It didn't get any hotter than the summer of 1977 in New York City. As temperatures soared well into the hundreds for endless days, the city was seared by its own heat, sweat and energy. With the unrelenting swelter, things started to change in the city and it made everybody a little tense and crazy. Looters poured into the streets as a blackout plunged New York into darkness and fear; a mysterious psychopath began gunning down strangers in the night at random. Dubbed "Son of Sam" by the tabloids that luridly reported his killing spree, the .44-caliber killer terrorized the city with a steady streak of grisly slayings. With the media playing an integral role in fueling the fear and paranoia, the whole city became a hotbed of suspicion and panic, captivating not only New York, but also the entire world. With trademark virtuosity, filmmaker Spike Lee goes into the throbbing heart of the Bronx during this unbelievable summer to paint a portrait that is both intimate and panoramic. John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino and Jennifer Esposito lead an ensemble cast in "Summer of Sam," which chronicles how Son of Sam's plague of terror disintegrated a neighborhood, turned friends against each other and transformed trust into dread. The summer of 1977 turned into the SUMMER OF SAM. Touchstone Pictures presents A 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks Production, A Spike Lee Joint, "Summer of Sam." Directed by Spike Lee, from a screenplay written by Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli and Spike Lee, the film is produced by Jon Kilik and Spike Lee. Executive producers are Michael Imperioli and Jeri Carroll-Colicchio. "Summer of Sam" is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. © 1999 Touchstone Pictures
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