Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam (1999)

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Corrected entry: The film is set in 1977. There is a scene where the radio is playing 1010 WINS and the announcer comes on and says "1010 WINS, you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world!" When 1010 WINS first started, they used to say, "You give us 10 minutes, we'll give you the world!" They didn't start saying 22 minutes until the 80s.

Correction: Http:// That slogan has been around since they changed formats in 1965. It was already being parodied in the 1970s.

Corrected entry: In one scene there is a POW/MIA flag being flown on a building. This type of POW flag was not flown regularly during this time period. It was first flown on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in 1988.


Correction: The POW/MIA flag flew over the White House in 1982, and was designed (and flown) from 1971. At first it was meant for small groups of people, so it's reasonable to say by 1977 someone in New York had a POW/MIA flag for personal reasons.


Corrected entry: When the 44' killer has been found out, it was mainly due to a witness seeing him drive off with a parking ticket on his windscreen. Earlier in the film (in the scene where he is contemplating killing the police officer) he removed the ticket in full view of the camera and put it inside his car.

Correction: The woman that runs away with the dog passes the car and looks behind herself at the killer. She's in the house already as he goes back toward the car and pulls the ticket off. It is not said in the film that he drove off with the ticket still on the windscreen, just that there had been one seen on it.

Factual error: Set in the summer of 1977, serial killer David Berkowitz is seen throughout the film wearing a US Army woodland camouflage pattern field jacket. The Army did not start using these jackets nor were any ever made until the early 1980's. They were all solid green until then.

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Ritchie: All right. What do you want me to tell you? Get a fuckin' divorce, then.
Vinny: Divorce is fuckin' evil, Ritchie. You got some fuckin' really bad advice.
Ritchie: Evil spelled backwards is live.
Vinny: You're a corny fuck, you know that?

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Trivia: Throughout the movie the killer is portrayed as a childish, tantrum-throwing, reclusive psychopath with no self-control, who receives orders to kill from neighbor Sam Carr's black dog that trots into his bedroom. The character portrayal is inaccurate and the scene with the dog was obviously added to be a darkly humorous moment. In real life David Berkowitz served in the army, held jobs afterward, participated in satanic cult rituals, and used hallucinogenic drugs. And when pressed for his true motives by an FBI agent after his conviction he admitted that he targeted young ladies because he harbored negative emotions toward women. The order from the dog was a story that he initially told the police to preserve the option of pleading insanity, but he would later choose to plead guilty.

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