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‘Stripes’ filming at Fort Knox, 1980

Posted on November 3, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Bill Murray, left, and Harold Ramis, right, during the filming of the movie Stripes at Fort Knox, Ky., Tuesday, November 26, 1980. Murray played Pvt. John Winger and Ramis played Pvt. Russell Ziskey in the movie which was released in 1981. Ramis died Feb 24, 2014 at the age of 69. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Bill Murray, left, and Harold Ramis, right, during the filming of Stripes at Fort Knox on Nov. 26, 1980. Murray played Pvt. John Winger and Ramis played Pvt. Russell Ziskey in the movie, which was released in 1981. Kentucky first lady Phyllis George Brown and the Kentucky Film Commission helped lure the film to be shot here, and it had a big economic impact on the area. For instance, the film crew hired 1,700 Kentuckians just as extras. Columbia Pictures paid each extra $35 a day, and an extra usually worked about five days. The Kentucky Film Commission coordinated with the state employment office to give unemployed Kentuckians first preference for extra work on the film. The result: Kentucky saved $150,000 in unemployment insurance that it would have paid the out-of-work people who got a job in the movie. Murray was recently back in Kentucky attending the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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