Jackie Kallen is a sassy, brassy boxing manager-in-the-making determined to change "Lethal" Luther Shaw from a mere street punk into a world-class prizefighter. To help Shaw rise to the rank of number-one contender, Jackie coaxes veteran trainer Felix Reynolds out out retirement. Before they can all realize their dream of a championship bout, they must first learn what it takes to stand in each other's corner. Jackie Kallen becomes the first female to ever make a name for herself in this male-dominated sport. Filmed in Cleveland.
An uncompromising U.S. President has just told the world he will not negotiate with terrorists. But when Russian terrorists hijack Air Force One, the world's most secure and extraordinary aircraft, the President is faced with a nearly impossible decision--give in to terrorist demands or sacrifice not only the country's dignity, but the lives of his wife and daughter. Scenes of Moscow are actually shots of Cleveland's City Hall and Severance Hall. Case Western Reserve University serves as the Presidential Palace in Kazakhstan.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there's a lot more to write home about than the music. Several key scenes are set in Cleveland.
Clevelander Harvey Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller. The movie was filmed entirely in the Cleveland area.
Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, a troubled sailor embarks on a personal, emotionally inspiring journey to confront his past and connect with the family he never knew. Inspired by the true life experiences of Clevelander Antwone Fisher. Portions were shot in the Glenville neighborhood.
In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action air rifle. But when gruff dad and doting mom regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale Santa-begging campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. Although the story is set in Indiana, much of the movie was filmed in Cleveland. The Tremont house that was used was opened as a museum in 2006. Higbee's Department Store also plays an important role.
Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress. Cleveland's St. Theodocius Russian Orthodox Church and Tremont's Lemko Hall were among several locations used in filming. US Steel also permitted filming in one of Cleveland's steel mills.
"For years, hard-driving businessman Adam Thornton neglected his family. Now, with a diagnosis of only weeks to live, Adam arranges a Christmas reunion, but not even the season of miracles can heal long-time emotional wounds." Although the story takes place in New England, much of it was filmed in Chagrin Falls and Hudson.
Although Happy dreams of becoming a professional hockey player, he discovers that his hockey slap shot translates to an astonishing 400 yard tee shot. So when his grandmother loses her home to the IRS, Happy decides to earn the house back by joining the pro golf tour, bringing his ferocious temper and outlandish antics to the well-tended fairways. Before long, Happy is a media sensation, attracting crowds and news cameras wherever he goes. But Happy's bitter rival has his own plans for the golf superstar, resulting in a riotous, laugh-filled confrontation on the links. Much of the movie was shot in and around Cleveland.
The parents first mistake was telling their children they were getting a divorce. The second was letting the kids lock them in the basement. Now they're being held hostage until they work things out. Movie is set in Defiance, Ohio but uses Chagrin Falls for some of the town and street scenes.
Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns and allying himself with gangster John Nardi, Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Movie was actually filmed in Detroit.
The new woman owner of the Cleveland Indians wants to move the franchise to Florida, and her only chance is a losing year. So she signs a bunch of screwballs in hopes that they'll blow the season. Movie was filmed in Milwaukee although a few scenes were shot at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
They may be the best high school basketball team ever. Five future NBA superstars begin a journey that would take them from local fame to national acclaim. The five fused their talents and with the help of a dedicated coach, they rewrote Ohio basketball history. Now, experience their trials, tribulations and triumphs in this inspirational film about five young men who became more than a team. School is in Akron, Ohio.
Robert De Niro stars as Jake La Motta, the controversial prize fighter of the 1940's, who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame. The boxing-match-turned-riot takes place at the Cleveland Arena in 1941.
Robert 'Fish' Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius. He is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies were destroyed and just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band. This gives him the chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved. He takes the young band along for the ride of their lives. Exteriors were shot in Cleveland including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations. Nathaniel is from the Hough area of Cleveland.
Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he struggles to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves. Portions of a complex chase and battle scene were filmed along Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic(Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest for a Student Hall of Fame every week. When Karchy finally wins after several weeks, he spends more time with Billy Magic...a man with money, girls, and glam. Karchy thinks that by spending time with Magic, he can become "cool". He then starts telling lies, to make himself seem greater than he really is. But when his lies begin hurting the people he cares about, he realizes that it isn't worth telling lies if it affects your friends. Afterwards, he learns to accept himself for the person he is, and gives up lying. And as for Billy Magic, it turns out that he pays his price for all the lies that he has told as well. Story takes place in Cleveland.
Once upon a time, Spinal Tap had a big hit song. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. Movie includes a memorable scene where the fictional band gets lost backstage just before performing at a Cleveland rock concert.
As Myra Harper dances and romances one young man after another under New York's Biltmore clock, she is transformed from a fresh teenager into a jaded 21-year-old. When she becomes engaged to wealthy Knowleton Whitney, she encounters a bizarre plot to discourage her from fortune hunting. The character Myra hails from Cleveland.
A group of guys all have one thing in common -- they need money. Riley's wife has been sent to jail, leaving him to look after their baby. Pero is in love with a beautiful girl who has a roving eye. Leon is a hipster who wants to keep his sister, Michelle, out of trouble. Basil is a guy with bad luck, and eyes for Michelle. And Toto is a small-time crook looking for something to do. Someone gets the bright idea that a robbery might be the answer to everyone's problems, and with the help of Jerzy, a safe-cracker confined to a wheelchair, they set out to find the right target. Shot in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, downtown Cleveland and Slavic Village.