Steel City

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  • Summary: In a small Midwestern town, when generations of men march off to the local steel mill every morning and find reprieve every night at the local tavern, the men of the Lee family are tormented their lives in stagnation. When the patriarch is out on a short furlough from jail, he must try andIn a small Midwestern town, when generations of men march off to the local steel mill every morning and find reprieve every night at the local tavern, the men of the Lee family are tormented their lives in stagnation. When the patriarch is out on a short furlough from jail, he must try and bring his damaged family back together, unburdening them of the decades of hurt and resentment he's caused. What he learns is you can never take back the past, but you can let go of it. (Truly Indie) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Steel City could have used more rhythmic drive, but if Jun keeps weaving together characters this compelling, he could be a major film artist in the making.
  2. 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.
  3. A quietly, somberly effective American indie drama.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Its honest, unshowy performances and textured depiction of life in a working-class community in a nowhere Southern Illinois town make this modest indie feature an affecting experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Jun, a downstate native, has an ear for plainspoken dialogue and neither glamorizes nor patronizes his characters.
  6. It has vivid characters, a strong sense of place, and a free-floating hopelessness that never precludes the possibility of meaningful action.
  7. 50
    Excellent performances by a good cast and a fairly authentic look at working-class struggles go only so far.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. tomc
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    Yhis movie explores non sexual relationships between men as few movies ever have. It is slightly slow paced at times but otherwise a highly Yhis movie explores non sexual relationships between men as few movies ever have. It is slightly slow paced at times but otherwise a highly effective drama. A shame that apparently very few have seen it. Collapse
  2. JayH
    May 24, 2009
    6
    Well acted, evenly paced drama. It's nothing outstanding, but I never lost interest. The characters are richly developed and it's Well acted, evenly paced drama. It's nothing outstanding, but I never lost interest. The characters are richly developed and it's believably told. Expand

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