The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations
by Tony Reeves
First published in 2001
ISBN 1-84023-207-2 (Paperback, 416 Pages)
Imagine, if you will, a much more tasteful version of the Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites book and a book that does nothing to encourage stalking, trespassing or any other type of behavior often exhibited by some of the more disturbed members of our society when it comes to celebrities and the film industry. The result might very well be a book such as this one, a meticulously researched reference work, especially written to supply much needed facts and figures for the increasingly popular pasttime of "movie tourism."
Generously illustrated with hundreds of photographs and with location details for over 1500 movies, the prospective traveller is provided with crucial journey information and details of exactly what they may expect to find there now in the present day, many years after the movie production company has left town. So, if you want to visit the "remote worlds" of Star Wars or Star Trek for example, or just happen to find yourself in a particular part of the world and would like to know which movies were shot in the area, this book may very well be able to provide the answers.
(1985, dir: Joe Dante)
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson.
Dante's enjoyable, satirical sci-fi has Hawke, Phoenix (in his first movie) and Presson as three schoolkids who visit, in their homemade spacecraft, aliens whose knowledge of Earth derives entirely from stray TV signals. The small US town the kids take off from is Petaluma, in Sonoma County, Route 101, 30 miles north of San Francisco, and also the location for George Lucas' American Graffiti. The movie opens on Petaluma's D Street, and the house where Ethan Hawke spies on his dream girl is 920 D Street. The drive-in, where the spacecraft crashes into the snack bar, is the Pickwick Drive-In Theater in the Pickwick Recreation Center, 1001 West Riverside Drive, Burbank.
STAND BY ME
(1986, dir: Rob Reiner)
River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman.
* OREGON; CALIFORNIA
Stephen King's untypical coming-of-age-story, The Body, was shot at Eugene, on Highway 5, eastern Oregon, about 100 miles south of Portland. The fictional New England town of Castle Rock, after which King named his production company, is Brownsville, a couple of miles west of 1-5 to the north of Eugene. The railway viaduct is over the McCloud River in the Mount Shasta area of northern California.
The movie The Mosquito Coast has an entry in which the author talks about the most remote and obscure location that River ever had to work in - Belize City. Surprisingly though, it's the much more mundane entry for I Love You To Death that the author doesn't get quite right. He mixes up River's Devo Nod character with the characters Rosalie and Marlon, played by Tracey Ullman and Keanu Reeves.
I LOVE YOU TO DEATH
(1990, dir: Lawrence Kasdan)
Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright.
* WASHINGTON STATE
Underrated little black comedy with a sparkling cast, shot in Tacoma, Washington State. Kevin Kline's pizzeria (specially created for the movie) is the Bostwick Building, 764 Broadway, on the city's Antique's Row. The fabulous coffee-pot shaped café where Ullman hires doped-out William Hurt and River Phoenix to knock off her husband is, amazingly, for real - it's Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way. The police station, where the attempted murderers are questioned, is the Elks Club Building, 565 Broadway. Also seen are Stadium Bowl High School, 111 North E Street and the Holy Rosary Church, 512 South 30th Street.
Just a couple of pages after The Mosquito Coast is to be found an entry for My Own Private Idaho which is disappointingly short. Other entries are much longer however, and it's whilst discussing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that the author is able to spend much more time exploring the varied locations of that multi-million dollar blockbuster.
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
(1989, dir: Steven Spielberg)
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix.
* UTAH; COLORADO; VENICE, ITALY; JORDAN; SPAIN; IDAHO
The third Indiana Jones film begins in Moab, in Utah. It's Sevenmile Canyon, in the spectacular Arches National Park, where River Phoenix, as the young Indy, spends the movie's prologue. But why are the fantastic rock formations suddenly replaced by featureless grassland the moment the train appears? Well, that's because the railway scenes were filmed on the Cubras and Toltec Railroad in Southern Colorado. And it's a railroad you can travel, too. The return journey, taking a whole day, runs from Antonito, Route 285, south of Alamosa in Southern Colorado, 30 miles southwest though the San Juan Mountains to Chama in northern New Mexico.