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City of Hope

City of Hope (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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A city pulses with racial problems, political corruption, and small-time crime in this ambitious microcosm of urban life, written and directed by John Sayles. Nick Rinaldi (Vincent Spano), a lost soul usually high on drink and drugs, has spent his life in one New Jersey city, getting free rides from his connected father (Tony LoBianco) and hearing the locals talk of his brother's death in Vietnam. Searching for more control, Nick quits the cushy contractor's job provided by his Dad, feeling that

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May 20, 1992

Samuel Goldwyn Company

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

Sayles' strategy is unique and sneaky without being self-serving... An epic-scale examination of how the bad guy never knows he's the bad guy.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Though flawed, Sayles' most ambitious film to date confronts modern America as it is beset with explosive racial and class tensions, escalating crime, political corruption, and police brutality.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A rare Sayles misstep that lets the message overrule the material.

April 28, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A powerful and profound film about what is wrong with our cities and what it will take to save them.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A closed circle of aspiration and compromise, simple hopes impossibly complicated by the stark realities of life in a kind of wartime.

July 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

I found the romance between Spano and Williams to be very believable and moving.

August 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great dance that Sayles choreographs

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for City of Hope

Sayles best work by far. Simply an amazing film, a must for fans of the Wire. The fact this isn't available on DVD is proof of a cruel uncaring god.
July 9, 2011
kenstachnik

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Another great Sayles ensemble cast piece.
June 17, 2008
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