This award-winning film centers on the lives of the inhabitants of the Five Corners section of the Bronx in 1964. Jodie Foster stars as Linda, a young woman who turns to her ex-boyfriend Harry (Tim Robbins) to protect her from an unhinged admirer (John Turturro), only to be stymied by formerly tough Harry’s new belief in pacifism. Tony Bill directed this winning mix of offbeat comedy and suspense.
The youngest of four children born to Evelyn “Brandy” Foster, Jodie Foster entered the world on November 19, 1962, under the name Alicia, but earned her “proper” name when her siblings insisted upon Jodie. A stage-mother supreme, Brandy Foster dragged her kids from one audition to another, securing work for son Buddy in the role of Ken Berry’s son on the popular sitcom Mayberry RFD. It was on Mayberry that Foster, already a professional thanks to her stint as the Coppertone girl (the little kid whose swimsuit was being pulled down by a dog on the ads for the suntan lotion), made her TV debut in a succession of minor roles. Buddy would become disenchanted with acting, but Jodie stayed at it, taking a mature, businesslike approach to the disciplines of line memorization and following directions that belied her years. Janet Waldo, a voice actress who worked on the 1970s cartoon series The Addams Family, would recall in later years that Foster, cast due to her… read more
One of the top character actors of his era, John Turturro is a fixture of the contemporary American independent filmmaking landscape. Born February 28, 1957, in Brooklyn, NY, Turturro became fascinated by movies during childhood, and after graduating from college he won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. He first gained notice in regional theater and off-Broadway, earning an Obie Award for his starring role in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He made his film debut in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull but did not reappear onscreen prior to 1984’s The Exterminator 2. That same year, he debuted on Broadway in Death of a Salesman.
Small roles in diverse fare including Susan Seidelman’s 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, Scorsese’s 1986 drama The Color of Money, and Woody Allen’s masterful Hannah and Her Sisters kept Turturro busy throughout much of the decade, but his breakthrough… read more
Unorthodox in how it handles the representation of an era. There is no nostalgia to drown out the story. The soundtrack isn't flooded with sixties artifacts. Instead, you have a chilling story anchored by interesting characters and an effective, atmospheric score. Tony Bill eases off where others might have gone all out. John Turturro is manic in one of his finer performances. You won't forget the penguin scene.
was surprised, after viewing the film, that the MUBI page for this was so barren/incomplete. definitely a worthwhile watch, with some very memorable scenes. almost shocked that this isn't considered a 'cult classic' of some sort. it's a pretty original film— a kind of Lynchian suspense thriller with an odd cartoony twist. interesting to note that George Harrison put his name on it as well.