City Of Hope (1991)

JOHN SAYLES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1991.  Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Independent Spirit Awards 1991.  

John Sayles’ tale of urban drama is a multi-casted tale that takes place among a group of varied characters. The centre of the story revolves around an old apartment block that a big-time contractor () is planning on demolishing to make way for a more expensive, commercial development. His son Nick () has been a construction worker for many years, trying hard to live beyond the shadow of his father until this particular issue brings them together. is excellent as Spano’s sister, while  plays an honest politician who butts heads with corrupt lawmakers trying their best to make sure the construction deal goes through. Also starring Angela Bassett, this film has some very memorable dramatic moments, but I don’t personally count it among Sayles’ best.

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