Sunday, November 8, 2009

Uptown Movies

A couple local blogs are talking about Uptown on the silver screen. Read about our cinematic history here:


  1. In 1996 "A Family Thing" came out. James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall.

    Lotsa scenes filmed on the 4600 block of Broadway. Doesn't look all that much different today, sadly.

  2. i saw eagle eye for the first time a few weeks ago. it features a scene at the Wilson red line stop

  3. I saw this posting, and I was thinking it was about
    "Uptown Inspired" horror/drama movies!:

    "Nightmare on Wilson (I mean Elm) Street"

    "Soylent Green" (a frightening tale about vanishing/mysterious TIF dollars)?

    "Night of the Living Dead" (a walk home from the Wilson L stop)

    "Titanic" (I wonder what/who the 'iceberg' is up here?

    "Godzilla" (blind desecration of a neighborhood by
    a near-sighted beast)

    Come to think of it.....if one were to write a script/title, of Uptown's latest troubles for a movie, it would be about......?

  4. Negotiator (1998) was partly filmed in Uptown too (open scene, first 15 minutes)

  5. Jason,

    About 4 minutes in to this video is the Uptown scene in "The Negotiator".

    I didn't know that was filmed here.

  6. I believe the opening basketball scene in Running Scared (Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines) was filmed at the corner of Leland and Magnolia.

  7. IrishPirate,

    OK.. so it is actually the first 7 minutes and 25 seconds of the movie (minus the opening trailer) that was filmed in Uptown.

    It was filmed at Leland & Winthrop within The Clover Building. Here is a better link with the whole scene.

  8. Also, don't forget that ER filmed a scene here at the same corner and used the same building as was The Negotiator for their T-Minus 6 scene (2009). I am working on posting the video clip.