City of Hope
Time Out saysBuilding contractor Joe (Lo Bianco) is up to his neck in the scratch-my-back ethics of corrupt property developers and politicians. Son Nick (Spano) has been tempted into petty crime. Idealistic councilman Wynn (Morton) is torn between professional ambition and loyalty to local blacks, who accuse him of having sold them down the line. Black teenagers Tito and Desmond are so fed up with being hassled by racist cops that they mug a college professor... These are only a few of the characters and stories that colour Sayles' masterly account of the everyday workings of a contemporary New Jersey city: a genuinely epic, politically astute, profoundly humanist and dramatically gripping study of the conflicts, compromises and power plays that define life in any community on the verge of economic breakdown. As ever, much enjoyment may be had from both the complex, interwoven threads of Sayles' script and the powerful, naturalistic performances. What really impresses, however, is the confidence of Sayles' fluid direction.
Cast and crew
Charlie Yanko, Jace Alexander, Todd Graff, Scott Tiler, John Sayles, David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe, Maggie Renzi, Josh Mostel, Lawrence Tierney, Angela Bassett, Chris Cooper, Stephen Mendillo, Barbara Williams, Vincent Spano, Joe Morton, Tony Lo Bianco, Anthony John Denison