Suggestions for gritty NYC in the 70s movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Edgard Varese, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Forum Resident

  2. Raylinds

    Raylinds Resident Lake Surfer

    One of my most prized possessions (along with my complete Route 66).
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  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yes it's good but the PQ! of the 3 separate sets from Image that came out before the complete set are of better quality...but since they are both DVDs it doesn't really matter to me anymore...
  4. ZoSoUK

    ZoSoUK Forum Resident

    Cambridge UK
    As a HUGE SNF fan this is very cool to read.
  5. ZoSoUK

    ZoSoUK Forum Resident

    Cambridge UK
    1 of my all time favs, an amazing movie !!
  6. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Basket Case was good but its low budget shows, the lavish (in comparison) Frankenhooker is even better.
  7. poppys

    poppys Senior Member

    New Orleans LA
    I met Annie
    Met Annie a few times in the '80s-90s. Clothing swap party in the east village was one. Very nice and informed lady, so well respected as an activist for sex workers too.
  8. Daryl M

    Daryl M Senior Member

    London, Ontario
    Where exactly in NYC are those elevated train tracks where so many films are shot?!
  9. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    The Out-of-Towners (1970) with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.
  10. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Brooklyn and Queens, for sure. Not sure about the Bronx.
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  12. Somebody mentioned The Warriors. Although it was shot in 1979 in NYC, the setting is more like a fantasy/alternate reality than an actual portrayal of NYC streetgang life.
  13. Timeless Classics

    Timeless Classics Senior Member

    Night Shift (1982) has a 70s feel and more of the gritty side of NY, though more of a comedy
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  14. I was actually going to mention this, but thought it had more of an 80’s feel. Same thing with Fort Apache, The Bronx and Prince of the City. They are certainly gritty, but reek more of blue/gray 1981 Reagan America than brown/orange 1974.

    Another suggestion: Fame—gritty, but with the 1980’s just starting to bubble through.
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  15. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Death Wish 3.

    I'm kidding. That movie just cracks me up :)
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  16. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Senior Member

    The opening & closing credits of Welcome Back Kotter?
  17. fspringer

    fspringer Forum Resident

    New York City
    I was recently watching Romeo Is Bleeding, gritty 1993 crime drama starring Gary Oldman as a crooked detective and Lena Olin as the seductive Russian mafia siren. Real lowdown Brooklyn vibe as that's where most of the action takes place.

    But I was thrown, and quite taken, with the house overlooking the massive cemetery that Oldman's character and his wife (played by Annabella Sciorra) lived in. It looked like a street in Brooklyn or Queens lined with two-story homes, and the backyards faced the cemetery. Anybody knows where that was filmed? (Sorry that this is a 90s reference, but 70s in spirit?)
  18. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Senior Member

    New York city
    If you're thinking of "The French Connection" chase scene, that was shot in Bensonsonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, under what was then the B Train.
    A lot of times when you see elevated trains in NY movies it's either in Brooklyn or Queens , or perhaps the Bronx. In "The Lost Weekend" from 1945, when Ray Milland wanders down the street looking for a pawn shop, that was unde the Third Avenue Elevated line in Manhattan , which has since been torn down
  19. hybrid_77

    hybrid_77 Forum Resident

    New England
    Fear City, on Netflix has some great footage of NYC in the 70s and 80s. It's about the fall of the 5 Mafia families.
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  20. All Rights

    All Rights Forum Resident

    In Manhattan, the only elevated train line is the #1 train at Broadway & 125th st and further uptown beginning at Dykman st. to the Bronx.
    All lines in the Bronx (1, 2, 4, 5 & 6) are elevated except the Concourse Line (B, D)
  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

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  22. ex_mixer

    ex_mixer Senior Member

    New Jersey
    Released in 1981 but steeped in Seventies after shocks....

    Fort Apache, The Bronx Trailer 1981 Director
    Starring: Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Ken Wahl, Paul Newman, Rachel Ticotin,
  23. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    It was also almost entirely shot in London.
  24. jwoverho

    jwoverho Licensed Drug Dealer

    Mobile, AL USA
    When did the 70’s New York atmosphere end? It seems like the early 80’s still had that certain vibe.
  25. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese Thread Starter

    Te Wai Pounamu
    We just watched that, it was excellent! :agree:

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