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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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The summer of '77 was a killer........ 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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2 July 1999 (USA)  »

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The Son of Sam  »

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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

In the script, Richie was the lead character and Vinny was a secondary character. But Spike Lee enjoyed John Leguizamo's improvising so much that he ended up giving him more screen time. The scene where Vinny pours coffee on Gloria was one of many improvisations by Leguizamo. See more »

Goofs

One of the punks in front of CBGBs is wearing an "Organ Grinder" t-shirt which is a punk rock puzzle magazine that won't exist for more than twenty years after 1977. See more »

Quotes

Dionna: You wanna watch, Vinny? Will that turn you on, Vinny? You linguini dick motherfucker! You wanna watch?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Edited into Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012) See more »

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Galaxy
(1977)
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown),
Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller,
, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott) and Jerry Goldstein
Performed by War
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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1 May 2001 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Summer of Sam is complete cinematic crap, and an utter waste of time. It's not the sex, it's not the violence; it's the terrible characters, the meandering and plotless script (lots of subplots, but no real plot), and the horrid directing that make this one big stinking pile and one of the worst if not THE worst film of 1999.


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