Ford and Josh Harnett go to Venice,
California to find a witness to the murders, 'K-Ro' (born
Oliver Robidoux), played by rapper 'Kurupt'.
We see the two of them walking across
a foot bridge over the Venice canals.
In this case, it is the bridge which spans the Eastern
Canal, at Carroll Canal Ct. (northwest of Linnie Avenue), in
the Venice canals area. The two are walking west/southwest.
They locate his mother's home, a small
white house next to one of the Venice canals.
That house is located at 438 Carroll
Canal. It is on the north/northwest side of Carroll Canal Court,
between Dell Ave and Eastern Canal.
Harrison interviews the mother,
Olivia Robidoux (played by singer Gladys Knight. ), while Josh
checks out the back of the house.
'K-Ro' / Oliver makes a break for it, a foot race ensues along the Venice
canals, with Josh chasing him. K-Ro jumps into the water and
eventually Josh pulls a gun on him. During this confrontation, Josh is
standing on a small wooden dock with
I found it. That turns out to be on
the west side of Grand
Canal, just past Carroll Canal (you're looking west in the above
photo). That's on the opposite side of the canal neighborhood from
the foot bridge seen in the photo at the top. (The same Cobra Tandem boat
was docked there when I visited in late 2003.)
By the way, you can't drive your car
much in this area, only Dell Avenue permits cars (and it's a one-way north
street). The rest of these charming side streets and canals are pedestrian-only.
So you'll have to park and stroll the sidewalks and bridges if you want
is a map of the film's
(courtesy of Chas Demster)
duo and 'K-Ro' are next seen driving over the Vincent
Thomas Bridge (even though that bridge is actually a good 25
miles southeast of Venice *), heading east from San Pedro
to Terminal Island, cruising
past the Terminal Island/L.A. Harbor area. (You're looking south in the
photo of the bridge to the left.)
Harrison says "Let's take this sucker
to the Harbor Division Substation". Now ironically, there really is
a harbor police station not far away (at 2175
John S Gibson Blvd), but he's trying to scare 'K-Ro' into thinking
they're going to get rough with him.
So they drive out to some deserted,
industrial part of the island. They drive past "SouthWest
Marine" (located at Berth 240,
near the southwestern part of Terminal Island,
along Seaside Avenue), an area which
has been used many times in various movies over the years, due to it's
authentic, rough, nautical look.
(They recently shot "Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle" in this same spot - the scene where
Lucy Liu wields a flame thrower.)
Once they get there, a gunfight breaks
out when a car drives past and opens fire on them.
(During World War II, the area used
to be owned by Bethlehem Steel, and was then known as The
Bethlehem Shipyard, turning out the fighting ships that helped
win the war.)
[* "THE MAGIC BRIDGE": There
are three different movies, all made in the last few years, where
people are shown leaving one location, far from the Vincent
Thomas Bridge, and then "magically" appearing at the
bridge mere seconds later. One example is "Hollywood Homicide",
another is "The Fast & the
Furious", and the last is the original "Charlie's
Angels film, where a race car leaves Fontana and seconds later arrives
at the Vincent Thomas bridge - a good 40 miles away.]
Harrison and Josh are taken in for questioning
to police headquarters, where they frustrate their interrogators by refusing
to cooperate (Josh assumes yoga positions).
As they leave the station, we see them
exiting Parker Center, a well-known
Los Angeles police building, located at 150 N. Los Angeles
Street, in downtown L.A..
meets with Cleo, the madam again (Lolita Davidovich), near
Malibu, where she tells him she has struck a deal with the cops to give
evidence against him. Then we see Harrison & Josh driving past the
They are actually heading south
on Pacific Coast Highway, past
the California Incline, below Palisades
Park (the green and white park seen to the left), and just north of
the Santa Monica Pier).
Harrison's psychic girlfriend, 'Ruby'
(Lena Olin) takes them on what seems like a wild goose chase
to Beverly Hills.
They turn north off Wilshire Blvd onto
Rodeo Drive, then she makes them
stop at a valet parking station at Two Rodeo.
These scenes were shot on the real Rodeo Drive,
at the real Two Rodeo center.
However, the actual valet parking for Two Rodeo is located underground,
not at the street-level entrance. So that valet station was fake.
But the Two Rodeo center is very
She goes into a stylish store and looks
at clothes. This is actually the Gianfranco Ferre
store, at 270 North Rodeo Drive.
then, Sartain pulls up in a black SUV, right across the street (the west
side of Rodeo Drive, near Wilshire Blvd).
A chase scene follows through a mix of various residential and commercial
streets in Beverly Hills. In the scene above, we see them fly past
the landmark "Pink Palace", the Beverly Hills Hotel,
at 9641 Sunset Blvd, as they
make a speeding right turn onto eastbound Sunset
Boulevard, and race east down Sunset into Hollywood.
Sunset Blvd, they pass various Sunset landmarks, including Guitar Center,
at 7425 Sunset Blvd., and KTLA studios,
at 5800 Sunset.
Then there's a big crash, where a police
car flips over and ends up on its roof. That scene was shot in the 5900
block of Sunset Boulevard, a good five and a half miles east
of Beverly Hills.
The car is trying to negotiate a left
turn off Sunset, and has just passed the Old Spaghetti
Factory restaurant at 5939 Sunset Blvd.,
so they appear to be trying to turn south off Sunset onto Tamarind Ave
or Gordon Street.
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