R | | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
During shooting of the film, unhappy community members left racist and anti-Spike Lee messages near or around the production equipment.
I thought that what we had was special together.
Vinny: Oh, baby- it is special. Let me make love to you, and I'll show you.
Dionna: Just you and me... just you and me...
Vinny: It is just you and me!
Dionna: It wasn't- it was everybody.
Vinny: Oh, baby, it wasn't...
Dionna: It was everybody.....
Many of the punks in the film are sporting early 80s Southern California Hardcore fashion, and are completely out of place in New York in 1977.
The credits are in the form of newspaper headlines.
After they are refused entry into Studio 54, the sex scene between Dionna (Mira Sorvino) and Vinny (John Leguizamo) included more explicit shots in the original cut. This scene was edited a bit after the MPAA threatened the film with an "NC-17" rating.
$7,991,450 (USA) (4 July 1999)
$19,283,782 (USA) (12 September 1999)