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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Asteroid: Shut up the lights! Shut up the lights! Shut up the LIGHTS!
[breaks the prison's lamp leaving the place in the dark]
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Inner city interlocked characters in very good Sayles film
29 October 2007 | by EasyCompany1944See all my reviews

Like another Sayles film, Matewan, this really is one of the little known very solid films of our time. This precursor for Crash is a compelling look at the substantial impact strangers may have on each other.

While the acting is at times somewhat melodramatic, the direction of the film is typical of the brilliant Sayles. The film contains some very interesting tracking shots where inter-connected characters unwittingly enter and exit each other's lives.

Unfortunately, the film's title often has it mistaken for the awful "City of Joy" featuring Patrick Swayze


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