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Fewer Locations but Juicier Scenes for Actors

April 14, 2002

Although single-location movies rarely hit it big at the box office, they've always been popular with actors hungry for meaty scenes.

Humphrey Bogart got his big break in "The Petrified Forest," the 1936 hostage drama (based on a play) set in a desert roadside diner.

Barbara Stanwyck earned an Oscar as a bedridden invalid in the 1947 noir "Sorry, Wrong Number." The Oscar-nominated courtroom drama "12 Angry Men" (1957) offered juicy turns for Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb as conflicted jurors.

In "The Shining" (1980), Jack Nicholson's psycho character memorably stalked hapless wife Shelley Duvall through the empty corridors of a remote resort hotel.

Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley enjoyed reams of dialogue in the tables-turned-on-a-rapist apartment drama "Death and the Maiden" (1994), while Hugo Weaving won the 2000 Australian Film Institute best actor award for his role in the police station thriller "The Interrogation."

--Hugh Hart

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Wednesday April 17, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 2 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
"Sorry, Wrong Number"--An article in Sunday Calendar about actors liking movies with only one location mistakenly said that Barbara Stanwyck won an Oscar for "Sorry, Wrong Number." She was nominated but didn't win. In addition, the year of the movie's release was stated incorrectly. It came out in 1948.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 21, 2002 Home Edition Los Angeles Times Magazine Page 2 Calendar Desk 2 inches; 40 words Type of Material: Correction
'Sorry, Wrong Number'--A box accompanying an April 14 article about single-location movies mistakenly said that Barbara Stanwyck won an Oscar for 'Sorry, Wrong Number.' She was nominated but didn't win. In addition, the movie's release was reported incorrectly. It came out in 1948.

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