Five Corners

Five Corners

Director: Tony Bill

Cast: Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, Todd Graff

     
 

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Quirky comedy, intense drama, and warm nostalgia are all combined in this eccentric look at one night in 1964 amongst the residents of the Five Corners neighborhood of the Bronx. The bulk of the film concerns Linda (Jodie Foster), a young woman who finds herself stalked by a disturbed rapist fresh out of prison. Needing protection, she turns to her formerly tough… See more details below

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Quirky comedy, intense drama, and warm nostalgia are all combined in this eccentric look at one night in 1964 amongst the residents of the Five Corners neighborhood of the Bronx. The bulk of the film concerns Linda (Jodie Foster), a young woman who finds herself stalked by a disturbed rapist fresh out of prison. Needing protection, she turns to her formerly tough ex-boyfriend, only to discover that a recent political awakening has transformed him into a pacifist. The tension of Linda's situation is leavened by the film's attention to its bizarre subplots, which include a stolen penguin, partying teenagers who encounter trouble with an elevator, and a pair of detectives investigating a series of mysterious bow-and-arrow attacks. The script by John Patrick Shanley, who won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Moonstruck, manages to (for the most part) bring these seemingly unrelated stories together into a fairly logical conclusion. Even though numerous critics felt that Five Corners' mixture of widely disparate tones was not completely successful, the end result is a surprisingly charming and unique tribute to a time and a place.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Five Corners is a powerful, moody ensemble piece with an impressively heavyweight cast. Although the basic story of the film causes it to veer off from serious drama into melodrama, it manages to pack quite a punch, thanks to some tautly-written individual sequences, acutely observed characters and deft direction. John Patrick Shanley's screenplay is not always successful at mixing the quirkily amusing segments with those of a more disturbing or frightening bent, but the individual moments work so well that the viewer tends to overlook the lapses. Working from the script's strengths, Tony Bill's direction finds abundant humor as well as almost unbearable tension. His work on the elevator sequence is especially good, finding unexpected visual beauty in the image of the shafts while simultaneously creating apprehension at the danger involved in the "game" being played. His direction is also noteworthy in the penguin scene and the lengthy climactic chase. Jodie Foster gives a lovely, understated performance, quietly but eloquently conveying the character's desperation, frustration and determination, and contrasting effectively with John Turturro's disquieting psychopath. Tim Robbins displays a gentle strength and is especially good in his diner scene, while Kathleen Chalfont is memorable in a small role. Robbins would hit it big the next year with Bull Durham, at the same time that Foster would earn recognition (as an adult actress) with The Accused.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0014381657326
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Time:
1:34:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Linda
Tim Robbins Harry Fitzgerald
Todd Graff James
John Turturro Heinz Sabantino
Elizabeth Berridge Melanie
Rose Gregorio Mrs. Sabantino
Gregory Rozakis Mazola
John Seitz Sullivan
Kathleen Chalfant Mrs. Fitzgerald
Michael Mantell Actor
Mike Nussbaum Actor
Jose Soto Boy in Pet Store
Richard Thomson Cop
Michael R. Howard Murray
Pierre Epstein George
Jerry Hewitt Mr. Glascow
Rodney Harvey Castro
Cathryn de Prume Brita
Carl Caportoto Sal
Anthony Powers Cop
Jack McGee Desk Sergeant
Mike Starr Bartender
Kit Le Fever Esther
Jerome Collamore Old Man in Bar
Bill Cobbs Man in Coffee Shop
Frances Foster Waitress
Eriq La Salle Samuel Kemp
Ray Aranha Arthur
David Brisbin Plainclothes Man
Robert Lempert Neighborhood Person
Pepe Douglas Policeman
Dann Florek Policeman
Alex Kramarevsky Policeman
Thomas Kudlek Policeman
Mike Lisenco Policeman
Regis Mullavey Policeman
Frank Patton Policeman
James Ryan Policeman
Campbell Scott Policeman
Joel Segal Policeman
Victor Slezak Policeman
Richard Thomsen Policeman
Marya Small Woman in Deli
Daniel Jenkins Willie
Keith Reddin Neighborhood Person

Technical Credits
Tony Bill Director,Co-producer
Douglas Aibel Casting
Billy Anagnos Stunts
Andy Blumenthal Editor
Bill Daly Sound Mixer
Bob Dylan Songwriter
Linda Ekstrand Set Decoration/Design
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Fuller Makeup
Cathy Glover Songwriter
Bill Harrison Special Effects
George Harrison Executive Producer
Don Hewitt Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Adrianne Lobel Production Designer
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Michael McDonnell Associate Producer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Forrest Murray Co-producer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Robbie Robertson Songwriter
Joel Segal Asst. Director
John Patrick Shanley Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Spencer Songwriter
Gary Tacon Stunts
Richard Thomas Songwriter

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