Show Me A Hero (HBO 2015, Oscar Isaac, Jim Belushi)

Six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York.

In 1987, in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor Nick Wasicsko 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 neighbourhoods of his town.

His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyses the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

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Show Me a Hero co-stars Catherine Keener as long time East Yonkers resident Mary Dorman; Alfred Molina as Councilman Henry J. Spallone; Winona Ryder as Councilwoman Vinni Restiano; Bob Balaban as U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand; and Jim Belushi as incumbent Yonkers mayor Angelo Martinelli.

production details
USA / HBO – Pretty Pictures / 6×50 minutes Broadcast 16-30 August 2015

Creator: David Simon / Book: Lisa Belkin / Executive Producers: Paul Haggis, Nina Kostroff Noble, David Simon, William F. Zorzi / Director: Paul Haggis

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cast
Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko
Carla Quevedo as Nay Noe Wasicsko
Jim Belushi as Angelo R. Martinelli
Alfred Molina as Henry J. Spallone
Winona Ryder as Vinni Restiano
Jim Bracchitta as Nicholas Long
Terry Kinney as Peter Smith
Jon Bernthal as Michael H. Sussman
Michael Stahl-David as James Surdoval
Clarke Peters as Robert Mayhawk
Catherine Keener as Mary Dorman
LaTanya Richardson-Jackson as Norma O’Neal

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