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''Summer of Sam'' is a past gem from Oscar nominee Adrien Brody

SCREEN GEM: Summer of Sam (1999)

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Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, ...
Summer of Sam: David Lee

”Summer of Sam” is a past gem from Oscar nominee Adrien Brody

COSTARS John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

PREMISE In the summer of 1977, a Bronx neighborhood is terrorized by the Son of Sam killings. Neighbors suspect Richie (Brody), a spike-haired punk rock guitarist with a borrowed accent and a seamy sex life.

FUN FACT Director Spike Lee cowrote ”Sam” with Michael Imperioli, before he found fame as Christopher Moltisanti on ”The Sopranos.”

WHY IT’S GREAT It’s a shock to see Brody — whose quiet dignity humanizes ”The Pianist” — sporting a blond Mohawk, a ripped Union Jack T-shirt, and a real anger-management problem. But the versatile actor wears it well.