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CITY OF INDUSTRY

SYNOPSIS:
Lee Egan (Timothy Hutton) is a L.A. thief who's plotting to rob a Palm Springs jewellery store. He's accompanied by his older brother Roy (Keitel), friend Jorge Montana (Wade Dominguez), and an unpredictable newcomer, Skip Kovich (Stephen Dorff). The robbery is successful, but Skip shoots and kills Lee and Jorge and nearly gets Roy who just manages to escape. Skip takes the loot and heads off to pay his debts, not knowing that Roy is hot on his trail and looking for revenge. As Roy seeks the help of Jorge's widow Rachel (Famke Janssen), Skip gets his crime associates to put a price tag on Roy's head. As Roy gets closer to finding Skip, tensions rise, as does the body count.

"Those who are fans of violent, gritty crime dramas, or of any of the cast might, but most kids will probably stay away from this one. Here is a film noir thriller that plunges the viewer in the dark underbelly of urban Los Angeles, City of Industry is a well crafted work that uses the city in question in a way rarely seen on film, aided by some sharply realised camerawork, that allows the viewer to be drawn on the journey faced by Roy. Though Keitel does little he hasn't done before, he still excels in playing these seemingly dark, complex souls and manages to give a polished, understated performance as a seemingly cold but deeply human killer to whom we are strangely drawn. Though he's [regrettably] killed off, Timothy Hutton is superb as the unfortunate younger brother, while the always vivid Stephen Dorff gives an urgent, energetic performance as the psychotic Skip. As the sole female of any note, former Bond beauty Famke Janssen is haunting as Rachel. Director Irvin creates mood and tension through use of camerawork and evocative lighting, and though the film is by no means flawless, especially in its relentless violence, it's nonetheless an arresting and fascinating cinematic journey."
Paul Fischer

"In this post-modern classic film noir, Keitel says that the multi-faced character of Roy Egan is close to his own personality: tough, yet with a tender side. He says he sees life as a struggle; existence is struggle. And Eganís struggle is fascinating. Perhaps we sense this closeness to the character - Keitel is riveting. Stephen Dorff is outstanding as Skip, charming yet ready to blow at any time, while Timothy Hutton is gripping as Lee. These characters drive this thriller, set in a gritty, ruthless Los Angeles. This is a film of contrasts and extremes that heads towards a new beginning; uncompromising, thrilling and engrossing entertainment."
Louise Keller

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CITY OF INDUSTRY (MA15+)
(US)

CAST: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Famke Janssen, Timothy Hutton, Wade Dominguez, Michael Jai White, Reno Wilson

DIRECTOR: John Irvin

PRODUCER: Evzen Kolar, Ken Solarz

SCRIPT: Ken Solarz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Thomas Burstyn

EDITOR: Mark Conte

MUSIC: Stephen Endelman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michael Novotny

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 30, 1997







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