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City of Hope (1991)

An intersecting tale with a multitude of characters living lives which, in one way or another, revolve around an old apartment block scheduled to be demolished.

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City of Hope is a portrait of a typical middle-sized American city of the present day. The crux of the story is an old apartment block which stands in the way of a major commercial development. Joe Rinaldi is the building contractor who owns the buildings, and is being pressured to torch them to permit the development to occur. His estranged son, Nick, soon becomes a pawn in the power politics of the city. Corrupt Mayor Baci and policeman O'Brien are determined to push the development, while idealistic city councilman Wynn soon finds himself torn between what he knows is right and what his black constituents want. Written by Reid Gagle

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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15 November 1991 (UK)  »

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A remény városa  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,264,910
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The dramatic narration performed in the cop bar by Bobby (Jace Alexander) is from the opening of the late 50s TV show Highway Patrol. See more »

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Carl: Hey O.B. Long time no see. Engine problems?
O'Brien: You're the one with problems Carl. Get in.
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Inner city interlocked characters in very good Sayles film
29 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Like another Sayles film, Matewan, this really is one of the little known very solid films of our time. This precursor for Crash is a compelling look at the substantial impact strangers may have on each other.

While the acting is at times somewhat melodramatic, the direction of the film is typical of the brilliant Sayles. The film contains some very interesting tracking shots where inter-connected characters unwittingly enter and exit each other's lives.

Unfortunately, the film's title often has it mistaken for the awful "City of Joy" featuring Patrick Swayze


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