City of Hope
City of Hope ★★★ 1991 (R)
The picture that “Bonfire of the Vanities” wanted to be, an eventful few days in the fictional metropolis of Hudson: an ugly racial incident threatens to snowball, the corrupt mayor pushes a shady realestate deal, and a botched robbery has profound implications. Some of the subplots resolve too easily, but this cynical, crazyquilt of urban life is worthy of comparison with “American Graffiti” and “Nashville” as pure Americana. 132m/C VHS . Vincent Spano, Tony LoBianco, Joe Morton, Todd Graff, David Strathairn, Anthony John (Tony) Denison, Barbara Williams, Angela Bassett, Gloria Foster, Lawrence Tierney, John Sayles, Maggie Renzi, Kevin Tighe, Chris Cooper, Jace Alexander, Frankie Faison, Michael Mantell, Josh Mostel, Joe Grifasi, Louis Zorich, Gina Gershon, Rose Gregorio, Bill Raymond, Maeve Kinkead, Ray Aranha; D: John Sayles; W: John Sayles; C: Robert Richardson; M: Mason Daring. Ind. Spirit '92: Support. Actor (Strathairn).