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Adrien Brody

SCREEN GEM: Summer of Sam (1999)

Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, ... | 'SUMMER' LOVIN' Esposito and Brody embrace ''Sam''
Image credit: Summer of Sam: David Lee
'SUMMER' LOVIN' Esposito and Brody embrace ''Sam''

''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.

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