Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1991. Esperanza Films Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Screenplay by John Sayles. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Produced by Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi. Music by Mason Daring. Production Design by Dan Bishop, Dianna Freas. Costume Design by John Dunn. 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 (Tony Lo Bianco) is planning on demolishing to make way for a more expensive, commercial development. His son Nick (Vincent Spano) 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. Gina Gershon is excellent as Spano’s sister, while Joe Morton 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.