51st State, The

Date: 2001
Director: Ronny Yu
Production Company: Alliance Atlantis Communications, Focus Films

Stars: Samuel L Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer
Location(s): Liverpool, Manchester



An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

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A suburban street in Liverpool

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This is Finch Lane in Liverpool – there have been no changes

Finch Lane again

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Alongside the 'Yew Tree'pub looking down Finch Lane

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The pub has been demolished and the site is now fenced off

Robert Carlyle scrambles over the pub wall

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The pub may have gone but the wall in Haydn Road survives

Liverpool city centre - Food stall with St Georges Hall in the background

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Now - the side of St George's Hall

Brunswick Street in Liverpool city centre

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Now - unchanged

Carpeted stairs up to a hotel in the film - again in Brunswick Street

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This is actually India Buildings - originally built in the 1930s as offices for The Blue Funnel Shipping Line - it's still used as office accommodation

Looking out from India Buildings onto Brunswick street

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Now – this area hasn’t changed

India Buildings again - and a kilted Samuel L Jackson

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The post box on the wall is still there

Another view of Brunswick Street

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Looking down Brunswick Street towards Castle Street

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Now - the building in the centre is the old Bank of England in Castle street

Unidentified street in Liverpool - presumably near the previous locations - although some filming was done in a similar area in Manchester.Update - Neil Rigby has identified this as Walter Street in Liverpool - it's off Regent Road - known as the Dock Road

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Walter Street where Emily Mortimer joins the car chase.- identified by Neil Rigby - photo by John Owens.Neil Rigby has done some excellent research on the car 'duel' and car 'chase' - identifying : Fenwick Street, Prines Street, Water Street, Tower Gardens, Waterloo Raod, and Regent Road among others.

Probably on the Liverpool Dock Road somewhere. Update: this location has been identified as Waterloo Road near the junction with Saltney Street - thanks to Neil Rigby

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Now - the only difference is the tall building which has appeared in the last few years - idebtified by Neil Rigby - photo by John Owens

Looking from the River Mersey with views of the Liver Building. Because of the recent buildings that have gone up it is not possible to replicate this shot

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But here's a go. Prince's Parade, Prince's Dock looking towards the Liver Building. Sent in by Neil.

'Valins' chemist shop - not a familiar name

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An old Kelly's Directory lists a Valins chemist at 31 Sefton Street Litherland - north Liverpool - it's now a Boots chemist

A wider view shows this row of shops

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The row of shops now - this confirms the location

‘Mersey Lab for Agricultural Sciences’ - I can't find a trace of such place and location not identified

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Bob Lamprey identified this location: This is the western wall old "Granada Cinema" East Prescot Road, Liverpool, eastern end of a crescent of shops located at the junction of Dovecot Place and East Prescot Road. On Google Earth, if you stand at the junction of Back Dovecot Place and East Prescot Road at the East end of the shops, you can see the vertical columns of brick on the cinema side wall as shown in the photos. A few years ago this was a blank wall with a covered side entrance/exit for the cinema, then windows were added followed by arched structures. All that can be seen now from the photos are the brick columns going up the side of the building. Now photo by John Owens.

Same building as ffs016

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Close up of ffs017n.Information from Bob Lamprey.Now photo by John Owens

This is Chadwick's warehouse in Kitchen Street Liverpool - identified by Neil Rigby

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The warehouse now - pic from John Owens (copyright Google StreetView 2010)

Another warehouse scene - This Still grabbed by Neil Rigby

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Identified by Neil Rigby as Mill No 1 - Dock Road Wallasey - photo courtesy Google Street View

'Liverpool Gant Street’ police station - the street doesn't doesn't exist in Liverpool - location not known.

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Neil Rigby has been in touch with Stel Pavlou, the writer on 51st State, who in turn put him on to Jaynie Miller, a production secretary on the film.They were very helpful and identified this location as DBH House Boundary Street Liverpool.She also revealed that ffs016 and ffs017(both sets) and other interior filming was also done at this location.DBH House is the home of Liverpool Film Studios.Brilliant detective work by Neil Rigby.Now photo by John Owens

Street of terraced houses probably in Liverpool - not identified.Update - this has now been identified as Netherby Street in Liverpool 8 - thanks to Neil Rigby

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Netherby Street - photo by John Owens

Anfield Stadium - Liverpool Football Club - I couldn't get in to take a now shot

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FREE space here for LIVERPOOL tourisim authority to promote the city. But they never respond, only robotic messages. Perhaps they are all robots in the office? But who therefore drinks all the tea?

Maybe a Scottish Castle near a golf course?

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Identified by Neil Rigby as Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas Cheshire - picture also from Neil © craig thornber at http://www.thornber.net/cheshire/htmlfiles/cholmond.html