Friday Five

November 25, 2006 at 1:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Five movies filmed in Lincoln:

  1. Airport (1970)—“Mel Bakersfeld is the hard-charging manager of Lincoln International Airport, trying to keep his airport open despite a raging Midwestern snowstorm and an angry wife. Meanwhile, his antagonistic brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest, may have his plans for a placid layover in Italy disturbed by unexpected news from Gwen Meighen, and by the plans of the D.O. Guerrero, the loose cannon on board.”
  2. Terms of Endearment (1983)—“Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma’s marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora’s interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways.”
  3. O Pioneers! (1992) (made for TV)—“Alternately tragic and triumphant story of Alexandra Bergson’s love of the sometimes unwelcoming farmland of the southern Nebraska plains. Captures well the quiet tone of Willa Cather’s best work.”
  4. 7-Teen Sips (2000) (independent)—“This laughably pretentious and tedious examination of teen angst comes from pro skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stephen Berra, who claims to have mined the story for his feature debut from the experiences of actual young people he encountered while touring the heartland of America on the skating circuit.”
  5. About Schmidt (2002)—“Warren Schmidt is forced to deal with an ambiguous future as he enters retirement. Soon after, his wife passes away and he must come to terms with his daughter’s marriage to a man he does not care for and the failure that his life has become.”

But clearly Lincoln’s most famous screen time came by virtue of Tommy Lee. Wait, did I really just use “virtue” and “Tommy Lee” in the same sentence?

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foxspit November 26, 2006 at 11:29pm

I had no idea about “Airport” and “7-Teen Sips.”  Interesting!

Michael November 27, 2006 at 4:54pm

Amerika (1987, made for TV)

Mr. T November 28, 2006 at 1:18am

Hahaha, yeah I remember when that one was on TV.

Actually, another great “filmed in Nebraska” movie is on tonight on the E Channel: Election . I wonder if “Boys Don’t Cry” was actually filmed here.

Fletch November 28, 2006 at 3:02pm

Don’t forget about “To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything - Julie Newmar” being filmed in and around here.

Mr. Wilson November 28, 2006 at 3:10pm

I almost put TWF:TFE-JM on the list, but was any of it actually filmed in Lincoln? Parts were filmed near Lincoln (e.g. at an old rest stop along Highway 77 south of town), and many Lincolnites appeared in the film, but I couldn’t recall for sure if any filming was done in town.

Fletch November 28, 2006 at 9:42pm

You could be right—I just remember that the cast and crew was here.  It’s possible all the filming was done outside of Lincoln.

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