RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Featured Advisor

Srbo Radisavljevic
Managing Principal/Investment Advisor

Edge Portfolio Management


State: IL

At Edge, a low client to advisor ratio allows for personal and customized service for each individual.  Our goal is to work as a team for each client to provide not only portfolio management but wealth coordination and financial planning.  We make every effort to have frequent communication with our clients and to provide timely response to calls and emails.  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, following Chicago sports, enjoying ethnic cooking, and serving as a school board member for Norridge School District 80.

Click to see the full profile

Share |

Donald's Corner Blog: The Most Famous Movies in Every State

| BY Donald Liebenson

There’s no place like home,” Dorothy Gale concluded in “The Wizard of Oz.” Thus, it can be extra thrilling to see a movie set in one’s home state or even hometown. For residents of Highland Park, Illinois, for example, recognizing landmarks in “Risky Business” (the Highland Park Theatre, Shelton’s Diner, both since shuttered) adds an extra layer of enjoyment to watching the film.

Business Insider recently published a “map” of the most famous movies in each of the 50 states. This is, as Business Insider states, “a challenging and subjective endeavor.” The late Roger Ebert contended that most movie lists are meaningless, but they are fun to bandy about. Let’s take a tour and see what they came up with:

Alabama: Forrest Gump

My vote is with "To Kill a Mockingbird," set in Maycomb, GA

Alaska: Into the Wild

Perhaps a better representation of Alaska’s frontier heritage and America’s pioneering spirit would be Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” or even the animated film, “Balto.”

Arizona: Raising Arizona

Arkansas: Sling Blade

California: Clueless

As if. When I think California, I think Hollywood in its glory (“Singin’ in the Rain”) or decline (“Sunset Boulevard”). I think noir (“Double Indemnity”). I think Frankie and Annette (“Beach Party”)

Colorado: The Shining

Connecticut: The Stepford Wives

Deleware: Fight Club

Florida: Scarface

This is probably not the best image for the Sunshine State. How about “Some Like it Hot” which has gangsters, too, but it also has Marilyn Monroe.

Georgia: Gone with the Wind

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor

Speaking of bombs. How about “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” or Elvis’ “Paradise Hawaiian Style” instread?

Idaho: Napoleon Dynamite

Illinois: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

As a native, I don't want my state represented by some spoiled, entitled punk. Chicago's a great newspaper town, as reflected in "Call Northside 777" or "His Girl Friday." But you can't top the cornfield airplane attack in Hitchcock's "North by Northwest."

Indiana: A Christmas Story

Iowa: Field of Dreams

Kansas: The Wizard of Oz

Not filmed there, and it’s mostly set in Oz, but no movie is more closely identified with a state, thanks to the line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I suppose it's a better choice than “In Cold Blood.”

Kentucky: Coal Minder’s Daughter

Louisiana: The Green Mile

Maine: The Shawshank Redemption

Maryland: Hairspray

Massachusetts: Good Will Hunting

Michigan: American Pie

Minnesota: The Mighty Ducks

Mississippi: In the Heat of the Night

Missouri: Meet Me in St. Louis

Montana: Legends of the Fall

Nebraska: Caddyshack

I know; I didn’t realize Caddyshack was set in Nebraska either.

Nevada: The Hangover

New Hampshire: Jumanji

New Jersey: Clerks

New Mexico: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

New York: Taxi Driver

Again, not the greatest come-on for New York. How about something more romantic ("An Affair to Remember," "Manhattan," "Moonstruck"), magical ("Miracle on 34th Street"), or more Broadway ("All about Eve?")

North Carolina: Cape Fear

North Dakota: Fargo

Ohio: Heathers

Oklahoma: Twister

Oregon: The Goonies

Pennsylvania: Rocky

Rhode Island: The Witches of Eastwick

South Carolina: The Notebook

South Dakota; Dances with Wolves

Tennessee: Walk the Line

Texas: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

With all the iconic westerns set there, how can the Lone Star State be represented by chainsaw wielding psycho Leatherface? Give me "Rio Bravo."

Utah: 127 Hours

Vermont: White Christmas

Virginia: Remember the Titans

Washington: Sleepless in Seattle

Washington, D.C.: A Few Good Men

You want the truth? D.C. really has nothing to do with it. Give me “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” or “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers,” in which UFOs crash into our national monuments. 

West Virginia: October Sky

Wisconsin: Dawn of the Dad

Wyoming: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Your turn: What is the film you most associate with your state?



Posted by: mike hanlin - Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:53 AM
just so you know, yes Fargo is in N D but the movie took place in
Brainerd MN