Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam

DVD - 1999
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In the summer of 1977 in New York City, a man called the Son of Sam commits numerous murders. As friends in a small Italian neighborhood become obsessed with the idea that the Son of Sam is someone nearby, the madman's plague of terror becomes the catalyst that prompts relationships to fall apart and trust to disintegrate into dread.
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Touchstone Home Video : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1999]
ISBN: 9780788818189
Branch Call Number: DVD Summer
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 30, 2016

This is a fairly old film, and appears on the screen in a small format. It is watchable but at close to 2.5 hrs it is way too long.

Jun 28, 2014

For a while, Spike Lee was the most polarizing and provocative filmmaker in America (sorry, Oliver Stone) and even his weaker films still were interesting. So it's a pity he capped a prolific decade with one of his worst films. Set during the blazing hot summer of '77 in NYC, the Son of Sam killings are the backdrop to a story that is really about two friends. There are shades of "Do the Right Thing" in its depiction of a neighborhood driven made by heat and anger, but it has none of that film's outrage and power. Those expecting a serial killer film (the killer is only in a few sequences) will be disappointed. Those expecting a good movie will also be disappointed. Lee is deep into Scorsese territory her, dealing mostly with Italian-American characters (including two future "Sopranos" cast members) and a title character torn up by guilt. There's also bits from De Palma, "Saturday Night Fever," and "Shampoo." John Leguizamo is a lothario hairdresser cheating on his loyal, unhappy wife (Mira Sorvino) and struggling to protect his punk friend (Adrien Brody) who is suspected of being the killer. Lee's take on punk borders on caricature and, surprisingly, there's hardly any on the soundtrack, which leans towards disco (which was retuning in the late 90s). It's a singularly unpleasant film too, rife with vulgarity, loveless sex, close up violence, and lots of characters yelling at each other. The acting it ok and sorta salvages it, but this movie is a bit of a disaster. Lee would recover with "25th Hour." Look for Lee in a small role as a reporter. Oh, Michael Imperoli (Christopher from "Sopranos") co-wrote the film.

Jan 21, 2014

Instead of everyone being on the aware of the real killer, the people in the burg that Son of Sam was killing, they turned on one another. Sad, when there is a real tradegy going on, people sometimes let their own monsters come out.

RebekahWilliams1295 Sep 28, 2012

The music bought back so many memories. The dance scene between Mira and John were amazing. <3

rocknrollphilip Jul 24, 2012

Jennifer Esposito is a pleasure to behold.


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