r Letter From Eastie: Eastie on Film
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Letter From Eastie

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Eastie on Film

According to the City of Boston's web site all of these films were filmed in East Boston:

Blown Away, 1993
Jimmy Dove works for the bomb squad in Boston and he is always the one who is on the tough jobs. One day he decides to quit the force and to become a teacher for the rookies of the squad. A few days later his successor is killed by a bomb and Jimmy becomes suspicious that maybe this bomb could have been built by a former friend of himself. He begins to investigate and finds out that his worst nightmare has returned from his past.--IMDB
I remember when they filmed this movie. They blew up an old ship down on the Eastie waterfront and they didn't calculate the force of the explosion quite right, so they inadvertently took out a whole bunch of people's windows in the neighborhood. The movie studio ended up having to pay to replace all the windows.

The Spanish Prisoner, 1996 (Filmed scenes at Logan Airport, so technically in Eastie.)
Joe Ross is a rising star. He's designed a process that will make his company millions. He wants a bonus for this work, but fears his boss will stiff him. He meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, and they strike up an off-kilter friendship. When the boss seems to set Ross up to get nothing, he seeks Dell's help. Then he learns Dell is not what he seems, so he contacts an FBI agent through his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci. The FBI asks him to help entrap Dell. He accepts, a sting is arranged, but suddenly it's he who's been conned out of the process and framed for murder. Bewildered and desperate, he enlists Susan's aid to prove his innocence.--IMDB
Next Stop Wonderland, 1996
Erin is a nurse and her longtime boyfriend has dumped her. Her mother Piper places a personal ad for her. Meanwhile the film follows the life of Alan, an employee at a local aquarium who dreams of becoming a marine biologist. Will their paths cross?--IMDB
The think that cracked me up about this movie is that there is a scene shot under one of the pavillions at Revere Beach. Anyone who has ever been to Revere Beach, will immediately recognize that they obviously cleaned up the pigeon poop for the scene. I kept thinking to myself, I wonder whose job it was to clean the bird poop. My guess would be that it was an intern. Also, this movie has a fabulous soundtrack if you enjoy Bossa Nova and Samba

Monument Ave., 1998
Bobby O'Grady is a low range member of Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty for him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even from their and Teddy's relatives.--IMDB
Mystic River, 2003
Childhood friends Jimmy Marcus (Penn), Sean Devine (Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Robbins) reunite following the death of Jimmy's oldest daughter, Katie (Rossum). Sean's a police detective on the case, gathering difficult and disturbing evidence; he's also tasked with handling Jimmy's rage and need for retribution.--IMDB
A good portion of this movie was filmed right on my block. What more is there to say! I just wish I had lived here then.


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