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    Favorite Films Shot In Chicago?
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    Here are mine

    1. The Weather Man (all time favorite film too)
    2. The Breakfast Club
    3. The Untouchables
    4. The Blues Brothers
    5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    6. My Best Friends Wedding (dont judge me)
    7. High Fidelity
    8. Payback (Directors Cut)
    9. Child's Play (come on its chucky!)
    10. Candyman
    11. The Watcher (i'm probably the only person on the planet that enjoyed this one)
    12. Only The Lonely
    13. Widows (probably the most honest portrayal of modern chicago ive ever seen)
    14. Medium Cool
    15. She's Having A Baby (my favorite john hughes film)
    16. Road to Perdition
    17. Stranger Than Fiction
    18. The Fugitive
    19. While You Were Sleeping (again dont judge me)
    20. Risky Business
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    Ferris seems to have the city as a main character.


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    The first real feature I ever worked on was Red Heat. I was Camera PA on 2nd unit, and we spent a lot of nights shooting a a car chase on State Street. It was actually a car/bus chase and that's significant because when you film a chase with a bus it's a MAJOR pain in the ass. We were shooting overnights for a couple weeks on that. I remember at the end of my very first day (so, dawn) the AC hands me the exposed film, which was a pile of 1000' cans because we were shooting multiple cameras, some of them high speed. Laden with 50 pounds of film that represents more than $100K of work when you consider all the stunt guys, lighting crew, etc., he looked me in the eye and said, "Nervous? Good. That's why I know this will get to the lab safely."

    Anyway, dumb action movie, but it's a strong Chicago movie memory for a kid who was still in college at Northwestern.

    For a very different but significant Chicago movie reference, there's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Gross View Post
    The first real feature I ever worked on was Red Heat. I was Camera PA on 2nd unit, and we spent a lot of nights shooting a a car chase on State Street. It was actually a car/bus chase and that's significant because when you film a chase with a bus it's a MAJOR pain in the ass. We were shooting overnights for a couple weeks on that. I remember at the end of my very first day (so, dawn) the AC hands me the exposed film, which was a pile of 1000' cans because we were shooting multiple cameras, some of them high speed. Laden with 50 pounds of film that represents more than $100K of work when you consider all the stunt guys, lighting crew, etc., he looked me in the eye and said, "Nervous? Good. That's why I know this will get to the lab safely."

    Anyway, dumb action movie, but it's a strong Chicago movie memory for a kid who was still in college at Northwestern.

    For a very different but significant Chicago movie reference, there's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
    Firstly, seen red state and loved it. Second, Mitch I never knew you were from Chicago?! WTF! Third, Seen Henry at way too young of an age, messed with me for a bit. Hard film to swallow given its true.

    I forgot to mention Michael Mann's THIEF. Beautiful film!
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    Not from Chicago but went to Northwestern U. as an undergrad.
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    Not Chicago, but packed with Chicago actors was Rudy.


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    The hunter, primal fear, thief, Mickey one


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    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    Not Chicago, but packed with Chicago actors was Rudy.
    Fantastic movie.. my dad is actually friends with that family. They are from Joliet, Illinois and I believe they filmed part of rudy in Joliet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    The hunter, primal fear, thief, Mickey one
    Have yet to see The Hunter but Thief and Primal Fear are fantastic. The Criterion blu ray of Thief is beautiful!
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    Rudy is great, a good friend did five or six weeks in south bend as an actor on that shoot. Back before they became super efficient with how many days a minor character would work. When I had my first play produced one of the actors told of his good friend getting hired to do three days on heavens gate. Every morning he'd go to downstairs at hotel in Montana or Wyoming to find his call time only to be told his scene wasn't shooting that day. That went on for almost a year. The whole time collecting a nice check. Helped bankrupt ua.


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