CITY OF HOPE
1991, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Sayles

Director John Sayles demonstrates both his talent for characterization and his insightful approach to social issues with this ambitious ensemble piece. Vincent Spano plays the son of a contractor involved in a bitter property dispute that threatens to tear apart the New Jersey city where he lives, while Joe Morton plays an idealistic city councilman struggling to build a constituency. Their stories extend into the lives of dozens of supporting characters across race and class lines, all of whom are fully developed and painfully real. A thoughtful and moving portrait of early 1990s American life that is unfortunately even more relevant today in its vision of urban corruption and political maneuvering.


THE SEVEN-UPS
1973, 20th Century Fox, 103 min, USA, Dir: Philip D’Antoni

Roy Scheider stars as Buddy Manucci, a maverick cop who goes to war against kidnapper Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco) in this New York action classic. Director D’Antoni, a producer on BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION, adds another classic car chase to his resume with a riveting midpoint action sequence in which Scheider flies through the streets of Manhattan and New Jersey in his 1973 Pontiac Ventura. Adapted from a story by Sonny Grosso, the real cop Scheider played in THE FRENCH CONNECTION.


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