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Old 10-27-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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When I think of movies about stories that took place in NO, I think of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Rose Tattoo" . As far as a definitive movie about the city maybe the one Clint Eastwood starred in as a detective. This one was made back in the 80's I believe. "Tightrope"

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Old 11-02-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Dracula 2000 did a great portrayal of the Big Easy.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Hammond,Mandeville,Slidell
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I would say the Classic "Down By Law" is pretty showing of New Orleans.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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The lawyer show from Grisham with Denzell and Julia Roberts called The Pelican Brief gave a pretty well-rounded look at pre-Katrina NO - and it was pretty gritty even then.

I remember this movie well because I was staying in an old but very nice hotel for a convention and bumped into the roadies setting up a set there. They said Denzel and Julia were staying there as well but I never ran into them. Saw the movie later and it was pretty good, although the producers apparently thought that these two attractive, single, people working together and becoming very fond of each other weren't allowed to fall in love or even kiss because (well, you know...)
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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Interview With a Vampire, the book, was great; as a movie I thought it was awful. Terrible miscasting with Tom Cruise as the vampire Lestat and the fang teeth were clumsy.

Although it was set in 1930's NO, The Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen & Edward G Robinson, 1965) was a great movie and did give a certain feeling for the city. An underrated film that's seldom seen is French Quarter, starring Virginia Mayo (late 1970s I think), definitely worth watching if you get a chance.

One of my favorites is Nightmare (1956) starring Edward G. Robinson and Kevin McCarthy, which really gives you the atmosphere of 1950s New Orleans as well as it's ever been done. Lots of NO locations were used.

And of course, there's always Tammy and the Bachelor and Elvis' King Creole...

As you might be able to tell, I'm a big fan of NO and movies about her.
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Two movies come to mind. A Street Car Named Desire and the Big Easy.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Interview With a Vampire, the book, was great; as a movie I thought it was awful. Terrible miscasting with Tom Cruise as the vampire Lestat and the fang teeth were clumsy.

Although it was set in 1930's NO, The Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen & Edward G Robinson, 1965) was a great movie and did give a certain feeling for the city. An underrated film that's seldom seen is French Quarter, starring Virginia Mayo (late 1970s I think), definitely worth watching if you get a chance.

One of my favorites is Nightmare (1956) starring Edward G. Robinson and Kevin McCarthy, which really gives you the atmosphere of 1950s New Orleans as well as it's ever been done. Lots of NO locations were used.

And of course, there's always Tammy and the Bachelor and Elvis' King Creole...

As you might be able to tell, I'm a big fan of NO and movies about her.
I recall a movie from the 70s set in NO that starred Paul Newman as a conservative radio talk show host. I think it was called "WUSA". Seen it?
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Broadway st. New Orleans
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I newer knew there was so many movies showing New Orleans. Definitely will try to find and watch some of those!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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I've seen the movies "about" New Orleans.
Most of them DO NOT depict New Orleans as it really is......

We don't all live in the Quarter and hang around in our white linen suits drinking cocktails sweating our ass off under some puny old squeeking ceiling fan.....

All that is New Orleans cannot be put into one single movie.
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