Summer of Sam

July 2nd, 1999







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Plot
Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.6/10 (21,088 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino

Storyline
Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Writers: Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli

Cast:
John Leguizamo - Vinny
Adrien Brody - Richie
Mira Sorvino - Dionna
Jennifer Esposito - Ruby
Michael Rispoli - Joey T
Saverio Guerra - Woodstock
Brian Tarantina - Bobby Del Fiore
Al Palagonia - Anthony
Ken Garito - Brian
Bebe Neuwirth - Gloria
Patti LuPone - Helen
Mike Starr - Eddie
Anthony LaPaglia - Detective Lou Petrocelli
Roger Guenveur Smith - Detective Curt Atwater
Ben Gazzara - Luigi

Taglines: The summer of '77 was a killer........

Release Date: 2 July 1999

Filming Locations: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,991,450 (USA) (4 July 1999) (1536 Screens)

Gross: $19,283,782 (USA) (12 September 1999)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Joey and Brian go to CBGB to search for Richie, there is a band playing called "L.E.S Stitches". They are an actual punk band started in the early 90's in NYC.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: While Vinny and Richie are sitting in a diner and the two guys in pink shirts are hassling them, the song "Psycho Killer" is heard as if on the diner's jukebox. The album (Talking Heads 77) upon which the song is featured wasn't released until Sept of 1977.

Quotes:
Anthony: Yeah, they suck really good. Just like you, Ruby.
Ritchie: Come on. Relax.
Ruby: Yeah, I learned from your mother, dick.
Anthony: You gonna let your sister talk that way to me?
Brian: She's my half-sister.
Ritchie: Come on. Get lost.



User Review

The Son of Sam story is an effective backdrop

Rating: 9/10

I really enjoyed this movie. The Son of Sam killings are just a backdrop to a slice-of-life story in New York City in the summer of 1977. I believe that Spike Lee wanted to tell a story about the seventies - the excesses of sex, drugs and the desperation of the times. He chose a summer that stood out in the minds of the people who lived through it because of the record heat, the murders and the blackout. The Son of Sam killer was in one sense a strongly contrasting back drop and in another sense an extreme sign of the times. David Berkowitz was out of control and driven by invisible demons, but that could be said of the main character Vinnie. The difference between the two could almost be reduced to a matter of degree. I was struck by the part of the story where a group of friends thought the killer was one of their own because he was into punk rock and same-sex sex for money. Their misunderstanding of the killer seemed startling in light of what we know about serial killers today, but was dead on for the time. Spike Lee reminds us with this movie how much damage is done when we allow ourselves to be driven by our ignorance and fear. He makes us uncomfortable, of course, but the lesson rings so true. As far as the direction went, I thought that it was classic Spike Lee with a little taken from some other popular young directors, but if someone imitates something good and does it well, I don't complain. My favorite scene is where the punk rocker character Richie does a porno dance to The Who. The soundtrack is also pretty good, by the way. I gave the movie a 9 out of 10.









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