” before he left her, promising to return later.
[Note: Many years later, Perez still expressed her feeling that she had been exploited by co-star/director Lee in the sex scene.]
Director: Spike Lee
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