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Movies And TV Shows filmed in Milwaukee and Wisconsin

Updated on August 1, 2011

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee is the largest city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, the 28th most populous city in the United States and 39th most populous region in the United States.

These dry facts from Wikipedia give just a minimal info about one of the most beautiful urban places of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee is rich in events, places of interest and places to go out with your friends and family.

But also, Milwaukee can boast about many films and TV shows filmed in Milwaukee or in Wisconsin, as well as being mentioned in some of them.

That 70's show
That 70's show
Happy Days
Happy Days
Laverne and Shirley
Laverne and Shirley
Mr. 3000
Mr. 3000
The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers
Major League
Major League
Fever Lake
Fever Lake
Amityville Horror
Amityville Horror

TV shows filmed in Wisconsin.

1. That 70's show

The famous TV sitcom that first aired on August 23, 1998 and ran for 8 seasons, is about the life of teenagers living in the fictional place of Point Place, Wisconsin. A few famous actors got their career start during that time, including comedy king Ashton Kutcher.

2. Happy Days

The famous TV sitcom aired from 1974 to 1984 and represented an ideal life during the 1950s and 1060's in America.

3. Laverne and Shirley

Famous TV comedy that was a spin off from "Happy Days." This show featured two characters (Laverne and Shirley) who were earlier introduced in the show Happy Days. When the show began, the two characters, who were also roomates, worked in a Milwaukee Brewery. The show ran from 1976 till 1983.

Movies filmed in Wisconsin.

Mr. 3000

The famous 2004 movie, featuring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett, is a story of a Milwaukee Brewers baseball superstar, who reached 3,000 hits. The player became selfish and ignorant, and left the Milwaukee brewers in the midst of their playoff run. Years after retirement, it is concluded that the player only has 2,997 hits so the player decides to come out of retirement and defend his title. In the meantime, he must battle the new stars of the team, who only know him as a selfish player, as well as the media and the coaches. Does he ever reach 3,000 hits?

The Blues Brothers

The famous movie from 1980 that grossed over $115 Million was actually filmed in Milwaukee and not in Chicago where the plot takes place.

Major League

Scenes from the 1989 comedy about the Cleveland Indians baseball team were actually shot in Milwaukee's County Stadium (Former stadium of the Milwaukee Brewers)

Fever Lake

The 1996 horror featuring Mario Lopez was filmed in Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin which is about 45 minutes away from Milwaukee.

Amityville Horror

The famous horror movies was shot in Silver Lake, Wisconsin, which became a big tourist spot after the success of the movie.

Other movies that have scenes from Wisconsin or Wisconsin is mentioned in them:

  • -Rudy
  • -Hoop Dreams
  • -A simple plan
  • -Iron Will
  • -I love Trouble
  • -Back to school
  • -Meet the Applegates
  • -American movie
  • -Public Enemy
  • -Dogma

Transformers 3

Transformers: Dark of the moon features the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum with its opening wings. MAM became a symbol of Milwaukee. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The scene that is featured in Transformers was shot in two days in the summer of 2010 in the sun-lit cathedral-like interior of the Quadrakki pavilion. It is used in the movies as a part of corporate headquarters for a billionaire bad-guy.

After Transformers were filmed there, the building of Milwaukee Art Museum was used as a set for the Victoria's Secret commercial my the same Holliwood director Michael Bay for Christmas 2010.

The Calatrava building was also used for the Milwaukee tryouts for American Idol.

Reuters names the WAM as number one in "ten sexiest buildings".


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      4 years ago

      Wayne's world anyone?

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      kelsey florea jr 

      6 years ago

      My grandparents grew up on a farm within 1 mile of the gein property

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      6 years ago

      Perfect strangers

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      8 years ago

      BASEketball? Milwaukee Beers?

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      Reuven forgot a few :)

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      10 years ago

      Chain reaction starring Keanue Reeves was filmed in Chicago but also in Williams Bay at the Observatory.

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      10 years ago

      What about Step by Step and Pickett Fences?

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      10 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      oh, Reuven wrote this?! He should let me know either on the phone (yes, we have each other's numbers, too--I just don't call as much as I should) or on AIM! Yeah, that story freaked me out! P.S. I think he showed me this before, too! =)

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      sjk, thank you for mentioning this one. Sad story....

      P.S. Actually, my son wrote this hub.

    • sjk6101983 profile image


      10 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      You forgot one: Ed Gein: The True Story. That's not the exact title, but it's about the serial killer who lived Plaineville, WI. I heard about that one from my grandparents and was talking to your son about that. That freaks people out because his story inspired "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Masscure" movies


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