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Friday, June 09, 2006

Wisconsin joining the movie biz

Wisconsin is trying to get in the movie business by using a lot of tax credits. Not sure it will work. Wisconsin doesn't have the resources to support major productions. Plus, using tax incentives ain't exactly glamorous or sexy. Remember that scene in "The Godfather" when Tom Hagen dumps a horse's head in the movie mogul's bed so he gives Johnny Fontaine a starring role in that new war picture? That's how you get things done in Hollywood.

As the story points out, the last major film to shoot here as "Mr. 3000" starring Bernie Mac, a movie seen by about 3,000 people. Here is a list of other movies filmed here.

The Blues Brothers: You can see the Firstar Building when Jake and Elwood car drive over the then-incomplete 794 freeway spur.

Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict: Omen III: Filmed in Lake Geneva, Eagle River and Delafield.

For Keeps: This forgettable Molly Ringwald flick was filmed partly in Madison.

Major League: Milwaukee doubled for Cleveland in this sports classic. County Stadium and parts of the Third World are given prominent air time. (I was an extra at County Stadium during the climactic game against the Yankees.)

Meet the Applegates: A bad sci-fi comedy starring Ed Begley Jr. was filmed in Neenah and Oshkosh.

Mrs. Soffel: Featuring one of Mel Gibson's first starring roles, opposite Diane Keaton, it briefly filmed in Freedom.

Novocaine: I always see this movie at the video store and kinda want to rent it, but never do. Anyway, it was filmed in Cedarburg.

Rudy: Another sports classic partly filmed in Milwaukee.

Semi-Tough: Some scenes in this Burt Reynolds football flick were filmed in Green Bay.

A Simple Plan: A great, underrated thriller directed by Sam Raimi and filmed in Ashland.

The Straight Story: David Lynch's G-rated masterpiece was filmed in Mount Zion and Prairie du Chien.

Uncle Buck: The John Candy film was shot in Lake Geneva.

Am I missing anything?

7 Comments:

Anonymous gavin said...

"Clash of the Titans" in Appleton, Wisconsin. "Super Size Me" in both Appleton and Fond du Lac.

Also, a variety of horror films done up north. My favorite being "The Devonsville Terror". But these aren't really memorable by real people.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Steve Kabelowsky said...

I think you mean my old neighborhood near the Third Ward in Milwaukee for Major League.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if parts of the Third World were an influence in that film - I'm thinking of Corbin Bernsen's acting here.

3:12 PM  
Blogger mark said...

Major League: Milwaukee doubled for Cleveland in this sports classic. County Stadium and parts of the Third World are given prominent air time. (I was an extra at County Stadium during the climactic game against the Yankees.)

So was Josh Veisman. I remember him bragging about it. You never bragged about it. You just hung out in your pre-hipster tan pants and rock shirt.

you rock steve. you just rock and are.

5:51 PM  
Blogger mark said...

Steve, man. you forgot American Movie. and you even know the guy.

:)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous gavin said...

"American Movie"... an inspiration.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous ToddTheBodd said...

I'm pretty sure the Amityville Horror remake was filmed here as well. Silver Lake and Salem I think. As well as Back To School in Madison.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous tracy p said...

Chain Reaction w/ Keanau and Morgan Freeman filmed in lake geneva

9:52 AM  

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