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11 September 1987 (Finland) See more »
Friends last forever. Goodness is its own reward. ...And there ain't no Indians in the Bronx. See more »
A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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A Diamond in the Rough; A real treat!! A charming, underrated little film. See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jodie Foster ... Linda

Tim Robbins ... Harry

Todd Graff ... Jamie

John Turturro ... Heinz
Michael R. Howard ... Murray
Pierre Epstein ... George
Jery Hewitt ... Mr. Glascow
Rodney Harvey ... Castro
Daniel Jenkins ... Willie

Elizabeth Berridge ... Melanie

Cathryn de Prume ... Brita
Carl Capotorto ... Sal
Jose Soto Jr. ... Boy in Pet Store

Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
John Seitz ... Sullivan
Anthony Powers ... Cop

Jack McGee ... Desk Sergeant
Gregory Rozakis ... Mazola
Rose Gregorio ... Mrs. Sabantino

Mike Starr ... Bartender
Kit Le Fever ... Esther
Jerome Collamore ... Old Man in Bar

Bill Cobbs ... Man in Coffee Shop
Frances Foster ... Waitress

Eriq La Salle ... Samuel Kemp
Ray Aranha ... Arthur

David Brisbin ... Plainclothesman
Robert Lempert ... Neighborhood Person
Keith Reddin ... Neighborhood Person
Pepe Douglas ... Policeman

Dann Florek ... Policeman
Alex Kramarevsky ... Policeman
Tom Kudlek ... Policeman (as Thomas Kudlek)
Mike Lisenco ... Policeman
Regis Mullavey ... Policeman

Frank Patton ... Policeman
James Ryan ... Policeman

Campbell Scott ... Policeman
Joel Segal ... Policeman

Victor Slezak ... Policeman
Richard Thomsen ... Policeman

Mews Small ... Woman in Deli (as Mary Small)

Directed by
Tony Bill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Patrick Shanley  written by

Produced by
Tony Bill .... producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Michael McDonnell .... associate producer
Forrest Murray .... producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
John Patrick Shanley .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andy Blumenthal 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel  (as Doug Aibel)
Production Design by
Adrianne Lobel 
Set Decoration by
Linda Ekstrand 
Costume Design by
Peggy Farrell 
Makeup Department
Jean-Paul Davis .... hair stylist
Leslie Fuller .... makeup department head
Production Management
Nan Bernstein Freed .... assistant unit production manager (as Nan Bernstein)
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Ingber .... second assistant director
Gina Maria Leonetti .... dga trainee
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... assistant director
Tomaz Remec .... additional second assistant director
Joel Segal .... first assistant director
Art Department
Fred Chalfy .... leadman
John M. Dwyer .... property master (as John Dwyer)
Martha Fishkin .... property assistant
Edward L. McMillan .... set constructor (as Edward L. McMillan Jr.)
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Sonja Roth .... set dresser
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
Sound Department
Ben Anderson .... sound transferer: Magno Sound
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley sound effects (as Gary Heckler)
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... sound editor
Jimmy Ling .... supervising sound editor
Michael Mason .... assistant sound engineer
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
John Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Rose Rosenblatt .... synchronizer
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley sound effects
Maggi Travis .... boom operator
Mike Warner .... sound editor
Vincent Zabaly .... sound transfer
Special Effects by
William D. Harrison .... special effects
Dan Kirshoff .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Clay Marsh .... optical line up
Bill Anagnos .... stunts (as Billy Anagnos)
Brenda DeYoung .... stunts
John Hayden .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Kay Kimler .... stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Suzanne E. Vaucher .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... best boy (as Robert Andres)
Richard Crudo .... Steadicam assistant (as Richard P. Crudo)
Catherine Delattre .... still photographer
William Farber .... best boy
Ken Ferris .... camera operator
Mark Kahn .... electrician
Pamela Katz .... second assistant camera
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Tom Kudlek .... dolly grip (as Thomas Kudlek)
Bill Laberge .... electrician
Todd MacNicholl .... rigging grip
Constantine Makris .... camera operator
Gary Martone .... grip
John McElwain .... grip
William Moore .... rigging electrical best boy
Bill O'Leary .... rigging gaffer (as William O'Leary)
Charles Quinlivan .... grip
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Joseph Rivers .... camera operator
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
Dustin Smith .... key grip
Susan Starr .... assistant camera
Jeffery J. Tufano .... assistant camera (as Jeff Tufano)
Scott Williams .... electrician
Zachary Winestine .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Crystal Huntington .... casting assistant
Donna Morong .... casting associate (as Donna Jacobson)
Joy Todd .... extras casting
April Webster .... casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Andres .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe assistant (as Barbara J. Hause)
Editorial Department
Claudia Hoover .... assistant editor
Music Department
Richard Bonynge .... conductor: "Lakmé"
Ray Cooper .... score producer
James Newton Howard .... score producer
Sara Sheranian .... assistant music editor (as Sara L. Sheranian)
Terrible Ted .... music editor
Robby Weaver .... score engineer (as Robbie Weaver)
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Irv Gooch .... period car coordinator
Dennis Salomone Sr. .... assistant transportation coordinator (as Dennis Salamone)
Other crew
Eugene Allen .... parking coordinator
Robert Baker .... production assistant
Helen Buck Bartlett .... assistant: Tony Bill (as Helen Bartlett)
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Barbara Callahan .... production assistant
Craig Cannold .... assistant production accountant
John Chaiken .... production assistant
Gregory Choa .... parking coordinator
Dan Collins .... production assistant
David Dreishpoon .... craft service
Sharon Gaskins .... assistant production office coordinator
Tom Gorai .... assistant location coordinator
Esther Gordon .... production assistant
Linda Hanrahan .... dog handler
Charles Hunt .... production assistant
Molly Klein .... production assistant
Ron Magill .... penguin handler
Artie Malesci .... supplier: penguins
Michelle Morrissey .... production office coordinator (as Michelle Weinberg)
Joseph Pierson .... location coordinator
Alison R. Rosenzweig .... promotions coordinator (as Alison Rosenzweig)
Larry Rudolph .... production assistant
Jennifer Ruscoe .... production assistant
Peggy Siegal .... publicist
Kate Smith .... assistant to producers
Gerrit van der Meer .... production auditor
Chris Watts .... production assistant
Jack Gilford .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"5 Corners" - USA (video box title)
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90 min | Canada:95 min (Ontario)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Writer John Patrick Shanley said incidents in the story were based on his own experiences growing up in New York City.See more »
Anachronisms: Set in 1964, when Linda talks on her home phone with Heinz, the phone handset is clearly seen to have a modular plug connection to its cord. The now-popular modular plugs were not introduced until much later in the 70's.See more »
Heinz:...and what he is going to do tonight?
Mrs. Sabantino:He is... he is going to die.
Heinz:Thank you mama, thank you.
[He carries her in his arms, and then throws her out of the window]
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Diamond in the Rough; A real treat!! A charming, underrated little film., 11 December 2005
Author: Diego Sada Jr ( from Monterrey, Mexico

I first saw this movie at the Houston International Film Festival in April or May of 1988. From the moment I saw the names of Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins and John Turturro, and Oscar- winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley in the festival booklet, I was interested and I put this film on my list of films I would go see.

I was not disappointed. On the contrary, I was very pleasantly surprised. I love "period" movies, and this one is warmly set in New York City (specifically, in the Bronx) in 1964. The script may be a bit unusual, but that is part of its charm.

I agree with some other comments that Jodie Foster's role is small, but I think she does a fantastic job in the time she is on screen. Her New York accent is so believable you start thinking she actually is from the Bronx! She is certainly not wasted.

Tim Robbins and John Turturro are also excellent. A few people who have written comments have said that his performance is even more admirable because it could have been over the top, but is not. This is absolutely true. You can see what a fine actor Turturro really is, and how the world would come to see that in his later, more widely-distributed films.

Tim Robbin's portrayal of a young man who renounces violence is also excellent; an early sign of his acting genius.

Besides this film being an early entry in the filmography of Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins and John Turturro, it is also one of the few films made by Rodney Harvey, a talented young actor with a lot of promise (he was the Bellboy at the bed-and-breakfast where Kevin Costner and Sean Young spend the weekend in "No Way Out") who unfortunately died of a drug overdose in 1998. Had he lived, I am sure, he would have gone far.

I also loved the sub-plot involving the glue-sniffing girls and the boys they meet. Plus, the mysterious bow and arrow vigilantes' antics are pretty funny.

Overall, this is a charming, often funny, poignant film, with excellent performances, plenty of good humour, and even social commentary. I also think its portrayal of 1960's New York is right on the button. The use of Beatles songs in the soundtrack is a nice touch. I recommend it to anyone who loves movies and good acting.

I wish John Patrick Shanley would write more for the movies!! He is an excellent writer!!

This films deserves to be seen by more people than those who saw it in its limited theatrical release. I have the Criterion Collection Laserdisc. Now that it is out on DVD, maybe it will get the audience it deserves.

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