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Valley

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Shockingly, until a few years ago I had never seen the movie "Fresh Horses" (1988) with Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy where they attempt to recapture some of their "Pretty In Pink" magic. It doesn't quite work, but maybe the depressing story had something to do with it.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but for reasons that might not appeal to everyone on The Rewind. I totally love discovering an 80's movie that I haven't seen before and noticing actors/actresses that are either stars today or are from other 80's movies that I enjoy.

For instance with regard to "Fresh Horses", how about Ben Stiller as McCarthy's best friend. Or Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) as Molly's not too cool husband. How about Patti D'Arbanville (Real Genius) as Molly's friend. But my fav find was Molly Hagan (Some Kind of Wonderful) with that most spacious house and pool!

Now the really interesting part.. as I'm watching I notice that Ben Stiller has on a University of Cincinnati shirt and suddenly I realize that the movie is taking place in the city I currently live in... Cincinnati, Ohio.

So I've mentioned this before and posted a few pics.. but you just don't find very many 80's movies that were actually filmed in Cincy, so I just had to have some fun with it all.

After watching the movie.. I went on a quest to find several of the filming locations used in "Fresh Horses" .. looking back now.. that portable DVD player Nick mentioned to match up the shots would've made it so much better, but still awesome stuff:

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The opening scene is shot from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River as you look at downtown Cincinnati all lit up back in 1987. You see it again later when Andrew McCarthy is parked under a bridge contemplating his situation. Above is my similar pic from 2006.


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The tailgating scene at the football game is at the University of Cincinnati Bearcats Nippert Stadium. You can still catch The Bearcats in action there during football season.

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The stairstep concrete wall McCarthy & Stiller are on toward the middle of the film is the Serpentine Wall on the Ohio River side down by the riverboats. It is near the Cincinnati Reds new baseball park.

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And finally the crown jewel of my location pics was actually just luck. The place they went ice skating at the end of the movie is King's Island. Several years ago during the winter months, King's Island was open on the weekends for what was called Winterfest. The huge pond at the entrance is turned into an ice skating rink. It is actually way cool because the rink is right in front of a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower. The lucky part is I actually took the pic above several years ago and it might just have been around the same time this movie was being filmed.

So this why I have a passion for finding 80's filming locations...

[ 30. April 2010, 15:57: Message edited by: Valley ]

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Very cool pics Valley. Living in Nova Scotia, Canada, the only option I have for movie locations would be...hmmm...taking a picture of a tree and telling you it's from Sherwood Forest in Robin Hood....Nova Scotia does have a couple of "real" notables...."The Scarlette Letter" w' Demi Moore, U571 w' Harrison Ford (some scenes filmed on Halifax Harbour), and "The Shipping News" w' Kevin Spacey...
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Cool pics Valley! Cincinnati is a beautiful city...One of these days I will finally complete my John Hughes movie location quest and take pics for everyone here.
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Nick.. I know you want me to track down the infamous railroad shack, but I have no leads.

I do know where the Molly Hagan's house with the awesome indoor pool is located, but haven't worked up the nerve to knock on their door yet..

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quote:
Originally posted by Valley:
Nick.. I know you want me to track down the infamous railroad shack, but I have no leads.

I have found where it was!!!! This movie is a fantastic locations picture and all will be revealed, along with such locations as the meeting house where Matt Meets Jewel and much more when the locations feature goes live... [Wink]

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Originally posted by Valley:
I do know where the Molly Hagan's house with the awesome indoor pool is located, but haven't worked up the nerve to knock on their door yet..

If Valley is still here or someone else knows where this is, please let me know by PM [Smile]
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Valley, I didn't know you were in Cincinnati! I just moved from there and had lived there for 5 years (two different stints). I love that city and miss it! Are you still there?

I will have to watch this movie sometime soon.

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I saw "Fresh Horses" about 10 years ago (for the first time) and felt it was a great & extremely underrated film. I don't think anyone should compare it the other McCarthy/Ringwald flick(Pretty in Pink), since they're two completely different types of movies.

FH was more of a serious - and in some cases somewhat dark - drama. Very unexpected, with great acting. The scenery of the countryside (where much of the film took place) was especially memorable.

The only print of the film I've seen was the old DVD with a crummy pan & scan (i.e., non-widescreen) format - it looked like it was transferred from an old VHS tape. I would like to see the film in a widescreen anamorphic format, but don't know if it's available that way (yet).

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Those are some great location picks Valley. I vaguely remember seeing Fresh Horses once, maybe twice, sometime in the early 90's-ish on one of the movie channels. But I only remember bits n' pieces because I probably fell asleep while watching and I don't remember really being entertained by it at all. It might be about time to give it another try and hunt down for a re-watch sometime; but I don't really have any high expectations that I'd enjoy it now if I didn't back then.
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