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Five Corners (film)

Five Corners is a 1987 American independent crime drama film, directed by Tony Bill from a screenplay written by John Patrick Shanley. The film stars Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro, and Rodney Harvey. It depicts 48 hours in the lives of a group of young New Yorkers in the 1960s.

Five Corners
Five corners poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTony Bill
Produced byForrest Murray
Written byJohn Patrick Shanley
Distributed by
Release date
January 22, 1988 (USA)
Running time
90 min
  • United States
Budget$5.5 million[1]
Box office$969,205[2]

Five Corners was released domestically in limited theatres on January 22, 1987. The film received generally positive reviews from critics but was a financial failure grossing $969,205 against a budget of $5.5 million. Foster received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance.


In the Bronx in 1964 a high-school teacher is shot in the back with an arrow and killed.

A man offers to give two young ladies (who are apparently high) to two teenage boys, even offering them cash to take the women off his hands. These ladies later wake in a strange apartment, lying naked under sheets. The next day, the boys tell the girls that their teacher was murdered, and that is why they were available to take the girls for the car ride.

Heinz has just been released from prison after serving a term for attempted rape, and has returned to his old neighborhood to resume his relationship with his demented mother and to "rekindle" his own demented version of a relationship with Linda, the near-rape victim. Harry had protected Linda in the near-rape, but since then he has adopted a policy of non-violent response to violence (caused by the murder of his policeman father and the non-violent protests against racism espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King). Harry has now become a Buddhist and a pacifist, and seeks to join Dr. King's movement, making protecting Linda again a difficult task. Heinz calls Linda, and tells her to meet him in a park at midnight. She reluctantly agrees, knowing that he may become dangerous if she doesn't comply. When arriving at the pool, she finds a board to use for protection and hides it. Heinz shows her a present he got for her: two penguins he stole from the Bronx zoo. She tells him that he has to return them because penguins need special food. Heinz becomes outraged, thinking that she was rejecting his gift, and kills one of the penguins. Linda fights Heinz off, and runs off with one of the penguins.

Heinz takes an unconscious Linda to a rooftop, where police secure the building. A sharpshooter is in a position to kill him but doesn't because it would endanger Linda. Heinz is killed by a mysterious arrow to his back.



  1. ^ Ellsworth-Jones, Will. "HandMade in America." Sunday Times [London, England] 8 Feb. 1987: 51. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.
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