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Summer of Sam (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  2 July 1999 (USA)
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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 South 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 South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It Was A Time They'd Never Forget See more »


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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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Release Date:

2 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Son of Sam  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£173,471 (UK) (14 January 2000)
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Trivia

During shooting of the film, unhappy community members left racist and anti-Spike Lee messages near or around the production equipment. See more »

Goofs

When Detectives Petrocelli and Atwater sit down at the restaurant their veal portions flip around from sauce to no sauce to back again. See more »

Quotes

[Tony and Joe T. run into a punk walking the street]
Tony Olives: Watch where you're going, you freak!
Punk: Fuck you, guido.
Tony Olives: ...what did you say to me?
Punk: FUCK YOU GUIDO!
Tony Olives: Alright, you're drunk, so I'm going to give you one more chance. Who's your favorite baseball team?
Punk: Boston Red Sox!
[They attack him]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines. See more »

Connections

References The Get-Man (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me
(1977)
Written by Ekundayo Paris and Nelson Pigford
Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of Mercury records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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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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