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Directed by Tony Bill • 1987 • United States
Starring Jodie Foster, John Turturro, Tim Robbins
Youthful idealism collides with matter-of-fact violence in a working-class Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s in this captivatingly offbeat urban mosaic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast. A woman (Jodie Foster) being stalked by a psychotic ex-con (John Turturro). A young man (Tim Robbins) whose pacifist ideals compel him to get involved in the civil rights movement. A schoolteacher mysteriously murdered by a bow and arrow. And a kidnapped penguin. These are just some of the seemingly unrelated stories that gradually intertwine in a rich, utterly unique slice of life from the pen of Pulitzer Prize–winning writer John Patrick Shanley (MOONSTRUCK, DOUBT).