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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by jaymac » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:45 pm

TFoEC sure had its locations better than TTCA. Mitchum's accent was there, too, and --best of all -- The Turbo!
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by BackInTheCity » Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:49 pm

Can anyone tell me where the Dover Street station is in Boston, MA?

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by MBTA3247 » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:52 pm

BackInTheCity wrote:Can anyone tell me where the Dover Street station is in Boston, MA?
That was the northernmost stop on the Washington Street Elevated. It no longer exists.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by jaymac » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:20 pm

Dover Street had -- charitably -- less than a positive place in most Bostonians' esteem. I don't remember the precise year, but as part of the city's attempts to upgrade itself in the '60s and '70s, a number of rebrandings took place, and Dover became and still is East Berkeley Street.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by 3rdrail » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:37 pm

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by BackInTheCity » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:21 pm

Maybe one of these elevated stations were showcased in this film before they tore them down.
The film was shot about the time when they were taken down.

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by MBTA3247 » Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:08 pm

BackInTheCity wrote:Maybe one of these elevated stations were showcased in this film before they tore them down.
The film was shot about the time when they were taken down.
The film was shot 20 years before the El was demolished.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by bigbronco85 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:08 pm

It's great being able to look into the past with old films like this and see what the area was like such a relatively short but also long time ago. I like the Thomas Crown Affair, but The Friends of Eddie Coyle has to be my favorite movie ever. It's totally realistic and gritty.
It was finally released on DVD this year as part of the Criterion collection, and while someone has uploaded it in clips to YouTube, I'd recommend getting the movie itself and watching it that way, you've gotta see it.

There is a substantial ionamount of old MBTA subject matter in here, you can also see a single Budd car go by under it's own power in the background at the Sharon CR station when Jackie Brown is looking in his rearview mirror in addition to the turbo train.

The imagery presented in general is just amazing. There is a mistake where they go through the Sumner or Callahan tunnel to get to Neponset Circle, but who cares, I love seeing the old cars! (I have a 74 Impala)
I was surprised to see that the old Rowe Quarry in Malden was used for a scene in this, I used to play around in there on my bike (when no one was around) back in early 90s and when I saw the quarry/back of the stone crusher in this movie I almost fainted.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by 3rdrail » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:04 am

That shot of the Turbo Train at Sharon was a nice one ! The scene where Peter Boyle (what a versatile actor he is !) is approached with Mitchum's hit order was filmed at North Quincy Station with some three year old No. 1 & 2 P/S Red Line cars going by. Sad that Robert Mitchum has passed away. He was an actor's actor. He was the only one in that film that spoke Bostonian like a Bostonian. (He grew up in Connecticut and his dad, a railway man was crushed to death in a railway yard accident when Robert was an infant. Early in his life, he roamed the U.S. in boxcars. He was quite the guy.)
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by typesix » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:29 am

Unfortunately, Peter Boyle has also passed away.

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by jonnhrr » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:49 pm

Another good movie for T shots is Good Will Hunting, also a good movie in its own right, several interior and exterior shots of 01400's on the Red Line as Will (Matt Damon) commutes between his job at MIT and his home in South Boston.

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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by jaymac » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:18 pm

To oversimplify -- one of my particular and peculiar talents -- maybe one of the reasons for those of us addicted to trains that Eddie Coyle seems more rewarding than Thomas Crown I is that Peter Yates, the director of TFoEC, takes a much more kinetic approach to moviemaking than Norman Jewison, the director of the first TTCA.
We tend to like to see things move, and Yates made one of the movingest movies -- Bullitt -- of all time. He also made The House on Carroll Street that features The Century and a fall through the zodiac ceiling at GCT. Jewison tends to focus more on acting than action: Denzel in The Hurricane and an incredible acting clinic in Moonstruck.
And, yup, the T is just as much a character in GWH as any of the humans.
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by sery2831 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:33 pm

Did we have a general movie discussion once upon a time? I did a quick search and found some other threads about specific movies like this one... But I thought we had a general one. Anyone want to try to find it?
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by 3rdrail » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:31 pm

How about throwing on "...and other movies with Boston area trains" on the end of the title for this thread ?
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Re: The Thomas Crown Affair

Post by Adams_Umass_Boston » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:08 pm

Was it this Topic?

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