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Ghost Canyon

'Five Corners: Special Edition'
(Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro, Todd Graf, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1987) 2020 / Liberation Hall - MVD Visual)

Overview: From Academy Award Winning director Tony Bill (The Sting) and Academy Award Winning writer John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck) comes 'Five Corners'.

John Turturo (Barton Fink) is "Heinz", a rapist who has been released from prison, who attempts to court Linda (Jodie Foster), the young woman whom he previously attacked.

Coming to Linda's aid is Jamie (Todd Graff), her disabled boyfriend, while Harry (Tim Robbins), her protector from the earlier incident, is preoccupied with joining the civil rights movement.

As Heinz' behavior grows increasingly bizarre, the offbeat tale moves towards its dramatic conclusion.

Blu-ray Verdict: In all honesty, from the moment I saw the names of Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins and John Turturro, and Oscar- winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley on the front and back cover art, well, I was very interested and so dived right into this Blu-ray with a lovely bottle of red to keep me company!

I was not disappointed. On the contrary, I was very pleasantly surprised. I love period movies, and this one is warmly set in New York City (specifically, in the Bronx) in 1964. The script may be a bit unusual, but that is part of its charm.

OK, sure, telling it like it is, Jodie Foster's role is small, but I think she does a fantastic job in the time she is on screen. Her New York accent is so believable you start thinking she actually is from the Bronx! She is certainly not wasted.

Tim Robbins and John Turturro are also excellent. A few people I've since spoken with about this film have stated that the latter's performance is even more admirable because it could have been over the top, but is not. Tim Robbin's portrayal of a young man who renounces violence is also excellent; an early sign of his acting genius, if I might be bold enough to remark.

Besides this film being an early entry in the filmography of Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins and John Turturro, it is also one of the few films made by Rodney Harvey, a talented young actor with a lot of promise (he was the Bellboy at the bed-and-breakfast where Kevin Costner and Sean Young spend the weekend in 'No Way Out') who unfortunately died of a drug overdose in 1998. Had he lived, I am sure, he would have gone far.

I also loved the sub-plot involving the glue-sniffing girls and the boys they meet. Plus, the mysterious bow and arrow vigilantes' antics are pretty funny too.

Overall, this is a charming, often funny, poignant film, with excellent performances, plenty of good humor, and even social commentary. I also think its portrayal of 1960's New York is right on the button. Oh, and the canny use of Beatles songs in the soundtrack is a nice touch also. I recommend it to anyone who loves movies and good acting. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary Track
Actor Biographies
Original Trailer
Chapter Menu