Coaster in "Requiem for a Dream"?

Friday, June 1, 2001 8:21 PM
I rented this new movie a couple nights ago, "Requiem for a Dream" starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn(Sp?), and Marlon Wayans. It was a pretty good movie about drug usage andwhat it can do to your life. Anyway, at the beginning, there is a wooden coasten and park. Does anyone know what and where it was at? I completely forget what the setting of the story was and I don't think I saw any signs. Thanks.

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Friday, June 1, 2001 11:32 PM

Not sure on the coaster, but I'm pretty sure it took place in New York or New Jersey. I also want to add that "Requiem for a Dream" is an incredible movie. If you haven't seen it, go out and rent it now. However I must warn you it is VERY disturbing - be prepared.

(btw, it is from the director of "Pi", who is also rumored to be directing the next Batman film...maybe there's hope for the series yet).
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Saturday, June 2, 2001 8:37 AM
Anyone else know? And yes, this movie is incredible. I think it would actually be a good idea to show in schools too. On the same subject, Traffic is excellent as well. Obviously, RfaD is not a very popular movie, but somebody go rent this one.

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Saturday, June 2, 2001 9:52 AM
Well, I checked the filming locations for Requiem for a Dream on IMDb and one of them was Coney Island, New York.

http://us.imdb.com/Locations?0180093

So, my best guess would be the Coney Island Cyclone. I could be wrong, though.
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Monday, July 30, 2001 7:31 AM
Just saw this movie last night. Fantastic to say the least. But regardless, yes the coaster was the Cyclone. The entire movie was filmed in the Brighton Beach, Coney Island area. The filmmaker is from this area originally and during the Directors Commentary on the DVD, he comments about riding the Cyclone as he was growing up.

I highly recommend this movie, but realize this is not a feel-good movie. Not for the faint of heart.

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Monday, July 30, 2001 7:43 AM
If you enjoyed this film, I highly recommend hunting down a copy of the novel. I read it several years ago, and was blown away. It delivers the same punch as the film, but in a far less sensationalized manor. Selby, who also co-wrote the screen play, has a very unique voice, and is a sadly overlooked American author.
"Last Exit to Brooklyn" is also another one of his works adapted to the screen, and I consider it to be a must see/read for any fan of "Requiem."

And now back to the coasters...

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I don't like your tone, chris...
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Monday, July 30, 2001 10:16 AM

Requiem is an absolutely mindblowing film! Rarely does a movie haunt me for days after watching it, but this one did. The best film I have seen in awhile.
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The trolls shall remain under the bridge, hidden, and without food to grow.
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Monday, July 30, 2001 10:48 AM
Darren Aronosky's other film, pi, was also shot on Coney Island, although the coaster isn't visible there. I thought of mentioning this when I saw the movie, but because of it being a mature type movie of questionable material, IMO, I let it slip unmentioned.
At the end of Requiem, the way the Cyclone is shown, it's credited in the movie as a star almost. Just watch the credits if you haven't already, it's all there.
As for it being shown in school? I'm open-minded and all, that's pushing it, IMHO. It's not for the faint of heart as someone put it(especially the original theatrical release, unbelievable!), and sure, there's lessons, but lessons in the dark, you know?
The book, even further out there. There are just some people that will not be able to watch this just to see the Cyclone, IMO, and I loved the movie, it's just surrealism in a real form, hardcore.
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Monday, July 30, 2001 12:11 PM
I recently rented that movie as well. Looked to me like the Cyclone at one point, but then they were passing by a coaster overgrown with shrubs, vines, very dilapidated. Was that the old Thunderbolt? Or was that already torn down before this film?

Ellen Burstyn was SCARRRRY!!! I'll never look at my refrigerator the same.
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Monday, July 30, 2001 1:39 PM
Fishy, you are right. The Cyclone was NOT the focus of the movie, but the old dilapidated coaster (which if you watch the movie is a dark color, people) is the Thunderbolt right before it was torn down. Aronofsky talks about this during the DVD/Making of the film segment. Check it out.
The idea of the showing the Cyclone was that things can get better. On one side, old and wasted, on the other side still fresh and alive. The movie is indeed incredibly, but definitely earns its unrated rating, if you know what I mean. Very difficult, but beautiful, and the symbolism is great. Pay close attention to the final excruciating 3 minute segment, and you can see sexuality in every frame....pain, pleasure, release. Amazing movie.

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;)Rollercoasters are like parrots...if you take care of them, they should outlive you;)
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