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 ...
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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use


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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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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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simple but affecting working-class drama
6 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superior performances are the hallmark of "Steel City," a moody, gritty, low-keyed drama set in the economically depressed area of the Upper Midwest. P.J. Lee (Tom Guiry) is a fitfully employed young man with an assortment of obstacles to overcome: his father's in jail on a vehicular manslaughter charge; his mom's re-married to a cop; his older brother's a philandering jerk whose wife walks out on him; and his girlfriend has a weight problem which makes P.J. reluctant to fully commit to her. He's also coping with the guilt of having been at least partially responsible for the fatal accident that his dad is claiming was all his fault.

Though most of the screen time is taken up with the travails that P.J. is facing and the growing up he is forced to do as a result, the movie's true emotional focus is on the lengths a largely absent father will go to in an effort to redeem himself in the eyes of his son - even if that means having to sacrifice his own freedom to bring that redemption about. As the film's writer and director, Brian Jun demonstrates a nice feel for the look and flavor of the movie's wintry locale and for the tempo and rhythm of the characters' lives.

"Steel City" is sure to get lost in the shuffle of bigger and grander independent and not-so-independent films out there, but the authentic performances - by Guiry, John Heard, Raymond J. Barry, Clayne Crawford, Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") and America Ferreira (virtually unrecognizable out of her Ugly Betty get-up) - and sturdy film-making make it a movie well worth checking out.

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