6.5/10
513
13 user 23 critic

Steel City (2006)

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

Director:

Brian Jun

Writer:

Brian Jun
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Sleep with Me (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ensemble drama set in the American Midwest focusing on a couple's struggle to have a child, and the consequences that arise after acquiring black market fertility drugs.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Cliff Chamberlain, Raymond J. Barry, Danielle Camastra
The Bandit (2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After his ex-wife bars him from seeing their daughter, a parolee finds kinship with a troubled woman who helps him re-evaluate his life.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Alicia Witt, Bellamy Young, Mark Pellegrino
While We Were (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A down on his luck small time drug dealer (Jeff Pennington) returns to his hometown to deliver the biggest deal of his life. But when his double-crossing partner (Clayne Crawford) leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Roa
Stars: Clayne Crawford, Jeff Pennington, Kate Hankin
Warrior Road (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An adventure of the soul. JOSEPH is a young, painfully shy writer in the waterlands of South Carolina. After robbing a rural juke joint with two lower-class buddies and joy-riding up the ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Jayne
Stars: Lorenzo James Henrie, Kristopher Higgins, Eddie Hassell
On the Doll (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A lurid, dark look into the lives of sex workers, where victims of child abuse deal with the consequences later in life.

Director: Thomas Mignone
Stars: Brittany Snow, Josh Janowicz, Clayne Crawford
The Barnes Brothers (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Ricky T. & Jerry Barnes decide it's time an American won the Boston Marathon instead of another Kenyan so they head to Beantown to rectify the situation.

Director: Clayne Crawford
Stars: Clayne Crawford, Todd Detwiler, Ross Patterson
Feel (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Over the course of a single day, four different men visit a massage parlor looking for some kind of emotional or physical connection. Simultaneously, the film explores the complex emotional experiences of the women who work there.

Director: Matt Mahurin
Stars: William Baldwin, Tom Bower, Grant Chang
Ray II (2018)
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

From athlete to actor, 79-year-old Raymond J. Barry offers a honest and intimate portrait of his life and career.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Raymond J. Barry, Tom Cruise
X's & O's (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Relationship issues arise between a researcher with a theory to explain away all his failed dating experiments, a player who wants out of the game, a deejay whose head spins with thoughts ... See full summary »

Director: Kedar Korde
Stars: Clayne Crawford, Judy Marte, Warren Christie
Convergence I (2015)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A detective must fight for the redemption of his soul when he finds himself trapped in a mysterious hospital that serves as a gateway between heaven and hell.

Director: Drew Hall
Stars: Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson
The Coverup (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The story centers on around the mysterious death of repeat drunk driving offender Thacker and the discovery of his body in an alley behind the Marshalltown, Iowa, police department after his latest DUI arrest.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Gabriel Mann, Eliza Dushku, John Savage
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jamie Anne Allman ... Maria Lee (as Jamie Anne Brown)
Marcus Atkins Marcus Atkins ... Courtroom Background
Raymond J. Barry ... Vic Lee
Kristian Best Kristian Best ... Michael Karns
Michael Cowan Michael Cowan ... Carpenter at Fire Job
Clayne Crawford ... Ben Lee
James DeBello ... Maria's Brother
America Ferrera ... Amy Barnes
Celesta Gentelin Celesta Gentelin ... Baby Jenny at 1
Rusty Gray Rusty Gray ... Marcus
Tom Guiry ... PJ Lee
Ricardo Gutierrez Ricardo Gutierrez ... Ralph
John Heard ... Carl Lee
James R. Hentrich James R. Hentrich ... Charlie Haskel
Richard Hoffman Jr. Richard Hoffman Jr. ... Carl Lee's attorney
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Director's official website

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acélváros See more »

Filming Locations:

Granite City, Illinois, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$817, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:

$10,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,227
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Carl Lee: everyone is born ugly, then you look good for forty years, then you start to look ugly again
See more »

Soundtracks

Home
Written and Performed by Jeff Black
Published by Lotus Nile Music (BMI)
Under license from Lotus Nile Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
simple but affecting working-class drama
6 June 2010 | by Buddy-51See 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.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed