On Location: Second Avenue (Via Bigelow Boulevard)

A monthly look at Pittsburgh’s starring role in the movies.
2nd Avenue Sep21


“Striking Distance” (1993)

If you’ve ever been urged to “take Bigelow” en route to an East End destination, you were hearing a quote from “Striking Distance,” the police thriller starring Bruce Willis as a Pittsburgh cop. Filmed locally and full of Steel City nods and references — thanks in large part to writer/director Rowdy Herrington, a Pittsburgh native — “Striking Distance” pits Willis (and a pre-“Sex and the City” Sarah Jessica Parker) against the elusive Polish Hill Strangler.

While taking Bigelow is often good advice, “Striking Distance” played fast and loose with geography; the film’s early car chase did indeed begin on Bigelow Boulevard, but instantly jumped to the heart of the Golden Triangle before shifting again to a fiery wreck in the Armstrong Tunnel — and eventually back Downtown for a showdown on Second Avenue.

“Striking Distance” is available to rent on Amazon, YouTube and other on-demand services.

Watch the trailer⇓

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