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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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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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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:

City of Hope See more »

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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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

[repeated lines]
Asteroid: Money talks nobody walks.
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A John Sayles tour-de-force
3 May 1999 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

No, not the Patrick Swayze movie about India . . . that was *City of Joy*. This film, however, is also about one of the urban nightmares of our time-namely, New Jersey. A John Sayles tour-de-force (he wrote, directed, edited, and plays the most venal character), in which five story lines involving more than thirty characters seamlessly intertwine in a horrifying portrait of corruption, deceit, and cynicism in modern America. The ensemble cast is outstanding, and the screenplay rarely hits a false note.


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