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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen, Wade Dominguez
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: Ken Solarz
  • Producers: Barr B. Potter, Evzen Kolar, Frank K. Isaac, Ken Solarz, Matthew Gayne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RWT1

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on April 21, 2001
Format: DVD
In this contemporary film noir, two brothers with the same alma mater-- Folsom Prison-- discover something about loyalty and what "honor among thieves" really means, in "City of Industry," directed by John Irvin. Lee Egan (Timothy Hutton) puts together a crew of four men, including his brother, Roy (Harvey Keitel), to take down a jewelry store in Palm Springs, California. If all goes well, they look to score a cool three mil in diamonds, and Lee has a fence in L.A. ready to move the merchandise. Lee and Roy are solid, as is Jorge (Wade Dominguez), the third member of the crew who is already looking at 2 to 5 in Folsom, having been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon. Jorge wants a quick score that will take care of his wife, Rachel (Famke Janssen), and their two kids while he's away. The wild card of the bunch is Skip Kovich (Stephen Dorff), their wheel man; he has a wild streak that emboldens him too much for his own good, a flaky girlfriend and some ideas of his own about how the split from the job should go down. Lee contends that it's going to be an easy score, with each man's share being "Not bad for a day's work." But you can bet that anytime you have a "sure thing" it's going to turn out to be anything but, and this caper is, of course, no exception.
As is befitting the subject matter, the film is dark-- much of it takes place at night, or in rather seedy, industrial locales-- with a touch of artistic cinematography that gives a sense of urgency to the story. It quickly shifts from the posh atmosphere of Palm Springs to downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown, an environment through which you get a sense of who these guys are and what they are about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Your girlfriend won't like it, but then again, she didn't like Escape from New York. City of Industry is a treat for Keitel fans as he is at his best. With the seedy underworld of LA as the backdrop, Keitel methodically searches for the man who killed his brother. You won't get a lot of clever dialogue in this one but you will get a fun to watch Keitel and a compelling Stephen Dorff as the paranoid pyscho. If you want a modern day western with a tough guy, this one's for you. I for one, loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on June 20, 2003
Format: DVD
City of Industry is another entry into Tough Guy Cinema. The story could be from any noir of any decade. It's a stylish, violent crime movie. You're either on board or off.
Roy (Harvey Keitel) comes to LA to help his brother (Timothy Hutton) and two other hoods pull a high profile robbery. They take down a jewelery store and before you know it they're splitting the cash. Then Skip (Stephen Dorff) caps Timothy Hutton (who looks like preppy sleaze with that scruffy beard).
This movie is about Harvey Keitel getting revenge, no matter what. He dedicates his life, or about a week in his life, to hunting down Stephen Dorff. It's a stylish, slick film, full of LA 'industrial' locations of the machinery and criminal type. Take a bit of To Live and Die in LA, a bit of old fashioned noir, a lot of blood (including a head-bashing finale), and Harvey just being Harvey. A highlight is the laptpop bit in the lawyer's office. Subtle menace.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Miller on October 10, 2011
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I am not sure why I like this movie so much. It's not a big budget film and the script is not very original, but for some reason I seem to enjoy it every time I see it. Harvey Keitel gives a great performance in this movie. A small LA classic you might have not heard much of that has a lot to offer. A tale of one man's pursuit for justice no matter what comes his way, it's my favorite Keitel film I have seen yet. The storyline is well written and rounds out a great cast which includes Timothy Hutton and Stephen Dorff. If you like vigilante/revenge movies or are a Harvey Keitel fan, then take a look at it and think you will not be disappointed.

Peter J. Miller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on September 5, 2010
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harvey is hard to beat, a really great actor. i love most all his movies and this is no exception. the plot is exciting, the action mostly non stop, and i found to be an exceptional screen play with lots of thought put into the overall product. entertainment value is excellent.
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Great film. Though Harvey Keitel's range has tended to be overwhelmed by this kind of heavyweight role, there are enough chances to see him as the great actor he really is. I particularly like the pace adopted by the director and actors for each scene - fast and furious in the action scenes with great editing and effects while allowing the quieter scenes, involving no more than two people, to breathe and develop their own inner tension. This director would I think be one of Brando's favourites, one who "gets out of the way" and lets the actors do their thing.

The gangster plot - betrayal by a best friend as in "Point Blank" - is slightly changed to betrayal by a "little sh@t" - it's all totally believable except the conventional suspension of beliefs where cars can blow up and mayhem caused without the appearance of a single cop for ages, or is that true too! Stephen Dorff plays the runt to Keitel's stand up guy to a "T" and all the rest of the cast turn in great performances.

It seems to me, watching the featurette interviews, that everybody involved knew exactly what they were aiming for and how to produce an extremely polished film. On the other hand they achieved even more and to my mind this is one of the best films in this genre I have seen.

And of course a vehicle for Harvey Keitel who dominates the picture. I first took note of Keitel playing Thomas Paine in the French-Italian film "That Night in Varenne" with Marcello Mastroianni and an international cast in a historical costume drama about the flight of Louis XVI and the royal family from the revolution in Paris to the French border. Who has not seen his jaw dropping performance in Bad Lieutenant? There are a host of other great roles that seem to have got buried in low profile movies.

When will this man get an Oscar?
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