Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective ... See full summary »
A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.
Adrien Brody plays a hard-boiled con-man who lures Japanese businessmen into assignations with hand-picked call-girls - and then poses as a vice cop in order to extract bribes for overlooking their transgressions. Pam Grier is equally hard-boiled as a real detective vowing to end his shake-down enterprise. The cynical scam artist's life becomes increasingly complicated when he meets a beautiful graduate student who falls for him. It isn't long before she has dismantled his tough exterior to reveal a sensitive soul who dreams of being a writer. He resists the girl's efforts to get him to reform, and subsequently rejects her, so she decides on a dangerous strategy to win him back. In different hands - and with a less talented cast - 'Love The Hard Way' would likely be a horrible mess. In this instance writer/director Peter Sehr and cinematographer Guy Dufaux avoid the usual traps and invest the story with some genuine originality - while Brody and Charlotte Ayanna give the star-crossed lovers poignant depth as they wind their tormented way towards a resolution of their problems. Like the movie itself, they walk a tightrope between the gritty and sentimental, and it turns out to be an unusually moving journey.
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