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Summer of Sam
Spike Lee's controversial film about the culture and the paranoia surrounding the serial killer Son of Sam.

Starring John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
If there was a must-see rating for this, that's what I would give "Summer of Sam." This movie isn't really about david Berkowitz and what he went through, the viewer is only given a glimpse of that. This movie is more about the panic and how people blame external things for their own doings. We meet Vinny and Dionna, who like to go to disco's and dance. However, Vinny cheats on Dionna more times than he can remember, and Dionna becomes frustated with their sexual life. Another character we meet is Richie. Richie lives with his parents and is into the punk look. As more and more information about the Son of Sam is released, the Italian mob in the city suspects him more and more also. Richie is also a gay dancer, which was a storyline that really didn't have a place in this movie.

There is extreme sexual content in this movie and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody under the age of 17. This movie may not be about the Son of Sam, but it's about how people react in a time of panic, crisis. The craze for the girls to dye their hair blonde or buy wigs shows because the police released information saying that he attacked girls with shoulder-length brown hair.

I would have to say this ranks up there with two other movies that I've seen this year; The General's Daughter and the Matrix. This movie wasn't made to draw the crowds like Wild Wild West or South Park, but if you're interested at a glimpse of the lives of people that lived through the "Summer of Sam," go and see this movie.

My rating: *** 1/2 (3.5) out of **** (4)

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Jan 25, 2000
I had some pretty high hopes for Summer of Sam after seeing Spike Lee's last film, He Got Game, which I loved. So after seeing this movie, I was quite disappointed. It seemed to be a big jumbled mess of all kinds of characters, none of whom were very interesting, with the possible exception of the characters played by John Leguizamo and Mira Sorvino. The movies best scenes involved these two characters, and other than those few scenes, the movie was a bore. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary scenes involving the punk rocker guy, Ritchie. Why does it matter to the plot of the movie that Ritchie is a gay dancer? Who really cares? I didn't. I have to admit I did like some of the things that Spike Lee did with this film, with some of the camera shots, but overall there is no reason to go out and see this movie. Go rent He Got Game if you want to see an excellent Spike Lee film.

My rating: ** out of *****

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Jan 25, 2000
Summer of Sam was disappointing to say the least. I thought the film was going to be a great psycological thriller.Instead,I saw a part Studio 54 or booogie nights film with a little killing here and there.Granted the killing scenes were intense but the main characters had very little to do with the killer.David berkowitz is bearly shown throughout the movie.Spike Lee also does a laughable acting job as a new york city reporter.save your money and watch this on rental(only if you like 70's disco pictures)Final thoughts Too much sex,does not portray italian or african americans in a positive way.Spike should have kept to the killings themselves.No wonder the families of the victims were mad about the release of this film.It seems that spike made the movie characters as if they were like the victims.thumbs down on this picture

Aug 29, 2006
Spike Lee\'s film \"summer of Sam\" is a powerful history lesson on the year 1977 where anything can happen especially in a city like New York City. There are a guy name Sam who is a serial killer who put all of New York on edge. Then there also the 1977 New York Yankees who went on to win the world Series. This film is about the people who lived the city in that Summer of 1977.

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