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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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

While Vinny and Richie are sitting in a diner and the two guys in pink shirts are hassling them, the song "Psycho Killer" is heard as if on the diner's jukebox. The album (Talking Heads 77) upon which the song is featured wasn't released until Sept of 1977. See more »

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Dionna: Oh, come on, fuhgeddaboudit, that's all my father needs to see.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Let's All Chant
(1978)
Written by Michael Zager and Alvin Fields
Performed by Michael Zager Band
Courtesy of Chant Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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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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