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Favorite SF based movies?

Since Oldboy started a trend about LA, Boston and NY. What are your favorite films shot at the City by the Bay.

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Bullitt (car chase still a classic)
Vertigo
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The Rock
Dirty Harry
Big Trouble In Little China
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Sneakers is easily in my Top 25, I love that movie, and the uniqueness of San Francisco plays a role in the story.
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Re: Favorite SF based movies?

Originally Posted by dom56
Since Oldboy started a trend about LA, Boston and NY. What are your favorite films shot at the City by the Bay.

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Big Trouble In Little China
The story may be based in SF but the majority of the movie was filmed in L.A.
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Yeah BTILC is weird. Almost no effort is taken to make it look like SF.

Vertigo is without a doubt the best film shot in SF, and is perhaps the best portrait of California ever recorded on film.

It recently occurred to me that Hitchcock chose his key locations so well. He used something ancient, the 2,000 year old sequoia trees, something historic, the California mission, and something overwhelmingly modern, the Golden Gate Bridge. He picks the three most iconic things in the state, each so historically distant from one another, and uses each one to amplify the emotions of the melodrama so succinctly. I don’t think any other place in the world could be substituted.

To do that in a film about being drawn to myths from the past, a killer with romantic notions of California’s history, and where that collides tragically with the cold rationality of the modern day is nothing short of genius.

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Originally Posted by Mabuse
Yeah BTILC is weird. Almost no effort is taken to make it look like SF.

Vertigo is without a doubt the best film shot in SF, and is perhaps the best portrait of California ever recorded on film.
I can't think of any titles at the moment but I crack up when there's suppose to be a scene in S.F. Chinatown but it's so obvious they filmed in L.A. Chinatown.
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Has anyone seen The Presidio, and is it worth my time as far as locations go? Like are there a lot of locations used.
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Originally Posted by Mabuse
Has anyone seen The Presidio, and is it worth my time as far as locations go? Like are there a lot of locations used.
It's been ages since I watched the movie but I think it's all filmed in SF. I think there's even a Chinatown scene in it.
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Wasn't Black Rain in SF too? Cool visuals in that one.
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Originally Posted by bunkaroo
Wasn't Black Rain in SF too? Cool visuals in that one.
NY and Japan
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D'oh. Guess I need to watch it again!
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Gotta be Zodiac. With Sneakers a distant second.
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Rear Window and Bullitt.
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Mrs. Doubtfire
The Rock
Dirty Harry
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Rear Window and Bullitt.
Rear Window takes place in NY but filmed in LA.
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Another favorite San Francisco cinema treat: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
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The Joy Luck Club



Artwork makes it pretty clear it's set in San Francisco.

One of my favorite movies of all-time.
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Another favorite of mine is U2 performing All Along the Watchtower in Rattle and Hum. Everything in that plaza still looks exactly the same, but the Embarcadero Freeway is there. It would topple in the earthquake less than two years later.

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