Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)
Michelle Pfeiffer crooning atop that
baby grand piano in 1989's "THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS"?
That famous scene was filmed at the Cinegrill nightclub at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, just across the street from Mann's
Other movies on location shot at the Roosevelt Hotel include 1990's "INTERNAL AFFAIRS"
(with Richard Gere), 1987's "BEVERLY HILLS COP II"
(with Eddie Murphy), and numerous TV
shows such as "KNOTT'S LANDING"
and Cybill Shepherd & Bruce
Willis' series "MOONLIGHTING."
In 1989's "AN INNOCENT
MAN," Tom Selleck's
character is sent to prison on a trumped-up drug charge. Near the end of
the film, he and the cops stage a fake drug-buy in a parking lot, to nab
the bad guys. That lengthy, night time scene (and the subsequent shoot-out)
was filmed in and around Shoreline Village
(407 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach), a themed shopping
center near the Aquarium of the Pacific and across the bay from the Queen
Mary. This same parking lot was used for a skateboarding scene
in the 1995 movie "CLUELESS."
The home of the eccentric "Doc" Brown
(played by Christopher Lloyd) in 1989's
"BACK TO THE FUTURE" (starring
Michael J. Fox) was none other than
the famous Gamble House (4 Westmoreland
Place) in Pasadena. A landmark of Craftsman architecture, the Gamble House
is open to the public for tours. [Buy
Remember Bruce Willis
in the original "DIE HARD"
(1988)? Remember the exploding skyscraper, which had been taken over by
terrorists? That was the Fox Plaza tower
(at 2121 Avenue of the Stars) in Century City.
The 34-story tower is still very much intact, thanks to the special effects
boys. (Incidentally, the 19th floor of the Fox Tower houses the offices
of attorney Robert Shapiro, who
represented O.J. Simpson during his
murder trial.) [Buy
At the end of the 1987 comedy "INNERSPACE,"
Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan
get married, and are shown exiting from a beautiful glass church in the
hills. That scene was shot at the famous Wayfarer's
Chapel (5755 Palos Verdes Drive South), in Rancho Palos Verdes. (And
of course, Dennis and Meg are married in real life, too!) [Buy
If you drive along the coast in downtown Long Beach,
you may recognize the circular tower at the southeast corner of Ocean Boulevard
& Shoreline Drive/Alamitos Ave. It's not just that the International City Tower
somewhat resembles the Capitol Records building; this round apartment
building was featured in the opening scene of Mel
Gibson's original "LETHAL WEAPON"
(1987), where a drugged-out young woman jumps to her death from an upper-floor
You'll find it at 700 E.
Ocean Blvd, in Long Beach.
(Incidentally, that young woman went on to play Woody's girlfriend, Kelly,
in the TV series "Cheers.")
to see several pages
worth of "Lethal Weapon"
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