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City of Hope (1991)

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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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John Sayles

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John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Nick Rinaldi
Stephen Mendillo ... Yoyo
Chris Cooper ... Riggs
Tony Lo Bianco ... Joe Rinaldi
Joe Morton ... Wynn
Charlie Yanko Charlie Yanko ... Stavros
Jace Alexander ... Bobby
Todd Graff ... Zip
Scott Schutzman Tiler Scott Schutzman Tiler ... Vinnie (as Scott Tiler)
John Sayles ... Carl
Frankie Faison ... Levonne
Gloria Foster ... Jeanette
Tom Wright ... Malik
Angela Bassett ... Reesha
David Strathairn ... Asteroid
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A remény városa See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,264,910
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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No one is clean
7 May 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"City of Hope": Let writer/director John Sayles pull you into one huge, HUGE, swirling Swirling SWIRLING mmmMMesSsmEEEesSSSMsmeSss of corruption. A big city has all the typical problems. Everyone operates realistically – i.e., you scratch my back, maybe I'll scratch yours. Right and wrong are lost concepts. Social and political survival tactics are practiced by the hunters and the hunted. No one is clean. Deals are made. Victims are collateral damage. It is a realistic story, with slightly enlarged dramatic characters. You won't laugh. (P.S. - See John Sayles film "The Secret of Roan Inish". It is nothing like "City of Hope" but it's amazing and wonderful.)


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