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(1980)

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The film has been selected for preservation in the Film Archive of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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The movie has been described as being a "punk rock film noir".
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Debut film of director Kathryn Bigelow who worked on the movie as a script supervisor. Biggelow's debut film as a director, The Loveless (1981), like this movie, was also set in the 1950s.
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Playing Larry Longacre in this movie, actor Everett McGill once said of this film: "Before Twin Peaks (1990) there was Union City (1980)".
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The print that played at the Toronto Film Festival ran three minutes longer than the version that went into wide release.
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The picture film was the keynote film at the 1997 "Neo-Noir Film Festival" hosted by the American Museum of the Moving Image.
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Debut leading role in a cinema movie for Debbie Harry. It has often been reported that this film was the screen debut of Harry but this is incorrect as Harry had previously appeared in Unmade Beds (1976), The Foreigner (1978) and Deadly Hero (1975). Union City (1980) though is the debut screen performance of co-star Pat Benatar.
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According to Director Marcus Reichert, when he embarked on making Union City, Blondie was virtually unknown in the United States. Heart of Glass became number one about half way through the shooting schedule.
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The film was made and released about forty-three years after its source short story "The Corpse Next Door" by Cornell Woolrich had been first published in 1937.
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Adapted from a short-story by Cornell Woolrich of Rear Window (1954) fame, this film, like that movie, is also predominantly set in a block of apartments.
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The movie was notable for its casting of two rock stars, Pat Benatar and Debbie Harry.
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Danny Peary in "The Guide for the Film Fanatic" said that this movie was the "type of twist-ending tale that used to turn up regularly on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) presents".
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This low-budget film starring Debbie Harry was in release around the world in the same 1980 year as the big Hollywood studio movie American Gigolo (1980) which featured Harry on the soundtrack with the hit song "Call Me".
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This is the only cinema movie music score composed by guitarist Chris Stein of pop group Blondie of which the film's lead star Debbie Harry was the band's lead singer. Collectively, Blondie are credited on the film's soundtrack for the song "Union City Blue".
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Union City is not fictional place and is a real life city in Hudson County in the state of New Jersey in the United States of America.
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According to director Marcus Reichert, the film cost less than $500,000, while Heavens Gate (1980) was filming grossly over budget at the time.
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The movie's opening title card reads: "March 1953". The film, set in New Jersey, was made and released about twenty-seven years after the 1953 year in which it was set. The film's story was updated to the 1950s from the 1930s depression-era period of Cornell Woolrich's source short-story which was first published in that era in 1937.
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The story-line has been said to be similar to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart".
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The Union City (1980) title of this neo noir film was similar to the title of the earlier film noir movie Union Station (1950).
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Part of a 1970s revival cycle of film noir and hard-boiled detective movies which included Gumshoe (1971), Chinatown (1974), The Black Bird (1975). Five Raymond Chandler filmed adaptations were made around this period including Marlowe (1969), The Big Sleep (1978), The Long Goodbye (1973) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975) as well as Double Indemnity (1973) made for television (Chandler was screenwriter on the original Double Indemnity (1944)) with Body Heat (1981) suggested by it following early in the next decade, along with Union City (1980) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).
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Famous as the blond lead singer of pop group Blondie, this film's lead star Debbie Harry though didn't sport blond hair in this movie and appeared as a brown-haired brunette.
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