Most films are shot in a selection of locations, from the protagonist’s house to their work place. But a few films manage to tell an interesting story without moving location. Usually these films focus on the characters’ thoughts and feeling instead of including action or visual effects. We have selected the top single location films which have become a critical and commercial success:
Kevin Smith literally made a name for himself when he directed, produced, wrote, edited and partly starred in this quirky film. “Clerks” is a story about the day to day life of people working in a convenience store. The piece is not only about the workers of the convenience store but also its frequent visitors. The film became a cult hit because of its unique story line, and black-and-white shooting style.
The Breakfast Club
Set in a school, The Breakfast Club is not only one of the iconic films of the 80s; it also shot several actors to fame. The film is about 5 teenagers who each have a well defined character type, from the geek, to the popular guy and the criminal. All of the children get into trouble and are forced to spend a Saturday in detention at the school. At the start of the film the teenagers do not want to converse with each other because they are from different social groups however as the film progresses they learn to see past their character types and become friends.
Phone Booth is the Joel Schumacher thriller about a man who has to stay in a phone booth for 90 minutes or his family will be killed. Audiences watch as Stuart Shepard (Colin Farrell) battles with a mystery killer on the other end of the phone. Despite its single location the director of photography managed to capture some stunning shots of a rainy day in New York and the director tells a very emotional story.
“Rear Window” is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films and takes full advantage of a single setting. The story is about a man who has broken his leg and is forced to stay in his house for several weeks. While starring out of the window he believes he sees a neighbor get murdered. The picture keeps movie-goers guessing until its conclusion and shows how Mr. Hitchcock is a marvel at story telling