Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam

Director: Spike Lee Cast: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino


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In the summer of 1977, a serial killer who called himself Son of Sam (real name David Berkowitz) held New York City in terror as he went on a killing spree, periodically writing letters to New York's media in which he took full responsibility for the murders and made clear that he intended to kill again. Spike Lee's Summer of Sam deals in part with this crime spree, but it mostly looks back at the fearful impact of his crimes on New York's collective consciousness. Vinny and Dionna (John Leguizamo and Mira Sorvino) are an unhappy young married couple living in the Bronx; Vinny often cheats on Dionna but is wracked with guilt about it, while Dionna fears she lacks the looks or allure to hold onto a man. Ritchie (Adrien Brody) is a neighborhood kid turned punk rocker (complete with a fake British accent); he has a band and a girlfriend (Jennifer Esposito) but also makes money as an exotic dancer at a gay club. And Luigi (Ben Gazzara), a longtime leader of organized crime in the Bronx, is approached by the police, with whom he generally has a less cordial relationship, to help them find the killer, as the citizens of some neighborhoods barricade their streets in fear that he will strike there next. Meanwhile, a tortured psychopath named David Berkowitz (Michael Badalucco) seethes with rage in his gloomy apartment and receives messages from a demonic dog who commands him to kill and kill again. Spike Lee's first film without a primarily African-American cast (though bearing the unmistakable New York stamp that's one of his hallmarks), Summer of Sam was shown as part of the Directors Fortnight series at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
UPC: 0786936117981
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Leguizamo Vinny
Adrien Brody Ritchie
Mira Sorvino Dionna
Jennifer Esposito Ruby
Anthony LaPaglia Detective Lou Petrocelli
Bebe Neuwirth Gloria
Patti LuPone Helen
Ben Gazzara Luigi
Joe Lisi Tony Olives
Michael Badalucco David Berkowitz
Michael Rispoli Joe T
John Savage Simon
Roger Guenveur Smith Detective Curt Atwater
Saverio Guerra Woodstock
Brian Tarantina Bobby Del Fiore
Arthur Nascarella Mario
Jimmy Breslin Himself
Al Palagonia Anthony
Ken Garito Brian
Mike Starr Eddie
Spike Lee John Jeffries
Kim Director Dee
Rome Neal Bed Stuy Man Interviewed

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Aisha Coley Casting
Victor Colicchio Screenwriter
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Mike Ellis Asst. Director
Michael Imperioli Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Jon Kilik Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision

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Summer of Sam 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie! I love the cinematography and Adrien Brody is SO hot in this movie. You should definitely check it out!
onestell More than 1 year ago
Simply put, no one can crank up the heat in a movie theater the way Spike Lee can. And anyone who thinks Spike would just turn the Son of Sam story in to some by-the-numbers serial killer flick just don't know Spike. He is too interesting a filmmaker to do something so pedestrian. Instead, he turns in one of the most original takes on serial-killers in recent memory. The soundtrack, the period details, the cast (shout-outs go to Mr. Leguizamo and Mr. Brody in particular), the paranoia, and the heat all make this one memorable movie-going adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Less about David Berkowitz, its more about a time, a place and the inner demons that drove them before they could distinguish it from their collective fear, such as homophobia and drug abuse. Mira Sorvino is grand in this as a low self-esteem Italian woman with an abusive husband. A unique feature film for Spike Lee due to the fact that it has no African Americans in it and its great reliance on music instead of dialogue. A meditation on the violence of man and how it can quickly manifest itself when there is a crisis or a madman out there since most evil killer look normal like Berkowitz or Bundy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago