City of Hope

City of Hope (1991)

Welcome to the American city. You buy your way in and you fight your way out. Who says it's a free country?

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1991-10-11
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 29 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 9min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Esperanza Films Inc.
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Sayles
star 6.9/10
From 29 Ratings


This gritty inner-city film follows various people living in a troubled New Jersey setting, most notably Nick Rinaldi, a disillusioned contractor who has been helped along his whole life by his wealthy father. Other characters in this ensemble drama about urban conflict and corruption include Asteroid , an unstable homeless person, and Wynn, an idealistic young politician.

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  • Vincent Spano

    as Nick Rinaldi
  • Tony Lo Bianco

    as Joe Rinaldi
  • Joe Morton

    as Winn
  • Jace Alexander

    as Bobby
  • Todd Graff

    as Zip
  • Frankie Faison

    as Levonne
  • Gloria Foster

    as Jeanette
  • Angela Bassett

    as Reesha
  • David Strathairn

    as Asteroid
  • Tony Denison

    as Rizzo
  • Kevin Tighe

    as O'Brien
  • Barbara Williams

    as Angela
  • Rose Gregorio

    as Pina
  • Josh Mostel

    as Mad Anthony
  • Joe Grifasi

    as Pauly
  • Louis Zorich

    as Mayor Baci
  • Daryl Edwards

    as Franklin
  • Bill Raymond

    as Les
  • Lawrence Tierney

    as Kerrigan
  • Ray Aranha

    as Errol
  • Stephen Mendillo

    as Yoyo
  • Michael Mantell

    as Zimmer
  • Jamie Tirelli

    as Fuentes
  • Tom Wright

    as Malik
  • Chris Cooper

    as Riggs
  • Jude Ciccolella

    as Paddy
  • Charlie Yanko

    as Stavros
  • Scott Schutzman Tiler

    as Vinnie
  • John Sayles

    as Carl
  • Maggie Renzi

    as Connie
  • Marianne Leone Cooper

    as Joann
  • S.J. Lang

    as Bauer
  • Eileen Lynch

    as Dawn
  • Bob North

    as District Attorney
  • Randle Mell

    as Simms
  • Jojo Smollett

    as Desmond
  • Shake Dua

    as Tito
  • Steven Randazzo

    as Gus
  • Gina Gershon

    as Laurie Rinaldi
  • Miriam Colon

    as Mrs. Ramirez
  • Serafin Jovet

    as Ramirez
  • Mason Daring

    as Peter
  • Olga Merediz

    as Nidia
  • John Griesemer

    as Thomas
  • Bernard Canepari

    as Stroczyk
  • Blair Shannon

    as Security Guard
  • Tony Davis

    as Kyle
  • Jon DeVries

    as Dean Milford
  • Ginny Yang

    as Suzanne
  • Maeve Kinkead

    as Christine
  • Dale Carman

    as Roger
  • Jon Farris

    as Kevin
  • Sandy McLeod

    as Yvonne Plotsky (uncredited)
  • Michael Newman

    as Detective (uncredited)
  • Lare Roberts

    as Mechanic (uncredited)
Crew Heidi Vogel Post Production Supervisor
Camera Robert Richardson Director of Photography
Production John Sloss Executive Producer
Production Georgia Kacandes Assistant Production Manager
Sound Skip Lievsay Supervising Sound Editor
Production Sarah Green Producer
Production Sarah Green Production Manager
Production Maggie Renzi Producer
Sound Mason Daring Original Music Composer
Art Chas Plummer Art Direction
Art Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up John Dunn Costume Design
Production Martha Griffin Unit Manager
Directing John Sayles Director
Editing John Sayles Editor
Writing John Sayles Writer
Directing Sandy McLeod Script Supervisor
Directing Gregory Jacobs Second Assistant Director
Art Dan Bishop Production Design
Art Dianna Freas Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Sarah Mays Makeup Department Head
Production Harold Welb Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Rose Chatterton Hairstylist
Directing Steve Apicella First Assistant Director
Directing L. Scott Butler Second Second Assistant Director
Production Jo Throckmorton Other
Directing Bill Martin Second Second Assistant Director