Top 13 Movies Filmed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by US Box Office

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Lights, Cameras, Milwaukee: Explore the Movie Magic in Wisconsin’s Hidden Gem!

Hey there, fellow thrill-seeker and adventure enthusiast! Looking to add a dash of excitement to your life? Well, look no further than Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the city that has witnessed the glitz and glamour of the big screen right before its very eyes.

Get ready to embark on a cinematic journey like no other as we dive into the world of movies filmed in the land of cheese and beer!

Key Takeaways:

  • Unleash your inner movie fanatic by discovering the cinematic treasures hidden within Milwaukee’s borders.
  • Set foot on the very locations where Hollywood legends have left their mark, igniting the silver screen with their raw talent.
  • Step into the shoes of your favorite movie characters and see the world through their eyes as you navigate the vibrant streets of Milwaukee.

Ever wondered what it’s like to stroll down the same streets as your favorite on-screen heroes or witness the breathtaking landscapes that have graced movie screens? Well, guess what? Milwaukee has got it all and then some! Imagine immersing yourself in the magic of the movies as you wander through the actual spots where iconic scenes were shot.

Picture this: You’re walking down the bustling streets, feeling a buzz in the air as you soak in the vibrant energy of Milwaukee. Suddenly, you turn a corner and find yourself transported into the world of “Public Enemies,” where Johnny Depp showcased his acting prowess in the midst of a thrilling bank heist. It’s like being part of the action, but without the danger or the need for a getaway car!

But wait, there’s more! As you continue your adventure through Milwaukee, you stumble upon quaint neighborhoods that once provided the backdrop for heartwarming stories. Relive the magic of “Bridesmaids” as you explore the iconic locations that had audiences laughing out loud.

Now, imagine sipping on a refreshing local brew at a quirky café, all while swapping stories and discussing your favorite scenes with fellow movie buffs. It’s like a secret club where movie magic intertwines with real-life anecdotes. Who knows? You might even stumble upon a local who was an extra in one of these movies (or at least claims to be!).

But don’t just take our word for it. Grab your camera, bring your excitement, and hit the streets of Milwaukee. Seek out the filming locations, strike a pose, and create your own cinematic memories. Discover the hidden gems and untold tales this vibrant city has to offer. Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, Milwaukee! Grab your popcorn and check out the listicle below to explore the mesmerizing movies that have graced this incredible city. Lights, Cameras, Milwaukee: Experience the silver screen magic firsthand and let Milwaukee be your cinematic playground!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – US Box Office: USD 352.39 million

Director: Michael Bay

Main Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Kevin Dunn, Alan Tudyk, Glenn Morshower, Buzz Aldrin, Ravil Isyanov, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Julie White, Ken Jeong, Lester Speight, Bill O’Reilly, Dustin Dennard

Release Date: 29 June 2011

Filming Locations: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Old Post Office, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Main Plot: The actions have restarted as Optimus Prime, and his co-Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que), and Sideswipe have stepped against evil Decepticons, who are not ready to redeem themselves from their defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons are racing towards discovering the secret behind the hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon. Sam Witwicky is also back, aiding his Autobot friends. But, despite the continued battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, a new villain has come into the scene and made the story much more interesting. Autobots are in an epic battle but are challenged by another, which is a big question now how can they survive these dark days considering the earth’s future if they lose? 

Famous quotes:

[last lines]

Optimus Prime: In any war, there are calms between the storms. There will be days when we lose faith, days when our allies turn against us. But the day will never come, that we forsake this planet and its people.

Simmons: Years from now they’re going to ask us: where were you when they took over the planet? We’re gonna say: we stood by and watched.

Que: Ah, good, you’re here. My name’s Que. I do hope you have answers for him. I’ve never seen him so upset!

Lennox: Optimus, you remember Charlotte Mearing, our director of National Intelligence?

[Optimus stays in truck mode]

Dino: He’s in a bad mood. He’s not talking to anybody today.

Charlotte Mearing: What is this, the silent treatment?

Ironhide: We’ve seen that and this is not that.

Que: Definitely not!

Ironhide: This is worse. Prime, make something of yourself!

[bangs fist on top of Optimus’s cab, Optimus transforms]

Ironhide: He’s pissed.

Optimus Prime: [pounds the ground] You lied to us! Everything humans know of our planet we were told had all been shared!

[points to component]

Optimus Prime: So why was this found in human possession?

Optimus Prime: What your leaders say is true: this was all my fault. I told them whom to trust. I was so wrong.

Sam Witwicky: That doesn’t make it your fault, it just makes you human for a change.

Optimus Prime: Remember this: you may lose your faith in us, but never in yourselves.

Sam Witwicky: I need to know how you’re going to fight back. I know there’s a strategy, I know you’re coming back with reinforcements, something. I know there’s a plan. You can tell me, no other human will ever know.

Optimus Prime: There is no plan.

Sam Witwicky: If we just do what they want, how are we ever going to live with ourselves?

Optimus Prime: You are my friend Sam, you always will be. But your leaders have spoken. From here the fight will be your own.

Megatron: Now, we need a truce. All I want is to be back in charge. Besides, who would you be without me, Prime?

Optimus Prime: Time to find out!

[attacks Megatron and beheads him]

Sequel: Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Age of Extinction (2014), and The Last Knight (2017)

Fun Fact about Transformers: Dark of the Moon:

  • Despite the rumors of a feud between Megan Fox and Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg had Fox fired from this film (after she compared Bay to Nazis). Bay was already prepping Fox for this film when she was forced to drop out.

Bridesmaids – US Box Office: USD 169.11 million

Director: Paul Feig

Main Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Tom Yi, Michael Hitchcock, Joe Nunez, Matt Lucas, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Greg Tuculescu, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Elaine Kao, Kali Hawk, Rebel Wilson, Jill Clayburgh, Ellie Kemper, Steve Bannos, Hugh Dane

Release Date: 13 May 2011

Filming Locations: 2501 South Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Oxnard, California, USA; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; 1009 W Mitchell St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; 3218 West Cameron Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Main Plot: Annie is broken from her relationship, bakery, and most aspects of her life. She hates her job but still attends it, for she has nowhere to go besides the bedroom she shares with her obese sister Brynn and British immigrant Gil. She refuses to take the offer of her mother to go back home due to her failures. But, everything went light when her BFF Lilian announced that she was getting married and Annie was her maid of honor. Still, Helen, who is a perfectly beautiful and wealthy wife of the boss of Lilian’s fiancé, claims to be the deserving maid of honor. They compete for Lilian’s attention and approval until everything goes a mess in favor of Helen. Due to Annie’s failure, Lilian told Annie not to attend her wedding. Still, Lilian had gone missing, and Helen took the initiative to apologize and seek Annie’s help to find Lilian. They found the distressed bride and resumed the wedding with Annie as the maid of honor. Helen then helped Nathan, a traffic cop, to get in touch with Annie after the wedding.

Famous quotes:

Megan: I’m glad he’s single because I’m going to climb that like a tree.

Helen: [Crying] Why are you smiling?

Annie: It’s just… it’s the first time I’ve ever seen you look ugly… and that makes me kind of happy.

Annie: [after Helen insists the flight attendant allow Annie to use her first class seat] Help me I’m poor.

Helen’s Stepson: I’ve seen better tennis playing in a tampon commercial.

Flight Attendant Steve: You have 3 seconds to get back to your seat.

Annie: No one can get anywhere in 3 seconds. You’re setting me up for a loss already.

Sequel: Bridesmaids 2

Fun Fact about Bridesmaids:

  • It was originally intended that Chris O’Dowd’s cop would be American, but everyone was so enamored with O’Dowd’s native Irish accent that he decided to keep it.

Public Enemies – US Box Office: USD 97.10 million 

Director: Michael Mann

Main Cast: Christian Bale, Christian Stolte, Stephen Graham, John Judd, Michael Vieau, Carey Mulligan, Giovanni Ribisi, John Scherp, William Nero Jr., Johnny Depp, Jason Clarke, David Wenham, Stephen Dorff, John Kishline, James Russo, Wesley Walker, Elena Kenney, Channing Tatum

Release Date: 1 July 2009

Filming Locations: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA; Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana, USA

Main Plot: During the booming crime wave in 1930, when a great depression caused by crimes brought by reckless gangs, the bureau headed by Melvin Purvis tried to give hope to people and get rid of the notorious American gangsters’ John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. Since Purvis has failed to capture the gangsters with technology, Edgar Hoover, who is a proposing officer for the financial support of Purvis’s team, ordered a more abusive and torturing way of interrogation to intimidate and blackmail members of the groups into succeeding in their mission. But Dillinger cried for vengeance as Billie Frechette was used to catching him whom he fell in love with.

Famous quotes:

John Dillinger: I was raised on a farm in Moooresville, Indiana. My mama died when I was three, my daddy beat the hell out of me cause he didn’t know no better way to raise me. I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whiskey, and you… what else you need to know?

Billie Frechette: They’re looking at me because they’re not used to having a girl in their restaurant in a $3 dress.

John Dillinger: Listen, doll. That’s ’cause they’re all about where people come from. The only thing that’s important is where someone’s going.

Billie Frechette: [smiles] Where are you going?

John Dillinger: Anywhere I want.

John Dillinger: We’re having too good a time today. We ain’t thinking about tomorrow.

[last lines]

Billie Frechette: They say you’re the man who shot him.

Charles Winstead: That’s right. One of ’em.

Billie Frechette: So why are you coming here to see me? To see the damage you done?

Charles Winstead: No. I came here because he asked me to. When he went down, he said somethin’. I put my ear next to his mouth, and what I think he said was this. He said, ‘Tell Billie for me: Bye bye, Blackbird.

[Billie starts to cry as Winstead gets up to leave]

Melvin Purvis: What keeps you up nights, Mr. Dillinger?

John Dillinger: Coffee.

Fun Fact about Public Enemies:

  • Although Billie Frechette was never given a “third-degree” interrogation by the FBI, as shown in the movie, the FBI agents did perform similar tactics on Helen Nelson (the wife of Baby Face Nelson), Alvin Karpis, and a John Dillinger associate in Chicago named James Probasco. In the instance of Probasco, he ended up falling to his death from an upper-floor window. Officially, it is believed he committed suicide to avoid further interrogation. However, some historians believe that the FBI agents interrogating Probasco attempted to make him talk by hanging him out of a window and that they lost their grip on him.

The Blues Brothers – US Box Office: USD 57.23 million

Director: John Landis

Main Cast: John Belushi, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Donald Dunn, Willie Hall, Lou Marini, Alan Rubin, Henry Gibson, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Ray Charles, Steve Cropper, Murphy Dunne, Tom Malone, Matt Murphy, Carrie Fisher, John Lee Hooker

Release Date: 20 June 1980

Filming Locations: Dixie Square Mall – 151st Street & Dixie Highway, Harvey, Illinois, USA; 807 West Maxwell Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Pilgrim Baptist Church – 9114 S. Burley Avenue, South Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA; 22 W. Van Buren Street, The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Calumet River, South Deering, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Main Plot: As a way of giving back to where they have cared as homeless brothers, Jake Blues and his brother Elwood visited the Catholic home and found that it would be closed. Fresh from prison, Jake was upset and wanted to help. Until they come up with the idea of reuniting their old blues band to raise the necessary funds of $5,000 to save their former home, but some zany characters, arguing police officers, revenge-seeking militant groups, angry and jealous country singers, and psychotic former girlfriends have caused detours in their way to achieving the saving project for their former home.

Famous quotes:

Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it.

[repeated line]

Elwood: We’re on a mission from God.

Police Dispatcher: Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers HAS been approved.

Elwood: Illinois Nazis.

Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.

Mrs. Murphy: May I help you boys?

Elwood: You got any white bread?

Mrs. Murphy: Yes.

Elwood: I’ll have some toasted white bread please.

Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?

Elwood: No ma’am, dry.

[Mrs. Murphy gives him a look, then turns to Jake]

Jake: Got any fried chicken?

Mrs. Murphy: Best damn chicken in the state.

Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.

Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?

Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.

Elwood: And some dry white toast please.

Mrs. Murphy: Y’all want anything to drink with that?

Elwood: No ma’am.

Jake: A Coke.

Mrs. Murphy: Be up in a minute

Sequel: Blues Brothers 2000

Fun Fact about The Blues Brothers:

  • John Belushi disappeared while filming one of the night scenes. Dan Aykroyd looked around and saw a single house with its lights on. He went to the house and was prepared to identify himself, the movie, and that they were looking for Belushi. Before he could, the homeowner looked at him, smiled, and said, “You’re here for John Belushi, aren’t you?” The homeowner told them Belushi had entered their house, asked if he could have a glass of milk and a sandwich, and then crashed on their couch. Situations like that prompted Aykroyd to dub Belushi “America’s Guest affectionately.”

Major League – US Box Office: USD 49.80 million

Director: David S. Ward

Main Cast: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, Charles Cyphers, Chelcie Ross, Dennis Haysbert, Andy Romano, Bob Uecker, Steve Yeager, Peter Vuckovich, Stacy Carroll, Richard Pickren, Kevin Crowley, Mary Seibel

Release Date: 7 April 1989

Filming Locations: Milwaukee County Stadium – 201 South 46th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Hi Corbett Field – 3400 E. Camino Campestre, Tucson, Arizona, USA; Cleveland Municipal Stadium – 1085 West 3rd St., Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA; General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Main Plot: As her husband died, Rachel Phelps took over the Cleveland Indians, who had gone 34 years without a division title. The only thing that Cleveland Indians will get them to Miami, Florida, for a warmer climate and a new stadium is drafted. The only thing to do this is to make the attendance of Indians below 800,000 justify the move. So, she hired misfit players so that they lost and loosed until getting an attendance of lower than 800,000. The new team involves catcher Jake Taylor, who was a major league standout before but got a knee injury and bears it until now. Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, who is a pitcher who throws recklessly, third baseman Roger Dorn, who is a product endorser and former major league star who is afraid of getting damaged on his appearance, outfielder Willie Mays Hayes, who runs fast enough to steal a lot of bases but never had a hit, and Pedro Cerrano, who is an outfielder who practices voodoo. But a miracle came, and the team started to win and gain more attendance instead. This has brought about by their discovery that Rachel wants them to lose. The flame started to burst, and they worked as a team to win.

Famous quotes:

Harry Doyle: JUST a bit outside.

Harry Doyle: Just a reminder, fans, comin’ up is our “Die-hard Night” here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant.

Pedro Cerrano: Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.

Eddie Harris: You know you might think about taking Jesus Christ as your savior instead of fooling around with all this stuff.

Roger Dorn: Shit, Harris.

Pedro Cerrano: Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.

Eddie Harris: You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

[Willie Mays Hayes has just made a ‘basket catch’ to end the inning]

Lou Brown: Nice catch, Hayes. Don’t ever fuckin’ do it again.

Lou Brown: [at a team meeting] Can I have your attention, please?

[picks up a bat and leans on it like a walking stick]

Lou Brown: I have something I think you all ought to know about.It seems that Mrs. Phelps doesn’t think too highly of our worth. She put this team together because she thought we’d be bad enough to finish dead last, knocking attendance down to the point where she could move the team to Miami… and get rid of all of us for better personnel.

Roger Dorn: Even me?

Lou Brown: Even you, Dorn.

Eddie Harris: What if we DON’T finish last?

Lou Brown: She’ll REPLACE you with somebody who WILL. After this season, you’ll be sent back to the minors or given your outright release.

Jake Taylor: [Jake stands up] Well then I guess there’s only one thing left to do.

Roger Dorn: What’s that?

Jake Taylor: Win the whole fucking thing.

[long pause]

Willie Mays Hayes: [Willie stands up] Yeah.

Pedro Cerrano: [Pedro pounds his hand] YES!

[everyone talks amongst themselves]

Sequel: Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors

Fun Fact about Major League:

  • When director David S. Ward asked Bob Uecker to play Harry Doyle in the film, Ward had chosen Uecker because of his acting work in Miller Lite ads and on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere (1985). It wasn’t until Ward met Uecker did he learn that Uecker had been, for nearly 20 years, the radio broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Hindenburg – US Box Office: USD 27.95 million 

Director: Robert Wise

Main Cast: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning, Richard Dysart, Robert Clary, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Donat, Alan Oppenheimer, Katherine Helmond, Joanna Moore, Stephen Elliott, Joyce Davis, Jean Rasey, Ted Gehring

Release Date: 25 December 1975

Filming Locations: Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey USA; Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA; Munich, Bavaria, Germany; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Main Plot: A heads up that the Hindenburg zeppelin will explode after flying over New York. It was from Kathie Rauch, which resulted in Luftwaffe Colonel Franz Ritter being assigned as the security officer for the plane. Since many passengers were on board, he focused on each person to identify the potential bomber. Later on, a former Hitler Youth leader Karl Boerth was discovered to be the bomber. This is because; his girlfriend was killed while escaping her arrest with the Hindenburg. Knowing this, Boerth planned to suicide while on board. The bomb has not been defused and killed Boerth and Ritter. Most of the passengers struggled to survive the incident and ended up in a tragic scene.

Famous quotes:

Ursula, The Countess: The German Air Force is not at all like it used to be, but then again, nothing is.

Emilio Pajetta: [Playing cards with the Countess, laying his hand down] Full house! Sorry it’s not strip poker, eh, Countess?

Ursula, The Countess: [Laying her own hand down] You’d be looking for a fig leaf. Straight flush!

Goebbels: There is no resistance movement, Colonel!

Colonel Franz Ritter: That’s reassuring, coming from the Minister of Propoganda.

Mrs. Channing: Sugar, next time, let’s take the Titanic.

Colonel Franz Ritter: We’re all gonna die! Where’s the bomb!

Sequel: Blues Brothers 2000

Fun Fact about The Hindenburg:

  • The site of the Hindenburg crash, at Lakehurst Naval Air Station (now part of Joint Base Lakehurst-Dix-McGuire), is marked with a chain-outlined pad and bronze plaque where the airship’s gondola landed. It was dedicated on May 6, 1987, the 50th anniversary of the disaster. Hangar #1, which still stands, is where the airship was to be housed after landing. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.

Mr. 3000 – US Box Office: USD 21.80 million 

Director: Charles Stone III

Main Cast: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Michael Rispoli, Brian White, Ian Anthony Dale, Evan Jones, Amaury Nolasco, Dondré T. Whitfield, Paul Sorvino, Earl Billings, Chris Noth, Neil Brown Jr., Scott Martin Brooks, Rich Komenich, David Devey, John McConnell, Ric Reitz, Jaqueline Fleming

Release Date: 17 September 2004

Filming Locations: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA; Louisiana, USA; Miller Park – 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Main Plot:  Stan Ross was called Mr. 3,000 as he got into the baseball hall of fame after hitting 3,000 in the said game. He uses his name as a brand to grow his business and obtain people’s fame and trust. After hitting the said record in 1995, he retired without thinking about what his team would feel and encounter as they immediately lost their team lead. The team’s anger was challenged when Ross returned and pleaded to get into the game again, as his records were revisited, making his three shots invalid. But, along his way to get back to the field, he realizes his passion for baseball and wants to earn much pride and respect in a better way than being arrogant and boastful as he was nine years ago. His age made it difficult for him to get in touch with his goal, but his team and those people who believed in him made his fight inspiring and exciting.

Famous quotes:

Big Horse Borelli: You know, a lot of people said that Stan only looked out for himself, that he wasn’t a team player. But I’m here to tell you, if you get 3000 hits, you don’t have to be a team player. If you have a lifetime .314 average, you don’t have to be a good guy. If you lead the league in batting for three years, you can be the biggest jerk in the world!

[Stan is in a commerical]

Stan: You don’t like me because I sign autographs.

[hits a baseball]

Stan: You don’t like me because I tell you what’s on my mind.

[Hits another baseball]

Stan: But you love me because I am the greatest hitters alive!

[swings a few more hits]

Tom Arnold: Hey, we’re sorry about all that stuff we said before you hit that homer…

Stan: Yeah, you wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for Roseanne.

Gus Panas: That man was safe!

Norton: Hey Ross, why don’t you just go sit on the bench? You’re not getting this hit off of me. Deal with it!

Fun Fact about Mr. 3000:

  • Six years before the film’s release, the Milwaukee Brewers switched from the American League to the National League and the team’s main rival in the film. The Houston Astros would change from the National League to the American League nine years after the film’s release.

Hoop Dreams – US Box Office: USD 7.83 million 

Director: Steve James

Main Cast: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates, Sheila Agee, Arthur ‘Bo’ Agee, Earl Smith, Gene Pingatore, Isiah Thomas, Marlyn Hopewell, Bill Gleason, Patricia Weir, Marjorie Heard, Luther Bedford, Aretha Mitchell, Shannon Johnson, Tomika Agee, Joe ‘Sweetie’ Agee

Release Date: 14 October 1994

Filming Locations: Cabrini Green Housing Complex, Chicago, Illinois, USA; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA; West Garfield Park Neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Gordon Tech High School, 3633 North California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Stadium – 1800 W. Madison Street, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Main Plot: This movie presents more information about inner city life and how Arthur Agee and William Gates made their way towards their dream. It is a story of sacrifice as only one survives the first year at an elite High School, and Arthur must go to a local public school. Through their potential to become the next superstar, they tend to train themselves to be a professional player. This is an inspiring movie where all the trials they have encountered while chasing their dreams to get a college scholarship through their passion for basketball. The injuries, slumps, and the never-ending battle to maintain their grades made their hoop dreams more looping. They show us how to get in charge of our dreams, even if financial hardship tries to block our way.

Famous quotes:

William Gates: That’s why when somebody say, “when you get to the NBA, don’t forget about me”, and that stuff. Well, I should’ve said to them, “if I don’t make it, don’t you forget about me.”

William Gates: When I had some real problems, I couldn’t go to none of them about it. You know, was havin’ some problems with Catherine’s family and my family and I said, you know, “Coach Pingatore, you know, they finally been gettin’ on me about, you know, I’m not doin’ this and I’m not doin’ that,” And the only thing Coach Pingatore said, “Write ’em off.” That was ll he told me. And I was like, what kind of advise is that?

Spike Lee: You have to realize… that nobody cares about you. You’re black. You’re a young male. All you’re supposed to do is deal drugs and mug women. The only reason why you’re here… you can make their team win. If their team wins, these schools get a lot of money. This whole thing is revolving around money.

William Gates: When I first went to St. Jo’s, I really did eat, sleep, and drink basketball. That was all I did. But, it became more of a job than a sport to play.

[first lines]

Announcer: Welcome to the 38th Annual NBA All Star game from Chicago Stadium.

Sequel: Hoop Reality

Fun Fact about Hoop Dreams:

  • According to Roger Ebert, after the film failed to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, he and Gene Siskel learned about the nominating process. He said that the Academy’s documentary committee members held flashlights when they watched documentaries, and anyone who had “given up” could wave it against the screen. The movie was turned off if a majority waved their flashlights. This film was turned off after 15 minutes.

The Rat Race – US Box Office: USD 7.41 million

Director: Robert Mulligan

Main Cast: Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Oakie, Kay Medford, Don Rickles, Marjorie Bennett, Hal K. Dawson, Norman Fell, Lisa Drake, Joe Bushkin, Sam Butera, Gerry Mulligan, Stanley Adams, Elmer Bernstein, Wally Cassell, Mahlon Clark, Franklyn Farnum, Jacques Gallo

Release Date: 10 July 1960

Filming Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Main Plot: Pete Hammond Jr. and Peggy Brown crossed paths as they pursued their career in the music industry. But, that dream for both of them is hard to gain. Pete worked as a jazz saxophonist who later found his job on a cruise. Peggy is a model and taxi driver who has debts to an abusive tax dance hall owner Nelly Miller. As Peggy struggled to pay for her apartment, she accepted the offer to stay with Pete. Later on, as Pete and Peggy exchange with each other, love develops, and so Peggy cuts her deal to prostitute herself to pay her debts to Nelly, but he refuses and threatens her. But that time, it was Pete’s return from Cruise, and to his love for Peggy, he gives up all his wages, wristwatch, and new instruments to pay off Nelly. They confessed to each other and made their way together with joy and love.

Famous quotes:

Mac, Owner of Macs Bar: Ah don’t sweat honey, perfectly normal. Half the world is looking for the other half, did you ever notice it? Just consider, buyers and sellers trying to meet up, and visa versa. Crooks lookin’ for suckers, boys for girls. Tops for bottoms and bottoms for tops, very interesting – no end. Jobs lookin’ for people, people lookin’ for jobs… or for trouble. Ah no hon, it’s nothin’ to be ashamed of.

Peggy Brown: I wouldn’t want to get talked into anything. Anything bad ever happened to me, it was because I got talked in.

Mrs. ‘Soda’ Gallo, Landlady: The time that guy broke into my rear bedroom, remember? I didn’t scream, I just looked at him… and he screamed.

Peggy Brown: [as Nellie removes her earrings for debt repayment purposes] They’re only glass.

Nellie: So is the United Nations building. But it stands for something. Now give me your fingers.

Mac, Owner of Macs Bar: You wanna’ hear a saying? “Everybody needs somebody else, who can make them feel ashamed of themselves.” My grandmother used to say that. Only in Gaelic.

Peggy Brown: You know what my grandmother used to say?

Mac, Owner of Macs Bar: What?

Peggy Brown: “Your grandmother’s got a big mouth.” Only in French.

Fun Fact about The Rat Race:

  • Elmer Bernstein, the film’s composer, has an unaccredited role as a member of a jazz band called The Red Peppers. Bernstein is the man in the red shirt who wears sunglasses.

American Movie – US Box Office: USD 1.16 million 

Director: Chris Smith

Main Cast: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt, Alex Borchardt, Chris Borchardt, Ken Keen, Matt Weisman, Bill Borchardt, Cliff Borchardt, Tom Beach, Joan Petrie, Robert Richard Jorge, Dean Allen, Tommy Dallace, Dawn Borchardt, Miriam Frost, Billy Crystal

Release Date: 13 April 2000

Filming Locations: Germantown, Wisconsin, USA; Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin, USA

Main Plot: Mark Borchardt is a hardworking and knowledgeable filmmaker who tries to reverse his failures in his life by completing his abandoned horror film entitled “Coven” to sell three thousand VHS tapes and be able to restart the film “Northwestern” he is planning the rest of his adulthood. But, he failed to plan the situation ahead to anticipate hurdles, and since he started, he never learned to be an articulate director. He hired incompetent neighbors and friends to work with him, realizing that all things were getting a failure but, but with the support of his family and most especially of his now sober friend Mike, Coven was completed and sold enough to start his main project, Northwestern but, never started it because he died. Despite that, Mark left $50,000 to Mark to start the film, which proves that Mark is not a failure. It’s just that many of us see things differently, and by starting to make people happy and focusing on spiritual matters, we will be guided and will never see our lives fail, even though we sometimes don’t meet the expectations of others.

Famous quotes:

Uncle Bill: It’s alright, it’s okay, there’s something to live for… Jesus told me so!

Mark Borchardt: ‘Your AT&T Universal Card has arrived”? Oh God, kick-fucking-ass, I got a Master Card. I don’t believe it, man. Life is kinda cool sometimes.

Mark Borchardt: Do you think this is a little bit cathartic for you?

Friend/Musician: Uh, very cathartic, Mark.

Mark Borchardt: Do you know what cathartic means?

Friend/Musician: No.

Mark Borchardt: I was called to the bathroom at the cemetery to take care of something. I walked in the bathroom, and in the middle toilet right there… somebody didn’t shit in the toilet, somebody shat on the toilet. They shat on the walls, they shat on the floor. I had to clean it up, man, but before that, for about 10 to 15 seconds man, I just stared at somebody’s shit, man. To be totally honest with you, man, it was a really, really profound moment. Cuz I was thinkin’, “I’m 30 years old, and in about 10 seconds I gotta start cleaning up somebody’s shit, man.”

Friend/Musician: [pointing to a makeshift crucifix] This is definitely a sign of voodoo.

Mark Borchardt: Why is it a sign of voodoo?

Friend/Musician: It’s an unnatural cross, Mark!

Mark Borchardt: What, you think when Jesus was hanging there, he thought it was natural?

Fun Fact about American Movie:

  • Mark Borchardt says the word “man” 151 times.

The Big One – US Box Office: USD 0.72 million 

Director: Michael Moore

Main Cast: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Dan Burns, Chip Carter, Bill Clinton, Jim Czarnecki, Brian Danitz, Robert Dornan, Joel Feick, Steve Forbes, Doug France, Mary Gielow, Bev Jackowski, Richard Jewell, Kevin Keane, Garrison Keillor, Andy Crash Kelly, Phil Knight

Release Date: 10 April 1998

Filming Locations: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA; Des Moines, Iowa, USA; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Centralia, Illinois, USA

Main Plot: Michael Moore is an unapologetic liberal, pro-union, anti-fat cat, and an activist who travels around the country’s big business industries on a promotional tour for his book “Downsize this!” He is a filmmaker documenting all the selfishness and wrongdoings of big corporations and businesses to get their hits and how this one-sided aim affects the workers. He also mentioned callous politicians from America who greatly impacted these businesses and made commentaries about them. His aim in this film is to tell people that large American corporations care more about their stocks than the people to produce those stocks. He wants to make the people realize how the system works around being an employee of these companies, who doesn’t dare to pay for what you deserve as you are enabling their business.

Famous quotes:

Michael Moore: [referring to McDonald’s] They put vegetables on my fish filet. Fuckers.

Audience Member: You should run for President! It would send a message!

Michael Moore: What message? Eat out more often?

Fun Fact about The Big One:

  • The documentary was made in 1996 but released two years later, in 1998 (although it was shown at the Berlin & Toronto film festivals in 1997).

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – US Box Office: USD 0.37 million

Director: James Keach

Main Cast: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen, Dave Kaplan, Julian Raymond, Ashley Campbell, Bobbie Gale, Jay Leno, Cal Campbell, Shannon Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, The Edge, Clancy Fraser, Jill Fraser, Aaron Fraser, T.J. Kuenster

Release Date:  1 August 2016

Filming Locations: Santa Barbara, California, USA; Houston, Texas, USA; Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York, USA; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Main Plot: This movie presents a great amount of passion for music and unending love and care for people who really deserves it. For the first time in the history of celebrities, Glen Campbell shared his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and inclusively shared with the world the great power of music in uniting people, caring for the world, and sending a good and inspiring message to people in despair, and giving life to the deadly struggle of people diagnosed with any illness. The Campbell family arranged a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional, triumphant, and igniting 151-show nationwide tour de force. This is a great true story of America’s greatest star not giving up his passion for music against all odds.

Famous quotes:

You’ve got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness Just shine your light for everyone to see. And if you try a little kindness, Then you’ll overlook the blindness Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets.

Glen Campbell

There’s been a load of compromising, on the road to my horizon, but I’m gonna be where the lights are shining on me.

Glen Campbell

There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas / Creation’s most unique and precious pearl / And heaven help us always to remember / That the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

Glen Campbell

I like to start the day early, it keeps me out of trouble.

Fun Fact about Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me:

  • This is the only 2015 nominee who, at the time of the nominations, did not have over 100 votes.

Red Betsy – US Box Office: USD 0.16 million 

Director:  Chris Boebel

Main Cast: Alison Elliott, Leo Burmester, Lois Smith, Chad Lowe, William Wise, Isa Thomas, Brent Crawford, Courtney Jines, Kyle Gallner, Simon Jacobs, Carrie Van Deest, Nathan Connor, Jaide Gunther, John Filmanowicz, Mary Kababik, Heather Ullsvik, Chad Grote, Ed Amor

Release Date:  27 March 2003

Filming Locations: Delafield, Wisconsin, USA; Eagle, Wisconsin, USA; Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Putnam County, New York, USA

Main Plot: The movie depicts people’s lives changed by war and how they coped. Most specifically, the life of the Midwestern farm family who deals with loss, change, and social progress during the 1940s. It follows how time flies for a person who has no choice but to move on, even if they don’t want to. It shows great grief for the bereaved families of the war. The movie is generally about accommodating years of unprecedented events during the times and the realization that those new things have become a daily routine. In this movie, doing the right thing takes courage to do your own way around it.

Famous quotes:

Winifred Rounds: You know that feeling you get when it feels like something happened a long time ago? I keep waiting for that feeling.

Grandma K: Maybe he’s gone crank in the head.

Charlie: I was being subtle.

Winifred Rounds: Don’t be subtle. Dickens isn’t subtle. Your audience isn’t subtle. And you aren’t subtle.

Winifred Rounds: Try to imagine. You’re an angry, lonely, frightened old man. Try to think about how that feels.

Emmet Rounds: Going behind my back. That’s the worst of it.

Helen Rounds: They’d have told you straight out if you weren’t such a grump.

Emmet Rounds: So she thinks I’m a grump, does she?

Helen Rounds: You are a grump!

Fun Fact about Red Betsy:

  • The director is Chris Boebel, a graduate of the NYU film school, and he wrote the screenplay with his father, Charles, an English teacher. It’s based on one of the father’s short stories.

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