Movie question

Friday, November 16, 2007 9:31 PM
I was watching the movie Hairspray ( the one w/ Ricki Lake). They went to an amusement park that had a rollercoaster in it. Does anyone know the name of the coaster? Also, does anyone know the name of the coaster in the original Smokey and the Bandit? Just curious. Thanks in advance for your help. *** Edited 11/17/2007 2:47:13 AM UTC by Steve Perry***
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Friday, November 16, 2007 11:15 PM
I can not speak about Hairspray, but I believe SMokey and The Bandit was filmed at the Georgia State Fairgrounds which used to have a wooden rollercoaster. I believe it had been SBNO for several years when Smokey was filmed.
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Friday, November 16, 2007 11:24 PM
I believe the coaster in Hairspray is Thunderhawk. The park is Dorney.
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Saturday, November 17, 2007 12:36 AM
The original Smokey and the Bandit was Cannonball at Lake Winnie.

Smokey 2 was Greyhound at Lakewood Fairgrounds.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:35 AM
Gonch is right, it's Thunderhawk at Dorney. It looks so different back then!
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Saturday, November 17, 2007 7:33 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
I believe the coaster in Hairspray is Thunderhawk. The park is Dorney.

Not yet it wasn't. The scenes were shot in 1987, Hairspray was released in February 1988. It was still called "Coaster." In fact, Waters went to great lengths to try to only show amusement rides that were in existence in 1962, and the only miss I caught was the Apollo 2000 or whatever it's called (the swingaround ride).

It's in the closing credits, and it got one of the biggest cheers when I first saw the movie in Philadelphia almost 20 years ago: "Amusement Park sequences filmed at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, Pennsylvania." The whole theater went nuts. Should be no surprise that the same types that are drawn to a John Waters movie would scream for an amusement park's name in the credits.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:14 PM
Thanks for the information.
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Monday, November 19, 2007 4:23 AM
So does this mean, that the remake does not have any "Tilted Acres"?
Amber puking after a spin on the kiddie ride was one of the biggest laughs of the film.
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Monday, November 19, 2007 10:22 AM
I don't recall the remake version having any amusement type rides in it.
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Monday, November 19, 2007 12:59 PM

tricktrack said:
Amber puking after a spin on the kiddie ride was one of the biggest laughs of the film.

Of course it was. It can't be a John Waters movie without a vomit scene. They all have one.

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Monday, November 19, 2007 9:32 PM
I keep seeing this car commercial -- at least, I think it's a car commercial -- that I swear is shot at Dorney. You can see Steel Force in the background, and a couple shots of Thunderhawk. I keep flipping to it in the middle of the commercial. Very aggravating.
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