Where was Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" video filmed?

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Where was Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" video filmed?

Post by reddcapp » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:28 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY

staying alive video

Now there was a lot of abandoned NYC RR locations and equipment lying around in the 1970s but can anyone point out where this is at? My first guess would be Hoboken

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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by Ocala Mike » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:05 pm

Good guess, but why would NYC equipment be at Hoboken? I believe this is Weehawken Terminal.
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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by nydepot » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:33 pm

Backlot in Hollywood.

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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by tree68 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:39 pm

nydepot wrote:Backlot in Hollywood.
This.
The music video for the song is of a completely different concept from Saturday Night Fever. It depicts the group singing the song on an abandoned subway terminal set at MGM Studios, directly adjacent to the one where Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was being filmed at the same time. This set featured buildings, a train station, and other elements.
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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by reddcapp » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:41 pm

There was for a number of years old NYC coach cars at Oak Island Yard.. I walked thru them in the 1980s

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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by reddcapp » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Ok maybe a back lot...But those NYC cars are ancient!!

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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by nydepot » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:29 pm

The same cars are in That's Entertainment!!!! (the movie). Not sure if I, II, or III.

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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by Otto Vondrak » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:01 pm

reddcapp wrote:Ok maybe a back lot...But those NYC cars are ancient!!
Hollywood can create anything. Even if it means painting and lettering some old coaches "NEW YORK CENTRAL." Unclear if the video was trying to portray trains or subway... Don't know why they would use 1920's era trains (wearing incorrect NYC garb) for a modern video, and if they were trying to create "subway" cars, it could have been some producer didn't know trains from subways and "New York Central" from "New York City Transit."

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Re: Where was Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" video filmed?

Post by TB Diamond » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:52 pm

Filmed at the MGM back lot, Hollywood, CA.

The French Vilage was utilized in the TV series Combat! and has since been demolished.

The train platform in the video has been demolished and was at MGM, as well.
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Re: 70s BeeGeesMusic Vid of aban.NYC cars and Station,But Wh

Post by umtrr-author » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:01 am

nydepot wrote:The same cars are in That's Entertainment!!!! (the movie). Not sure if I, II, or III.
I believe it was the first "That's Entertainment" and it was the sequence with Fred Astaire, at the same location. I'd have to watch the film again to be certain (not an unpleasant task...).
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Re: Where was Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" video filmed?

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:25 am

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