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20th May '16 2:13:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Inverted in the US version of ''QueerAsFolk''. It takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the city has a distinctive, hilly terrain. You wouldn't know this from watching the show, however, since it was filmed in the rather flat UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.

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* Inverted in the US version of ''QueerAsFolk''.''Series/QueerAsFolk''. It takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the city has a distinctive, hilly terrain. You wouldn't know this from watching the show, however, since it was filmed in the rather flat UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}.
13th May '16 5:05:52 AM Maniago
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* Dubbing of series can cause this if in said dub the setting of the series is changed to the country in which the dub airs. For example, in the Dutch dubs of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', both series are suddenly supposed to be set in The Netherlands rather than the US, despite landscapes like mountains and deserts being present in them.

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* Dubbing of series This can cause this if in said dub the setting often pop up as a result of the series is changed to the country in which the dub airs.a ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange. For example, in the Dutch dubs of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', both series are suddenly supposed to be set in The Netherlands rather than the US, despite landscapes like mountains and deserts being present in them.
25th Apr '16 2:11:58 PM dmcreif
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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis [[FandomBerserkButton (Sears)]] Tower at 1451 ft, and the Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound in the Driftless area of Jo Daviess County in the northwest corner of the state, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Downtown Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]

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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as RealLife. Like the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis [[FandomBerserkButton (Sears)]] Tower at 1451 ft, and the Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound in the Driftless area of Jo Daviess County in the northwest corner of the state, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Downtown Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]
19th Apr '16 1:52:00 PM Willbyr
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* Promotional material for [[WorldMasterpieceTheater Rascal the Raccoon]] often featured mountains in the background. Wisconsin isn't as flat as Illinois, but it does not have that kind of mountains.

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* Promotional material for [[WorldMasterpieceTheater [[Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater Rascal the Raccoon]] often featured mountains in the background. Wisconsin isn't as flat as Illinois, but it does not have that kind of mountains.
19th Apr '16 2:05:39 AM Doug86
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** WordOfGod (director JJAbrams) is that it was a quarry, hence the cliff and lack of vegetation.

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** WordOfGod (director JJAbrams) Creator/JJAbrams) is that it was a quarry, hence the cliff and lack of vegetation.
16th Apr '16 1:24:07 AM TinMan
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* Inverted in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Though the show had several reusable shots of Cheyenne Mountain, every time an episode took place in the city of Colorado Springs it always look oddly flat. In real life, Colorado Springs has lots of hills and is known for its vista of the Rocky Mountains just west of town.
21st Mar '16 3:08:44 PM dmcreif
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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis tower (formerly Sears Tower) at 1451 ft, and the Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]

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Movies and TV shows, wherever they're supposed to be set, tend to be filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern California]] or [[StargateCity British Columbia]]. This leads to a common error where mountains show up in the background of settings which have no visible peaks in RealLife, such as the US state of Illinois, which, if you haven't already realized it, is almost as flat as this joke. For instance, there are two buildings in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[[note]] The Willis tower (formerly Sears Tower) [[FandomBerserkButton (Sears)]] Tower at 1451 ft, and the Trump International Tower, at 1389 feet)[[/note]] that are taller than the state's highest natural point[[note]]Charles Mound, Mound in the Driftless area of Jo Daviess County in the northwest corner of the state, at 1236 feet.[[/note]], and as many as ''40'' buildings in the city that top out at a higher altitude.[[note]] The parts of Downtown Chicago where the tallest buildings are located are at an altitude of about 600 feet.[[/note]] For those reading from Europe, Denmark is a suitable substitute [[note]] A country whose highest point is 171 metres/561 feet above sea level, and the average elevation is only 31 metres above sea level.[[/note]]



* ''Film/TheRebelSet'', another ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' film, features a car chase through the mountains we all know are right outside of Chicago.

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* ''Film/TheRebelSet'', another ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' film, features a car chase through the mountains we all know are ''not'' right outside of Chicago.



* The [[TheFilmOfTheSeries movie version]] of ''Film/TheFugitive'' has plenty of this when Kimble steals the ambulance and gets chased to the dam. Most of the film's location shooting that was outside Chicago was done in the Great Smoky Mountains, although the action is nominally confined to Illinois...which is ironic, seeing as how the original show sent Kimble running all over America! Some of the real life filming locations are even referred to by those names. On the other hand, all Chicago filming is on-location and accurate.

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* The [[TheFilmOfTheSeries movie version]] of ''Film/TheFugitive'' has plenty of this when Kimble steals the ambulance and gets chased to the dam. Most of the film's location shooting that was outside Chicago was done in the Great Smoky Mountains, although the action is nominally confined to Illinois...which is ironic, seeing as how the original show sent Kimble running all over America! Some of the real life filming locations are even referred to by those names. On the other hand, all of the scenes in the Chicago filming is portions of the movie were shot on-location and accurate.



* ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' shows mountains visible from Cousin Eddie's farm outside Coolidge, Kansas. Coolidge is a real place and it's just six miles east of the Colorado state line. But even once you drive into Colorado, you'll still have to drive a few hours before you begin to see the mountains. The terrain of eastern Colorado makes ''Kansas'' look mountainous in comparison.

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* ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' shows mountains visible from Cousin Eddie's farm outside Coolidge, Kansas. Coolidge is a real place and it's just six miles east of the Colorado state line. But even once you drive into Colorado, you'll still have to drive a few hours before you begin to see the mountains.Rocky Mountains. The terrain of eastern Colorado makes ''Kansas'' look mountainous in comparison.



* Since ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, there are mountains in most of the scenes. Which is fine, when they are traveling through the Middle Earth countries that are supposed to be mountainous. Except Rohan is supposed to be a huge grassland for as long as the eye can see. In the DVDCommentary Creator/PeterJackson admits that New Zealand simply didn't have any suitable location for that description, so instead they went to show off the most interesting rock formations they could find to produce a cool look, if not a very faithful one.

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* It even can apply to fantasy worlds. Since ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, there are mountains in most of the scenes. Which is fine, when they are traveling through the Middle Earth countries that are supposed to be mountainous. Except Rohan is supposed to be a huge grassland for as long as the eye can see. In the DVDCommentary DVDCommentary, director Creator/PeterJackson admits that New Zealand simply didn't have any suitable location for that description, so instead they went to show off the most interesting rock formations they could find to produce a cool look, if not a very faithful one.



* Though set in Detroit, the climactic fight in the first ''Film/RoboCop1987'' film takes place at an abandoned industrial complex that's sufficiently generic to be believable, until a rather obvious tree-covered Appalachian foothill sneaks into the background of one shot (that part was shot in Pennsylvania).
** The first chase scene of the movie is clearly filmed along Industrial Boulevard in DALLAS - multiple buildings unique to the Dallas skyline - most notably and frequently, Reunion Tower - are clearly visible in the background. (And for some reason, the shots alternate between driving away from Reunion and then towards it.) The final climactic scene at OCP headquarters is also filmed in Dallas, with the outside of the building actually being Dallas City Hall and the Fountain Place Tower being seen from outside the company board room.

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* Though set in Detroit, the climactic fight in the first ''Film/RoboCop1987'' film takes place at an abandoned industrial complex that's sufficiently generic to be believable, until a rather obvious tree-covered Appalachian foothill sneaks into the background of one shot (that part was shot in Pennsylvania).Pittsburgh).
** The first chase scene of the movie is clearly filmed along Industrial Boulevard in DALLAS Dallas, Texas - multiple buildings unique to the Dallas skyline - most notably and frequently, Reunion Tower - are clearly visible in the background. (And for some reason, the shots alternate between driving away from Reunion and then towards it.) The final climactic scene at OCP headquarters is also filmed in Dallas, with the outside of the building actually being Dallas City Hall and the Fountain Place Tower being seen from outside the company board room.



* In Kenneth Branagh's version of ''{{Hamlet}}'', the eponymous protagonist delivers his famous "my thoughts be bloody, or nothing worth" speech on top of the great, snowy peaks that don't actually exist in Denmark.

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* In Kenneth Branagh's version of ''{{Hamlet}}'', the eponymous protagonist delivers his famous "my thoughts be bloody, or nothing worth" speech on top of the great, non-existent snowy peaks that don't actually exist in of Denmark.



* The syndicated cop show ''SilkStalkings'' was filmed in San Diego, but supposedly took place in Palm Beach, Florida. Of course, Mount Soledad, the Laguna mountains and many lesser hills were prominent in the backgrounds of many exterior shots. Several Floridian fans of the show joked that it was obviously Mount Dora we were seeing in the background.

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* The syndicated cop show ''SilkStalkings'' was filmed in San Diego, but supposedly took place in Palm Beach, Florida. Of course, Mount Soledad, the Laguna mountains Nountains and many lesser hills were prominent in the backgrounds of many exterior shots. Several Floridian fans of the show joked that it was obviously Mount Dora we were seeing in the background.
16th Mar '16 2:16:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' has one episode where Al and his NO MA'AM crew seek advice from a legendary BadAss who has become a hermit living on top of "the tallest mountain in Illinois."

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has one episode where Al and his NO MA'AM crew seek advice from a legendary BadAss who has become a hermit living on top of "the tallest mountain in Illinois."
22nd Feb '16 3:25:54 PM WoozyPounce
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* The infamous car chase from "Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull". Considering the Peruvian amazon jungle is as flat as a carpet, those cliffs and mountains have no reason AT ALL to be there.

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* The infamous car chase from "Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull".''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Considering the Peruvian amazon jungle is as flat as a carpet, those cliffs and mountains have no reason AT ALL to be there.
22nd Feb '16 3:24:52 PM WoozyPounce
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