• Summer of Sam (1999)

Summer of Sam

Release Date: July 2nd, 1999

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 1999

R |2 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

During the summer of 1977, a killer known as the Son of Sam keeps all of New York City on edge with a series of brutal murders. The philandering Vinny (John Leguizamo) unwittingly almost becomes a victim of the psychopath, and soon he and numerous people in his orbit -- including his wife, Dionna (Mira Sorvino), his punk-rocker friend, Ritchie (Adrien Brody), and aspiring porn star Ruby (Jennifer Esposito) -- are trying to figure out the identity of the killer, before it's too late.

Cast: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony LaPaglia, Bebe Neuwirth, Patti LuPone, Ben Gazzara

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Distributors: MFA Filmdistribution [de], Buena Vista Pictures, New Films International, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista International [us], Opening Distribution, Downtown Pictures [gb]

Keywords: Wife , 1970s , Husband , Gritty , New York City , Mystery , Friendship , Fall , Emotional , Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Lee has a wealth of material here, and the film tumbles through it with exuberance. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This is a terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The most refreshing thing about Summer of Sam is that it doesn't try to impose a moral or define the limits of its story. show more

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