A schematic tale of urban corruption in a decaying northeastern town, John Sayles's CITY OF HOPE focuses on the network of greed and influence surrounding an urban development plan and its effects on the innocent and guilty alike.
Nick (Vincent Spano), the son of a successful construction company owner, is not only bored by his sinecure on one of his father's sites but troubled by a large gambling debt. His judgment contorted by drugs, Nick walks off his "no-show" job. Arriving at the car repair shop run by his loan shark,
Carl (John Sayles), Nick learns of a plan to rob the local appliance dealer, oddly enough a friend of his father, and agrees to drive the get...