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City of Hope (1991)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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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)

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$1,264,910 (USA)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Chris Cooper; and three Oscar nominees: David Strathairn, John Sayles and Angela Bassett. See more »

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Asteroid: Shut up the lights! Shut up the lights! Shut up the LIGHTS!
[breaks the prison's lamp leaving the place in the dark]
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A John Sayles tour-de-force
3 May 1999 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

No, not the Patrick Swayze movie about India . . . that was *City of Joy*. This film, however, is also about one of the urban nightmares of our time-namely, New Jersey. A John Sayles tour-de-force (he wrote, directed, edited, and plays the most venal character), in which five story lines involving more than thirty characters seamlessly intertwine in a horrifying portrait of corruption, deceit, and cynicism in modern America. The ensemble cast is outstanding, and the screenplay rarely hits a false note.


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