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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:24 pm Reply with quote

Looks like this is the location of the Monassen Steel Mill:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&z=7&iwloc=A&q=+1134+Market+St.+Wheeling,+WV




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:11 pm Reply with quote

Officer Igor Antunes :
Looks like this is the location of the Monassen Steel Mill:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&z=7&iwloc=A&q=+1134+Market+St.+Wheeling,+WV

Are you sure thats the location of the mill?

If you see the image I posted on the last page (http://img705.imageshack.us/i/themill.jpg/
) that looks a much more likley location.




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:56 pm Reply with quote

Wow.

Ive found the correct place, but i just copy pasted an wrong URL.

This is the correct one:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=687+Donner+Avenue,+Monessen,+PA,+United+States&aq=0&sll=40.162116,-79.887557&sspn=0.006035,0.013937&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=687+Donner+Ave,+Monessen,+Westmoreland,+Pennsylvania+15062&t=h&ll=40.163071,-79.886216&spn=0.003103,0.006968&z=18&iwloc=A

Sorry for the mistake. Embarassed




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:11 pm Reply with quote

Officer Igor Antunes :
Wow.

Ive found the correct place, but i just copy pasted an wrong URL.

This is the correct one:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=687+Donner+Avenue,+Monessen,+PA,+United+States&aq=0&sll=40.162116,-79.887557&sspn=0.006035,0.013937&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=687+Donner+Ave,+Monessen,+Westmoreland,+Pennsylvania+15062&t=h&ll=40.163071,-79.886216&spn=0.003103,0.006968&z=18&iwloc=A

Sorry for the mistake. Embarassed


Cool, thats the same place I have also.

I still cant work out where the final scene in the mill would have taken place, there appears to be a crane to the far right of the mill but the lay of the land doesnt look right..??




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:24 pm Reply with quote

Thats weird. I've found another probable location - the Duquesne Steel Works.



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In the early twentieth century Duquesne formed a key part of U.S. Steel's production capacity and a showcase for its policy of "welfare capitalism," in which the corporation offered workers stock purchases, pension plans, and health benefits. In its use as the site for the final battle between the cyborg hero and his executioners in the movie Robocop (1987), Duquesne's steel works symbolized the ruined lives and economic plight of American rust belt cities.


Link: http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=788

Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=East+Grant+Ave.+0++Duquesne&aq=&sll=40.371547,-79.853902&sspn=0.011901,0.027874&g=East+Grant+Ave.+876++Duquesne&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=00+Grant+Ave,+Duquesne,+Allegheny,+Pennsylvania+15110&ll=40.373441,-79.845189&spn=0.00595,0.013937&t=h&z=17

If this is the real location, i think it was wiped out. Sad




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:48 pm Reply with quote

The Duquesne Steel Works (or atleast from the picture you have posted) doesnt have the look and feel of the mill from the movie, where as the Monessen Mill does.

Unless.. Both mills were used..




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:02 pm Reply with quote

That's the point. Was the 2 mills used?

Anyways, this is a link for a photo album, with good pictures of the Duquesne Mill. Some of them has the feel of the movie.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10077757@N00/sets/72157603702038584/with/2189235729/




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:49 pm Reply with quote

Officer Igor Antunes :
That's the point. Was the 2 mills used?

Anyways, this is a link for a photo album, with good pictures of the Duquesne Mill. Some of them has the feel of the movie.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10077757@N00/sets/72157603702038584/with/2189235729/


That is a good question, somebody here must know the awnser to this.

I cant match any of the photos in the flicker album you posted to this still from the movie. http://img339.imageshack.us/i/mid112.jpg/




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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:56 pm Reply with quote

Ive found more evidences:

"Pittsburgh also got a big image boost when Jennifer Beals pursued her dream of abandoning her welding job in a steel mill for a chance at ballet school in FLASHDANCE (1983). In the movie Beals dances through the Hall of Sculpture at the Carnegie Institute at 4400 Forbes Avenue. Another time Hollywood made effective use of the city's steel-forging atmosphere was in ROBOCOP (1987) when Peter Weller confronts his executioners at the Duquesne Steel Works (Route 837, Duquesne, Pennsylvania)."

Font:http://www.essortment.com/pittsburgh---hollywood-pennsylvania-33049.html

The place was completly demolished, and altough i spent the afternoon searching for 80's, or early pics of the Duquesne Mill, i've found anything that we can closely compare to the movie shots. These are ones that reminds me the movie takes.

















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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:20 pm Reply with quote

Well, I know that when Lewis drives in to the mill towards the end of the movie to bring Robo his baby food, she passes by a house-like structure on the left which has 3 chimneys and a tiny metal shack on the left side of it. You can see this "house" in the overhead b&w shot of Monessen on that Flickr page. It matches perfectly. And when they chase him down that corridor, I can't see any reason to change locations- it's a fairly simple shot.

So, that just leaves the final battle, where there is a retaining wall, a pool of muddy water about a foot deep, and an overlooking crane and control room. If Duquesne had a better set-up for that, they would only have to drive 45 minutes to get it, but without reference pics, that would be hard to pinpoint. (Also, there's the matter of securing the proper permits to film somewhere else.)




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Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:42 pm Reply with quote

Hey guys. I'm very intrigued with this Steel Mill question. Its atmosphere was so strong, so "RoboCopish" that as a fan, i always look for similarities with our local fuel refineries, or the Santos port warehouses and cranes (the biggest port in latin america). I really like all those big buildings, with iron pipes and machinery in great proportions here and there. Very complex engineering.

Well, i was looking for similarities between the movie and probable locations. I found something interesting about the Duquesne Mill.



Looks like this big furnaces above Robo are very similar with that picture of Duquesne. I've found an little detail that might have some sense, with that suspended house-like building, so i pinpointed it.

Another detail that i noticed: the eletric lines installed over the site, we see lots of then on this picture, and when Lewis chases Clarence before the showdown.

It's a mystery.




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Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:28 am Reply with quote

fifth_beatle :
My friends and I live in or near Dallas, so we are putting together a little retrospective on the locations used for the film shoot back in '86. We've managed to track down easily 90% of them, and we are even securing the rights to film some of the interiors(!)

What I have filmed so far (these are video stills) can be found on my website (2 pages):

http://www.questvideoproduction.com/Robocoplocations.html

May be a little image heavy, and may exceed my bandwidth, but give it a try.


Fantastic job, really well done




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Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:02 am Reply with quote

Officer Igor Antunes :
Hey guys. I'm very intrigued with this Steel Mill question. Its atmosphere was so strong, so "RoboCopish" that as a fan, i always look for similarities with our local fuel refineries, or the Santos port warehouses and cranes (the biggest port in latin america). I really like all those big buildings, with iron pipes and machinery in great proportions here and there. Very complex engineering.

Well, i was looking for similarities between the movie and probable locations. I found something interesting about the Duquesne Mill.



Looks like this big furnaces above Robo are very similar with that picture of Duquesne. I've found an little detail that might have some sense, with that suspended house-like building, so i pinpointed it.

Another detail that i noticed: the eletric lines installed over the site, we see lots of then on this picture, and when Lewis chases Clarence before the showdown.

It's a mystery.


Good work.

Although the furnaces are very similar I cant make them fit as they are not exactly the same shape.

This all depends on when each photo was taken and if the mill was already being ripped down as the film was being made.

Shame we dont have any aerial shots of the mill.




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Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:33 am Reply with quote

This is a raw sample of the video footage we have shot so far. Hope to have more in the coming weeks. Thanks for the support and kind comments so far guys!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s3gpiruJxc




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