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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.

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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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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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Michael Imperioli was originally meant to play Richie, but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with The Sopranos (1999). He appears only briefly in the film as "Midnight". See more »

Goofs

Many of the punks in the film are sporting early 80s Southern California Hardcore fashion, and are completely out of place in New York in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Vinny: I can't be a whore! I'm a man!
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The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines. See more »


Soundtracks

Running Away
(1970)
Written by Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong
Performed by Roy Ayers
Courtesy of Polydor Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Summer of Spam
21 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

The film is a collection of cliche's on just about anything out there. It has no focus whatsoever, no goals, no real message. Symbolism is pushed over the top and stereotyping is abundant and outrageous. This movie can't resist the temptation of making drama where non exists. Every small exchange of words turns immediately into a lengthy, unjustified dialog that is so typical of an acting class rehearsal. Where there is no substance to this exchange, the actors (regardless of how good they are normally) can't help but compensate with exaggerated emotion, aka "raising the stakes". Over acting, to put it simply. The directing is of no help here. Nothing can save this non-story. It is forced, faked and boring to tears. Inaccuracies in portaraying punk rock with The Who, piercings and flashy 90's outfits. Characters wander without a role, detail and motive. Locations are arbitrary. This is Boogie Nights cum The Good Fellas cum Saturday Night Fever, with meaning and art ripped out.

Good DP. I'll give it that.

Some films have flaws. This film is Lee's flaw. He sold out, like the rest of them. Became irrelevant. He has nothing of interest to say anymore.

I have no desire to see anything again from this guy (whom I'll refrain from naming from now on).


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