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City of Industry [VHS]

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Product Details

  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RWT1

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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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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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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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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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Very good gritty, hard-edged crime drama.

Fair story, good score, and very good acting make this one a better than average revenge movie featuring the denizens of the underworld. Harvey Keitel in particular gives his usual outstanding performance. Lucy Liu makes an all too short appearance as a "dancer".

Note: this has considerable profanity, a lot of violence, and some attractive women displaying their assets so it's not for everyone. If you don't mind these things ( or if you enjoy them) it's a good show especially for fans of film noir genre.
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The Toronto Sun astutely called "City of Industry", "a four-star, edge-of-your-seat crime and revenge story."
The 1997 John Irvin film "City of Industry" is one super-cool flick. I remember reading a review of it by the
late Roger Ebert, possibly the worst film critic I've ever seen (closely rivaled by the equally late, pretentious
Pauline Kael). Old "Rodge" knitpicked "City of Industry" to death and only gave it 1/2 star out of 4, which is
not very good. He's the same guy who said a viewer "would have to be an idiot" to criticize the movie "Last
Tango in Paris". Yea, right. "City" was playing on one of my HD movie channels recently and I checked it out
as I'm a huge Harvey Keitel fan and hadn't heard much about the film otherwise. Wow, am I ever glad I did!
From the opening moving shots of the L.A. freeway with the Massive Attack song "Three" in the soundtrack
to the gut-wrenching, riveting final scenes between Keitel's character Egan and the scumbag he's been after
since early on, Skip, played by Stephen Dorft, "City of Industry" is a brutal, no-nonsense, and veritable film
experience. Harvey Keitel is in his element playing psycho, tough-guy characters, and you will see him do it
nowhere better than in "City of Industry". A successful diamond heist by four low-lifes gets very nasty when
one (Skip) decides to take more than his fair share in very violent fashion, and it becomes a cat-and-mouse
game with Skip and Egan both after each other. The original music in the soundtrack by Stephen Endelman,
a British classical composer & conductor, is haunting, dramatic, & gorgeous, contributing greatly to the film's
grim, menacing tone.
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