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Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« on: August 10, 2020, 06:49:17 PM »

I thought it could be a nice idea to mention some bridges who appeared in tv series, movies and ads like for example the Golden Gate bridge in the opening credits of Too Close to Comfort or the Quennborough bridge in the opening credits of Taxi.

Btw, I wonder where they filmed this 1984 Budweiser commercial where a barge menaced to hit the twin bridges who appeared in this commercial?
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2020, 02:25:31 AM »

The flying sequence in the opening of the Superboy TV series featured all three Sunshine Skyway bridges,  the collapsed 1971 cantilever, the original 1954 cantilever, and the 1987 cable stay   
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 08:59:20 AM »

The opening sequence of The Sopranos features the original Goethals Bridge and the Pulaski Skyway.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2020, 05:49:03 PM »

The opening sequence of The Sopranos features the original Goethals Bridge and the Pulaski Skyway.
As well as the Lincoln Tunnel and many other bridges!
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 03:46:49 PM »

On the series "Dirty Jobs", Mike Rowe spends a day on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan with the bridge crew.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 01:57:48 AM »

I thought it could be a nice idea to mention some bridges who appeared in tv series, movies and ads like for example the Golden Gate bridge in the opening credits of Too Close to Comfort or the Quennborough bridge in the opening credits of Taxi.

Btw, I wonder where they filmed this 1984 Budweiser commercial where a barge menaced to hit the twin bridges who appeared in this commercial?

Doing some research, the boat was built in 1975 for the "Ole Man River Towing Incorporated" according to a tugboat information site (yeah, i too am suprised it exists http://www.tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=7444 )

But narrowing it down, and with a second copy of the ad campaign,you can see the bridges are two different colors...it's the vicksburg bridge on I-20 and US80/Railroad for the black one

One clue that gave it away, the side spans are through trusses not part of the main span truss. Nachez-Vidalia is a twin cantiliver but lacks that. Only other bridge like that on the southern river is the Memphis-Arkansas bridge, but that has two spans next to it. So that leave the I-20/US80 spans.


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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 10:06:22 PM »

I'm going to add Comics to this thread.

It's not just background but a central feature of the plot in Amazing Spider-Man# 121:







The death of Gwen Stacy is a major turning point in the life of Peter Parker and it occurs on a bridge. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Gwen_Stacy_Died

The bridge in the original issue of Amazing Spider-Man #121 was stated in the text to be the George Washington Bridge. The Pulse #4 (Sept. 2004) also states the bridge to be the George Washington Bridge.

The art of The Amazing Spider-Man #121, however, depicts the Brooklyn Bridge. Some reprints of the issue have had the text amended and now state the bridge to be the Brooklyn Bridge rather than the George Washington Bridge. Titles supporting the Brooklyn Bridge include The Amazing Spider-Man #147-148 (1975), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 (1987), and Daredevil v. 2 #8 (2000). In a television interview for the Travel Channel's Marvel Superheroes Guide to New York City (2004), Stan Lee said that the artist for the issue had drawn the Brooklyn Bridge, but that he (as editor) mistakenly labeled it the George Washington Bridge. This was corrected in newer prints of the issue.

Different bridges are depicted in subsequent adaptations of the storyline. Mary Jane Watson was thrown off the Queensboro Bridge in both Ultimate Spider-Man #25 and the Spider-Man movie, while in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Mary Jane is thrown off the George Washington Bridge.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2020, 05:00:11 AM »

The 1986 movie "Short Circut", which was filmed in Astoria, OR, has a scene & some background shots featuring the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2020, 08:59:19 AM »

1984's "Electric Dreams" has a finale that is basically a music video for the song "together in electric dreams" that uses the golden gate bridge in a few shots

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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2020, 06:50:39 PM »

The Robeling Bridge and a few other feature in the intro and outro for WKRP in Cincinnati.


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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2021, 10:51:08 PM »

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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2021, 11:42:02 PM »

The Maude intro has bridges in it.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2021, 12:13:53 AM »

The Maude intro has bridges in it.

The old Millers Westside Highway and the original express lanes on the GWB.


Then the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Archie Bunkers Place opening sequence as well as closing sequence.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2021, 01:29:50 AM »

The Golden Gate Bridge was also featured in the cheesy climactic scene of A View to a Kill (Sir Roger Moore's final James Bond film).

The "Another Day of Sun" dance scene at the beginning of La La Land was filmed on a bridge in the I-105/I-110 interchange in Los Angeles.  The interchange ramps involved were closed for two days for the filming.

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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2021, 03:50:35 PM »

It would take you all afternoon to read the filmography of the 6th Street Viaduct in Los Angeles.  Until the current rebuild began, this concrete arch spanning the Los Angeles River and some railroad yards was in more movies, commercials and TV show episodes than any other bridge maybe in the world.

The list on Wikipedia isn't even close to exhaustive.
It doesn't even touch the dozens or even hundreds of TV commercials filmed there.

Reasons why it got used so much?
-It's in LA where they make all the moving pictures.
-It's got a good view of downtown.
-It's in a place where it's not a huge problem to shut it down for a day or two to film something.
-It looked pretty good.  Very neo-classical/LA-noir kind of vibe.
-It can also look 'bad'; gritty and industrial depending on which way you point the cameras.  Certainly, underneath it looks shady and very "Escape from New York"
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2021, 06:51:31 PM »

Then the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Archie Bunkers Place opening sequence as well as closing sequence.

The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge was also featured in a song as "The 59th Street bridge" by Simon & Garfunkel who was covered by Harper's Bizarre.

And was also featured in the opening credits of Taxi.
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2021, 10:31:18 PM »

The Hardy Bridge in Montana is used as the Canadian border crossing (even though it's nowhere near the Canadian border) in the movie The Untouchables.  That scene always seemed strange to me because it was made to appear that Eliot Ness and company made an overnight trip from Chicago to make the bust.  Such a trip circa 1930 would probably take a couple of weeks.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2021, 09:33:59 AM »

Verrazano-Narrows in Saturday Night Fever.


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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2021, 02:07:42 PM »

It would take you all afternoon to read the filmography of the 6th Street Viaduct in Los Angeles.  Until the current rebuild began, this concrete arch spanning the Los Angeles River and some railroad yards was in more movies, commercials and TV show episodes than any other bridge maybe in the world.

The list on Wikipedia isn't even close to exhaustive.
It doesn't even touch the dozens or even hundreds of TV commercials filmed there.

Reasons why it got used so much?
-It's in LA where they make all the moving pictures.
-It's got a good view of downtown.
-It's in a place where it's not a huge problem to shut it down for a day or two to film something.
-It looked pretty good.  Very neo-classical/LA-noir kind of vibe.
-It can also look 'bad'; gritty and industrial depending on which way you point the cameras.  Certainly, underneath it looks shady and very "Escape from New York"
Another bridge that was used often is the lift bridge that was recently removed from the terminal island freeway. If there was a car chase in LA, chances are they used it. Some examples off the top of my head:

  • Get Smart uses it near the end of the movie. Incredibly, they actually flew a plane between the two bridges.
  • Inception used it during the climax of the movie.
  • The Island used it as a location for a car chase
  • I believe that it was used in the first Fast and Furious movie, but I could be wrong.
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Re: Bridges in tv series, movies and ads
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2021, 11:03:50 PM »

The series "Dirty Jobs" had Mike Rowe spending the day with the bridge crew at the Mackinac Bridge.
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2021, 09:04:47 AM »

That Girl starring Marlo Thomas in the 60s featured the Northeast Corridor on Amtrak near the current Lautenburg Secaucus Transfer over local roads with the NJ Turnpike bridges next to it.  Also the Pulaski Skyway in the distance.

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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2021, 12:08:56 PM »

I believe you will find on Walker Texas Ranger the Houston Street Viaduct used in the episodes where Walker gets into Action Drive Along gun fights.

That show had a lot of location segments filmed in Dallas before edited in Hollywood.
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