Oak Park, IL

4 Movies that were filmed in Oak Park

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Oak Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois adjacent to Chicago. It is the 29th most populous municipality in Illinois with an estimated population of 51,878 as of the 2010 United States Census. Oak Park was settled in 1835 and later incorporated in 1902 when it separated from Cicero.

Oak Park remains ethnically diverse and is known for its socially liberal politics, with an 80% or higher voter turnout. It became widely known as the “World’s Largest Village.”

Some of the movies filmed in this city are mentioned below.

Broken And Beautiful (2012):

This drama musical movie is written and directed by Erin R. Dooley. It has the tagline of “We are all sinners...but we are all called to be saints.”

The story revolves around the life of the members of All Saints Church. Through the music by Christian artists, the characters’ dark secrets are exposed although all of them try their best to hide the secrets. They give in all to hide their imperfections until they realize that hiding does not bring healing but confronting the imperfections does. They find healing when they bow down to their knees. They realize that though we are all sinners, we are all called to be saints.

Filming Locations:

Oak Park, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Crestwood, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Palos Heights, Illinois

Return to Me (2000):

This comedy-drama romance movie is written by Bonnie Hunt (story), Don Lake (story), and Andrew Stern (story) and is directed by Bonnie Hunt. This movie was nominated for 4 awards out of which it won 2 awards (Movie Guide Award for Most Inspiring Movie, and Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film). This movie has the tagline of “A comedy straight from the heart.”

The story revolves around a couple who arrange an evening fundraiser. The night is going amazing but all of a sudden it ends with a great loss and sorrow. The evening ends with the loss of the wife. The same night a young weak woman is present who may die soon if not given a heart. This young woman receives the heart. A year has gone by and the husband and his dog are still grieving the loss and are trying to cope up with the loss when one day the husband goes to a restaurant and sees a woman. He seems attractive to a woman but does not exactly understand why. Unknown to both the attraction they both feel for one another is that Grace has the heart of the husband’s dead wife.

Filming Locations:

Oak Park, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Rome, Italy

The Watcher (2000):

This crime-drama mystery movie is written by Darcy Meyers (story), David Elliot (story), and Clay Ayers (screenplay) and it is directed by Joe Charbanic. This movie was nominated for 2 awards. It has the tagline of “Don’t go home alone.”

The story is about a serial killer David Allen Griffin who is a cool killer and time again time chooses a female victim. He reads them for weeks until he knows her routine to the smallest detail. He makes these huge preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she is quite alone, subdues her, and administers a long torturous death. Joel Campbell an ex-FBI agent, when failed to catch him, quit the FBI and went to Chicago for psychiatric therapy. He receives a mail very late that this killer has found his new victim.

Filming Locations:

Oak Park, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Backdraft (1991):

This action-crime drama movie is written by Gregory Widen and directed by Ron Howard. This movie was nominated for 12 awards out of which it won 1 award. Not only this but this movie was also nominated for 3 Oscar Awards. It has the tagline of “One breath of Oxygen and it explodes in a deadly rage.”

This movie gives us a close insight into the private lives of firemen. A rookie firefighter tries to earn his older brothers’ respect by taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders.

Filming Locations:

Oak Park, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Which one of these movies is your favorite? Let us know!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Park,_Illinois

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2244761/?ref_=adv_li_tt

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122459/?ref_=adv_li_tt

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204626/?ref_=adv_li_tt

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101393/?ref_=adv_li_tt

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