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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.

Director:

John Sayles

Writer:

John Sayles
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5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Tiler Scott Tiler ... Vinnie
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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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Chris Cooper; and three Oscar nominees: David Strathairn, John Sayles and Angela Bassett. See more »

Quotes

Zip: Figures. We finally get a chick in the band, and she's a lesbian.
Bobby: How do you know?
Zip: I asked her if she wanted go out with me, she said No.
Bobby: Zip, this town's full of chicks who won't go out with you.
Zip: Yeah. Lesbians, all of 'em.
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Unsettling and deeply emotional take on the average American city.
1 August 2002 | by mhasheiderSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,281, 14 October 1991

Gross USA:

$1,345,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,345,015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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