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« Reply #825 on: April 15, 2022, 03:43:59 PM »

The Cincinnati scenes in Rain Man are on I-275 and on the Roebling Bridge.  The latter Raymond and Charlie heading from Walbrook (that is in Kentucky) to downtown Cincinnati, but if you look closer, they are heading from Ohio to Kentucky (you can see the Welcome to Ohio sign facing the opposite direction when they exit the bridge). 
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« Reply #826 on: April 15, 2022, 05:13:55 PM »

In the opening credits to the 1970s show “Alice”, they pass under a sign that says Phoenix. The other sign says El Paso. It appears to be at a Phoenix/El Paso split, which means it has to be I-10 in Tucson at the northern end of I-19. Why Linda Lavin’s Alice, driving from New Jersey to California, is coming up from Nogales isn’t quite known.

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« Reply #827 on: April 17, 2022, 10:24:18 PM »

In the opening credits to the 1970s show “Alice”, they pass under a sign that says Phoenix. The other sign says El Paso. It appears to be at a Phoenix/El Paso split, which means it has to be I-10 in Tucson at the northern end of I-19. Why Linda Lavin’s Alice, driving from New Jersey to California, is coming up from Nogales isn’t quite known.



Because Tommy was a roadgeek and he talked his mom, Alice, to do a bit of cruising along the "metric freeway".   :bigass:
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« Reply #828 on: April 18, 2022, 12:18:51 AM »

In the opening credits to the 1970s show “Alice”, they pass under a sign that says Phoenix. The other sign says El Paso. It appears to be at a Phoenix/El Paso split, which means it has to be I-10 in Tucson at the northern end of I-19. Why Linda Lavin’s Alice, driving from New Jersey to California, is coming up from Nogales isn’t quite known.



Maybe it was winter when they were making the trip and storms were forecast for Wyoming, Colorado, and Flagstaff, so they swung all the way down to I-10 to cross the country.  And made a short side trip to Nogales in order to check off "Mexico" on their "been there" list.

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« Reply #829 on: May 14, 2022, 11:30:22 PM »

In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness much of the movie take places on Earth-838 where traffic proceeds on red and stops on green.
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« Reply #830 on: May 15, 2022, 01:18:34 AM »

In the opening credits to the 1970s show “Alice”, they pass under a sign that says Phoenix. The other sign says El Paso. It appears to be at a Phoenix/El Paso split, which means it has to be I-10 in Tucson at the northern end of I-19. Why Linda Lavin’s Alice, driving from New Jersey to California, is coming up from Nogales isn’t quite known.



In the 1970's sitcom Maude, you have in the opening sequence a trip from Manhattan to Tuckahoe, NY (where Maude is to have lived in that series) using the SB Westside Highway (the Empire State Building is to the left, when in reality it would be on the right if you are heading to Westchester County where Tuckahoe is located) instead of NB, using Riverside Drive to approach the George Washignton Bridge,  then crossing the George Washington Bridge (in which you do not need to do being that Westchester is on the same side of the Hudson River as Manhattan), and then some curbs along the way that are painted red (which NY State uses yellow for No Parking).  Oh and then there is the cars on one of the NY Parkways after crossing the GWB, which were 1950's models instead of 1970's models used during the show's tenor.

Talk about going between two places in a roundabout way. 
Here is the sequence and about 18 seconds in you see the old Miller's Westside Highway (which was still open at the time, and yes those vintage highway light poles were in use up to the day it was torn down) and you can see you are heading away from Tuckahoe in that footage and not towards it.
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« Reply #831 on: May 22, 2022, 12:01:56 PM »

David Letterman doing "Small Town News" from I-78 in Union County, NJ in 1988
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« Reply #832 on: May 30, 2022, 07:05:34 PM »

There is a Utah State Route 15 shield on a undivided four lane highways in Stranger Things episode 6.  Given the guide sign has “Salt Lake City” as the control city it appears to be a poor attempt to stand-in for I-15. 
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« Reply #833 on: May 31, 2022, 12:57:32 AM »

There is a Utah State Route 15 shield on a undivided four lane highways in Stranger Things episode 6.  Given the guide sign has “Salt Lake City” as the control city it appears to be a poor attempt to stand-in for I-15. 

They probably didn't do this, but my script would have one of the kids notice the wrong sign and deduce that they were in the parallel dimension where Dwight Eisenhower had been replaced with his robot self and the Interstate Highway System had never come into being.
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #834 on: June 01, 2022, 01:03:27 PM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #835 on: June 01, 2022, 11:56:17 PM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html

One problem... I don't think the skyway in BTTF2 was meant to be Interstate 99.  The symbol next to the 99 designation is pretty obscured, but due to the font of the 99, it's definitely not an "I".  Another skyway was mentioned in the movie, the "C25".

If I was to make a guess, the skyway is a reroute of CA-99, and the BGS was denoting an upcoming main exit for Hyperlane Grid 4, with *its* control cities.

Back in 2015, as part of a prop I made for a "Twin Cities Edition" USA Today for "Future Day", I included this image, with my rendition of what one of those future BGSs would more realistically look like.

The light blue shield is for Hyperlane Grid 2.

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« Reply #836 on: June 02, 2022, 01:21:34 AM »

The final shot of the original Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" (where a spacecraft crash-landed on what its crew thought was an uncharted asteroid but actually was the Nevada desert).  I'm pretty sure the signs were planted for the shot, as you can see the actual highway in the background.  (The "Nelson's Motel" sign is an in-joke; Ralph Nelson was the series' production manager.)

The episode was mostly filmed around Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Monument (now National Park) so I'm guessing the highway shown is actually California 190, nearly 400 miles from Reno (not 97 miles as the sign indicates).


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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #837 on: June 02, 2022, 11:59:11 AM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html

One problem... I don't think the skyway in BTTF2 was meant to be Interstate 99.  The symbol next to the 99 designation is pretty obscured, but due to the font of the 99, it's definitely not an "I".

No, I disagree. I think the I glyph was deliberately chosen to invoke the Interstate. (Perhaps a better argument: also consider that most movie production designers are not roadgeeks, and Interstates are all they'd probably be aware of.)
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« Reply #838 on: June 02, 2022, 12:03:53 PM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html

One problem... I don't think the skyway in BTTF2 was meant to be Interstate 99.  The symbol next to the 99 designation is pretty obscured, but due to the font of the 99, it's definitely not an "I".

No, I disagree. I think the I glyph was deliberately chosen to invoke the Interstate. (Perhaps a better argument: also consider that most movie production designers are not roadgeeks, and Interstates are all they'd probably be aware of.)

Even if it is I-99, I think this is a different system form the interstate system.  This road obviously goes to Europe so its a global Skyway.  Maybe just like XFL, the I doesn't stand for anything.  Or maybe International? 
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« Reply #839 on: June 02, 2022, 12:09:12 PM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html

One problem... I don't think the skyway in BTTF2 was meant to be Interstate 99.  The symbol next to the 99 designation is pretty obscured, but due to the font of the 99, it's definitely not an "I".

No, I disagree. I think the I glyph was deliberately chosen to invoke the Interstate. (Perhaps a better argument: also consider that most movie production designers are not roadgeeks, and Interstates are all they'd probably be aware of.)

Even if it is I-99, I think this is a different system form the interstate system.  This road obviously goes to Europe so its a global Skyway.  Maybe just like XFL, the I doesn't stand for anything.  Or maybe International?

Fair chance it’s just a bastardized CA 99 reference given Hill Valley is supposedly in Northern California. 

As an aside, looking at all the evidence the location of Hill Valley just doesn’t add up if you you examine all the evidence in the movies:

https://www.gribblenation.org/2019/06/where-hell-is-hill-valley-us-route-8.html?m=1
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #840 on: June 03, 2022, 10:58:19 PM »

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Even if it is I-99, I think this is a different system form the interstate system.

Right, that's what I mean. I don't think it has anything to do with the actual I-99 either. But I think they intended it to be "an Interstate."
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« Reply #841 on: June 24, 2022, 02:12:28 PM »

In the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of the judges makes a joke about living off exit 16 of the New Jersey Turnpike - which caught my attention because there is no such exit :angry: there’s 16W for Route 3 and 16E for 495/Lincoln Tunnel, but no 16! (There was another reference to 14A which does exist, for Bayonne off the Newark Bay Extension)
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« Reply #842 on: June 25, 2022, 05:21:54 PM »

I'll just leave this here. Multiple movies and a lot from one TV show episode for US 395.

http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/culture.html

In "Out of the Past", there was a scene inside Whit's elegant house at Lake Tahoe that showed its view:
https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxDyWBneNW2DpkGTIbyhppn8V3_IO2UMty
In my obsessiveness, I figured out that it would have to have been filmed from this spot:
https://goo.gl/maps/jSsVs5yCTcPa89dCA
yet there is now no trace of any house anywhere in that entire area.
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« Reply #843 on: June 25, 2022, 05:53:24 PM »

"My Darling Clementine" (1946) ends with this scene from Monument Valley:


This is shot roughly from here:

https://goo.gl/maps/BT31hB3kAQhPYhF5A

looking north. Today, US-163 goes from this spot a few degrees to the left, bypassing Mt Agathla. You can still see traces of the old dirt road if you zoom out on that map.
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« Reply #844 on: June 25, 2022, 06:04:33 PM »

Dunno if this has been mentioned in the preceding 33 pages, but this scene from Chinatown (1974)


was shot from here:

https://goo.gl/maps/JinY8gkWCPbWuNv68

looking roughly south, along CA-118 where it passes over Tujunga Creek. Today, a bit of I-210 would be visible in the distance. In the story, this was supposed to represent the "Hollenbeck Bridge" over the LA River near downtown Los Angeles.
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« Reply #845 on: June 25, 2022, 06:16:58 PM »

Vim Venders's "The End of Violence" (1997) had some scenes under the spectacular interchange at the south end of CA-14:

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« Reply #846 on: June 27, 2022, 04:27:17 PM »

The season 5 intro to One Day at a Time (70s version)  has a sign showing I70 Indianapolis.
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« Reply #847 on: June 27, 2022, 11:40:07 PM »

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« Reply #848 on: June 28, 2022, 12:08:08 AM »

I know that in Perfect Strangers, the Welcome to Chicago sign leaving ORD appears in the first season and in the remaining seasons when the long opening sequence is aired.  The short of the later seasons omits that, however its shown out of context in season one. 

Season one opener shows the two star characters traveling from their homelands to the big city.  Larry Appleton, who drove his Mustang from Madison, WI to his new home is shown passing under the I-190 Welcome sign which means to actually transit by it, you have to take a detour into O' Hare to accomplish that as no through roads lead through the airport to reach it especially if you take I-90, which is the main route from Madison to Chicago other than both US 12 & 14 that also do the trip, but none place you inside the airport to reach I-190 East.
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« Reply #849 on: June 28, 2022, 06:58:36 AM »

Still wondering how they went from working at an appliance store to newspaper...
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