Directed by: Spike Lee
Starring: John Leguizamo (Vinny), Adrien Brody (Ritchie), Mira Sorvino (Dionna), Jennifer Esposito (Ruby), Michael Badalucco (David Berkowitz)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Movies
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Serial Killers
Plot – Spoilers:
A slick guy banging his wife’s cousin in his car is watched by Berkowitz who later shoots another couple parked behind, leaving the guy with his dick hanging out in constant dread of being a marked man.
While this is a film based on serial killer, David Berkowitz, there’s a reason it’s called Summer of Sam and not Son of Sam, as it’s more a neighborhood story about the guy above and his friends, with Berkowitz as the killer stalking the community.
Spike Lee’s strengths which often lie in capturing neighborhood lives and chatter is a bit off-key here as the film drags at times focusing on the sex lives of characters that are hard to give a shit about.
At the time of its release, Summer of Sam topped the charts for number of times “fuck” appeared in a movie. It has since dropped to position 6.