On Location: Allegheny County Jail

A monthly look at Pittsburgh’s starring role in the movies.
Jail Bluff

PHOTO BY CHUCK BEARD

“The Next Three Days” (2010)

In this Pittsburgh-set thriller, Elizabeth Banks plays a woman wrongfully convicted of murder and incarcerated in Allegheny County Jail. Desperate to free his wife, her soft-spoken husband (Russell Crowe) hatches a desperate plan that will involve a dramatic jailbreak — followed by an even more nail-biting quest to escape the city before police can catch them. (You’ll wince when they select some frequently congested highways.) When Crowe consults with a prison-escape expert played by Liam Neeson, the Irish actor utters two words that the Steelers should play over the stadium speakers before every kickoff: “Pittsburgh’s tough.”

Market Square was transformed into an open-air restaurant where the couple shares a bench outside of Primanti Bros. The film was co-produced by Jimmy Miller of Castle Shannon, the brother of comedian Dennis Miller, and is available on most streaming services.

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