2003 caper movie, "The Italian Job",
wasn't filmed exclusively in Los Angeles.
the film opens with a heist in Venice, Italy, where we see the guys successfully
steal $35 million in gold bars.
they are betrayed by one of their own, and the film's grand caper (to steal
back their loot) is strictly a "Los Angeles Job".
this website is called "Seeing Stars in Hollywood", we're going
to stick to the L.A. locations, and tell you where you can find them the
next time you pay a visit to Hollywood.
unusual tactic is to use L.A.'s infamous traffic to the theive's advantage.
They stage the world's biggest traffic jam, in the heart of Hollywood,
and then use tiny mini-Coopers to manuever freely on the sidewalks of Hollywood.
early scene, where "Handsome Rob" (Jason
Statham) is stuck
in traffic behind an actor rehearsing
his lines, was shot at the corner of 7th
Street & Parkview St., west of downtown
are heading east/southeast on 7th Street
(you can see the L.A. skyline in the distance). You can also see MacArthur
Park on the left (north) side. The distracted
actor makes a left turn onto Park View.
the good guys meet (several times) on the rooftop
of a tall Art Deco tower overlooking Sunset,
that is really the Argyle Hotel
(formerly known as the Saint James Club), at 8358 Sunset
Blvd, on the Sunset Strip.
the above shot, the camera is looking west up Sunset Blvd.
You can see the Hyatt Hotel
on the right, and the Mondrian hotel
to the left.
That's also the Mondrian behind
them in the photo below.
scenes (pictured here) were shot at Union Stationin downtown Los Angeles.
Union Station was the last grand train station built in the U.S. With its
classic Art Deco look, it has appeared in a number of movies, including
"Pearl Harbor" and "Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle". (There was even a 1950 movie called
You'll find it across the street from (east of) historic Olvera Street,
at 800 N. Alameda Street,
in downtown L.A.
you can see Grauman's Chinese Theatre,
shot from across the street,
looking north across Hollywood Blvd.You'll
find the historic theatre (and its famous stars' footprints in cement)
at 6925 Hollywood Blvd, (at the Hollywood
& Highland center) in Hollywood.
Below, is an aerial
shot from the movie, showing three different armored cars
turning off Hollywood Blvd. Note the stars from
the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the sidewalks to the right of the trucks.
Two of the trucks are decoys,
designed to fool the good guys in pursuit.
Job" Filming Locations!
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "The Italian Job"
(which you can buy by clicking
here) and are copyright Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures.
The rest of the page is copyright
Gary J. Wayne - 2007