Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, filmed in and around Pittsburgh. The Strip District was the location of a raucous fight scene in the 2012 movie. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

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Tom Cruise steps out of a smoky bar into the cold night’s air to fight a group of cocky punks. Before he punches and kicks them into submission, he gives their leader a final offer, “It’s your last chance to walk away.” Behind Cruise, lights on the Strip District’s telltale produce terminal illuminate the scene. “Are you kidding? It’s five against one,” the leader says, against the backdrop of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.