Summer of Sam (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Leguizamo Vinny
Mira Sorvino Dionna
Adrien Brody Richie
Jennifer Esposito Ruby
Michael Rispoli Joe T
Bebe Neuwirth Gloria
Saverio Guerra Woodstock
Patti LuPone Helen
Brian Tarantina Bobby Del Fiore
Al Palagonia Anthony
Ken Garito Brian
Joe Lisi Tony Olives
Spike Lee Reporter John Jeffries
Darielle Gilad Debbie Cadabra
Mike Starr Eddie
Anthony LaPaglia Detective Lou Petrocelli
Roger Guenveur Smith Detective Curt Atwater
Ben Gazzara Luigi
Arthur J. Nascarella Mario
James Reno Crony
John Savage Simon
Jimmy Breslin Jimmy Breslin
Michael Badalucco David Berkowitz
Lucia Grillo Chiara
Nelson Vasquez Officer Cruz
Michael Harper Raygun
Jessica Galbreath Fire
Evan Cohen Bite
George Tabb Spider
Michael Imperioli Midnight
Victor Colicchio Chickie
Peter Maloney Detective Timothy Dowd
Christopher Wynkoop Sam Carr
John Turturro Harvey the Black Dog (voice)
Ernie Anastos Anchorman
Jim Jensen Anchorman (as Harold 'Jim' Jensen)
Melba Tolliver Anchorwoman
Phil Rizzuto Yankee Broadcaster (voice)
Reggie Jackson Himself
Danielle Burgio Woman in Car #1 (First Victim)
Arthur Nascarella Mario
Rome Neal Bed Stuy Man Interviewed
Kim Director Dee
Ben Gazarra
Anthony La Paglia
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Horror; Action; Romance
Director Spike Lee
Producer Jon Kilik; Spike Lee; Victor Colicchio; Michael Imperioli
Writer Victor Colicchio; Michael Imperioli; Spike Lee
Studio Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 142 mins
Country USA
Color Color
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 centers on two friends from the Bronx: Vinny and Ritchie (John Leguizamo, 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 neighborhood sporting punk hair, punk clothes, and a British accent that immediately infuriates the neighborhood boys oozing far too much testosterone. Cops, local mob leaders, and the guys on the street all have ideas who the killer is; neighborhood 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. The film takes 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 nonstop vulgarity and you have Lee's most unpleasant film. --Doug Thomas
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 148
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 717951004734
Chapters 22
Release Date 2003
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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