Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Marla Hanson Story (1991)

Model Marla Hanson made headlines in 1986 after she suffered a brutal attack and had her face slashed with a razor blade.  Marla's landlord, Steve Roth, orchestrated the attack, hiring two lowlifes to carry out the grisly crime after she declined his sexual advances.  She received over 100 stitches to her face and was further victimized by the judicial system.  The Marla Hanson Story was one of many women-in-peril TV Movies of the Week in the late 80s/early 90s.

The Marla Hanson Story was filmed in Brooklyn and New York, NY

Location: Marla's Waitressing Job
Address: Grand Central Station, New York, NY

It has been many eating establishments over the years.  It is currently Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC.

Location: Marla Books Her First Gig
Address: 152 W 57th Street, New York, NY

Marla exits out of The Carnegie Hall Tower.  The Russian Tea Room can be seen in the background.

Location: Marla's Apartment Building
Address: 433 W 34th Street & Dyer Avenue, New York, NY

The Empire State Building off in the distance...

This location is later seen during Marla's attack, which is still difficult to watch.  It is right at the entrance to The Lincoln Tunnel, where the attack actually occurred.  Shutters Bar & Grill is now a cleaners.

Location: Marla's Photo Shoot
Address: Pierrepont Place & Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Location: St. Vincent's Hospital  
Address: 153 W 11th Street & 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Marla was taken to St. Vincent's after her attack.  It closed in 2010 and was turned into a luxury condo building, making it unrecognizable.  

Though the name does live on in the street sign.

And the air conditioners across the street are still heavily guarded...

Location: Marla Walks Through Central Park
Address: Central Park near Gapstow Bridge, New York, NY

Looking east toward 5th Avenue...

Locations Visited: September 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mystic Pizza (1988)

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Mystic Pizza.  I had only seen it once yeeears ago and didn't remember a single thing except that it was one of Julia Roberts' first films.  I enjoy a chick flick every now and then but this coming of age tale about three young women tackling love while they serve pizza in a quaint New England town just didn't do it for me.  Luckily it was a free rental during my college years working at Blockbuster Video so I didn't spend any dough ;-).  I was in Mystic, CT for a wedding and decided to visit the locations at the very last minute with what info I could find online since I'm sure there are fans out there.  This location hunt was very unusual for me since, except for the pizzeria, I really had no clue what I was visiting!

Mystic Pizza was filmed in Mystic, Groton, Stonington, Noank and Pawcatuck, CT and Westerly, RI

Location: The Church
Address: 78 Front Street, Groton, CT

It has since been turned into a private residence.

Location: Mystic Pizza Pizzeria
Address: 56 W Main Street, Mystic, CT

The real Mystic Pizza restaurant was not used during filming but can be seen when Daisy and Charles ride through town on their date just down the hill from the church (a different church than the one seen in the opening credits)

Taken from the opposite direction from the church mentioned above:

There are two parts to the restaurant: a grab by the slice/take out section and a main dining area:

I fell off the gluten-free wagon to try some...

You can watch the movie while you wait for your table...

The exterior was filmed at 70 Water Street, Stonington, CT, and a set was constructed inside.

Jojo and Bill walk outside the pizza joint, passing this stairwell, which is still there.

Location: Kat Delivers Pizza
Address: Cannon Square, Stonington, CT

En route to delivering a pizza to her mother, Kat passes by here.

Location: Ferriera Lobster
Address: 15 Riverview Avenue, Noank, CT  Ford's Lobster

Location: Tim's House
Address: 16 Breen Road, Westerly, RI

I'm not positive about this location but Breen Road is not very long and I didn't see any house that looked similar to the one in the movie so it may have possibly been at this address.

Location: Zack's Bar & Grill
Address: 201 N Main Street, Stonington, CT

Location: Tim's Client's House
Address: 4 Water's Edge Road, Westerly, RI

Location: The Arujo House
Address: 185 Mechanic Street, Pawcatuck, CT

Location: The Barboza House
Address: 187 Mechanic Street, Pawcatuck, CT

Location: Mystic Bridge
Address: Main Street, Mystic, CT

This area is seen again later when Jojo has some words with Bill.  They turn the corner at 4 E Main Street, Mystical Toys of Mystic

Location: Hitchhiking
Address:  N Main Street, Stonington, CT

This area is just south of where N Main Street meets Pequot Trail...

Location: Windsor Family Home
Address: 53 Church Street, Stonington, CT

Location: The Country Club
Address: 60 Ocean View Highway, Westerly, RI  Misquamicut Club

Locations Visited: August 2016