Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Movie Meme: On Location

This week's movie topic is all about Regional Representation...

Share on your blog movies set in your part of the world and then link back to The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

Movies set/filmed in Madison, or Wisconsin in general:

* The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980) -- An Afterschool Special filmed in Madison and LA. One of my older half-sisters was an extra. Scott Baio plays a high school hockey player. He is well liked and well respected among his coach and teammates...

* The Blues Brothers (1980) -- The car chase scene with the Nazis was filmed in Milwaukee. Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

* Back to School (1986) -- Filmed on the campus of the UW-Madison. To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

* For Keeps? (1988) -- Filmed in Madison. Darcy, editor at her highschool paper, and her long-term boyfriend Stan are in their last months of school and already have found places in good colleges. Recently they started to sleep with each other and, surprise, surprise, Darcy gets pregnant. Neither of their parents are very supportive...However Darcy's and Stan's love is so intense, they could imagine to have a baby, but this would mean to give up their college carriers.

* Major League (1989) -- Scenes shot in Milwaukee, at the old Milwuakee County Stadium, General Mitchell Intern'l Airport, and Whitefish Bay. The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

* Wayne's World (1992) -- Though the majority of the movie took place in Illinois, there is one scene where Wayne and Garth drive up to Milwaukee for an Alice Cooper concert, complete with a "LaVerne & Shirley" segment and history listen on how Milwaukee got its name. Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

* I Love Trouble (1994) -- Scenes shot in Baraboo and Madison, including a scene where they are walking up King Street towards the Capitol to a restaurant off the Cap Square. Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson are two competing Chicago newspaper reporters who join forces to unravel the mystery behind a train derailment.

* The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) -- Some scenes filmed in Madison. Based on the book by Jacquelyn Mitchard. The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.

* Public Enemies (2009) -- Scenes shot in Beaver Dam, Columbus, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Manitowish Waters. The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.


Susie said...

Heather - could you please email me your name, address, etc? You won my drawing (the Anonymous winner never contacted me). Sue from "Sharing What I Love."

kaye said...

those are some great titles. I have actually found this to be one of the more interesting topics. Everyone has different answers too. thanks for stopping by.

Heather said...

Oh, wow - thanks, Sue! Will contact you shortly! ;)

Kaye - That's what I liked about this week's topic, too. Because people are located all over, there are fewer chances of duplicate answers as with other weeks.

busy91 said...

Waynes World! Best movie ever! SHWING!

The Bumbles said...

I had no idea Back To School was filmed there. That is a guilty pleasure silly movie. And I forgot all about that part in Wayne's World - where they re-enact the Laverne & Shirley scene - classic!!! Glad you enjoyed the topic :0)

Americanising Desi said...

wow that was one great list Heather.
and Public Enemies?? really???

WHAOOOO!!! Now i will have to watch it!

Heather said...

Busy91 - Well, i don't know about best movie ever, but it certainly has become a cult classic.

Bumbles - Oh, yeah... I remember during the filming of Back to School that they had some streets/sections of campus blocked off during filming. Given that Madison is built on an isthmus, it made for a major traffic mess during rush hour.

Desi - Yup, Public Enemies was filmed here in Southern Wis. Unfortunately, that was the spring (2008) I had walking pneumonia, so was unable to go gawking in Columbus with friends. Standing out in freezing temps while trying not to hack up a lung is generally not recommended, and Depp wasn't in Madison for the scenes they did here.

And you know, despite the number of big movies filmed here, I have yet to see or meet a single celebrity. Sooo not fair, don't you think?

Alice Audrey said...

You have a relative in the movies? Coolness!

Heather said...

Alice - Nope, I have two relatives in the movies, LOL. Younger Sis and friends are in stadium crowd shots of The Rookie.

And hey -- not to be outdown, but I was shown in news stories for the annual Talking Spirits tour at Forest Hill Cemetery, two years in a row. So I'v had at minute of fame by now. LOL Local news camera crews always seem to show up for whichever tour group I'm in, no matter how hard I try to avoid them.

Heather said...

And have I mentioned I went to HS with relatives of Bradly Whitford (The West Wing)? No? How remiss of me!