Friday, March 4, 2016

Film Friday

The City of Chicago was incorporated on March 4, 1837.  I see that the esteemed John Holton mentioned this on his blog:

But I had already planned this post, so let's get to it.

The Sting (1973):  In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.Stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

Cooley High (1975):  In the mid-1960's, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago...  Stars Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.

The Blues Brothers (1980): Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic boarding school where he and brother Elwood were raised.  Stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986):  A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.  Stars Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Matthew Broderick.

The Untouchables (1987):   Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.  Stars Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro.

Chicago's been the setting for a lot of movies. So I was cutting the list down, instead of scrambling to get my five.  Eight Men Out is one of my favorite sports films.  Chicago's one of my favorite musicals.  Anyway...

I leave you with Meghan Mulcahy reciting 'Chicago", by Carl Sandburg:

(Credit to IMDB for the one-sentence film summaries.)


  1. In terms of showcasing Chicago, I like The Fugitive and (get ready to laugh) Adventures in Babysitting. LOL! Told you to prepare yourself!

  2. The Sting is a great movie. I also love Ferris and Chicago. Whenever I hear the word , Chicago, I always hear Judy Garland singing that great song

    1. I'll have to look that up. I considered posting the Sinatra version but I figured I post enough music as is. So I went with the poem instead.

  3. i hated the sting. that movie sucked. i also hated butch cassidy and the sundance kid, by the way. that movie sucked so much more than the sting did.