Show Me A Hero

Show Me A Hero

DVD - 2016
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In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 358 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Nov 24, 2017

David Simon never disappoints. Unless you're hoping for happy endings. His story telling is honest and nuanced from every character's perspective. This is a compelling example of how American politics affects every aspect of our culture.

PimaLib_NormS Jul 05, 2017

David Simon’s “Show Me a Hero”, an HBO mini-series, is available on DVD. As far as I’m concerned, if David Simon did a show about watching grass grow, I’d be first in line to see it. He is one of the great storytellers of his generation. “Show Me a Hero” follows in the tradition of great works such as, “The Wire” and “Treme” with the kind of gritty, honest realism that just resonates with me. Based on an excellent book with the same title by Lisa Belkin, it is the true story of the court-ordered desegregation of Yonkers, New York in the 1980’s and 90’s. There are multiple story lines flowing through “Show Me a Hero”, giving it great depth and texture, but the show shines its brightest light on Nick Wasicsko, the ambitious young mayor of Yonkers, played by Oscar Isaac. The mayor really was not the biggest proponent of desegregation, but he realized that legally the city had no choice but to comply with the court orders to build low-income housing in the white, middle-class neighborhoods of East Yonkers. This was fiercely opposed by the residents and a demagogic city council member, but Wasicsko was able to cobble together enough council votes to pass the housing plan, thereby avoiding fines that would have quickly bankrupted the city. Next election, he was voted out, even though he did the right thing, probably because he did the right thing. “Show Me a Hero” is an emotional, intense story of politics, race, caste, and tragedy, brought to the screen by David Simon and his terrific team. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

If you're a David Simon fan, and you liked THE WIRE and TREME, you'll enjoy SHOW ME A HERO, a dramatization of the political fight at the end of the 1980s/beginning of the 1990s to build public housing in the white part of Yonkers. The acting is terrific. Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina are all excellent. But because the six-part series deals with multiple narratives, at times some of the peripheral stories, like the hardworking Dominican single mother, feel superfluous. Whatever you do though make it to the sixth and final episode. Perfection is achieved.

Sep 23, 2016

Different viewpoints of a single issue. Shows that these issues are far more complex than are known to the general public and how one must keep an open mind to hear and see truth and value.

Jun 13, 2016

Excellent! Raw and authentic-a completely compelling and gripping drama that successfully explores an event from all the sides involved. "Show me a Hero" is completely worth your full attention. It is a 6 part mini-series.

Jun 08, 2016

Film received accolades all around as impressively crafted, engaging social theme, compassionately drawn characters, great entertainment, compulsively watchable, especially strong actors etc. Well, I agree with most of those elements but somehow all added up to one long tiresome docudrama, made up of large number of unfamiliar characters quarreling about their city's public housing policy inside board rooms, court rooms, council rooms and few occasions elsewhere. On the other hand, my taste is clearly in the minority as I also rated (2.5★) for Isaac's other highly praised languid roles in "Inside Llewyn Davis 2013," and "A Most Violent Year 2014."


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Jun 08, 2016

- Are council meetings all this boring?
- Most.
If your mother needs a handicap space, you just let me know, 'cause I got these parking people on the speed dial, all right?
I'd like to discuss the fact that what this judge is doing is nothing short of social engineering by someone -- by someone who doesn't live anywhere near our neighborhood.
- It's a ... it's an honest-to-God legal precedent. How many other cities just pile the low-income housing into black neighborhoods or use federal money to segregate?
-This is ... it's a big win for the movement. 10 years ago, I would've agreed. Back then, I'd have seen this case as the answer to a problem.
-Most of us would have, but we've been at this game a long time, Mike. Longer than you, and a lot of us are at the point where if they don't want to live with us, then why should we want to live with them?

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