Five Corners starts out as an affectionate look back at a Bronx neighborhood circa 1964 and then about halfway through takes a darker turn into urban violence.
In his first produced script, Patrick Shanley clearly has drawn from his experience to create the variety of personalities and swirl of influences that make life in the boroughs of New York City so distinctive.
Before would-be freedom fighter in Mississippi Harry (Tim Robbins) goes off to save the world, there is business for him to take care of in the old neighborhood. Local no-goodnik Heinz (John Turturro) is out of jail and looking to renew his old battle with Harry and his old longing for Linda (Jodie Foster).
They are marvelously drawn parts and Robbins as the Irish working-class kid with a social conscience gets into the heart and soul of the character. Turturro is downright scary but also sympathetic as the schoolyard psychotic. Foster is serviceable, but a little out of her element as a tough Catholic kid.