The Most Unconvincing Film Locations Of All Time

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JozefK, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The Battle of The Bulge (1965), set in late December Belgium

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    The Green Berets (1968), set in Vietnam

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  2. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

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    I was thinking "Vietnam, green, what's the problem" then I realized the trees are winter evergreens :p
    As for Bulge, looks like they were reusing props from an Africa Korps movie about General Rommel!

    What kills me these days is some really dumb/cheap stuff. My wife is watching El Señor De Los Cielos and at one point they are allegedly flying in an airplane. SO bad looking! I could not believe they cheaped out so much. Looked worse than 1950s technology! Or some BIG blockbuster movies with some digital scenes that likewise look cheap. Gosh, ya couldn't squeeze another $27k out of your $180 million budget?!?o_O
     
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  3. x2zero

    x2zero Forum Resident

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    The Searchers, set in Texas, but who’s complaining...
     
  4. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    It's not too far off:

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    Caprock Canyon State Park, in the Texas Panhandle
     
  5. fabre

    fabre Forum Resident

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    Is this specific scene from "The Green Berets" really supposed to be in Vietnam or is it on some training ground before deployment? Funny!

    A lot of thrillers that were supposed to take place in Berlin or Eastern Germany (or Russia) have been shot somewhere else. The Czech Republic (often Prague) and Hungary (often Budapest) are often used as a location.

    The tv series "Patriot" takes place in Luxembourg but it was filmed in Prague and in Liberec. I know my way around both towns and the filmmakers sometimes puzzle together shots from both towns.
    Luxembourg doesn't look like Prague at all.
    They used the "Severočeské muzeum (North Bohemian Museum)" in Liberec for the Luxembourg police station. It is a beautiful building:
    History of the museum | Severočeské muzeum v Liberci
    Severočeské muzeum v Liberci – Wikipedie

    The main character John Tavner often sits on a bench on a beautiful square that is supposedly on Malá Strana because he crosses the "Mánesův most (Mánes Bridge)" with the Prague Castle in the background quite often. The square is not located in Prague but also in Liberec. There is a glorious town hall that we never see. Instead we see him sitting in front of the Neptune´s Fountain.
     
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  6. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    It's supposed to be 'Nam.

    The film was shot in the Southern U.S., around Fort Benning near Columbus Georgia, in order to advantage of military equipment provided by the Pentagon.

    Trivia tidbit: this is the film David Janssen was shooting when The Fugitive's final episode aired. Here he is at a Columbus motel watching it.

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  7. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Clambake: Elvis shows Shelley Fabares the beautiful mountains of Florida.

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  8. fabre

    fabre Forum Resident

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    Thanks. It certainly doesn't look like the jungle.
     
  9. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Smallville TV series: If you can take your eyes off Erica Durance for a moment, you'll notice in the background the magnificent mountains of Kansas.

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  10. gabacabriel

    gabacabriel Forum Resident

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    Clearly, I need to start watching Smallville!
     
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  11. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

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    They really are magnificent mountains.
     
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  12. Turnaround

    Turnaround Sunday afternoon tunes

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    Jackie Chan's Rumble in the Bronx, showing off the beautiful Bronx Mountains.

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    Article: “Because of production concerns, Vancouver doubled as the Bronx," Chan explained in I Am Jackie Chan. "And yes, I know there are no mountains in New York City! At first we tried to maintain the illusion, avoiding shooting angles that would show the mountains. We even hired people to paint the graffiti on the walls. But then we had to paint over it all at the end of the day. In the end, I decided to forget about trying to simulate New York, figuring that people shouldn’t be watching the scenery so much as the action anyway.”
     
  13. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

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    No screen grabs as I don't know how to take them off my recordings, but a show called The Fitzpatricks in the 70s was set in Flint, Michigan and there were many shots of the famous Flint mountains in the shots.
     
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  14. HenryH

    HenryH Forum Resident

    A bit different...

    Star Trek Into Darkness, there's a scene where characters are moving through an area of the Enterprise, apparently somewhere in the bowels of the engine compartment. The scene was filmed on location at a brewery.

    I realize that this is a fictitious scenario and that there is no such thing as a real Enterprise starship to use as a comparison, but I found this moment of the film quite jarring because one would think that the mechanics of a starship would at least appear relatively futuristic; clean lines, sophisticated equipment, computer controlled, and all-around high tech looking stuff, just like the rest of the ship. Instead, it looked exactly like what it was, a big old 20th century industrial space. It was cheezy and way out of place.

    Heck, even the original TV show tried harder than this.


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  15. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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    I find it hard to believe that Vancouver could have even survived as such a magnificent city, with all the rampant kidnappings, gaslighting, marital strife and failed relationships that have clearly ravaged this metropolis as depicted in decades of Lifetime movies alone.
     
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  16. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

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    The end of the diabolical 2006 remake of The Omen sees a car racing to a church outside London. Only it’s very clearly somewhere in Eastern Europe.
     
  17. englishbob

    englishbob Its a s*** business

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    Kent, England
    Unbelievably x2 Kubrick films

    Full Metal Jacket - forgot to cover the UK road markings when doing the outdoor shots. At the end of the film, you can see the electric pylons from London Docklands

    Eyes Wide Shut - The most unconvincing US streets at night scenes, clearly shot on a London backlot. It looked a bit like toy-town!
     
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  18. raveoned

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    Major League II, which was supposed to take place in Cleveland around the time the Indians' new ballpark opened, but was filmed entirely in Baltimore. So folks got to see Cleveland's Inner Harbor.
     
  19. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

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    Lotsa D.C. movies are clearly not based in D.C. Especially if you see tall buildings.
     
  20. First example I thought of. I recall this being pointed out a fair bit at the time, perhaps instigated by the distributors in order to give the movie a hip, ironic edge.
     
  21. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The entire film feels wrong to me
     
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  22. Claus LH

    Claus LH Forum Resident

    If you have lived in DC for any period, two of the biggest howlers are in "No Way Out": the Georgetown Metro Stop (one many had petitioned for, but the locals opposed), followed by Metro scenes that are clearly not part of the DC Metro system at all (it may have been Boston's, not sure.) I do like the many scenes of "Mountains" featured above, in so many locations; "The Battle of the Bugle" in the desert is an all-time classic, though.

    C.
     
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  23. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

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    Austin, TX, USA
    In the movie Selena, we are told that this is the Astrodome.

    Sorry, the Alamodome looks nothing like the Astrodome, inside or out.

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  24. Capt. Cadillac

    Capt. Cadillac Forum Resident

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    Dearborn, Mich.
    I've been to Ypsilanti many times, but I've yet to find those Marin County-like hills seen in Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

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  25. Chip TRG

    Chip TRG Forum Resident

    The [American] Office:

    The streets of California substituting for Scranton, PA.

    Yeah. No.
     
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