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Steel City (2006)

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During a Midwestern winter, two working-class brothers must cope with their recently incarcerated father.



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Credited cast:
Maria Lee (as Jamie Anne Brown)
Kristian Best ...
Michael Karns
Michael Cowan ...
Carpenter at Fire Job
Ben Lee
Maria's Brother
Amy Barnes
Celesta Gentelin ...
Baby Jenny at 1
Rusty Gray ...
PJ Lee
Ricardo Gutierrez ...
Carl Lee
James R. Hentrich ...
Charlie Haskel
Richard Hoffman Jr. ...
Carl Lee's attorney
Young PJ Lee


Steel City is a stirring family drama from the heartland of America about pride, remorse and forgiveness. When Carl Lee is involved in a fatal car accident he finds himself behind bars, cut off from his life and alienated by his family. His youngest son PJ, confused by life without his dad, is the only person to visit him. While PJ's girlfriend stays lovingly by his side and his Uncle Vic extends a helping hand, a belligerent older brother and the reality of being on his own force PJ to grow up faster than he'd like. It's not until a devastating secret is revealed that the family reunites and a regretful father learns that you can never take back the past, but you can let go of it. Written by Anonymous

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A father behind bars. A secret that would change everything.



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Rated R for language and brief drug use


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Also Known As:

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$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,213 (USA) (25 May 2007)


$10,227 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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Actors Tom Guiry and John Heard who play father and son in this movie previously played father and son in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode Disappearing Acts. See more »


During the scene where PJ and Lucy are smoking a single blunt in the basement of the bar, one shot shows PJ about to take a hit as he asks Lucy a questions, and then the scene immediately cuts to Lucy answering as she finishes taking a rip from the joint. See more »


Vic Lee: Things are fucked up! Pick one to fix, because you can't have it all, trust me...
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One Last Day To Live
Written and Performed by Jeff Black
Published by Lotus Nile Music (BMI)
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Fatherhood, Remorse and Redemption
11 November 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee (John Heard) where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ (Thomas Guiry), who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial support to keep his father's house, and is fired from his job and evicted from his house. His older brother Ben (Clayne Crawford) is a harder worker in a mill with a little daughter and cheats his wife with a bartender. Ben has open wounds in his relationship with his father and does not visit him in the jail. Carl's brother Vic Lee (Raymond J. Barry) helps PJ bringing him home but demanding discipline and respect. PJ's mother has just left her husband and is living with a policeman. On Christmas, the remorseful Carl forces PJ to keep an overwhelming secret that bonds them.

"Steel City" is a low-budget movie that seems to be a very personal family drama, supported by magnificent performances and solid, simple and credible screenplay about people not well succeeded – losers indeed. A father with remorse for leaving his family has a second chance to redeem himself in behalf of his young son and he sacrifices his freedom to compensate his absence in his childhood and adolescence. Therefore this is a beautiful tale of redemption but never being corny or commercial. On the contrary, most of the characters are not nice, and I dare to say that they are unpleasant with their rude behaviors. Nevertheless "Steel City" is a worthy movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Atrás das Grades" ("Behind Bars")

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