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And the award for the best country masquerading as another goes to…

This article from The Globe & Mail details the latest movie to be shot in Canada, where a Canadian location pretends to be an American one. This time, though, it’s “Dallas,” a remake of the tv series which ran, apparently, from 1978-91. (I thought it would have been long dead by the 1990s).

The Globe has a great list of some of the more prominent movies shot in Canada where Canadian locations are trying to be passed off as American ones. One of my favourite examples, that doesn’t make the Globe’s list, is Jackie Chan’s “Rumble in the Bronx.” It was shot in Vancouver, and you can occasionally see mountains in the background. I’ve never been to the Bronx, but I’m pretty sure there are no mountains there…

Here’s the Globe’s list:


Canadian locales are favourite stand-ins for iconic U.S. settings:

Many of the fight scenes in The Cinderella Man, a Depression-era boxing tale, were shot in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens.

Chicago, starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, was shot in Toronto.

Washington drama Murder at 1600 and White House comedy Dick were shot in Kleinburg, Ont.

Rudy, a made-for-TV drama about New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, was shot in Montreal.

New York Minute, a vehicle for celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, was shot in Toronto

Brokeback Mountain, a cowboy love story set in Wyoming, was shot in Alberta.

Fever Pitch, in which Jimmy

Fallon struggles to love both Drew Barrymore and the Boston Red Sox, was shot in Toronto.

Capote, detailing New Yorker writer Truman Capote’s quest to tell the story of a massacre in Kansas, was shot in Manitoba.

In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, Toronto substituted for New York.

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, which follows two friends’ quest to satisfy their munchies at the U.S. burger chain, was shot in Toronto, where there are no White Castle outlets.

The Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven was shot around Calgary.

1 comment

1 Ray Massie { 09.09.09 at 1:00 pm }

Then there’s always Hollywood stealing stories from other countries and “Americanizing” them. Like the new Richard Gere movie, “Hachi.” Its an old Japanese legend set in Boston…or at least they said it was Boston