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Summer of Sam (1999)

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Directed by
Spike Lee

Written by
Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli

John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody, Michael Rispoli [more]

Release Date
 USA: Jul 2, 1999
 UK: 14 Jan 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 21, 1999
 R2: 24 Jul 2000

Budget $22,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, pervasive strong language and drug use.

Running Time
2 hours, 22 minutes

Country USA

Studio 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures

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• Summer of Sam (1999)
• The Son of Sam (1998)

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Summer Of Sam

Release Date: Dec 21, 1999
Region: 1
Runtime: 142 mins
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles: [None]
Packaging: Keep Case
Rating: R
Theatrical Trailer
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Summer Of Sam [2000]

It's important to note that Spike Lee's drama is not titled Son of Sam. Summer of Sam doesn't chronicle the killer as much as the times: the blistering hot summer of 1977 when the Big Apple's psyche was taken hostage by the lone gunman. We spot the killer (Michael Badalucco) in his mad ramblings but the film centres on two friends from the Bronx: Vinny and Ritchie (John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody). Vinny and his wife, Dionna (Mira Sorvino), bury a bad marriage (he cheats at a drop of a hat) in the disco halls of the area. Ritchie returns to the neighbourhood sporting punk hair, punk clothes and a British accent that immediately infuriates the neighbourhood boys oozing far too much testosterone. Cops, local mob leaders and the guys on the street all have ideas who the killer is: everyone from neighbourhood loners to Reggie Jackson (in the midst of World Series heroism) are on their misguided lists of suspects. When the film looks at how the citizens faced the fearful times, Lee scores with his energetic camerawork and pop soundtrack. Yet the film is banal in its domestic dramatics, taking large detours into Vinny's home sex life (stagnant) and Ritchie's extracurricular activities. One of the marriage arguments--though real and well acted--is so long and cliché-ridden you wonder if someone fell asleep in the editing booth. Add the point-blank killings and non-stop vulgarity and you have Lee's most unpleasant film. --Doug Thomas

Release Date: Jul 24, 2000

Dolby Digital 5.1
1.85 Wide Screen, 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Subtitles: English
Original Theatrical Trailer
Production Notes
Directors Commentary
Behind The Scenes Featurette
Photo Gallery
Cast Biographies
TV Spots

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