Steel City (2006)

R  |   |  Drama  |  January 2006 (USA)
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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 ...
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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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use


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Release Date:

January 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: There's something in life called respect, and you earn it.
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Written and Performed by Mark Geary
Courtesy of SonaBLAST! Records, Inc.
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Better than you would think
26 June 2008 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Steel City is the story of a dysfunctional family working through the crisis of the father being jailed. The mother isn't present, although members of the extended family (uncles, etc.) play prominent roles.

In my humble opinion, the only reason this movie doesn't have a higher rating is that none of the characters are particularly sympathetic; there isn't a single one of them that you would invite over to your house. In fact, you might be best advised to call 911 the instant any of these characters showed up in your neighborhood.

That aside, the movie is enjoyable for the storyline, good acting, and good production values. The secret mentioned in the plot outline isn't such a big secret, don't look for a twist ending or suspense.

Watch it when you can't find what you were looking for and have to settle for what's left in the rental store. It makes a pleasant evening of movie watching without being great.

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