Director Stuart Baird, who marked his debut behind the camera
on Warner Bros.' action hit, "Executive Decision," shot
"U.S. Marshals" in several locales in and around Chicago,
the city where "The Fugitive" filmed in 1993, as well
as in the swamps of Tennessee and in New York City.
"What made this film much more difficult than 'The Fugitive'
was the enormous number of locations," notes production designer
Maher Ahmad, who had served as an art director on the 1993 Oscarwinner.
"There were so many locations to scout, so many places to
prepare, many for just oneday schedules, which made for
an enormously complicated picture logistically."
Some of the sites chosen for the production included the famous
Cook County Courthouse on the city's southwest side; the old U.S.
Post Office, now shuttered, which became the interior of a Chicago
police precinct house; the Bohemian National Cemetery on Chicago's
northwest side, where one of the film's climactic chases ensues;
the abandoned St. Ann's Hospital on the city's westside, where
Sheridan is arrested at the film's outset; and 444 N. Michigan
Avenue, where the marshals' headquarters was based.
Chicago's real U.S. Marshals' bureau is located on South Dearborn
Street, but production designer Ahmad built the marshals' offices
in the exact same building and floor (27th) used in "The
Fugitive," which once again afforded the filmmakers breathtaking
views of Lake Michigan on one side and Chicago's regal skyline
on the other.
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