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BIG HEART CITY (2008)

Shawn Andrews , Seymour Cassel , Ben Rodkin  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawn Andrews, Seymour Cassel, Desi Lydic
  • Directors: Ben Rodkin
  • Writers: Ben Rodkin
  • Producers: Matthew Harrison, Peter Paul Basler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANDERSON DIGITAL
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TRZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "BIG HEART CITY" on IMDb

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'I Tell Myself Not To Give Up!' Whispered over beautifully grainy images of a racetrack and its shuffling, ever hopeful denizens. The first words of Ben Rodkin's Big Heart City draw us immediately into the troubled head of Frank Polowski, from which the films gritty tone springs, as he returns from jail to the cracked concrete fringes of industrial Los Angeles to pick up the pieces of his interrupted life. He cons his way into a warehouse job, thanks in large part to the knowing good graces of its foreman, played by indie icon Seymour Cassel, but at home he finds the girl he expected to be waiting for him long gone. As Frank follows clues, real and imagined, to her whereabouts, perseverance gives way to obsession and paranoia. Assisted by Shawn Andrews' compelling performance at the film's center, Rodkin weaves an engrossing and ultimately redeeming portrait of lost souls searching for their place in a hardscrabble world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rodkin Never Fails April 20, 2010
Format:DVD
I have seen Rodkin's work from film school and was very happy to hear of his feature, "Big Heart City." I was also happy to see how Andrews' character tries to make things right after a long absence. It's a great story and a must-see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very dramatic . December 26, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic film and fantastic writing. Everything is both simple and complicated at the same time. The story may seem straightforward, but the emotions take you on a wild roller-coaster ride. Everything makes sense at the end, but it's not a very pretty picture. This film shows how there are so many little, and big ways we indulge in hatred and violence. It's also tastefully shot and lays off heavily editing or techniques to drive home the point - something Hollywood could learn a lot from.
Like No Man's Land, Focus, Indochine, and Kippur; we get a real glimpse of the way that war creeps up on us and brings out the worst in people. Unlike the rash of sentimental crappy Hollywood soldier stories this one comes closer to what I would think the truth really is - that the lovely bonding that happens between soldiers is the ugly façade of the fact that civilians caught in war don't need it in order to bond together; they would bond together just fine without it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing those who pay March 30, 2013
Format:VHS Tape
This is an interesting portrayal of Germany in the 1930's. While Levi, the Jewish cattle trader is the focus of the movie, it is really just a frame around a bigger picture. While Levi sees life long friendships and business relationships severed in a short span, it's the motivation of those severing these ties that is the most telling part of the movie. As it is often the case, putting the right pressure on economic interests can lead to remarkable "change or heart" of those in opposition.

Mostly placid rural community gets disrupted by a railroad maintenance crew from Berlin who arrived to repair collapsed tunnel. The Berliners are vocal Nazi followers and clash with some of the villagers who have very low opinions of Hitler. But by and by, many of the villagers come around and try to please Berliners -- mostly due to fear of losing out economically. For example, a local farmer refuses to sell a cow to Levi, Jewish middle man who used to buys his cows for many years. This is despite the fact that Levi offers a very good price. Instead the farmer sells his cow to the Berliners at a loss, hoping it earns him some respect with the Nazis and more business in the future. Farmer's wife also starts to come around, although she's still upset for losing the money they could have made had they sold their cow to Levi. But at last she's convinced by her husband that they need to sail with the new wind blowing out of Berlin. So she takes a lipstick away from her daughter, Lisbeth given to her by Levi and forbids her to associate with a Jew. Then secretly the mother puts the lipstick on, enjoys looking at herself in a mirror for a moment, only to wipe it off with disgust for giving in to vanity.
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