Synopsis: Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

# Trash men didn't

get my trash today #

# Oh, why

Because they want more pay #

# Buses on strike

Wanna raise the fare #

- On your mark, get set, go!

- # So they can help pollute the air #

# But that's what makes

the world go 'round #

# The ups and downs, a carousel #

I'm beatin' you.

# Changing people's heads

all around #

# Changing people's heads

all around #

# Go underground

young man #

# People make

the world go 'round #

[Indistinct Chatter]

# Wall Street losin' dough

on every share #

# They're blaming it #

# On longer hair #

# Big men smokin'

in their easy chair #

# On a fat cigar

without a care #

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty,

fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety...

# But that's what makes

the world go 'round #

# The ups and downs

a carousel #

# Changing people's heads

all around #

# Go underground

young man #

# People make

the world go 'round #

Grandma, Grandma,

sick in bed.

She called the doctor

and the doctor said.

Let's get the rhythm of her head.


Let's get the rhythm

of the hands.

Let's get the rhythm

of the feet.

[Indistinct Shouting]


The odd finger is it.

# But that's what makes

the world go 'round #

# The up and downs

a carousel #

- Yeah.

- # Changing people's heads all around #

# Go underground

young man #

# People make

the world go 'round #

# People make the world

go 'round #


# People make

the world go 'round #


Wow! Look at that one!

# People make

the world go 'round #

Red light, green light,

one, two, three.

- You!

- # People make the world go 'round ##

Top of the innin'. Billy Bruton is up.

My man Bruton.

Home run.

One-ten, even.

Home run! It's outta there!

Outta the park!

- You're cheatin'.

- I'm not. One, ten.

[Indistinct Chatter]

- You ain't showed me the cards.

- Just look at it.

[Speaking Italian]

- [Hinges Squeaking]

- Hey, number three!

Hey, mister number three!

I told you. I run a respectable

roomin' house over here.

And you ain't paid your rent

in two months. What gives, huh?

[Speaking Spanish]

I pay, okay?

[Speaks Spanish] I pay!

- No mas. Basta.

- Hey, "son a bitcha!"

[Indistinct Chatter]


That's a disgrace!

[Chatter Continues]

Shut up.

Come on, Troy the boy.

Hit it, Troy the boy. Ha!

You ain't hit nothin'!

Look at that!

You hit air!

- [Grunts]

- [Grunts]

- Whoops.

- [Glass Crashing]

- I told you so!

- Lucky shot.

[Blowing Horn]


Aw, Daddy! Man!

- Dang! Dang!

- Clinton, Wendell.

Come on. And bring Joseph.

- Dad, I'm in the bottom

of the ninth. Why can't l...

- I don't wanna hear it.

[Dad] I'm tired

of that Strat-o-Matic.

I told you bring your brother

in the house now.

- I was in the lead.

He just hit a home run.

- So what?

This thing hurts.

Go tell Clinton and Wendell

to come and eat.

Clinton, Wendell!

Time to eat!

I could've done that.

[Kids Chattering]

Woody, that's enough sugar.

- Oh, everybody, let's eat.

- Clinton, stop touching

the black-eyed peas.

- Can I have a piece of lemon, Daddy?

- Mmmm.

- Here. Can't get no better.

- Come on.

- Here you go, baby.

- Black-eyed peas are nasty.


Come on, now, and let's bow our heads.

Joseph, take your elbows

off the table.

- Mommy, Clinton's sittin' in my chair.

- Clinton, let's go.

- Let's eat already.

- Yeah, the food's getting cold.

- Be quiet. Move, move.

- I'm not really hungry.

Come on, Boogie.

Don't be like that.

- The food's getting cold.

- Be quiet!

- I'm not hungry.

- All right, everybody,

let's bow our heads.

Gracious Lord, we thank you

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Joie Lee

Joie Susannah Lee (; born June 22, 1962) is an American screenwriter, film producer and actress. She has appeared in many of the films directed by her brother, Spike Lee, including She's Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), and Mo' Better Blues (1990). She also co-wrote and produced the film Crooklyn (1994). more…

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