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Five Corners [Blu-ray] (1987)

Jodie Foster , Tim Robbins , Tony Bill  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro
  • Directors: Tony Bill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ALIG56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Five Corners [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From the Academy Award®-winning writer of Moonstruck and Doubt comes an unforgettable story about life, love, and unexpected twists of fate. The Bronx, 1964: Heinz (The Big Lebowski’s John Turturro) has just returned to the neighborhood after serving time for attacking Linda (two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster), who was saved by young idealist Harry (Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins). As the world around them erupts in turmoil, the neighborhood of Five Corners has a battle of its own to face when these three personalities clash over the course of 48 hours – and nothing will ever be the same again. Quirky and surprising, this acclaimed indie hit is a true original!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but crap quality DVD May 28, 1999
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I just saw this movie and my feelings are somewhat mixed. The film itself is quite good, atmospheric and surprising. On the cover, however, the words "superior quality" are printed. A word of warning: only compared to your old 8mm films! The picture is grainy, when blown up to fit a wide screen tv this becomes painfully obvious. The sound is quite good, but the chapter index is way off. When you select the first one you actually skip the start of the movie. Furthermore the scenes are not numbered and there is no time stamp so you can only guess how long it is. This dvd is not only available in the region 1 version but also in a region-free version. I bought mine in the Netherlands. I don't assume the American version is different though. Bottom line: Good movie but crap quality DVD. (On the other hand, it is so dirt cheap that you can't really complain too much.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tony Bill Movie February 5, 2011
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Which I know is damning with faint praise, given he also directed Flyboys, but bear with me: this is American Graffiti the Darkside: it's set in the Bronx, not Southern California, and instead of downing milkshakes, the Lavern and Shirley-like chicks are huffing glue in the back seat of a Pontiac. Even when it goes a little over the top here and there, it always redeems itself with a black joke. "Where's the stake out?" asks one cop. "Under that mess", indicates another, pointing to the dead cop's body under a car. With its sense of doom coming from the civil rights struggle of 1964, when the film is set, the story has more weight than Graffiti, which used Vietnam to similar effect, but not with the same gravity. The dialog by John Patrick Shanley is poetry in de's, dem's and dose, and the direction, unfortunately, turned out to be Tony Bill's crowning achievement. Before it came the very good My Bodyguard; afterward came Crazy People -- as cutesy as it is, it actually foreshadows irony in advertising by two decades! -- Untamed Heart, A Home of Our Own, you see where I'm going ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Not to Mention the Penguins August 3, 2002
This is ensemble work at its best. A product of George Harrison's Handmade Films, it includes not only Jodie Foster and Tim Robbins, but also Todd Graff ("Hippie" in The Abyss), John Turturro, Elizabeth Berridge ("Mrs. Mozart" in Amadeus) with nicely interwoven storylines that dovetail spectacularly at the finish. Five stars means I own a copy (VHS since 1989, DVD since 2001) and watch it every year or so.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I have long considered "Five Corners" to be a bit of an undiscovered gem. It may be a tad too chaotic for its own good with strange comedic side plots, but its core is very solid. Headlined by Jodie Foster, John Turturro and Tim Robbins--"Five Corners" is a rare example of a film that was sold on the strength of its screenwriter. Conceived in the same year in which he won an Oscar for "Moonstruck", "Five Corners" was released later and proudly marketed as a John Patrick Shanley film (and, indeed, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for this as well). Shanley was certainly considered the next big thing! Ironically, it would be over twenty years before he returned to the Oscars as a nominee for 2008's "Doubt." (And, in the interim, he also received a Razzie nomination for "Congo!"). But, be that as it may, "Five Corners" showcases a young writer with lots of ideas (perhaps too many).

Set in 1964, "Five Corners" highlights two days in a Bronx neighborhood. The primary story concerns Turturro as he is released from prison. He's obsessed with Foster, whom he attacked prior to going to jail--in fact, he crippled her boyfriend. Foster, in peril, turns to her boyfriend who now can't be of much assistance and Robbins, an old friend turned pacifist. Robbins, in a naively convincing role, represents the sixties well--reacting to and trying to understand the turbulent era in which they live. Foster, billed as the star, may not have a ton of screen time but is very strong. And Turturro is nicely restrained in a role that might have veered into over-the-top territory. This story is quite convincing even as the film slides into a violent and melodramatic finale. But the actors have sold it!

But Shanley was not content to share this one strong plot. No!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Film about 1960s Bronx February 24, 2005
Producer/Director Tony Bill's "Five Corners" is blessed with a decent - if often messy - screenplay from noted playwright John Patrick Shanley and splendid performances from John Turturro, Jode Foster, and especially, Tim Robbins. To his credit, Bill captures successfully the spirit of the Bronx in the early 1960s, inspite of Shanley's confusing screenplay. The film follows the fortunes and misfortunes of several teenagers for 48 hours. Turturro is especially effective as the sinister psychopath Heinz, newly released from prison, who is obsessed with neighborhood gal Linda (Jodie Foster), whose crippled boyfriend (Todd Graff) is unable to help her ward off Heinz's advances. In desperation she turns to Harry (Tim Robbins), the fellow who had put Heinz into prison, but he is now more concerned with the Civil Rights movement, Bob Dylan's music, and preaching nonviolence, than resuming his role as Linda's enforcer. Robbins' performance is nearly as memorable as Turturro's (I was pleasantly surprised to see Tim Robbins on the big screen, since my last memory of him was back in high school!); both of their performances nearly overshadow Foster's usual excellent work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex Flick if your from the Bronx NYC it makes ...
Ex Flick if your from the Bronx NYC it makes the movie more interesting. Even if it was filmed in Queens NY.
Published 1 month ago by carlo
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Peculiar Things Transpire in the Bronx!
What a strange little film "Five Corners" is! Despite matricide, multiple homicides, even a penguicide (if that is what clubbing a penguin to death is called, though rest assured... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jerry (Celil) Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky little gem of a movie!!
Five Corners is a movie that is not to be missed. The screenplay is by the Oscar-winning Screenwriter of "Moonstruck", and writer-director of "Doubt", John Patrick Shanley. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diego Sada Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, I have an idea....
....... why don't you make sure that the reviews match the disc type and the correct manufacturer...... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Film
I love this movie. It's one of my all-time favorites because it's off the wall. I prefer dramas with an odd twist, and this one has quite the kick. Really interesting. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paula Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit better than ok!
This movie is always related as some underground classic and I always had a moderate interest in seeing it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disc didn't play
I was really excited to finally get to see the movie Five Corners again, I saw it many years ago and loved it so when I received this disk I put it in the DVD player right away and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by BKW
4.0 out of 5 stars KNOW THE PRODUCER ....
I liked the music selection - kept pace with the emotional flow - I also liked the way characters were developed - I don't feel it is a great movie but I can find magnetic moments... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Norman R Ellis Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars In good art, the past CAN come back at ya . . . sudden, like!!!
The time of this film is the mid 60s. In real life, this was prime time for me. Lots happening that the movie brought back with a vengeance. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Been around this block, several times over
4.0 out of 5 stars An Undiscovered Indie Gem That Is Not For Penguin Lovers!
I have long considered "Five Corners" to be a bit of an undiscovered gem. It may be a tad too chaotic for its own good with strange comedic side plots, but its core is very solid. Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by K. Harris
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