• Steel City (2007)

Steel City

Release Date: May 25th, 2007

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2008

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

As his brother (Clayne Crawford) muddles through a workaday job, and his father (John Heard) sits in a jail cell after a fatal drunk-driving crash, P.J. Lee (Thomas Guiry) works as a dishwasher in a Midwestern mill town. P.J. halfheartedly pursues a relationship with local girl Amy Barnes (America Ferrera) and temporarily bunks with his ex-Marine uncle, but family troubles weigh on him. Barely 20 but already worn down, P.J. might be the only person who can help his family heal.

Cast: John Heard, Tom Guiry, America Ferrera, Clayne Crawford, James McDaniel, Heather McComb, Jamie Anne Allman, Laurie Metcalf

Director: Brian Jun

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Transformation, Gritty, 2000s, Sacrifice, Daughter, Dark, Father

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Steel City makes a valiant attempt to add some new tweaks to the genre best described as life-sucks-growing-up-in-a-mill-town. show more

  • 80
    James GreenbergThe Hollywood Reporter

    The only misstep Jun makes, and it's hard to fault him given the budget, is the mediocre and at times heavy-handed use of music. Still, it's an unqualified success from the heartland. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    One of the most hopeful movies I've seen recently--not just for its humane, realistic story line, but in its very being. show more

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