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Re: TV-Movie Road inaccuracies that drive you crazy!
« Reply #100 on: December 17, 2018, 03:36:25 PM »

I used to work in the office building that housed the flower shop that the President called to order flowers and, later, where he showed up in person.  It was in the office building behind the Willard Hotel, and it is very close to the White House.  Visiting foreign dignitaries would frequently stay at the Willard.
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« Reply #101 on: December 18, 2018, 05:09:28 PM »

How about a 2-lane I-25 in Doctor Who? The real life version of the road is 4 lanes at the sign for Truth or Consequences NM.

I know the episode in question...it's one of the two animated episodes featuring the Tenth Doctor - "Dreamland"

It's not the 2 lane road that stands out in and of itself, as they did mean to show the early days of the Interstate system (which did often have 2-lane roads signed as Interstates).

What stands out is that particular scene supposedly takes place in *1947*!!  It shows the fabled "Roswell crash" happening.

Um...there were NO Interstate highways in 1947...

Not only that, but Truth or Consequences, NM wasn't named such until the mid-1950s.

The 2-lane I-25 also shows up in the Twelfth Doctor 2-part The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion. In that case, it's supposed to be modern day, which is obviously wrong to portray it as a narrow, windy 2-lane.
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« Reply #102 on: December 19, 2018, 02:53:58 AM »

The 2-lane I-25 also shows up in the Twelfth Doctor 2-part The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion. In that case, it's supposed to be modern day, which is obviously wrong to portray it as a narrow, windy 2-lane.

How did I miss that?   :confused:
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« Reply #103 on: December 19, 2018, 08:17:39 PM »

On the X-Files when they establish the location as San Francisco but the stoplights would all have yellow reflectors behind them meaning its actually BC, Canada.
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« Reply #104 on: December 20, 2018, 11:10:08 PM »

It wasn’t a road inaccuracy, but a recent episode of Roseanne had a character say they were going to a concert “in Ravinia.” “At Ravinia” would’ve been the correct terminology, since it’s a concert venue and not the name of a city or town.
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« Reply #105 on: December 24, 2018, 11:28:52 AM »

When I myself was a kid, I read the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, set in Portland, Oregon.  In one book, she told her dad that she wanted to stand on the middle of the Interstate Bridge with her arms stretched out, one in Oregon and one in Washington.  That's a very kid thing to do; I myself was and am interested in state and international borders.  However, her dad dissuaded her of that notion, saying the bridge is on an Interstate highway, and is closed to pedestrians.  When I finally went over the bridge, I saw that it has a sidewalk, and later I was able to walk over it myself.  It's an old bridge, so it's likely it was open back when the book was being written.  Either this is a lapse in research, or a "character error".  Perhaps the dad really didn't know the bridge was open to pedestrians, or he didn't want to bother to drive out there and then walk several long minutes with traffic roaring right by you.  I walked out there to take a picture of an unusual sign that I'm posting over on the Good, Bad and Ugly thread over in Traffic Control.
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« Reply #106 on: February 09, 2019, 03:10:17 PM »

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/07/bumblebee-film-to-transforms-vallejo-into-movie-set/

The movie Bumblebee uses San Francisco as its location but parts of the movie was filmed in Vallejo,CA.
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« Reply #107 on: February 06, 2020, 10:24:48 PM »

Had to bump this thread for a goof from the super bowl. A squarespace commercial is supposedly set in Winona, MN, and it shows a sign for Winona in the middle of a flat cornfield. The land around Winona is actually very steep and forested due to it being in the Mississippi valley.
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« Reply #108 on: February 06, 2020, 11:09:42 PM »

Had to bump this thread for a goof from the super bowl. A squarespace commercial is supposedly set in Winona, MN, and it shows a sign for Winona in the middle of a flat cornfield. The land around Winona is actually very steep and forested due to it being in the Mississippi valley.

It looked more Winona, Arizona which kind of is flat (but has a mountain backdrop with the San Francisco Peaks).
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« Reply #109 on: February 07, 2020, 10:37:44 AM »

Had to bump this thread for a goof from the super bowl. A squarespace commercial is supposedly set in Winona, MN, and it shows a sign for Winona in the middle of a flat cornfield. The land around Winona is actually very steep and forested due to it being in the Mississippi valley.

It looked more Winona, Arizona which kind of is flat (but has a mountain backdrop with the San Francisco Peaks).

But why waste money on someone to check continuity when you're spending upwards of $10 million just to air the advertisement.
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« Reply #110 on: February 07, 2020, 11:09:46 AM »

Had to bump this thread for a goof from the super bowl. A squarespace commercial is supposedly set in Winona, MN, and it shows a sign for Winona in the middle of a flat cornfield. The land around Winona is actually very steep and forested due to it being in the Mississippi valley.

It looked more Winona, Arizona which kind of is flat (but has a mountain backdrop with the San Francisco Peaks).

But why waste money on someone to check continuity when you're spending upwards of $10 million just to air the advertisement.

I’d say it was more of a wasted opportunity not to tie into Get Your Kicks on Route 66 and emphasize the lyrics about Winona.  It would have made sense since that whole scene in the commercial takes place on the side of a road. 
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« Reply #111 on: February 07, 2020, 11:58:10 AM »

I thought the Winona commercial was at least in part a send-up of the movie Fargo.

I saw a commercial the other night and now I can't remember what it was for, but someone in the ad said where they were supposed to be and said to my wife, "Then why is there a Big Green Sign in the background with a New York state route shield on it?" Anyone else seen this? I don't generally pay a lot of attention to the commercials, and it's also not unusual for me to be falling asleep on the couch in the evenings, so I have no idea what the ad was to begin trying to find it on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure I saw it sometime this week during something other than the Super Bowl.
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« Reply #112 on: February 07, 2020, 12:00:10 PM »

I saw a commercial the other night and now I can't remember what it was for, but someone in the ad said where they were supposed to be and said to my wife, "Then why is there a Big Green Sign in the background with a New York state route shield on it?" Anyone else seen this? I don't generally pay a lot of attention to the commercials, and it's also not unusual for me to be falling asleep on the couch in the evenings, so I have no idea what the ad was to begin trying to find it on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure I saw it sometime this week during something other than the Super Bowl.

That one was mentioned elsewhere on this forum. Someone asked for directions to I-70 with that sign in the background. Still no idea what it was advertising.
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« Reply #113 on: February 07, 2020, 12:11:26 PM »

I saw a commercial the other night and now I can't remember what it was for, but someone in the ad said where they were supposed to be and said to my wife, "Then why is there a Big Green Sign in the background with a New York state route shield on it?" Anyone else seen this? I don't generally pay a lot of attention to the commercials, and it's also not unusual for me to be falling asleep on the couch in the evenings, so I have no idea what the ad was to begin trying to find it on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure I saw it sometime this week during something other than the Super Bowl.

That one was mentioned elsewhere on this forum. Someone asked for directions to I-70 with that sign in the background. Still no idea what it was advertising.

I-70, yes, that was what made me say "this is ridiculous." Thank you. The fact that neither of us recalls what was being advertised underscores how sometimes you remember the mistakes more than anything else.
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« Reply #114 on: February 07, 2020, 01:35:14 PM »

I saw a commercial the other night and now I can't remember what it was for, but someone in the ad said where they were supposed to be and said to my wife, "Then why is there a Big Green Sign in the background with a New York state route shield on it?" Anyone else seen this? I don't generally pay a lot of attention to the commercials, and it's also not unusual for me to be falling asleep on the couch in the evenings, so I have no idea what the ad was to begin trying to find it on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure I saw it sometime this week during something other than the Super Bowl.

That one was mentioned elsewhere on this forum. Someone asked for directions to I-70 with that sign in the background. Still no idea what it was advertising.

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=26236.0
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Re: TV-Movie Road inaccuracies that drive you crazy!
« Reply #115 on: February 07, 2020, 05:10:31 PM »

When I myself was a kid, I read the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, set in Portland, Oregon.  In one book, she told her dad that she wanted to stand on the middle of the Interstate Bridge with her arms stretched out, one in Oregon and one in Washington.  That's a very kid thing to do; I myself was and am interested in state and international borders.  However, her dad dissuaded her of that notion, saying the bridge is on an Interstate highway, and is closed to pedestrians.  When I finally went over the bridge, I saw that it has a sidewalk, and later I was able to walk over it myself.  It's an old bridge, so it's likely it was open back when the book was being written.  Either this is a lapse in research, or a "character error".  Perhaps the dad really didn't know the bridge was open to pedestrians, or he didn't want to bother to drive out there and then walk several long minutes with traffic roaring right by you.  I walked out there to take a picture of an unusual sign that I'm posting over on the Good, Bad and Ugly thread over in Traffic Control.
Maybe the sidewalks were added after, or even in response to, the book's release?
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« Reply #116 on: February 07, 2020, 11:32:26 PM »

In the opposite of the Superbowl commercial is the movie Paper Towns.  I read that book and then watched the movie (available at Dollar Tree) based on discussion on this forum.  Friends of a missing adult young woman tracked her down to a paper town in New York State.  When one of them finally meets her, we see diamond shaped state route markers instead of New York shields.  This turned out to be in Mooresville, North Carolina.  Approximately here: Street View.  Considering the interest in the topic from map and geography fans, you would think people would notice this error.
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« Reply #117 on: February 08, 2020, 06:28:03 PM »

This :sombrero::


I swear this is much closer to me than it appears. And indeed, it is (n.b.: it's on the other side of the freeway, which Mr. Google hasn't photo'ed yet). This freeway sees so little traffic, it is often used for movie shootings, hence its inclusion on this thread.
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« Reply #118 on: February 09, 2020, 11:39:56 PM »

This :sombrero::


I swear this is much closer to me than it appears. And indeed, it is (n.b.: it's on the other side of the freeway, which Mr. Google hasn't photo'ed yet). This freeway sees so little traffic, it is often used for movie shootings, hence its inclusion on this thread.
Shit whats more intriguing is the lightpost & the lights they used. Ive never seen a design as interesting as that.


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« Reply #119 on: February 10, 2020, 03:55:45 AM »

Had to bump this thread for a goof from the super bowl. A squarespace commercial is supposedly set in Winona, MN, and it shows a sign for Winona in the middle of a flat cornfield. The land around Winona is actually very steep and forested due to it being in the Mississippi valley.

I thought the exact same thing when I saw that commercial! There's no way that was either Winona proper, nor a real sign.
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« Reply #120 on: February 10, 2020, 08:53:01 AM »

While recently watching the extended version of the 1963 movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; one of the extra scenes shows all 4 vehicles turning south per Capt. Culpepper's (Spencer Tracy) prediction.  However, the scene shows all the vehicles turning left which contradicts the black-marker wall map at the police station showing that turning south would mean making a right turn since all the vehicles were initially heading east (left-to-right).

Maybe such was one reason why the above-driving scene was cut from the shorter version of the film.
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« Reply #121 on: February 10, 2020, 09:15:59 AM »

While recently watching the extended version of the 1963 movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; one of the extra scenes shows all 4 vehicles turning south per Capt. Culpepper's (Spencer Tracy) prediction.  However, the scene shows all the vehicles turning left which contradicts the black-marker wall map at the police station showing that turning south would mean making a right turn since all the vehicles were initially heading east (left-to-right).

Maybe such was one reason why the above-driving scene was cut from the shorter version of the film.

Actually, the "extended" version of the movie, like the previous DVD releases, still cuts out a key scene - when they all turn right going through downtown Valley Center, which establishes their southbound direction per Culpepper's prediction.  Apart from the original airings on TV, the only time this scene was not cut from the movie was in the original VHS release.

The "left turn" scene in the movie you reference, which takes place at a non descript desert junction that's supposed to be beyond Valley Center, has never been cut from any version of the movie (broadcast, VHS, or DVD) that I've ever seen.  And, like you, the inference that this scene is the southbound turn, due to the omission of the Valley Center right turn scene, has always bothered me.

Another cut movie scene that has always bothered me is in Duel, where Dennis Weaver, while in one of his trance moods, realizes that he's approaching the pass and starts thinking it through.  In the DVD version, Weaver's "in his head" dialogue about the pass and how the truck won't be able to keep up on the grade is shortened to a single "You can't beat me on the grade".
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« Reply #122 on: February 10, 2020, 09:59:43 AM »

While recently watching the extended version of the 1963 movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; one of the extra scenes shows all 4 vehicles turning south per Capt. Culpepper's (Spencer Tracy) prediction.  However, the scene shows all the vehicles turning left which contradicts the black-marker wall map at the police station showing that turning south would mean making a right turn since all the vehicles were initially heading east (left-to-right).

Maybe such was one reason why the above-driving scene was cut from the shorter version of the film.

Actually, the "extended" version of the movie, like the previous DVD releases, still cuts out a key scene - when they all turn right going through downtown Valley Center, which establishes their southbound direction per Culpepper's prediction.  Apart from the original airings on TV, the only time this scene was not cut from the movie was in the original VHS release.

The "left turn" scene in the movie you reference, which takes place at a non descript desert junction that's supposed to be beyond Valley Center, has never been cut from any version of the movie (broadcast, VHS, or DVD) that I've ever seen.  And, like you, the inference that this scene is the southbound turn, due to the omission of the Valley Center right turn scene, has always bothered me.
The extended version scene I'm referring to is in the DVD/Blue Ray package.  Right after said-left-turn scene; there's a deleted scene back at the station where Culpepper reaches overhead and takes Aloysius' (William Demarest) money from the fore-mentioned bet regarding everyone turning south (the earlier bet-statement scene is shown in all versions).  Note: the cut/extended scenes are shown in a lower quality in terms of color-restoration.
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« Reply #123 on: February 10, 2020, 10:24:37 AM »

While recently watching the extended version of the 1963 movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; one of the extra scenes shows all 4 vehicles turning south per Capt. Culpepper's (Spencer Tracy) prediction.  However, the scene shows all the vehicles turning left which contradicts the black-marker wall map at the police station showing that turning south would mean making a right turn since all the vehicles were initially heading east (left-to-right).

Maybe such was one reason why the above-driving scene was cut from the shorter version of the film.

Actually, the "extended" version of the movie, like the previous DVD releases, still cuts out a key scene - when they all turn right going through downtown Valley Center, which establishes their southbound direction per Culpepper's prediction.  Apart from the original airings on TV, the only time this scene was not cut from the movie was in the original VHS release.

The "left turn" scene in the movie you reference, which takes place at a non descript desert junction that's supposed to be beyond Valley Center, has never been cut from any version of the movie (broadcast, VHS, or DVD) that I've ever seen.  And, like you, the inference that this scene is the southbound turn, due to the omission of the Valley Center right turn scene, has always bothered me.
The extended version scene I'm referring to is in the DVD/Blue Ray package.  Right after said-left-turn scene; there's a deleted scene back at the station where Culpepper reaches overhead and takes Aloysius' (William Demarest) money from the fore-mentioned bet regarding everyone turning south (the earlier bet-statement scene is shown in all versions).  Note: the cut/extended scenes are shown in a lower quality in terms of color-restoration.

Thanks for the clarification.
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« Reply #124 on: February 10, 2020, 10:44:11 AM »

Thanks for the clarification.
No problem.  I should've also mentioned that such scenes are shown in the Road-Show edition, where practical.  The DVD/Blue Ray combo package, that came out about 5 years ago, offers both the standard version without the deleted scenes and the Road-Show version with the extra scenes and/or stills in some instances.
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