That summer of '77

Murder, mayhem, and a whole bunch of hate

Boys from the Bronx: John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody in Summer of Sam
Boys from the Bronx: John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody in Summer of Sam

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Directed by Spike Lee

Screenplay by Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli, and Lee

Starring John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, and Michael Rispoli

Opens July 2

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Where some viewers see belligerence and shaky melodrama, others are bound to find social truth. After all, Lee is a moviemaker who, in his best work, tackles tough social issues head-on -- interracial romance in Jungle Fever, the burdens of greatness in Malcolm X, racism itself in Do the Right Thing. But even staunch Lee fans may find Summer of Sam disappointing.

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