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Five Corners (1987)

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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.

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Tony Bill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Linda
Tim Robbins ... Harry
Todd Graff ... Jamie
John Turturro ... Heinz
Michael R. Howard Michael R. Howard ... Murray
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ... George
Jery Hewitt Jery Hewitt ... Mr. Glascow
Rodney Harvey ... Castro
Daniel Jenkins ... Willie
Elizabeth Berridge ... Melanie
Cathryn de Prume ... Brita
Carl Capotorto Carl Capotorto ... Sal
Jose Soto Jr. Jose Soto Jr. ... Boy in Pet Store
Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
John Seitz John Seitz ... Sullivan
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

Friends last forever. Goodness is its own reward. ...And there ain't no Indians in the Bronx. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Corners See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$969,205
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Tony Bill got involved with this project after some actors he was auditioning for another film began using scenes from the plays of John Patrick Shanley. Bill liked the dialog, so he contacted Shanley and asked him for a film script. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry: And when I was sittin' home with my mother, watchin' the news about it on TV, the next thing they showed after that was Dr. Martin Luther King speaking. He was talking about the power of love in the face of senseless cruelty and violence. And I heard him, Mr. Kemp. I guess something had knocked the wax outta my ears. ' Cause I heard him loud and clear.
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Crazy Credits

Nearly at the end of the credits there is the following paragraph: 'Many thanks to the Penguins in this film. They were treated most respectfully and no harm ever came to them in their work.' See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »

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Uh Uh Uh
Words and Music by Robbie Robertson
Performed by Canadian Squires
Courtesy of Henry Glover
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split stories odd but still interesting
14 April 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1964 The Bronx. Violent Heinz (John Turturro) returns to his neighborhood after getting out of prison for an attempted rape of Linda (Jodie Foster). Harry (Tim Robbins) rescued Linda the first time but has turn pacifist since then. Somebody shoots a teacher with an arrow. Castro and Willie are two kids blowing up a store sign with cherry bombs. They pick up Melanie and Brita who are out of it from sniffing glue. Heinz is after Linda again thinking he's in love with her. Jamie would like to be her boyfriend who protects her.

This movie is split in two. Turturro, Foster and Robbins inhabit one half. Turturro is great as the disturbed rapist. The penguins are weird. The acting is good but the script meanders a bit with a lot of strange turns. The other half has four lesser known actors. The girls are funny. It's odd that it seems to float on the surface of the movie without connecting to the other half. I do find the unknown actors' story interesting especially the elevator scene. I kept wondering what that story has to do with anything. The final reveal satisfied me to some extent. I wish it could have made more connections earlier in the movie.


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