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Mob Movie To Be Shot In GR

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Topography? I wonder why that's significant. Maybe some scenes are set in the surrounding countryside or something.

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WOW! That was quick! I'm glad Granholm finally did something to help the state....

This is so exciting for the area. I hope they get a bunch of awesome shots of downtown. Anyone know if they need any extras?

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Is the movie actually going to take place in GR, or are they just filming it here because of the variety of settings around the area?

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This is great news! It will be cool to have film crews set up around town. The article contains a quote from Mike Sak proclaiming the dollar figure the area would see in hotel revenue. Depending on how long they actually shoot in and around Grand Rapids, there are probably enough empty non-hotel (read unsold down town condos) that could also benefit from this type of activity. If I were a developer sitting on a bunch of condos, I'd be on the phone right now with the Michigan Film Office making sure producers considering this area for a film are aware of my condos as available housing.

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Great: Joe Mantegna is a Chicago guy, so he should be somewhat familiar with West Michigan.

Speaking of films, wasn't a good part of that Tom Hanks gangster film, Road to Perdition, shot in GR, Zeeland and other West Michigan locations? I guess GR was a good double for Chicago of the 1930s.

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... If I were a developer sitting on a bunch of condos, I'd be on the phone right now with the Michigan Film Office making sure producers considering this area for a film are aware of my condos as available housing.

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Grand Rapids press is reporting that a new feature mob film will partially be shot in Grand Rapids. According to the article, the director and producers will be in town at the end of April to scout for sites. Shooting will occur mid to late June. Here is the link to the full article...

http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/04/gran...me_film_ac.html

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WOW! That was quick! I'm glad Granholm finally did something to help the state....

This is so exciting for the area. I hope they get a bunch of awesome shots of downtown. Anyone know if they need any extras?

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Great: Joe Mantegna is a Chicago guy, so he should be somewhat familiar with West Michigan.

Speaking of films, wasn't a good part of that Tom Hanks gangster film, Road to Perdition, shot in GR, Zeeland and other West Michigan locations? I guess GR was a good double for Chicago of the 1930s.

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I think it was mainly the last couple of scenes. The cabin scene at the end was shot in Port Sheldon Township near Pigeon Lake, on Lake Michigan (I believe). I remember that they actually built the cabin from scratch and had to make it look about 100 years old.

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The movie "Hardcore" with George C. Scott was also filmed in part in GR and surrounding areas. The film, about the struggle of a strict Calvinist father to find a daughter who got involved in the porn trade as a result of a class trip to LA, was written and directed by Paul Schrader, a GR native and graduate of Calvin College who also wrote "Taxi Driver" and many other films. If you go on the great imdb.com website, and check out filming locations in GR, you will find a list of shows and pictures that were made at least in part there. Many of the films are student shorts (imdb picks up everything), but Hardcore and Road to Perdition are both listed.

I was living in GR when Hardcore was made in the late 1970s, and knew people who got extra parts in one scene.

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The movie "Hardcore" with George C. Scott was also filmed in part in GR and surrounding areas. The film, about the struggle of a strict Calvinist father to find a daughter who got involved in the porn trade as a result of a class trip to LA, was written and directed by Paul Schrader, a GR native and graduate of Calvin College who also wrote "Taxi Driver" and many other films. If you go on the great imdb.com website, and check out filming locations in GR, you will find a list of shows and pictures that were made at least in part there. Many of the films are student shorts (imdb picks up everything), but Hardcore and Road to Perdition are both listed.

I was living in GR when Hardcore was made in the late 1970s, and knew people who got extra parts in one scene.

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The movie "Hardcore" with George C. Scott was also filmed in part in GR and surrounding areas. The film, about the struggle of a strict Calvinist father to find a daughter who got involved in the porn trade as a result of a class trip to LA, was written and directed by Paul Schrader, a GR native and graduate of Calvin College who also wrote "Taxi Driver" and many other films. If you go on the great imdb.com website, and check out filming locations in GR, you will find a list of shows and pictures that were made at least in part there. Many of the films are student shorts (imdb picks up everything), but Hardcore and Road to Perdition are both listed.

I was living in GR when Hardcore was made in the late 1970s, and knew people who got extra parts in one scene.

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