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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)

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£173,471 (UK) (14 January 2000)
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Sarah Michelle Gellar was originally cast as Ruby. See more »

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During the shooting sequence where Phil Rizzuto is doing the play by play for a Yankee game, you can clearly see blood mechanically squirt out after both victims are not moving and no more shots are being fired. See more »

Quotes

Dionna: [crying] I thought that what we had was special together.
Vinny: Oh, baby- it is special. Let me make love to you, and I'll show you.
Dionna: [continuing] Just you and me... just you and me...
Vinny: It is just you and me!
Dionna: It wasn't- it was everybody.
Vinny: Oh, baby, it wasn't...
Dionna: It was everybody...
Vinny: I didn't care for those fucking bitches! I love you!
Dionna: It was everybody. And everybody else knew but me.
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The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines. See more »

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References Dead End (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Best of My Love
(1977)
Written by Al McKay (as Albert Phillip McKay) and Maurice White
Performed by The Emotions
Courtesy of Rhythm Records
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Just one story about the summer of 1977 in New York.
20 May 2002 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

The Summer Of Sam is the story of just one group of people and what they went through during the Summer of 1977 in New York during the "Son of Sam murders". If you are expecting a film the is solely about the David Berkowitz and the son of sam murders you will be dissapointed because while this does tell that story all the way through the film it is more about a just one set of people and how it affected them. The acting is very good especially from John Leguizano (vinny) and the gorgious Mira Sorvino (Dionna) and although sometimes the film drags a little they make this fresh and worthwile sticking through the 137 minutes. The soundtrack is fantastic as is the direction from Spike Lee and it is nice to see him doing a subject that is different from his usual African American topics. A good movie . 8 out of 10.


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