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Five Corners [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ALIG56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Five Corners [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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I found a terrible Canadian full screen copy of this, and then another from Netflix, but has the soundtrack out of phase so you have to disconnect one of the audio channels. Otherwise there's no sound at all. It begins w/ In My Life by the Fabs in a movie that takes place about Halloween '64, otherwise it looks/feels very authentic. Dark black humor. Villains become heroes. A great film w/ lots of messages and touching moments. Hope there's a better transfer for the US soon. Might have to try one of the UK pressings, I have a PAL player I bought from Amazon. I've seen most all of the actors in this thing since. They go out of their way to say no penguins were actually hurt in this film. One of the characters goes nuts and takes it out on a penguin stolen from the zoo. Not too much of a spoiler alert, i hope, because there is so much more.
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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. Shanley has a keen ear for language, and some of the quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of the characters in "Moonstruck" is found in some of the characters here as well. The film opens to the sound of the Beatles' "In My Life", but the film uses 1960's music sparingly, unlike some movies from the same period.

The movie stars two-time Academy Award Winner Jodie Foster, before she won her first Oscar, in a fine performance, complete with a flawless Bronx accent. Several other actors who were not as well known when the film was released also appear, most notably, John Turturro, who is excellent as the film's villain, and Academy Award Winner, actor-director Tim Robbins, as a civil rights activist who has renounced violence. Elizabeth Berridge, best known as Mozart's long-suffering wife in "Amadeus", also stars as the glue-sniffing girlfriend of a guy who "lets" a couple of young students take her and her best friend, and they take both girls for a ride, literally, that they will never forget!

The plot combines real life situations, specifically, the Civil Rights movement and the violence that occurred in Mississippi during the Civil Rights struggle, with fictional situations for the film's 1964 setting. The art direction and set decoration and the period details are impeccable. You really do feel you are in New York City in 1964. "Five Corners" is both a social commentary and a funny, slice-of-life look at New York City in 1964, with not quite expected plot twists and at least one running joke that I will not reveal.

At times wickedly funny and always interesting to watch, "Five Corners" is a definite must-see. A truly independent film (produced by George Harrison's now defunct Handmade Films) and a quirky little gem. Don't miss it!!
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