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Films that mention Urbana-Champaign in one form or another:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Beginning of the End
Hoop Dreams
Some Like It Hot
With Honors
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) -- "Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992."
Beginning of the End (1957) -- Giant mutant grasshoppers from Champaign County head north to destroy Chicago (passing lots of mountains on the way). The film opens just outside of Ludlow showing the highway sign with distances to Ludlow (1), Rantoul (5) and Champaign (25).
Hoop Dreams (1994) -- "If you're lucky and good... You get to board the bus for the three-hour drive downstate to Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois,"
The Informant! (2009) -- Along with taking place primarily in Decatur, local television station WAND is mentioned.
In Whose Honor? (1997) -- The Cleveland Indians. Washington Redskins. Atlanta Braves. What's wrong with American Indian sports mascots? This moving, award-winning film is the first of its kind to address that subject. Filmed by University of Illinois professor Jay Rosenstein. (note: In Whose Honor is not available on DVD)
Leatherheads (2008) -- The main character, Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) is from Urbana.
Monterey Pop (1968) -- At one point a woman says (in response to "Are you from around here?"), "No, I came in this morning. I'm from Champaign, IL."
Risky Business (1983) -- "Looks like University of Illinois!"
Some Like it Hot (1959) -- "All the way to Urbana for a one night stand?"
Whatever! It's a Wonderful Sorority Life (1999) -- an ironic look at sorority life filmed on the University of Illinois campus. (note: Whatever! is not available on DVD)
With Honors (1994) -- the final graduation scenes were filmed on the University of Illinois quad.

... and a few television shows:
Community (2009 - ) - Season 3, Episode 6 ("Advanced Gay"). Shangela Laquifa Wadley (aka D. J. Pierce) plays a character named Miss Urbana-Champaign. (see video clip here)
M*A*S*H (1972-1983) -- Col. Blake's alma mater was the University of Illinois and he is seen wearing a U of I sweatshirt regularly..
Midsomer Murders: Set 1, Disc 4 ("Beyond the Grave")
Modern Family (2009 - ) -- Ed O'Neill's character (Jay Pritchett) is a huge University of Illinois football fan and Eric Stonestreet's character (Cameron Tucker) was a center for the Fighting Illini (link). Lots of U of I references throughout.
Two and a Half Men (2003 - ) -- Charlie's fiancee Chelsea said in one episode that she is "from Champaign, Illinois". Btw, Urbana High School graduate (class of 1979), Mark Roberts, is the executive producer/co-executive producer of Two and a Half Men.

... and a few filmed right here by and with folks from around these parts:
Sheeba (aka Crab Orchard) (2005) -- Dreamscape
Leading Ladies (2011) --

Honorable mention: Pat just sent me this bit of trivia: "In the background of a couple shots of 'So I Married An Axe Murderer', you can see Champaign on a giant map of Illinois in front of which the main characters sit... but that's pretty lame. I just watched the movie recently (not as good as I remember it being!) and went 'hey!' when Nancy Travis's head was next to a giant 'Champaign.'"

Dan Schrieber wrote an article for the local web-based zine, Smile Politely, about films that involve Chicago. (link)
Pat Brown also wrote an article for the local web-based zine, Smile Politely, but his was about films that involve Urbana Champaign. (link)

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