Joliet In The Movies

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Joliet PenitentiaryJoliet Prison (1914)
Silent Film
Starring: prisoners of the Illinois State Penitentiary
Plot Summary: The daily lives of prisoners at Illinois State Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois are depicted. Inmates are shown working, praying, and involved in leisure-time activities. Minimum security facilities are also shown at the penitentiary, which was known as a "model prison."
The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers (1980)
“They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God”
Famous Scene(s): Jake & Elwood’s release from the Joliet Correctional Facility; Cafeteria Concert
Starring: John Belushi (Jake); Dan Aykroyd (Elwood); Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; James Brown; Cab Calloway; John Candy; Carrie Fisher
Plot Summary: After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit the old home where they were raised by nuns. They learn the church stopped its support and will sell the place to the education authority, and the only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The brothers want to help and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from god" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?
Weeds (1987)
“Feel what it's like from the inside”
Starring: Nick Nolte; Ernie Hudson; Rita Taggart…
Plot Summary: Lee Umstetter is a lifer at San Quentin prison and a multiple suicide attempter. Eventually, another prisoner suggests reading to find something better to do with his time. Lee takes that advice and finds himself inspired from what he reads to write a play about life in prison. He has auditions and assembles a cast from his fellow inmates. The play proves popular and it catches the attention of a female reporter who writes about it, creating publicity that allows for a parole for him. Once out, he later reassembles his cast when they come out to do the play professionally. However, they learn that the demands of the life outside are difficult to cope with for the newly released and their play needs to be changed in major ways while they struggle to make it succeed.
Natural Born KillersNatural Born Killers (1994)
“The Media Made Them Superstars”
Starring: Woody Harrelson; Juliet Lewis….
Plot Summary: The misadventures of Mickey and Mallory: outcasts, lovers, and serial killers. They travel across Route 666 conducting psychedelic mass-slaughters not for money, not for revenge, just for kicks. Glorified by the media, the pair becomes legendary folk heroes; their story told by the single person they leave alive at the scene of each of their slaughters.
Time Served (1999)
Starring: Catherine Oxenburg (Sarah McKinney); Jeff Foley (Patrick Berlington); Louis Fletcher (Warden Mildred Reinecke)
Stir of EchoesStir of Echoes (1999)
“In every mind there is a door that has never been opened”
Starring: Kevin Bacon (Tom Witzy); Zackary David Cope (Jake Witzy); Kathryn Erbe (Maggie)….
Plot Summary: Tom's a regular guy, a utilities lineman, married, with a young son, his wife is pregnant; he hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood. At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son, too, is "a receiver," but while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger.
DerailedDerailed (2005)
“Some lines should never be crossed”
Starring: Jennifer Aniston; Clive Owen; Vincent Cassel; Melissa George
Plot Summary: Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands their daughter's illness, and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in an hotel. But no sooner have they torn each others' clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles is reluctant to go to the Police and soon finds himself powerless to resist the every demand of the thief.
Let's Go To PrisonLet’s Go to Prison (2006)
“Welcome to the slammer”
Starring: Will Arnett; Chi McBride; Dax Shapard…
Plot Summary: John Lyshitski is a car-stealing slacker, with a weed problem, and has been in Illinois' Rossmore State Penitentiary so many times, he knows it's entire population of both staff and cons by their fast names. Cursed with the old ill luck of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in possession of the wrong car, he's been deemed a lost cause repeat offender in the eyes of everyone else. When the heartless judge, who has been behind most of his sentences, goes to the big court house in the sky, John decides to ruin the man's legacy by having the judge's only offspring, Nelson Biederman IV, thrown in the slammer along with him. Here, the world-class selfish jerk learns a certain old lesson the hard way: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. But has John somewhat gone too far in the payback department?
Public EnemiesPublic Enemies (2009)
“I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars... and you. What else you need to know?” John Dillinger
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Marion Cotilard
Plot Summary: This action thriller details the incredible and true story of legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger (Depp) the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoovers fledgling FBI and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

Television

The Untouchables (1959 - 1963)
Series
Starring: Robert Stack (Eliot Ness); Nicholas Georgiade (Agent Rossi); Steve London (Agent Rossum) Walter Mitchell (narrator)
Plot Summary: Chicago, 1930, time of the prohibition. And it is the great time for the organized crime, the so called Mafia. One of the big bosses is Al Capone. He is the best know but at least, he was only one in a dirty game of sex, crime and corruption. People are willing to pay any price to drink alcohol, and sometimes it is their life they have to pay with. Special agent Eliot Ness and his team are trying to defeat the alcohol Mafia, but in this job, you don't have any friends.

Prison BreakPrison Break (2005 - 2009)
“Breaking out was easy, getting away will be hard”
Starring: Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield); Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows); Amaury Nolasco (Fernando Sucre); Sarah Wayne Callies (Dr. Sara Tancredi)
Plot Summary: Lincoln Burrows is on death row for the murder of the vice president's brother. He insists he's innocent and only his brother Michael Scofield believes him. As an engineer who helped design the prison where Lincoln is being held, Michael takes drastic measures to help his brother. He gets himself arrested and sent to the same prison so that with his knowledge of the building the two of them can escape together. However, while inside, Michael discovers a massive conspiracy that is determined to see Lincoln's sentence carried out. Breaking out will be more difficult than he thought, but he's still going to try.
My Fair BradyMy Fair Brady (2005)
Starring: Christopher Knight & Adrianne Curry
Plot Summary: Christopher Knight, also known as Peter Brady of the '70s phenomenon, The Brady Bunch and Adrianne Curry the first-ever crowned America's Next Top Model first met and caught each others eye during VH1's Surreal Life 4. Now it is almost a year later and they are living together and in love! Their budding new romance is the topic of VH1's new reality show. Throughout the series, the cameras capture the everyday lives of these lovebirds as they try to juggle their love lives and working in Hollywood. Just like any other couple, right? Wrong. There is a twist to the plot. Although Chris loves Adrianne, the 47 year bachelor is reluctant to marry her. For 22 year old Adrianne it was love at first sight and she's ready for commitment. She has given him an ultimatum. Will Chris step up before she moves out?

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