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Why did this take place in Canada?


I've always wondered why this movies takes place in Vancouver, Canada. Not that I mind - I live there, so it was cool to see - but it struck me as odd. Why would an American movie just happen to take place in Canada? It wasn't integral to the story. And the movie didn't make a point of the fact that it took place here.

Just wonderin'... Seemed unusual.

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I agree. Worst use of a setting ever. The entire movie was so bad it was funny!

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it's because the city councils in America charge too much for shutting down streets to allow film-making to take place.

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Fair enough, but big Canadian cities stand in for New York, Seattle, etc. all the time. It's not about why they filmed it here, but rather why the movie TOOK PLACE here. Still weird.

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Why did this take place in Canada?


Because the characters are all Canadian?

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I think it was great to see the beautiful scenery that is in Vancouver and North Vancouver. I think it was filmed in Canada because filming was just starting to take off in Canada in the early 90's. The Canadian government welcomed American film companies because production costs were cheaper than filming in the US. Today, lots of movies and TV shows are filmed in Toronto, another beautiful Canadian city. A lot of famous landmarks were included in "Intersection" including the charming Vancouver Island. Next time you watch this movie, enjoy the view! One more thing I'd like to say about Intersection was the wonderful score from James Newton Howard, hauntingly beautiful! I loved this movie!

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the canadian setting (not just the location: the setting proper) is one of the most interesting things of this movie (it's true also I love Canada).

there should be an Imdb page about where a movie takes place, not only the locations.

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Jesus! Why not???? It's a beautiful city!!! American-made movies take place ANYWHERE...this one did so in Canada.

And, TONS of movies film there, whether the setting of the story takes place in Canada or not. But as for this story, the writer probably just wanted to use a slightly different beautiful city.

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It was a gorgeous location to film this (especially the site where they were going to build the house. What a view), but they also got the tax breaks that makes Canada such an attractive location for American films and television shows. it's a huge country with so many diverse areas that can stand in for many parts of the world. You're lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

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i can't believe this thread is for real.
i love canada. went in 2002 and it was one of the few vacations where i didn't feel like going home after a few days.

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Kickbacks and cheaper....but not so much anymore.There is almost Zero sunshine up there/yet more than Pittsburgh...which is virtually sunless!
ANYWAY I LIKED THE film Gere looked terrific and Ms. Davidovitch...Wow and fine character role....Ms.Stone made best of it.

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I loved the setting...Canada was a perfect location for this movie. The beautiful scenery was exceptional!

Wondering why this was even questioned?

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Bear... How's the weather in Pittsburgh lately? Here in Vancouver we're basking in sunshine and temps around 50 degrees (10 celsius) as we have been solidly for more than 3 weeks... yes in February!

"Hollywood North" is the 3rd largest film location area in North America after L.A. and New York. If by "kickbacks" you meant tax breaks and a US dollar worth 20 percent more up here then you are correct.

Most times this area gets dressed up as other places... commonly Seattle (ie. Feature Film "Double Jeopardy" or New York (ie "Fantastic Four") but once in awhile it gets to be itself. The ability to dress up as a huge variety of places and the excellent crews and facilities are other reasons why.

You might be surprised to see how much is filmed up here... much of it in sunshine. That despite what David Duchovny had to say, before, as the starring lead actor, forcing another production... The X-Files... to relocate to LA starting in season 5 because he said it rained too much... a move which dramatically changed the tenor of the X-Files and lost some of it's momentum according to producer Chris Carter.

But the industry is thriving up here... a Billion Dollar employer in Features, Series and Commercials (even many of your TV ads, especially car commercials are filmed up here.)

Come visit... we'd be glad to have ya, Eh?

Dan,
Storybrooke, Maine (AKA Steveston, British Columbia) from Once Upon A Time on ABC



Toby Ziegler:It couldn't have gone far,right?
Sam Seaborn:Right
Toby:Somewhere in this building is our talent

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Cheaper to film there , happens all the time

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TONS of movies and TV shows are filmed in Canada, especially during the past 20 or so years. It is much less expensive to film there. In the end credits you will often see Canadian film commission logos and the cast always includes local actors.

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