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Summer of Sam (1999)

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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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Spike Lee

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Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Vinny
Adrien Brody ... Richie
Mira Sorvino ... Dionna
Jennifer Esposito ... Ruby
Michael Rispoli ... Joey T
Saverio Guerra ... Woodstock
Brian Tarantina ... Bobby Del Fiore
Al Palagonia Al Palagonia ... Anthony
Ken Garito ... Brian
Bebe Neuwirth ... Gloria
Patti LuPone ... Helen
Mike Starr ... Eddie
Anthony LaPaglia ... Detective Lou Petrocelli
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Detective Curt Atwater
Ben Gazzara ... Luigi
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The summer of '77 was a killer........ See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, pervasive strong language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Son of Sam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,991,450, 4 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,283,782, 12 September 1999
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The wall at the beach club which Vinny and the guys hang out at has an Italian flag painted on it. This flag was painted there by the filmmakers before shooting and remains there to this day. The community is actually more Irish/German than Italian. See more »

Goofs

In shots of CBGBs, many of the punk extras have piercings in their tongues etc. Tongue piercings were first performed by Gauntlet in San Francisco, and not popularized until the '80s. Similar stories are true of eyebrow piercings and many others. During the late 70s and most of the '80s, piercings as featured in the movie had little to do with the punk scene, but were embraced by the gay/S&M scene. See more »

Quotes

Vinny: We got to come down. Where? What's it called? How do you spell that? CBGB?
Ruby: CBGB. You never heard of it? Its on the Bowery, in the city.
Vinny: Oh, CB-GB.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me This Way
(1973)
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
Performed by Thelma Houston
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Under license from Universal Special Markets
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It's a shame...
2 January 2000 | by LampreySee 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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