Location, location, location

By Ty Burr
Globe Staff / June 22, 2010

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Location, location, location

Something about “Knight and Day’’ looks mighty familiar, and it’s not just stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Director James Mangold and crew spent 2 1/2 months shooting in Massachusetts last fall — the latest Hollywood production to take advantage of the state’s tax-credit incentives for filmmakers — and for once Boston gets to play Boston rather than New York, Toronto, or Your Generic City Here. In fact, the savvy civics-minded filmgoer can spend the first half of “Knight’’ — before the movie jets off to Europe — playing spot the local location. Here are a few we noticed:

The leads go through airport security in Wichita. That must be a typo, since it sure looks like Worcester Regional Airport.

You don’t have to be a Bridgewater resident or a crow to ID the exact cornfield where Cruise’s super spy emergency-lands a jet — it’s the one on Curve Street.

That cozy restaurant where Cruise interrupts Diaz’s heart-to-heart with ex-boyfriend Marc Blucas? It’s Gaslight on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. A wedding reception later in the film takes place at Jacob Wirth on Stuart Street in the Theater District.

Cruise and Diaz bicker on an MBTA bus traveling on Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.

Where does Diaz’s character live? That looks like the Marginal Street tank farms in Chelsea in the far background of one shot, which would put her in the Eagle Hill neighborhood of East Boston.

The big rock-’em sock-’em car-chase scene — the climax of the Boston sequences — roars down the Massport Haul Road between Pumphouse Road and the I-90 East on-ramp, and on the HOV lane to Logan Airport. They must have had Fast Lane.

Oh, and it’s apparently illegal to shoot a movie in Boston without getting a chopper shot of the Zakim Bridge. Accept it — as far as Hollywood is concerned, the Zakim’s our Eiffel Tower.

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