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Old 08-31-08, 04:27 PM
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Movies that take place in one setting/location

I've always admired movies that are brave enough to have the whole film take place in one sigular location (Thinking that the audience would often be too reckless to embrace this idea) Whether bad or good, what are some recommendations?

Note-I'm not going for the likes of Saw and Reservoir Dogs which have plenty of flashback sequences that take place elsewhere. Nor am I including the likes of Die Hard or The Shining (Which, contrary to the belief, features several scenes away from the Nakatomi building and the Overlook Hotel) but what qualifies are 12 Angry Men and The Breakfast Club where different rooms and the exterior/premises of the building is used. Any come to mind?

All I can think of at the moment:

Grand Hotel
The House on Haunted Hill
(Original)
The Manipulator
Escape From Alcatraz
Clue
Cube
Aragami
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Does Linklater's Tape count? Heard about it, but haven't seen it yet.
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My Dinner with Andre
Rear Window
Lifeboat
Rope
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I may be mistaken, but I believe nearly all of The Panic Room takes place in one setting/location.
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Most of this type are plays made into films. The plays have few stage sets and center around one location.

'12 Angry Men' is an ideal example.

'Lifeboat', which is a classic.

'Glen Gary Glen Ross' to a great degree.

'Deathtrap'.

'The Terminal'.

'Das Boot' kinda sorta.

'The Last Castle', all at one prison.

'Dragon Inn'.

There's a few.
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Tape with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
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Here's a few more from small to large:
The Elevator (elevator)
What Happened Was (apartment)
Double Suicide (stage)
Dogville (stage)
Vanya on 42nd Street (mostly a small theatre)
The Wife (house and garden)
Last Days (house and surrounding woods)
Russian Ark (The Hermitage)
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Old 08-31-08, 05:47 PM
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Evil Dead (Evil Dead 2 has a scene at the airport).

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If I remember correctly...

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Troll
The Others
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The Big Kahuna takes place almost exclusivley in a hotel room. IIRC, there's a short scene that takes place in a conference room elsewhere in the building.
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Through a Glass Darkly
Jurassic Park?
The Innocents
Gosford Park

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Clerks

Party 7 - hotel

Aside from the kidnapping, Blind Beast takes place solely within an "art studio".

The Bow takes place on a boat. I'd also say Dead Calm but there is more than one boat.

Lord of the Flies - beach/woods (island). Not sure if applies, but one location.

Three O'Clock High - school
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Alfred Hitchcock's Rope a single location(apartment), filmed to appear as a single continuous shot and in real time.

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Looks like I gotta do some catching up on my Hitchcock!

I wouldn't count Jurassic Park (Earlier scenes are in many locations before they get to the island) or Clerks (Opening scene at Dante's,the drive to the funeral,Randall's visit to the video store) but good call on Lord of the Flies (Remake)
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what about [rec]
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what about [rec]
Doesn't that start out in a firehouse?
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Butterflies are Free? I think I remember its all in an apt.
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Osmosis Jones takes place in Bill Murray.

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The Thing.

Aside from the brief trips to the Swedish station (which, coincidentally, was just the U.S. Outpost #31 after the ending explosions), the entire film takes place in Outpost #31.

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I'm not sure how strict the OP wants to be, but if I remember right there is at least one scene (at a coffee shop or something) that takes place away from the main location in the film.
If this one is ok though, then Session 9 could be added to the list as well I think.
And it's been a while since i've watched it but does Dog Day Afternoon take place entirely in and around the bank?

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Originally Posted by Maxflier View Post
I'm not sure how strict the OP wants to be, but if I remember right there is at least one scene (at a coffee shop or something) that takes place away from the main location in the film.
If this one is ok though, then Session 9 could be added to the list as well I think.
And it's been a while since i've watched it but does Dog Day Afternoon take place entirely in and around the bank?
Dog Day Afternoon has some scenes at the airport at the end.
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Oldboy takes place in Korea.

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