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Summer of Sam (1999)

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 Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

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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 Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, pervasive strong language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,991,450 (USA) (2 July 1999)

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$19,283,782 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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Trivia

The "I am the monster" letters read in the film are word-for-word recreations of those that the real Son of Sam wrote to Jimmy Breslin. See more »

Goofs

In one scene of dealing you can see a box of Marlboro lights. Also, the Marlboros include coupons for the "Marlboro Miles" program first introduced in the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Detective Lou Petrocelli: My partner knows I'm from the neighborhood. Can we get down to business? We need your help.
Luigi: What do you want me to do? Arrest myself?
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The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines. See more »

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Soundtracks

Skull Grenade
Written by L.E.S. Stitches (as Lower East Side Stitches)
Performed by L.E.S. Stitches
Courtesy of NS Records
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It's a shame...
2 January 2000 | by (Regina) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this movie came out when it did, during a time when it was as politically incorrect as it could get to have violence in a movie (think post-Colorado shootings). If this movie were released a year sooner or later it wouldn't have been as ignored and hated as it is. This is really a good movie, if you aren't expecting a crime-thriller, but an interesting look at the summer of 77 in New York. The use of music is outstanding in this movie, the atmosphere is incredible, the editing is flawless, and it makes my top ten of 99. Not for the faint of heart (ie. conservatives who go insane when they see sex or violence on the screen). There is nothing 'a priori' wrong with having sex or violence in a movie. If you don't like that kind of stuff, what the #$%$ did you see this movie for?


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