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Movies Filmed in Michigan, Part IV: 1995-2000

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Trends of the mid-to late 1990s

The 1990s saw an increase in cinema attendance- mostly at multi-screen cineplex complexes throughout the country.

Indoor multiplexes multiplied from almost 23,000 in 1990 to 35,600 in the year 2000; the number of drive-ins continued to decline (from 910 in 1990 to 667 in 2000).

An imbalanced emphasis was given the opening weekend. More movies with expensive, high-budget films with expensive special effects (including shoot 'em-ups, stereotypical chase scenes, and graphic orchestrated violence) were made; the belief was that this equated with quality. (Not.)

In the mid-1990s, mega-stars made excessive demands. Ironically, a highly-paid star in a big-budget film didn't guarantee a film's success.

True character development, interesting characters, credible plots, and intelligent story-telling often suffered. .

The average ticket price for a film varied from about $4.25 at the start of the decade to around $5 by the close of the decade
The signs of the digital age portended revolutionary change.

The average film budget was almost $53 million by 1998, many films cost over $100 million to produce, and some of the most expensive blockbusters were even more..

Late 1990s sees technological changes

As we enter the 1990s the VCR was still a popular. Rentals and purchase of videotapes were big business - much larger than sales of movie theater tickets.

Beginning in 1994, rather than attending special film screenings, members of the Academy of Motion Pictures viewed Oscar-nominated films on videotape,.

By 1997, the first DVDs had emerged in stores. Sales of DVD players and DVDs would surpass the sale of VCRs and videotapes.

Pioneering film-makers were experimenting with making digital-video (DV) films, pushing digital imagery and special effects, or projecting films digitally.

A number of films also used special-effects CGI in more subtle, innovative ways:

Independent Films

In the mid -1990s there was a rise in the number of independent movies being produced.
The IFP Independent Spirit Awards - founded in 1984 - honored visionary, innovative film-makers, and unsung actors and actresses in independent film.

The Independent Film Channel was launched by the Bravo cable network in 1994 as an outlet for independent films.

In 1995, the Sundance Channel was created by the Showtime cable TV network (in partnership with Robert Redford).

In 1996 four of the five Best Picture Oscar nominated films (all but Jerry Maguire (1996)) were from independent studios.

Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute (established in 1980) took over the Utah/US Film Festival. In 1991, it was renamed the Sundance Film Festival.

By the end of the decade, most studios had formed independent film divisions. But by the end of the decade, independent film-making had become more mainstream and institutionalized - sharing some of the same concerns and corporate worries that traditional Hollywood studios had always confronted.

Internet Film-Marketing
By the mid 1990s 40% of the films produced went directly to video (laserdisc or DVD) or cable with no cinematic theatrical release at all.

1990s saw the beginnings of groundbreaking internet film-marketing.

Independently-distributed film movement was also proving that it could compete (both commercially and critically) with Hollywood's costly output.

Michigan Film Industry in the 1990s

In the 1990s Michigan saw an uptick in the number of films which were being filmed in Michigan. The problem with many of the movies listed by the Michigan film office is they were never filmed in Michigan. Why would they claim them then? In some instances, the only connection with Michigan may be found in the name (as Detroit Rock City, which was filmed entirely according to sources in Ontario, Canada) or the character (as in the movie Hoffa (1992), which according to Wikipedia "Although it (the movie) chronicles Hoffa's early years in Michigan to his leadership in New York City and Washington, D.C. and his death in a Detroit suburb, almost all of the film was shot in and around Pittsburgh with the city's landmarks ) or (as Cobb (1997), who although a Detroit Tiger (Ty Cobb), is a film which never saw filming in Michigan.) Many of the films made in Michigan may leave you asking, "Why?" But that's the history of Michigan's film industry--a history riddled with questionable quality movies. Biker Zombies in Detroit? Really?

With Nobody (1997)
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With Nobody "Get married, get laid, get something, get a job, get a girl, get a guy, how about money, decisions to be made, With Nobody " Writing Credits Michael M. Joshua Directed by Michael M. Joshua Production Company Entropy Enterprise Amanda Bernacchi ... Jenna Sean Michael Burke ... Mark Cheryl Cook . Raquel Michael M. Joshua Michael Kallio Jacob, the 'Jesus' Date Todd 'Chin' Piepenbrok Andrea Rude Michael Thompson

Reach the Rock  (1997)
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Reach the Rock (1997)

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Directed by William Ryan, Reach the Rock is a 1998 film about a small-town troublemaker (Alessandro Nivola) who ends up spending a night in a jail cell where he and the police chief (William Sadler) engage in a battle of wills and wit.

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Polish Wedding, a 1998 comedy/drama film written and directed by Theresa Connelly, was

Kristen Bell's first film, though she was uncredited. The film's plot takes place within the Polish American community of Hamtramck, Michigan – girlhood home of director Theresa Connelly – at some time between the 1950s and 1970s. Virtually all characters are Polish Americans, though the actors playing them are mostly of other ethnic origins

Screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 1998 and at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 12, Polish Wedding was released in the US on July 17 of the same year.

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Grosse Pointe Blank  (1997)
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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

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Directed by George Armitage, and starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, and Dan Aykroyd. Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 American comedy film. In this movie only the aerial footage of Lakeshore Drive was actually shot in Grosse Pointe. The city of Grosse Pointe Farms did not allow the filmmakers to use any shots of Grosse Pointe South High School for the movie due to the presence of alcohol in the reunion scenes. The majority of the film was shot in Monrovia, California.

In a 1997 interview, actor John Cusack, who shares the film's screenwriting credit along with Jankiewicz, Steve Pink, and D.V. DeVincentis, said he would have liked to film on location in Grosse Pointe, but they were unable to move production to Michigan due to budget constraints.

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The Big One (1998)
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The Big One On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America. The Big One is a movie filmed in 1996—and released in 1998 by Miramax Films—by Michael Moore during his promotion tour around the United States for his book Downsize This!. Through the 47 towns he visits, Moore discovers and describes American economic failings and the fear of unemployment of the American workers.

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All of It (AKA Marriage Material) (1998)
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A hip, 25-year-old New York editor is about to return to her midwestern hometown, steeled for a visit with her larger-than-life über-mom, and steadfast in her commitment to avoiding a staid family life of husband and 2.5 children by age 29. That is until her boyfriend turns up by surprise, and sets in motion a chain of events that will cause her to see past her mother's facade of designer clothes and country club lunches to the pain of a woman caught in a rocky marriage, and give her mother an understanding of the life she equipped her daughter to choose.

Stardust (1998)
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In this lighthearted science fiction story for the whole family, research scientist Dr. Karol Wasacz has come up with a remarkable new invention -- the "bio-chip," a microprocessor that can give life to inanimate objects. Karol brings it home, where it's soon installed in the family's vacuum cleaner. Now that the Wasaczs have an all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing carpet sweeper, the good doctor and his 11-year-old son Charlie have to see to it that the vacuumi isn't stolen by those who would use it for sinister purposes.

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Here is an example of a film claimed by the Michigan Film Office which never saw the light of day here in Michigan. Detroit Rock City is a 1999 American comedy film about four teenagers in a Kiss cover band who try to see their idols in Detroit in 1978. The film was shot at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Toronto and other Ontario locations.[2] Other Ontario locations include Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario.

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Love and Action in Chicago (1999)
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Here is an example of a movie which was never filmed in Michigan, nor has a name associated with Michigan. How could the MFO claim it? Love And Action In Chicago is a 1999 American action romantic comedy focuses on a celibate hired assassin finding love with a quirky accountant in the Windy City. It shows one filming location, which as the name implies should come as no surprise. Did the MFO claim this one because of Chicago's proximity to Michigan's southern border?

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The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island (1999)
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Young man assembles a small offbeat crew to find the mythical pirate treasure that's supposedly on the bottom of Lake Michigan and save his family from bankruptcy. This movie was filmed entirely in Frankfort, Michigan.

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Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001)
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A macho man in a family on the eve of deer-hunting season must deal with the eldest son's curse of never having bagged a buck.

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Driven (2000)
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Driven (2000)

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A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance. The film was shot primarily in Montreal, Canada in the summer of 2000 as well as at a variety of worldwide races which were sanctioned by CART.

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'61 (2000)
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'61 (2000)

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Here is a film which received high ratings in which the locale (a Michigan location) served double duty Most of the baseball action scenes, including those set at Yankee Stadium, were actually filmed at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. A combination of strategic photographing and post-production effects were used to enhance the illusion of the "classic" layout of Yankee Stadium. Tiger Stadium was credited as "playing" Yankee Stadium in the closing credits. The shots depicting Fenway Park and Baltimore's Memorial Stadium were shot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Catacombs of Creepshows (2000)
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On a hunting trip to the woods, two men stumble onto a mysterious burial site. They dig it up and find the skull of a strange horned creature. Misty and eerie, the woods take on a whole new terror as they find their way out and attempt to resume their normal lives as firefighters.

Time Quest (2000)
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A story about a man who travels back in time to Fort Worth, Texas on November 22, 1963 and prevents the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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