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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:00 AM   #1
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Skyscrapers in movies

Maybe I'm becoming obsessed but just lately I've started taking note of skyscrapers used in movies. I've seen quite a few interesting examples and I'm sure there's many more out there that I havn't seen. So post any examples you know of (from any movies, doesn't have to be a Hollywood flic). I'm not talking about a view of ESB over someones shoulder (ie every second movie), I'm talking about when the skyscraper is somehow used as part of the story line.


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The Solow Building in New York (210m) was used in Zoolander (2001) as the headquarters of the evil villian, Mugatu, except it was modified by placing a giant M on top.

Here's a very poor shot I took of it.


It usually looks like this
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #2
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In Johnny English (2003) Johnny and Bough parachute from a plane onto the top of One Canada Square in London (235m) at night, although in the movie there are actually two of them side by side, one holding a hospital and the other holding the headquaters of the evil villian (just like in Zoolander ) - Pascal Sauvage

Near the beginning of Armageddon (1988) Manhattan is hit by a meteor shower and various skyscrapers are damaged, in particular the Chrysler Building, New York (319m). The top of the building brakes off and it falls down on to the street landing spire first.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:47 PM   #3
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chrysler building in the movie "the wiz"
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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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CN tower as the Sears Tower, in Angel Eyes, yep that's right, the movie is awful and it got ripped by chicago film critics as it should
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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #5
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US Robotics building in I Robot, oh how it would be cool if it were real
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Old October 8th, 2005, 07:00 PM   #6
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GPT Sydney in Mission Impossible 2.




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Old October 8th, 2005, 07:05 PM   #7
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The Empire State Building in "Sleepless in Seattle" and Sears Tower in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" take the top spots.
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a good portion of the movie "the in laws" with michael douglas takes place at or in John Hancock
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Old October 8th, 2005, 11:15 PM   #9
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CN Tower in Canadian Bacon.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 11:18 PM   #10
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bank of america miami in true lies-----true lies starred arnold schweneger(sp?)

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how could this thread be complete without Entrapment??? The movie with Sean Connery and Catharine Zeta Jones, pracitcally a commercial for the Petronas Towers and made them pretty famous.
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King Kong standing on top of ESB in the 1933 film:


then on top of WTC in the 1976 version of the film:
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Old October 9th, 2005, 06:45 AM   #13
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Fox Plaza, Los Angeles (150m) was the setting for Die Hard (1988), involving a hostage situation in the building, which was called Nakatomi Plaza in the movie.


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how could this thread be complete without Entrapment??? The movie with Sean Connery and Catharine Zeta Jones, pracitcally a commercial for the Petronas Towers and made them pretty famous.
That was a great movie - it invloved a heist from the International Clearance Bank in Petronas Towers. At one point I remember the two stars were actually hanging from the skybridge.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 05:00 PM   #14
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24

Not really a movie, but as a die hard 24-fan i must say it

Originally the first shot of 24 was going to be in Europe, Italy, I suppose, and there was going to be an exploding airplane at the end ( over the Mojave desert) of the pilot. However, 9/11 took place before the pilot was aired and the exploding airplane was removed. Also the very first shot was changed : now the alert for the attack came from Kuala Lumpur, and we see an image of (yep!) the Petronas Towers at 4 pm, as a tribute to the lost twins and the many lives at WTC
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In Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, the United Nations Secretariat in New York was featured prominently. Even though the UN prevented Hitchcock from filming because NxNW's story included a murder inside the UN.

The first film that was allowed to be filmed in the UN headquarters is Sidney Pollack's The Interpreter. The Secretariat was also featured.

Watch the Hitchcock movie-- I highly recommend it. The Interpreter was OK too. Just OK. The Hitchcock was phenomenal.
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That Governor Phillip Tower in Sydney is a beaut'.

The Matrix features a few quick shots of various Sydney skyscrapers.

The King Kong/ESB has got to be the most prominent Skyscraper/Film combo.
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Vanilla Sky - my fav movie, when he's standing on the roof at the end, you can see all of NY
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Dont forget Empire State Building in "Day After Tommorow" and some London scrappers in Johnny English
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In The Island, set in the year 2019, they added some futuristic towers to downtown Los Angeles. One had the Microsoft logo on it. But for many of the older towers such as the Library Tower, they just stuck a bunch of equipment on it to make it look futuristic.

The building with the big R sign on it was the Gas Company Tower. In other shots taken from inside the building you could actually see the Gas Company Tower outside, so maybe a twin was built in the future lol.
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Petronas Twin Towers in 'The Entrapment' starring Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery.
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