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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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Budget:

$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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Trivia

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

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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Midnight: [to Ruby] Damn, girl, you make me wish I was a lesbian.
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The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me
(1977)
Written by Ekundayo Paris and Nelson Pigford
Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of Mercury records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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This movie is excellent. Hands down.
1 May 2000 | by (Boulder, CO, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of Spike Lee's greatest films. To start, the acting is incredible. Leguizamo and Sorvino, as well as the other actors, give amazing performances grounded in emotion and realism. The story is enthralling, and incredibly original. It pits the people of New York City in the seventies against their fears, desires and each other. Also Ellen Kuras's cinematography is beautiful. It employs an expressionistic use of color, giving the film a very unique and very different look, creating stark contrasts between hues. Any fan of Spike Lee's who hasn't yet seen this film must, and anyone else who hasn't should. It is brilliant, simply brilliant.


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