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Summer of Sam (1999)

 -  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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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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£173,471 (UK) (14 January 2000)

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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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At the beginning of the movie, set in the summer of 1977, characters are seen dancing in a disco to the song "There But For the Grace of God Go I" by Machine. The song wasn't recorded until 1979. See more »

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Anthony: Hey, Ritch, why buy the cow when everybody else is gettin' the milk and steaks for free?
Ritchie: I like the cow.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Hello from the Gutters
(1999)
Written by George Tabb, Michael Harper and Evan Cohen
Performed by Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, Jessica Galbreath, Darielle Gilad,
George Tabb, Michael Harper and Evan Cohen
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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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