31 movies with Wisconsin ties in 2021, from ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ to ‘No Time to Die’ – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

31 movies with Wisconsin ties in 2021, from ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ to ‘No Time to Die’ – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Even before 2021 was really 2021, Wisconsin’s accent was showing up at the movies. 

Two of 2020’s most acclaimed movies, which didn’t make it to Milwaukee till early 2021, leaned into the Badger State.

In the Oscar winner “Nomadland,” Frances McDormand (who won for best actress) plays a woman roaming the country looking for work, sometimes with real people whose lives have gone that direction. Among those is Derek Endres of Waunakee; when McDormand asks where her family is, he says, “back home in Wisconsin.”  

“One Night in Miami,” about the night legends Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown celebrated after Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) won his 1964 title bout. But first, Brown (played by Aldis Hodge), one of the NFL’s premier players, visits an old neighbor played by Beau Bridges, who congratulates him for setting the single-season rushing record. “I’d happily give that record back for a win over the Packers in that last game,” he tells him — a reference to the Cleveland Browns’ loss to Green Bay in what was then known as the Playoff Bowl, a game played for third place. Bridges’ character laughs and replies: “That Packers win is going to be forgotten by anyone who doesn’t live in Goose Bay by tomorrow.” 

Those movies set the table for a busy year for Wisconsin moments on the big and small screen. Here are some of the others. (Movies that didn’t make it to Milwaukee theaters are marked with asterisks.)   

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“American Underdog”: The inspirational sports biography of grocery-store-bagger turned NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner includes a look at his brief stay in the Green Bay Packers’ training camp, where the quarterback lost out to, among others, Brett Favre. Favre, coincidentally, is played in the movie by Matt Bassuener, a Port Edwards native. (Bonus Wisconsin connection: One of the movie’s producers is Mark Ciardi, the former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher who’s made several sports biopics, including “The Rookie.”) 

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“The Green Knight”: Dev Patel plays the chivalric hero Sir Gawain in this reimagining of the Arthurian legend by Waukesha native David Lowery (“A Ghost Story”). 

“No Time to Die”: The movie that offers Daniel Craig’s final turn as James Bond also includes the startling revelation that Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), Bond’s buddy in the CIA, is actually from Milwaukee. 

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Source: https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/movies/2021/12/27/31-movies-with-wisconsin-ties-2021-james-bond-no-time-to-die-spider-man-no-way-home/6450931001/