5 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Rockford and The Stateline [List]
Of course, when it comes to movie locations all the credit usually goes to Chicago, but here in Rockford and the Stateline, we have also seen our share of Hollywood.
1. The most famous and probably the most popular was the 1993 movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray. Much of the film was filmed around Woodstock, Illinois and once scene in Rockford.
Of course who could ever forget the scene in Groundhog Day where the truck goes over the cliff. this scene was filmed in Rockford.
2. The Big One (1997) is a documentary on plant shutdowns across America. Filmmaker Michael Moore visits Rockford, which at the time replaced Moore's hometown of Flint, Mich., as America's least appetizing city according to Money magazine. Moore visits a local bookstore worker and talks with Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and participates in a guitar session.
3. The Language of a Broken Heart (2011). The movie is a comedy romance. In the movie the star character, Nick ,returns to his hometown of Rockford where he stays with his mother Mimi.
4. Raymond Did It (2011) According to IMDB, the lead character, Raymond Burke is a mentally challenged individual who gets blamed and framed by several kids after they accidentally kill his younger brother Bryce
A few years later, Raymond escapes from the state mental hospital he's been locked up in so he can exact a harsh revenge on the folks who killed his brother and set him up.
Various scenes from the movie are filmed in the Rockford area.
5. At Any Price (2012) Filmed around DeKalb County in October of 2011. The movie stars Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. It was the story of a troubled family who struggles to stay afloat in the competitive farming business.