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Five Corners (1987)




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Set in the title part of the Bronx in 1964, this intense, off-beat and episodic comedy-drama is from John Patrick Shanley, the man who penned the script for the popular Moonstruck. At times the story veers dangerously close to melodrama as it tells the parallel and sometimes interlinked stories of a few young neighbors who find their lives turned upside down when a violent, psychotic rapist is released from prison and immediately returns to the old neighborhood to begin terrorizing the residents.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick Shanley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Cannon Home Video


Rose Gregorio
as Mrs. Sabantino
John Seitz
as Sullivan
Kathleen Chalfant
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Jerry Hewitt
as Mr. Glascow
Jery Hewitt
as Mr. Glascow
Jack McGee
as Desk Sergeant
Jose Soto Jr.
as Boy in Pet Store
Mike Starr
as Bartender
Jerome Collamore
as Old Man in Bar
Bill Cobbs
as Man in Coffee Shop
Eriq La Salle
as Samuel Kemp
Ray Aranha
as Arthur
David Brisbin
as Plainclothesman
Mary Small
as Woman in Deli
Robert Lempert
as Neighborhood Person
Keith Reddin
as Neighborhood Person
Marya Small
as Woman in Deli
Pepe Douglas
as Policeman
Dann Florek
as Policeman
Thomas Kudlek
as Policeman
Mike Lisenco
as Policeman
Regis Mullavey
as Policeman
Frank Patton
as Policeman
James Ryan
as Policeman
Campbell Scott
as Policeman
Joel Segal
as Policeman
Victor Slezak
as Policeman
Richard Thomsen
as Policeman
James Ryan
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Five Corners

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Reminds you that you can still find small treasures in all the piles of low-budget cinematic junk that are out there.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Five Corners

When the man who tried to rape her is released from prison, a woman elicits the help of a man who has sworn off violence.
This is how not to do exposition. Three different characters tells the same story about what happened before the film's events, and this isn't like Rashomon in which the characters' stories differ. Then, we have a tangential murder of a schoolteacher, which is a plot line that falls through the cracks until the deus ex machina, and four other characters who go on a date. The basic point is this: the story, penned by John Patrick Shanley, is a mess.
John Turturro plays a great street tough, and he brings humanity to a role that requires him to do inhuman things - often without explanation. I also like Tim Robbins's performance even though his character is inconsistent.
Overall, I think this film is about violence and responsible responses to it, but it's hard to tell because of all the bad writing.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

I don't know who said that this was a comedy. Hands down, the most disturbing John Turturro role I've ever seen. I dare you to compare.

Watch it for free online.

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer


A true hidden gem. I don't think I have heard a soul talk about this film but it is truly a good one. A great performance by Turturro..truly frightening.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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