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Listen to the City (1984)

Hupar wakes up from a 20-year coma. Disoriented, he soon meets Arete, a young poet and Sophis, a TV newswoman. Together, the three team up to expose corporate crime in a crumbling city scape of the very near future.

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Sophia
Michael Glassbourg ...
Goodman
Sandy Horne ...
Arete
Jim Carroll ...
Barry Callaghan ...
Father
Sky Gilbert ...
Shadow
Mary Hawkins ...
White
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Green
Gary Augustynek ...
Black
Peter Wintonick ...
Peter
Bill Lord ...
Preston Sturrock
Gigi Guthrie ...
Christie Hines
Peter J. Griffin ...
Mayor
Geets Romo ...
Mayor's Assistant
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Education department head
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I see a new world. Do you see it? If you listened to the city back in 1984, here's what it told you: there are dark days coming, and the only way to survive them is by being rich. Made during the re-election year of Ronald Reagan, the election year of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the very beginnings of the shattering saving and loan scandal that would come to look like candy store shoplifting a generation on, Ron Mann's rare early non-documentary movie is like a downtown artist's poster collage of DIY urgency: from the opening sequence, in which the poet/punk (Jim Carroll) rises like Lazarus from his hospital bed and takes to the streets with a vertical IV drip and a message about better days, to the ensuing satirical depiction of a corporation coldly deciding to cut the unprofitable heart out of the city it calls home, the movie plays as fearless, street-art inspired pastiche: part experimental polemic, part political cartoon, part video art installation, part performance prank. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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P.J. does it again!
11 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

A film with wit and irony, this one has a coma patient and two beautiful women standing p against crime and punishment while dealing with life struggles in Canada. The film is blurry and the message was good, but what I liked most about was P.J. Soles, who was a big icon at that time(and still is to alot of people)as the triumphant Sophia, who helps the man out. This was one of her last good roles to get in a movie. The rest of them were starring, but not enough recognition. Any P.J. Soles fan should enjoy!


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