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This early scene, where "Handsome Rob" (Jason Statham) is stuck in
L.A. traffic behind an actor rehearsing his lines, was shot at
the corner of
7th Street and Parkview
., west of downtown. They are heading east
on 7th (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.

        





When the good guys meet (several times) on the rooftop of a tall Art Deco
tower overlooking the Sunset Blvd, that is really
the Argyle Hotel (formerly
known as the Saint James Club), at
8358 Sunset Blvd, on the Sunset Strip.
(In the above shot, you can see the Hyatt West Hollywood nearby.)






Several scenes (pictured here) were shot at Union Station in 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 the recent "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"). There was even a 1950 movie
called "Union Station". You'll find it across from Olvera Street, at
800 North Alameda Street, in downtown L.A.






   

Above, you can see Grauman's Chinese Theatre, shot from across the street,
looking north across Hollywood Blvd.

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.






In order to ambush the armored car, the good guys stage a massive traffic jam,
which slows the progress of the armored car and allows them to influence
its direction. The traffic jam is centered at the corner of Hollywood & Highland.

In the photo above, you are looking south down Highland, from
the
corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave.

In the aerial photo below, you are looking down on the same corner.
Near the top left of the photo is the souvenir store on the southwest corner
of that interesection. Stars from the Walk of Fame are visible on the
sidewalks. You can see a little of the
Hollywood & Highland center
on the right side of this photo.

In the photo below, you are looking north up Highland Avenue (from
the same intersection). The white church in the distance is the
Hollywood United Methodist Church (at 6817 Franklin Avenue),
where scenes from the movies "Back to the Future" and "Sister Act" were filmed.

You can also see the south side of the Hollywood & Highland center
on the left side of the photo, near the driver's head.

This shot is looking northwest, from the southeast corner of the intersection
of Hollywood & Highland, looking at the
Hollywood & Highland center, as
the armored car turns west on Hollywood Blvd. and heads towards
Grauman's Chinese Theatre. You can see the entrance gate to the
Kodak Theatre near the left side of the photo. The Kodak is the permanent
home of the annual Academy Awards (Oscars) show.


As the armored car nears Grauman's Chinese, the mini-cars, which
were following it west on Hollywood Blvd, abruptly hang a u-turn,
driving over the curb, up onto the sidewalk on the
north side of
Hollywood Blvd
(in front of the Hollywood & Highland center.
Note the stars on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame on the sidewalk.

In the photo below, we look west as the mini-car heads east down
the north side of Hollywood Blvd. You can see Disney's
El Capitan
theatre
on the south side of the street (on the left side of the photo.)

The mini-cars then head down the stairs of an underground terminal of
the new
Red Line subway system. The actual terminal is located at
the
northwest corner of Hollywood & Highland, beneath the new
Hollywood & Highland center. (The same subway terminal was used in
another 2003 movie, "Hollywood Homicide
", with Harrison Ford.)

The minicars race an oncoming subway train to the tunnel, stop the
train to block the tunnel entrance from pursuers, then wait underground
for the armored car to come crashing down from the street above.

Meanwhile, up on Hollywood Blvd, the armored car has been stopped by
traffic, 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.

Above is an aerial view 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.
In the recent "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle", the same dam appeared
as a Miongolian border crossing.)

The chase takes them through downtown L.A. Here, we are looking
north as we see the mini-Cooper crossing the intersection of
Figueroa Street and 11th Street, on the west side of downtown.

Below, we look west on [Wilshire?], from Hope Street, as the helicopter
follows them.

Finally, the action winds up back at Union Station, but instead of the
attractive station itself, the action this time takes place near the
train tracks east of the station.




MORE "Italian Job" Filming Locations!

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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 - 2014 / Seeing-Stars.com

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