New York City has served as the backdrop for thousands of movies and TV shows, as well as the home of the world’s brightest stage & screen stars.
Today, SOHO is one of the most stylish and popular neighborhoods for filming, celebrity spotting and finding your favorite famous movie locations.
9 1/2 WEEKS
The title of the film refers to the duration of a relationship between Wall Street arbitrageur John Gray (Mickey Rourke) and divorced SoHo art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger). The two meet and have a volatile and somewhat kinky sex life involving a variety of sexual and erotic acts.
The film details a sexual downward spiral as John pushes Elizabeth’s boundaries toward her eventual emotional breakdown. He often manipulates her into getting what he wants during sex and sometimes abuses her.
9½ Weeks is an 1986 erotic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill.
Elizabeth is an attractive divorcee, who works at an art gallery in New York. When she and her friend Molly (Margaret Whitton) organize dinner with friends, they go to the market where Elizabeth sees John (Mickey Rourke), a handsome Wall street broker. Later… SEE MORE HERE
13 GOING ON 30
As the story opens, Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen) is an unpopular girl celebrating her 13th birthday on May 26, 1987. She wishes to overcome her unpopularity at school since she views herself as gawky and uncool. Jenna especially wants to join the “Six Chicks”, a school clique led by Lucy “Tom-Tom” Wyman (Alexandra Kyle), who takes advantage of Jenna’s desire to fit in by manipulating her into doing a school assignment. Before her birthday party, Jenna’s best friend Matty Flamhaff (Sean Marquette) gives her a doll dream house that he built for her, and a packet of “magic wishing dust”, which he sprinkles on the roof of the house.
Part of this film was filmed in SoHo, particularly on Greene Street and Spring Street.
Tom-Tom and the rest of the six chicks show up to Jenna’s house party where they play a cruel practical joke on her during a game of “Seven Minutes in Heaven”. Jenna, mistakenly thinking Matt was responsible, yells at him and barricades herself in the closet where she put the Dream House. She cries and rocks backs and forth, bumping into the wall, wishing to be “30, flirty, and thriving”. The wishing dust from the dollhouse sprinkles on her, causing her to fall asleep. The next morning….SEE MORE HERE
Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is an alcoholic, burned-out N.Y.P.D. detective. Despite a late shift the night before, his lieutenant orders him to escort a witness, Eddie Bunker (Mos Def), from local custody to the courthouse 16 blocks away to testify on a police corruption case before a grand jury at 10 a.m. Bunker, a taxi driver, tries to be friendly with Mosley, telling him of his aspirations to move to Seattle to become a cake baker with his sister whom he has never met, but Mosley is uninterested, and stops at a liquor store. They are suddenly ambushed by a gunman, and Mosley drags Bunker to a local bar to take shelter and call for backup. Mosley’s former partner, Frank Nugent (David Morse), and several other officers arrive. Nugent and his men have ulterior motives, telling Mosley that Bunker is not worth defending as his testimony will likely out several officers, including Nugent, who are involved in the corruption scheme, and they try to frame Bunker for firing at an officer before they kill him. Mosley intervenes, rescuing Bunker and fleeing.
Mosley briefly stops at his sister Diane (Jenna Stern)’s apartment to retrieve guns and ammo, and learns the police have already approached her about his activities today. He and Bunker take steps to further elude the police, and Mosley is wounded in the process. They become cornered in a run-down apartment building as Nugent and his men search floor by floor. Mosley calls the district attorney to arrange for help, but….READ MORE HERE
28 Days is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehabilitation for alcoholism. Her character lives at 104 Crosby St in SoHo. The film costars Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, Steve Buscemi and Diane Ladd.
There are many other scenes in SoHo including the Lafayette Street and Spring Street, as well as Crosby and Prince.
The actress Sandra Bullock is a long time resident of SoHo.
Gwen Cummings borrows the limo at her sister’s wedding after ruining the reception with her drunken antics. She crashes the limo while she is on her cell phone trying to find a cake to replace the one she destroyed. She is given a choice between jail or 28 days in a rehab center. She chooses rehab. However, she is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, refusing to admit that she is an alcoholic.
After getting to know some of the other patients, Gwen gradually begins to re-examine her life and see that she does, in fact, have a serious problem. Her sincere desire to get well complicates her relationship with long-time, live-in boyfriend Jasper.
She befriends Andrea, a 17-year-old recovering . ….READ MORE HERE
ADDICTED TO LOVE
Two pairs of lovers play out a comedy of errors, in which Maggie (Ryan) and Sam (Broderick), an astronomer, try several unethical and nasty tricks to break apart the envied union of their respective former partners, Anton (Karyo) and Linda (Preston).
Good-natured astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore does what every other normal dumpee would do: he goes to New York and sets up house in the abandoned building opposite his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, intent on winning her back and waiting until she decides to leave her current lover. What Sam does not count on is being joined several weeks later by ultra hip tomboy Maggie, a photographer and motorcyclist, who is determined to get revenge on Anton, her ex-fiance. Mutually hostile at first, the two of them eventually join forces in an attempt to separate the couple and ruin Anton’s life. However, complications ensue when Sam and Maggie start falling for each other.
Most of this movie is filmed in locations throughout SoHo. Anton’s apartment loft is at 35 Wooster Street. Sam and Maggie stay in a run down building right opposite Anton’s apartment, giving them a birds eye view of everything that is going on.
The level of stalking goes up 100% when Sam decides to get a job at Anton’s Restaurant as a
dishwasher. The name of the Restaurant on the film is Restaurant Francaise, It is located at 180 Prince Street where Raoul’s Restaurant is located today..READ MORE HERE
AFTER HOURS 1985
After Hours is a 1985 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Joseph Minion, and starring an ensemble cast, including Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, and John Heard. Paul Hackett (Dunne) experiences a series of misadventures as he tries to make his way home from SoHo.
Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne), a word processor, meets Marcy Franklin (Rosanna Arquette) in a cafe. They discuss their common interest in Henry Miller. Marcy leaves Paul her number and informs him that she lives with a sculptor named Kiki Bridges (Linda Fiorentino), who makes and sells plaster of Paris paperweights resembling bagels. Later in the night, under the pretense of buying a paperweight, Paul visits Marcy, taking a cab to her apartment. On his way to visit Marcy, a $20 bill is blown out the window of the cab, leaving him with only some spare pocket change. The cab driver is furious that he can’t pay, thereby beginning the first in a long series of misadventures for Paul that turn hostile through no fault of his own.
If you were interested in finding out what SoHo was in the earlier days, this is just the movie to see.
The clean buildings and high end shops that you see today are a far cry from the dark and hostile environment the protogonist has to endure. Many SoHo streets are depicted in this movie including Kiki’s apartment at 28 Howards Street, and the Moondance Diner at 80 6th Avenue. At the apartment Paul meets the sculptor Kiki and Marcy. It seems that a romance might develop between Paul and Marcy but he…READ MORE HERE
A PERFECT MURDER 1988
A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. It is a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film Dial M for Murder, though the characters’ names are all changed, and over half the plot is completely rewritten and altered. Loosely based on the play by Frederick Knott, the screenplay was written by Patrick Smith Kelly.
Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is a Wall Street hedge fund manager whose investments and speculations allow him to live an extravagant upper class lifestyle with his much younger wife Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow). Unfortunately for Taylor, his illegal investments are unraveling; to alleviate the pressure being put on him by large upcoming margin payments he will need his wife’s personal fortune (roughly 100 million dollars) to maintain that status and lifestyle.
Some of the scenes take place at 180 Prince Street, SoHo.
Emily seems a faithful wife, but in reality she is having an affair with a painter, David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen), and is considering leaving her husband. Emily thinks she is safe, but Steven knows everything about the affair. He has also been able to uncover David’s past as an ex-convict whose real name is Winston Lagrange and who has a history of conning rich women out of their money. Steven goes to David’s loft, where Emily has accidentally…READ MORE HERE
Basquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by fellow painter Julian Schnabel which is based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his graffiti roots as a foundation to create collage-style paintings on canvas.
Jeffrey Wright portrays Basquiat, and David Bowie plays Basquiat’s friend and mentor Andy Warhol. Additional cast include Gary Oldman as a thinly-disguised Schnabel, Michael Wincott as the poet and art critic Rene Ricard; Dennis Hopper as Bruno Bischofberger; Parker Posey as gallery owner Mary Boone; Claire Forlani, Courtney Love, Tatum O’Neal and Benicio del Toro in supporting roles as “composite characters”.
Many locations in SoHo where used including Crosby Street, between Spring and Prince Street, also Prince Street at the ccorner of Thompson Street.
The film was written by Schnabel and Michael Thomas Holman, who was also credited for story development, with story by Lech J. Majewski and John F. Bowe. Holman, a former member of theatrical rock group The Tubes, had first met Basquiat in 1979 and together that year they founded an experimental, industrial/electronica group called Gray… READ MORE HERE
Big is a 1988 comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard, and Robert Loggia and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
Big was the latest, and most successful, of a series of age-changing comedies produced in the late 1980s, the others being: Like Father Like Son (1987), 18 Again! (1988), Vice Versa (1988), and the Italian film Da grande (1987).
Josh Baskin (David Moscow) is a 12-year-old living in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, who, after being told he is too short for a carnival ride while attempting to impress an older girl (Kimberlee M. Davis), puts a coin into an unusual antique arcade fortune teller machine called Zoltar Speaks, and makes a wish to be “big.” After the machine dispenses a card stating “Your wish has been granted,” Josh discovers that the machine is unplugged and continues to operate despite a lack of power.
However, the next morning Josh is shocked to discover that he has been transformed into a
30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), and when he goes back to the plaza with the fortune teller machine, he finds that the carnival, as well as the machine, has moved on. Fleeing from his mother (Mercedes Ruehl), who thinks he is a stranger who has kidnapped her son, Josh then finds…
BIG DADDY 1999
Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and the Sprouse brothers. The film was produced by Robert Simonds and released on June 25, 1999, by Columbia Pictures where it opened #1 at the box office with a $41,536,370 first weekend as well as a score of 41% on Metacritic.
There are some great scene depicting SoHo in this movie. There is a scene where Julian (the little boy) needs to go to the bathroom real bad. After asking the stuffy waiter at Felix Restaurant (340 West Broadway) if Julian could use the bathroom and being turned down, Sunny takes Julian around the corner to Grand Avenue and teaches him how to go to the bathroom in the street. After some initial reluctance by Julian to urinate in public, he finally is able to accomplish the task much to the relief of Sunny.
Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is an unreliable, unmotivated 32-year-old bachelor who lives in New York City and has declined to take on adult responsibility. He has a degree in law but has chosen not to take the bar exam since he was awarded $200,000 in a
vehicle accident compensation years prior, and lives off his restitution. He is employed, on a part-time basis only, as a toll booth attendant, and more or less does this job just to get out of the apartment once in a while.
Meanwhile, Sonny’s friends, all former schoolmates, are “moving ahead” in their lives. His roommate,Kevin Gerrity (Jon Stewart), decides to ask his podiatrist girlfriend Corinne (Leslie Mann) to …READ MORE HERE