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 OUTSIDERS
1983, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel of 1960s teen gang violence in Oklahoma pits the "Greasers" against the "Socs." Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Vincent Spano and Patrick Swayze head an all-star ensemble cast, representing the two sides of the tracks. Theatrical release cut. Edited by Anne Goursaud.


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