Summer of Sam

Synopsis: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Lionsgate
  6 nominations.
142 min

Hello, ladies and gentlemen,

boys and girls.

My name is Jimmy Breslin. I'm a writer.

I write about New York,

the city of my birth...

...where I've lived and worked all my life.

The city that I love and hate both equally.

Today things are much different.

Business is booming up, up and up.

Crime is down, down, down.

Homicides are the lowest

it's been since 1961.

Well, it wasn't always like this.

This film is about a different time,

a different place.

The good old days,

the hot, blistering summer of 1977.

There are eight million stories

in the Naked City...

...and this was one of them.

Shut that dog up!

Shut that dog up!

Shut that dog! Shut that dog up!

Shut that dog up!

Shut that dog up!

Shut that dog up!

There was something

in the air that night

The stars were bright


They were shining there

for you and me...

Wanna go to the beach tomorrow?

- Yeah, let's go to Jones.

- Yeah.

- Oh, I have a hair appointment.

Tsk. Ah, I'll just cancel it.


- Who's this?

- Can we help you with something?

If I had to do the same again

I would, my friend...

Boogie nights

Boogie nights

Boogie nights, ain't no doubt

We are here to party

Boogie nights, come on out

Got to get it started

Dance with the boogie, get down

Cos boogie nights are always

the best in town

Got to keep on dancin'

Keep on dancin'

Got to keep on dancin'

Keep on dancin'

Boogie nights, get that groove

Let it take you higher

Boogie nights, make it move

Set this place on fire

Dance with the boogie, get down...

Hey, how ya doin'? Good to see you.

All right. Come right in, right in.

- Hey, good to see you.

- Here you go.

- Dionna.

- Don't spend it all in one place.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

To grow up in,

let's find a place that's safe

You look stunning.

With no blacks, no Jews and no gays

There but for the grace of God

There go I

Oh, I

There but for the grace of God

There go I, I, I, I, I

No blacks, no Jews and no gays

There but for the grace of God

There go I

Oh, I

There but for the grace of God

There go I, I, I, I, I, I, I

Carmen and the family

Left the dirty streets

To find a quiet place overseas

And year after year the kid has to hear

The do's and don'ts and the dids

And when she's ten years old

she digs that rock'n'roll

But they banned it from the home

There but for the grace of God


Go I

It could be me, it could be you

Who could it be

Ah, you killed me out there.

- You look good tonight.

- You do.

- Oh, I do, do I?

- You kill me.

You get me going.

Billy Martin?

Everybody wants to talk to him.

- Hey, sweetheart.

- Hey, what's the score, Joey?

- Yankees three, A's two. Top of the ninth.

- Nice!

Hey, Dionna, what's with your cousin?

She's stuck up.

She doesn't speak english!

Thank God! I thought I'd lost my touch.

Well, you are, you have.

Mi chiamo Brian.

Sei scimmia, io mi chiamo Garibaldi!

Dionna, mezzanotte.

E meglio che vada a casa.

Vinny, it's midnight.

We gotta take Chiara home.

Hey, Dionna, I could take her home.

That's all my father needs to see,

then we'll all get beatings.

- We'll take you home.

- No, baby. You stay here. I'll take her.

- You're having a good time.

- Yeah?

- Yeah. I don't feel well. I want some air.

- You all right?

Yeah. I just don't feel well.

I don't mind. I don't care.

All right.

Hey, come on, have a shot.

- No, I gotta go.

- Come on, have a shot!

- Oh, have a shot. Come on, baby.

- Peer pressure.

- To the Yankees!

- Yankees!

Hey, Vinny! Vinny, pick me up

a sandwich. BLT. Mustard, not mayo.

- All right, baby.

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Victor Colicchio

Victor Colicchio (born August 13, 1953) is an actor, screenwriter, musician, and songwriter. His screenwriting credits include Summer of Sam, co-written with actor Michael Imperioli. and High Times' Potluck. As an actor his credits include Inside Man, The Brave One, Goodfellas, The Deli, Bullets over Broadway, The Sopranos, and five episodes of Law & Order. He also played Slick Rick in New York Undercover. In the 1970s he was involved with New York film collective Total Impact. He also directed the documentary Rockin' America, about a multi-band tour of the USA that suffers serious problems when the promoter quits. more…

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