up on Hollywood Blvd,
the armored car has been stopped by the traffic jam, right in front of
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
(and right next to that truck with the large Pepsi sign.)
explosives go off around the armored car, rupturing the street beneath
it, and sending the armored car plunging down into the subway tunnels below
Hollywood Blvd, where the guys are waiting for it. (This tunnel scene was
shot on a specially built set, with cranes safely lowering the truck.)
is an aerial view (from the movie) of Grauman's
Chinese Theatre. We are looking northwest.
Inside its curved walls, you can see part of the theatre's famous courtyard
with footprints of the stars in cement.
begins, with the good guys trying to escape to Union Station in their mini-Coopers,
while Ed Norton
chases them in a helicopter.
you will see the Hansen Dam,
which is actually nowhere near downtown L.A. In fact, it's in the far north
San Fernando Valley.
The closest intersection to the dam is Glenoaks Blvd
& Montague Street in Pacoima,
chase takes them through downtown L.A.
Above, we are looking north
as we see the mini-Cooper crossing the
intersection of Figueroa Street &
11th Street, on the west side of
downtown, near the Staples
we look west down
from Hope Street,
as the helicopter follows them through the streets of downtown L.A.
the action winds up back near Union Station.
But instead of the attractive station itself, the action this time takes
place near the train tracks east of
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