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City of Hope (1991)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  15 November 1991 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Nick Rinaldi
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Yoyo
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Riggs
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Joe Rinaldi
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Wynn
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Bobby
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Zip
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Vinnie (as Scott Tiler)
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Carl
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Levonne
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Malik
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Reesha
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,264,910 (USA)
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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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Wynn: All the problems we're hearing about tonight, the unemployment, the drugs, the street crimes, those will always be the highest when they people have the least education. So you'll can pay now or you can pay later. I mean if you have a brain tumor you wouldn't shop around for the cheapest surgeon you'll look for the best and that's what we're voting on tonight: the best for our children. Or do we sell out their futures for few tax cuts? Thank you.
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Unsettling and deeply emotional take on the average American city.
1 August 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Unsettling and deeply emotional take on the average American city (big or small) by John Sayles ("Lone Star", "The Sunshine State"), who manages to mend an unlikely story of local politics, corruption, and mistrust among the citizens of a New Jersey town into one is remarkable. Among the many ordeals that occur here are is the fed up son (Vincent Spano) who wants to break out of the already arranged enviroment set up by his dishonest contractor father (Tony Lo Bianco) and one of the town's councilmen (Joe Morton) who looks into the case of two black kids who accuse a college professor of approaching them in a city park at night.

"City of Hope" has the emotional feel of a movie made by John Cassavetes or Martin Scorsese carefully mixed together. Plus, the camera work of Robert Richardson is great in showing the viewer the bleak outlook of an urban city and its inhabitants. And it showcases Sayles' best work our of the movies that he's made.


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