Live Poll: This Is Chicago!

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Weather they paint the city in a good light or a bad light, all these films and T.V. Series are set in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A or the Chicagoland area. Which is your favorite?

Discuss it here. CHICAGO ROCKS!!!

The list is at http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020722280/...

Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/ynzX63Tp0mo/
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Sorry for the mess up again. This is the one that stays.

For people who don't know it, "Grease" was orginnally set in Chicago. In fact, the play premiered in Chicago.
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This is cut and pasted from the other page.
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wow...what a selection...

excellent job dg...you could also add 'uncle nino' starring joe mantagna, which was filmed in chicagoland...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled This Is Chicago!.

Weather they paint the city in a good light or a bad light, all these films and T.V. Series are set in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A or the Chicagoland area. Which is your favorite?

Discuss it here. CHICAGO ROCKS!!!
The list is at http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020722280/...
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dgranger: Although the original stage version of Grease was set in Chicago, I don't know of any evidence that the 1978 film takes place there. There are no references to any Chicago locations left in the film's screenplay, and the race between Danny and Leo takes place at the clearly recognizable Los Angeles River.

Meanwhile, I question the existence of Grease (1971) as a film. It seems implausible to me that someone would have attempted a film version of the stage play that would have premiered on screen less than a month after the debut of the stage version. If they did produce such a film, they don't seem to have taken much from the stage play for the film version, given that there are no female characters listed, nor even any characters with names.

Given that the trivia indicates that the film was "inspired by" the stage play, maybe the film represents one scene with a loose connection to the play's characters, rather than a full-length feature, but that still doesn't explain how they would have had time to make it and put it on screen less than a month after the play's debut.

I'm not questioning the inclusion of Grease (1971) in dgranger's poll, since if it exists it most likely would have taken place in Chicago; I'm questioning its inclusion in IMDb altogether.

If you want a film to replace either of these titles in the poll, would you consider While You Were Sleeping (1995)?
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The 1971 movie is "inspired by the 1971 play of the same name." And just because the original Grease musical played first in Chicago doesn't mean it was SET in Chicago.
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I'm dumping one but I'm keeping the other because I got source after source that states that the play "Grease" is indeed set in Chicago and Rydell High School is the high school that the author Jim Jacobs had attended, "Taft High School in sweet home Chicago." http://www.nwitimes.com/entertainment...
Why? Because the play is his memoirs of high school and several of the characters are compilations of the people he knew.
The real-life T-birds and Pink Ladies -- composites of his Taft classmates -- were just as rough-and-tumble. "There really was a girl named Rizzo, a tough little Italian chick," he said. They ran into each other at a reunion in 1989 and she mentioned "visiting her husband who was on Death Row in Marion, Ill."

In fact, Jacobs with what Hollywood did to his play. He wrote an edgy, vulgar, rebelous, and cuss word filled play to which he had to write a non-cuss word version suitable for high schools to perform. Hollywood turned it into a sugar coated valentine to the fifties. The Hollywood version is watered down and turned Rydell into a generic high school. But anyone with an ear should have known that something was wrong when they hear New Jersey and Brooklyn accents that are commonly associated with the 50's greaser stereotype coming out of kids attending what looked like a school in Southern California.
All these sources say that the play is set in Chicago and that Rydell High is really William Howard Taft School in Chicago, Illinois.
http://www.broadwayworld.com/board/re...
http://www.newlinetheatre.com/greasec...
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFi...
The references to Chicago and Taft are in the songs. Some say it is also in "You're The One That I Want" I don't see it. However, when I do compare the Taft Alma Mater song to Rydell Alma Mater song, I do see the similarities with all the "I sing to thee" and "I hail Thee"S: http://www.tafths.org/m/pages/index.j... And http://www.lyricsmania.com/rydell_alm...
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It doesn't really matter if the play was set in Chicago when your poll is about movies.
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Whether is spelled wrong. The capital S in series should be lower case.

If you combine all the Dick Wolf TV shows you could put more titles in. And Blues Brothers - you could just put a note: or the 1998 sequel.

And you could combine all the versions of Chicago (the musical).

Breakfast Club is set in a fictional town called Shermer, IL, not Chicago.

"Hill Street Blues is the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct in an anonymous inner city patterned after Chicago."

Grease 1978 movie description: "A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High."

Bleacher Bums has 50 votes...why include it?

FYC (I'm not a huge fan of some of these but they are well known enough that they NEED to be included). Maybe you want to do one list for TV and one for movies?:
The Fugitive
The Public Enemy
My Best Friend's Wedding
While You Were Sleeping (seconding)
High Fidelity (a must)
Wayne's World
Married with Children
Prison Break
Divergent
Barbershop
I, Robot
Primal Fear
What Women Want

My favorite that is less popular - Crime Story.
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Ok Jen, I did take you up on your suggestion and split this into two polls. One for movies and one for T.V.. The T.V. One is here at P.S.: This Is Chicago in TV! or http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020155385/...

Breakfast Club is set in a fictional town called Shermer, IL, not Chicago.

Shermer, IL is the pseudonym for John Hughes' hometown of Northbrook, IL to which is north of Chicago. Many consider it as a part of Chicagoland. But it is really too far away from the city's limits to be considered as a Chicago suburb. So I had dropped it.

Almost all of your has been added. And I had to delete "Curly Sue" And "Continental Divide" (A John Belosi film that I like).

The hardest one to cut was "Grease" in order to make room for "A Raisin In The Sun".
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Jen, I'll take some on now and save the rest for tomarrow.

Thanks for pointing out the typo. The program automatically does that when you use a period in an abbreviation before it. You attention to detail made me also notice that I forgot to type a period after the "A" in U.S.A..

On "Grease", I'm going to remain firm because I got source after source that do say the play is set in Chicago. It is Hollywood who bastardized it by relocating the setting to Southern California instead filming it on location in Chicago. As I said before, a person with a good ear can tell something is off when you can hear stereotype New Jersey and Brooklyn greaser accents coming out of the mouths of the students who are supposed to be southern Californians.


"Bleacher Bums has 50 votes...why include it?"
I can tell you are not a Chicago Cubs fan. The play is a very well known play here in Chicago and to Chicago Cubs fans. It is set in the left field bleachers of Wrigley Field. It showcases compilations based of a certian group of hardcore Cubs fans who showed up at every home game of the Chicago Cubs in the sixties and seventies. They called themselves the Bleacher Bums and wore special shirts and hats (not shown in the play). They would harass the other team. Even the owner of the Cubs at the time, Phil Wrigley, would pay for their transportation to away games so they could harrass the other team. The play is very Chicago. Besides, look who plays in it! If you ever want to see the vary early Chicago work of Denis Franz and Joe Montena and what got them noticed by Hollywood and TV, this is the one to watch.
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Similar to my suggestion on the TV list - might be a fun title: Chicago Is...My Kind of Film.
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a fun title: Chicago Is...My Kind of Film.

I agree that a parody of the song title "My Kind Of Town" is a fun idea but an over used one to the point of cliche. I did consider it. I rejected it because, if I had used it, it would have pointed directly to one of the movies on the list, the movie where the song came from, "Robin Hood and The 7 Hoods".

It was almost the same case with using "Sweet Home Chicago" because the song is so closely associated with "The Blues Brothers".
No, I like my title because it shows rebel defiance, love and stubborn pride in the city at the same time
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Besides, now I got another problem to deal with. Too many films. Unfortunately I found two highly ranked classics that also have references to "Big" Alphonse "Al" "Scarface" Capone in them. (Yeah, one of Capone's nicknames was "Scarface" - it was the one you never said to his face because he hated it.) The two Films are "Little Ceasar" and Howard Hawks' orginnal "Scarface" (used the nickname but the character of Tony Camonte is a composite of several gangsters).
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Hard choice both Chicago Deadline and Unicke Nino are going based on the vote totals. Very few know these films exist which is a shame because both of those films fit the subject of the list.
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Proper capitalization of the title: This Is Chicago In the Movies!
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dgranger,

"in" should not be capitalized in the title of your poll suggestion.

Please change the title from:
This Is Chicago In the Movies!

To:
This Is Chicago in the Movies!

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Please see:
http://titlecapitalization.com/
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These automatic title tools are not always reliable and, in this case, the lettering is a little blurry and I can't tell if they're capitalizing the "I" in "is" and "in" or not. Either way, neither "is" or "in" should be capitalized. "This is Chicago in the Movies" is definitely correct. :)
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Dan , done.
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Rubyfruit, I will have to disagree with you there . The intention of the use of the word "Is"is clearly meant to be assertive, proud and, yes, stubbornly defiant or rebellious. I just didn't want to go over the top and chiche like "IS".
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I will defer to Sara, since she is a professor of English.
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Thanks, Dan, but not a titled Professor, actually, -- just a lowly college "instructor" of English unless and until I get several more publications under my belt. :)

dg, I now know how you want it to be conveyed: having it capitalized did not make that clear to me, though, so I suggest going with "is," lower-case and in italics for two reasons: In lower-case, it will meet AP style standards and therefore be eligible for the home page, and the italics will clearly communicate emphasis, which will help to convey that defiant pride you mention. I agree with you that doing both would be over-the-top. 
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Ruby,

Sadly, IMDb does not allow the titles of lists to be formatted. Text for a title cannot be made bold, italicized or underlined. I just tried formatting the title for a list without success.
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Ruby, I'm just going to have capitalize both letters. I'm just afraid it might send out a wrong message.
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Weather should be whether.

And could you please remove this?
This is one of two poll suggestion lists. The other is at This Is Chicago in TV!.
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Done.
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Thanks.
If you don't want to remove the text I asked for, could you at least link the poll instead of the list? http://www.imdb.com/poll/9S0OQMcY4JU/
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Jessica, edits done in a slightly different and clumsy way. I'm surprised that someone didn't corrected my bad grammar in the "Chicago" entry in the selection. The lady really did not want her play turned into a musical. Bob Fossie had pestered her several times for the rights to do it.
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But having the list there is kind of redundant. The poll should be enough.
And by the way, the link to the live poll in your TV list leads to a movie page. :)
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Fixed
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I'd vote Fugitive. Good poll! I think The Sting would win.
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Hoop Dreams is my favorite, with The Fugitive in second. I lived in the Windy City when I was about nineteen and twenty (right around Wrigley Field on North Clark near Belmont, and then up on Fremont near Wrigley, and then up on Irving Park Blvd.) and this is making me very nostalgic and miss Chicago. 'Good list and poll. :)
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Home Alone (1990)
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Congratulations dgranger on your 18th live poll!
As of 4-Oct-2017 9:43 PM Pacific your polls have 25,787 or more votes, for an average of 1,433 votes per poll.

5743rd Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/ynzX63Tp0mo/
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This is the 2,489th Title poll. Such polls have a total of 5,745,445 votes for an average of 2,308 votes per poll.

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Thank you. I still get excited when these happen.