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where is this movie supposed to take place???


I was thinking Michigan or Ohio???

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I think Detroit, since that's where a lot of auto manufacturers are, and Keaton's character was an engineer at a car manufacturing firm. Plus, I'm pretty sure there are sweatshirts for the Lions, or other references to that football team in the film.

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mostly in a house.

He's taking the knife out of the Cheese!
Do you think he wants some cheese?

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I noticed at least one Michigan license plate.

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Yeah, I'm thinking Detroit as well.

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The ending credits do not actually say so, but I believe the film is set in Detroit as well. The various Michigan references (i.e. the Detroit lions, Caroline wearing a Michigan sweatshirt, Michigan license plates, etc.) all add credibility to this setting. Likely the film was shot either on a studio lot or soundstage, since no filming locations are given "special thanks to" at the end.
This is just my assumption!

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Detroit, Jack has a Lions hat too.

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Detroit. He is an engineer for a large auto maker.

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It is set in Detroit, MI. He was an auto engineer for one of the big car companies there, and he mentions to his coworkers near the beginning of the movie that it was preseason (thus August) and the Lions will get better by the regular season (but they rarely do, and have a losing season practically every year-though in 1983 they did go 9-7 and win the old NFC Central, then lost a very close second round playoff game to San Francisco, so he was not completely incorrect and just trying to be positive when he said this). But yes, it is set in Detroit, MI.

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At the very beginning of the movie, when Caroline goes in the boys' room to wake them up, the radio announcer mentions something about "a beautiful day here in Detroit."

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Detroit is one of the worst cities in the USA. At least they showed the good parts of it (if it was filmed there). Anyone who has never seen the city or know anything about the place, they will never guess that city has so many abandoned buildings and over 12,000 homes abandoned. I think that city started going down hill in the 1950's because the population started to go down. Well, one of the car factories shut down and I think the rest did too later on because Ford isn't there anymore. They are now located in another town. Then in 1967, there was a riot and the city never cleaned up or rebuilt I read. So that's why we see all these burned houses in the vidoes people take and put them on youtube. It's very sad.

Detroit is known to be one of the worst cities in the USA. I heard parts of it is a ghost area meaning it's empty and there is no people and the buildings are just empty. There are even empty neighborhoods with run down houses; some burned and some are to the ground already and some are falling apart.

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Ford never left Detroit. The Ford headquarters is and has always been in the Detroit Suburb of Dearborn (where Henry Ford lived). It boarders Detroit, and is clearly part of Metro Detroit (the Detroit they actually mean when they talk about "Detroit" and the auto industry etc. its the whole Southeastern portion).

General Motors headquarters is in the city proper (down by the river, in the RenCen). However many of GM's factories are in Flint (North of the City proper by about an hours drive I would estimate). This is the city (Flint) that was hurt so bad in the mid-late '80's an inspired Michael Moore's first movie.

Chrysler's headquarters is in Auburn Hills (Which is where the Pistons play too). It is North of the City proper sorta between the city and flint.

There are lots (and used to be many more) auto factories all over Metro Detroit including many in the city itself. The city itself has many a rundown section, and yes there are even areas that never got full rebuilt after the riots. I worked at an auto parts factory in the city proper, near a Technicolor factory (for those from the area) and the surrounding neighborhood was very sad and run down. I hated the few times I could help but stop and get gas around there before driving as fast as possible back to my home in the suburbs.

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It sure is fashionable to Detroit-bash, and it just gets tiresome to those of us that have lived here all our lives (because we actually like it here). I've traveled to a lot of other cities, too, and the Detroit area will always be home to me. What outsiders fail to miss is that Detroit 'proper' is only one small slice of Greater Detroit or Metro Detroit. Come into town and check out Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, our metric TON of lakes (yes, in metro Detroit), Rochester, Ann Arbor, Northville/Novi/Plymouth, Lake St. Clair and the Grosse Pointes, Dearborn (Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village), and then go into Detroit and check out Wayne State University (where I went to school), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, Greektown, Ford Field and have dinner at the Hockeytown Cafe. You might even be pleasantly surprised--if you choose to be. (I don't go to Chicago to go to the south side...) We have the same stuff here that every other city has..and then some...yet we don't have 15,000,000 people like 'Metro' New York and 'Metro' Los Angeles. We have about 4,000,000 between city and suburbs. Much more manageable. So quit Detroit bashing. It has been tired for over a generation now.

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It sure is fashionable to Detroit-bash, and it just gets tiresome to those of us that have lived here all our lives (because we actually like it here). I've traveled to a lot of other cities, too, and the Detroit area will always be home to me


Right on snowdene, I was a life long Detroiter who moved away in October for personal reasons. I have suffered homesickness everyday since. I now live in a swanky Northern Suburb of Atlanta and I cannot wait to get back to Southeast Michigan. I miss it and with any luck I will be a Detroiter again in time for this years International Freedom Festival Fireworks.

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Detroit's Beautiful Horrible Decline: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1882089,00.html

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Perhaps not Detroit proper, but at least metro Detroit. A lot of auto workers live in the suburbs. There is a shot of the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit and Windsor. Would've been nice if they shot some of the other scenes locally, too.

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It's supposed to be Detroit but I've driven by that house many times...it's in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. I can't believe that isn't noted anywhere.

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