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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    On location...

    I was watching a movie the other day (unfortunately I can't recall which one now!), where the city that it was set in was not the real city. Maybe I've been playing too much "guess the city" or "where in the world is bturk?" games, but sometimes the film industry tries to pass off various places "on location" for other more difficult to film venues and my first thought when watching the movie is "not even!". I was just wondering if any of you have had movies filmed in or around your area, and whether the movies were actually "set" in your community in the script.

    As an example, in Practical Magic, instead of filming in a quaint New England sea town, they filmed the outdoor, town shots of the movie in Coupeville, WA (about a mile and half from where I used to live). The film company painted the town white to look more authentic and then repainted it back to the pastels when they left. I don't think it looks too out of place, but the architecture isn't quite right. Just wondering if any of you have similar scenarios.

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    Major League

    Although set in Ohio, most of it was filmed in Milwaukee at the now-razed County Stadium.

    BTW - I was an 'extra' in the crowd.

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    ...and the Blues Brothers

    Supposedly set in Chicago, much of the car chase was filmed in Milwaukee (I guess its easier to shut down a freeway here).

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    If you ever see a movie with scenes in Havard University, they are not. Harvard has a long standing policy forbidding filming on their property.
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    Continuing on the Wisconsin/Milwaukee trend...

    Dillinger (made for TV movie with Mark Harmon) used Milwaukee's Thrid Ward and called it Chicago.
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    Vancouver fills in for many North American cities on X-Files, and some other Fox shows.

    Toronto is used as a setting for a generic American city by some film producers, but those familiar with the city can easily pick it out. Streetcar tracks, red Canada Post mailboxes, Globe and Mail newspaper vending boxes, Canadian chain restaurants, and other bits of evidence make it past the editors.

    Dallas filled in for Detroit in Robocop.

    All High Stadium and the old War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo filled in for the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium (I believe) in The Natural.

    Micro-mislocation ... Hayes Hall, home of the Department of Planning at SUNY Buffalo, was used on the late NBC TV series Jesse for the student medical clinic.
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    In the HBO film "61*" Tiger Stadium doubled as Yankee Stadium with the help of digital manipulation. I recall Billy Crystal saying that Tiger Stadium looked more like the older Yankee stadium than Yankee Stadium does now.
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    Few people realize it, but "2001: A Space Odyssey" wasn't really shot in outer space. It was filmed in part on the sound stage that was used to fake the moon landing the very next year.

    I have to go now, a black helicopter just flew over and I have to put my tinfoil hat back on.
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    A Bruce Willis action movie was shot in Pittsburgh. One scene was a car chase that just couldn't take place the way it did - it was shot all over town, then edited to look like it happened in just a few minutes.

    Silence of the Lambs was filmed all over the place here. I worked in a former Westinghouse facility at the time, and the jail set was in the old "factory in the sky". We went up to see it; it was pretty realistic, but made of plastic foam. I forget the true location of the story, but it wasn't western Pa.

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    Toronto has been used as a faux New Orleans in many movies - so much for our movie industry.

    What about movies that are allegedly filmed on location but you know the scenes don't quite match up to the location. For example, in Clint Eastwood's "Tightrope," he's involved in a footchase that begins in the French Quarter and ends up god knows where because the area looks like nothing near the French Quarter or anywhere outside of it.

    In the "Big Easy," which is one of my LEAST favorite movies set in this city, Ellen Barkin is jogging along Bayou St. John near City Park but ends up at some place that looks like it's straight out of some swamp area and not the upscale Mid City neighborhood where the park and bayou are located. Don't get me started on the fake cajun accents that are basically non-existent within the city limits.
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    K-19 - Widowmaker was filmed in Halifax - I haven't seen it yet though. So were parts of The Shipping News. Other movies filmed at least partly in NS are: Two if by Sea; Scarlet Letter; Dolores Claiborne; Simon Birch; Margaret's Museum.

    Rob Lowe just finished shooting a TV Christmas movie in Halifax.

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    Originally posted by Planderella
    Don't get me started on the fake cajun accents that are basically non-existent within the city limits.
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    I think it's kinda cool that the sci-fi classic Escape From New York was filmed entirely on location in...............








    St. Louis.

    Pretty cool huh?
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    There was an episode of the X-Files supposedly set in Iowa, but in one shot you could see mountains in the background.

    Madison has subbed for Washington DC, as the State Capitol (the steps up to the entrance, anyway, resembles the the US Capitol.

    I don't remember the name of the movie, filmed in Traverse City, MI, where Don Johnson played a shrimp boat captain -- on Lake Michigan?

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    I'm certain that I am not the only South Floridian who loves to brag that this movie was filmed in Fort Lauderdale:

    REVENGE OF THE NERDS II: NERDS IN PARADISE



    Also filmed here: Where the Boys Are

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    West Michigan is not a hot spot for on location films. But parts of Tom Hank's Road to Perdition was filmed in Saugatuck and Douglas.

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    The Time Machine was filmed in Albany. However, because I never saw the movie or read the book, I'm not sure which city it was supposed to be located in.

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    Re: Major League

    Originally posted by bturk
    Although set in Ohio, most of it was filmed in Milwaukee at the now-razed County Stadium.

    BTW - I was an 'extra' in the crowd.
    Major League II filmed in Baltimore at Camden Yards.

    I have some great pics of Camden Yards with Indians logos all over the place from my visit to Baltimore during college while I was doing a Habitat for Humanity project.
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    groundhog day!

    Woodstock, Illinois subsituted for Puxatany? PA.

    i've been there and am proud to say ate at the cafe that bill murray stuffed his face in.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    re: groundhog day

    Yet another Bill Murray movie, along with Quick Change that I could watch over and over and over

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    And then there's John Waters

    Everything set in, and I've heard filmed in, Baltimore. I watched "Serial Mom" last night. Very amusing.

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    Austin Powers 2

    You can see the mountains around London in the scene right before Bert Bacharac and Elvis Costello begin to play. I love DVD's and SloMoVison

    In the old Gunsmoke series they were always riding past and into canyons and mountains. Tain't none in Southwest Kansas like those in SoCal.

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    Mrs Guapo loves to gripe...

    ...about movies filmed in India. She hates Octapussy (For BTurk) with a passion, City of Joy, and she even will badmouth Gandi on occasion. The move, not the skinny dude for its mislocation of historic events.

    I rip apart bomb disposal scenes (cut the red wire- cut this!) and my Da rips up movies with Tanks and infantry scenes in them. Its a family thing.

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    Re: Mrs Guapo loves to gripe...

    Originally posted by El Guapo
    ...about movies filmed in India.
    So no "Hoo-Ray for Bollywood" in the Guapo household either?

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    Way!

    We love a good BollyWood Flick! My suggestion to you is to rent Lagaan if you want a feel good 3 hour musical about an underdog native cricket team with high hopes struggling to overcome their own artifical divisions as they battle brutal oppression by English tyrants who will soon get their comeuppance. It has many wonderful dance numbers, a love triangle and a thumping Hindi soundtrack.

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