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Dec. 29th, 2005 | 04:48 pm

I am on my church's search committee for a new minister. After we narrow down our list of candidates to four or five, we are flying them out to San Francisco and interviewing them on separate weekends.

Part of the committee's job, of course, is to get them to fall in love with The City.  To do this, we are collecting San Francisco items to remind them of their stay.  It's a goodie bag of mementos -- it's not a bribe.  Really.

One of the items we decided to include the gift bag is a DVD of a movie made in -- or featuring -- San Francisco.

We've gotten suggestions of Mrs. Doubtfire  and Foul Play.  Doubtfire sounds common to me.  They may already own it, especially if they have children. Foul Play has an ominous tone, no?

Your suggestions of SF-based movies designed to woo someone to the city are appreciated!

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from: sflonestar
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
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A couple of titles come to mind, "What's Up Doc?" (with Barbra Streisand) and Hitchcock's "Vertigo".

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from: allanh
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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I was going to suggest one of several Hitchcock films, but those would be even more ominous sounding.

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from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Hitchcock is classic. And, we can be a scary group. Maybe they'd be a good match!

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from: allanh
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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Frankly, I'd get all three of the "Tales of the City" movies/miniseries.

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from: sfmini
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
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Pacific Heights, but then maybe that would run them away.

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from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen it, but someone at the bar mentioned it last night. A coupl others jumped on him with comments similar to your "run them away" line!

Thanks for the suggestion!

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from: sflonestar
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
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And "Time After Time" (when Jack The Ripper goes forward in time to moreorless present day SF with HG Wells hot on his trail....really good SF atmosphere with Malcolm MacDowell and Mary Steenburgen).

And "The Game" with Michael Douglas.

And the original "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen which has a spectacular car chase through the streets of Russian Hill.

And "Dark Passage" with Bogart and Bacall.

Oh and Hitch's last movie was "Family Plot" which was also filmed here (his favorite US city was SF).

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from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Great choices.

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from: mh58
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
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While there are too many so-so ones available and every ones taste differs, try perusing IMDB search on SF for some other titles.

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from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
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Thanks for setting up the search. There at #2, Tales of the City! None of us thought of that one.

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fyellin

S,F. Movies

from: fyellin
date: Dec. 30th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
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The website http://www.sfheart.com/sffilms.html mentions a large number of films set in San Francisco. My particular favorites would be Vertigo, Harold and Maude, and The Graduate.

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Re: S,F. Movies

from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Harold and Maude is one of my all-time top movies. It's got death. It's got sex. It's got angst. Lovely!

Except, I don't recall much San Francisco in it. East Bay mud flats, yes. Marin hills, yes. But, SF? The Daddy's group thinks SF is there. I guess I'll have to re-watch it just to check!

Thanks for the link, but even they didn't have The Times of Harvey Milk!

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from: ozdachs
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the links and personal recommendations.

The Daddy's crowd came up with The Times of Harvey Milk as a must-have, too. I don't know how I missed thinking of it. Although I don't know if it meets the entertainment criteria.

Please keep tagging in.

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Make the candidates feel welcome

from: fyellin
date: Dec. 31st, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Just greet each candidate with:

"[Y]ou've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

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S. F. MOVIES

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 19th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
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WHY NOT "SAN FRANCISCO"?

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