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  • Actors: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper, Joe Morton
  • Directors: John Sayles
  • Writers: John Sayles
  • Producers: Harold Welb, Jo Throckmorton, John Sloss, Maggie Renzi, Sarah Green
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLTY
  • Learn more about "City of Hope" on IMDb

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All except the autistic guy, who can only parrot another's cry for help.
librich
It tackles complex social issues revolving around race and class, in a way that entertains, Provokes thought and most of all makes you smile.
Daryl Edwards
The acting is superb, and the slightly stereotypical, yet extremely important themes of urban life are depicted in a seamless manner.
Anton Yakovlev (yakovlev@wpi.edu)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By roland b. duke III on February 1, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film is every bit as good as the Amazon review says. Reminiscent in some ways of "Bonfire of The Vanities", it is a much, much better film than that one was, despite an obviously much lower-budget shooting. If you are a Cincinnatian, you will have a little bit of side-fun trying to identify many of the Cincinnati locales where much of this film was shot. It has a totally credible urban grittiness and one is not sure after the end of the film just how ironic the title was intended to be. Another film to see if you like this one is "City Hall", with Pacino,Cusack and Aiello.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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I've seen several John Sayles films and have been more or less impressed with all of them. This finely wrought and under appreciated little treasure, though, is probably his most complex and evocative. It's a formidable task forging a coherent drama out of the loose ends of lives with which Sayles starts. All this done in the milieu of a corrupt city, tangled relationships and hopelessness. Even the humour is bleak. The enigmatic figure of Asteroid, a raving street person provides continuity to the disjoints and reflects the futility and lack of meaning in the lives here. It is a dramatic device of real brilliance. The ironic title alludes to the fact that the major characters, the Father and Son, are trying to reinvent themselves in a nobler image.. with tragic consequences, as the corruption lashes back at them. Whether it was worth the attempt is left to the viewer. The film ends without fully resolving the tragedy, a spark of hope remains.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benny on February 1, 2000
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Thouht this film does not connect with the seamless mastery of Lone Star or even Matewan, it has an undeniable haunting power, especially in its lengthy and distanced final image. The major flaw in this film, and in Sayles films in general, is his tendency to use the screenplay as a pulpit, creating characters and dialogue to make an often heavy handed statement. Take for example, the two griping women who complain that no one listens to them, or the militant Black Muslim. Fortunately, Sayles quickly leaves the preaching behind and allows his characters, their dillemmas, and their interactions to move the audience subtly, emotionally, and profoundly. The intertwining narratives are constantly engaging- whenever the film would move from one to another, i would find myself excited to return to that thread. joe morton is the standout from the film, but the performances are universlly excellent. Highly reccomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anton Yakovlev (yakovlev@wpi.edu) on January 5, 1999
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This great society drama is one of the best movies ever made about life in a location traditionally called "bad neighborhood." With several interrelated stories playing out at breakneck speed, the film delivers a tremendous impact both on the intellectual, and on the emotional level. The acting is superb, and the slightly stereotypical, yet extremely important themes of urban life are depicted in a seamless manner. Although the main philosophical goal of the movie is hardly more ambitious than exposing the hypocrisy, frustration, and cruelty of people toward each other, City of Hope achieves its purpose brilliantly, and also contains a number of truly great scenes that anyone who watches the film will probably find very difficult to forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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This is a great movie. If you like 'Lone Star', you'll also love this one. Otherwise, see both movies. It portrays the many competing forces within a city with real characters and interlocking plots. Don't believe what Leonard Maltin said about losing momentum in the end. No, it doesn't have an indulgent happy ending, but who in real life have happy endings?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Edwards on June 9, 2013
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This is one of Sayles best films. The movie achieves the impossible. It tackles complex social issues revolving around race and class, in a way that entertains, Provokes thought and most of all makes you smile. I'm in it so I'm a little bit biased, but I really enjoyed this picture.
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