Part 3



    Meanwhile, 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.)

    The 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.)

    Above 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.


  • A pursuit begins, with the good guys trying to escape to Union Station in their mini-Coopers, while Ed Norton chases them in a helicopter.

    Above, 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, CA.

    (In the recent "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle", the same Hansen dam appeared as a Mongolian border crossing.)



  • The 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 /OnStage/StaplesCenter.shtml">Staples Center.
  • Below, we look west down Wilshire Blvd, from Hope Street, as the helicopter follows them through the streets of downtown L.A.



  • Finally, 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 station.






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