After an opening sequence set
in the Dominican Republic, the movie switches to L.A., as we watch
chase scene was shot on the roof of an industrial warehouse
building at the
During this rooftop chase, the two men are running south across the roof.
It's a huge building, about as long as six football fields. Most of the rooftop chase was filmed near its south end.
Built in 1917, the 7-story
building is part of a warehouse complex with the official address of 1396 E. 7th Street.
When they appear to leap across
a gap between buildings, they are fooling you with a little Hollywood magic.
Here is a Google StreetView panorama
of the warehouse from street level.
Once the chase leaves the roof and hits the ground, the producers fake us out again, and the actual location jumps six miles to the east, from the downtown warehouse district to L.A.'s Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire district.
When we first see this foot
chase on the ground, they are actually running
The bad guy then turns right
(west) into an alley, scales a chain
link fence, and falls into the middle of an open-air swap
meet, where he turns and fires several shots at the pursuing
During this part of the chase,
you can glimpse signs for both China Express (at 3320 W. 8th Street) and
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of 8th Street and that alleyway (behind the gate).
And here is a Google
StreetView panorama of that parking lot behind China Express.
The foot chase finally ends
when the bad guy runs into a brick apartment house, runs through the halls,
He waits to shoot O'Conner,
but is surprised when O'Conner suddenly smashes through another window,
This is yet another screen
trick. The guy running ducks into the back of that strip mall in
They shot the exterior scenes (pictured above) at the back (north side) of the hotel.
(We'll see this same building later, ironically, as David Park's place.)
Here is a Google StreetView
panorama of the rear of the building.)
After he catches the guy, we
see Brian enter an FBI building., where
he tells his boss that the perp
The exterior you see (above) is actually the Hall of Administration at the former Ambassador College, at 300 W. Green Street, in Pasadena, CA.
Ambassador College closed in 1997, so the building is now part of Maranatha High School campus.
Here is a Google
StreetView panorama, showing the building, as seen from Green Street.
After Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) gets a phone call in Panama, telling him his girlfriend (Letty) has been murdered, we see an aerial fly-over shot (above) of a waterway., approaching a dock lined with cargo containers and freight elevators.
This shot is actually the industrial
side of the Long Beach harbor, the far southern edge of that harbor, looking
northeast across harbor docks & freight elevators, towards the
Queen Mary dome and the Long Beach city skyline (both of which can be
seen in the distance).
That shot lap-dissolves into a fly-over shot of a cemetery, leading to a ground shot of Letty's funeral in that cemetery.
That is Sunnyside Cemetery, at 1095 E. Willow St., in Long Beach, about four miles inland from the Long Beach harbor.
The cops stake out the cemetery,
hoping to nab the fugitive Toretto when he comes to his girlfriend's funeral.
Sunnyside Cemetery is right next to Signal Hill, CA, a small oil town, surrounded by Long Beach. Signal Hill got its name because, long ago, members of the local Indian tribe used climb to the top of the hill to signal other tribes on Catalina Island (26 miles across the sea). In 1921, oil was discovered there, and the town became home to one of the richest oil fields in the world. That explains the proliferation of oil wells seen in the background...
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the cemetery.
Next, we see the modest, wood-frame home of Toretto's sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), when her fugitive brother shows up in her garage at night, where she shows him the race car in which his girlfriend died.
She warns him that the cops are staking out the home, and that he shouldn't be there.
I was pleased to see that the producers used the very same home seen in the original "The Fast and the Furious", at 722 E. Kensington Road, in the Echo Park district, northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
It's on the east side of the street, between Sunset Blvd and the Hollywood (101) Freeway.
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the house.
this is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door,
Later, Toretto drops off his
sister (at night) after a visit to the crash site. While parked, he tells
her that he found marks
That scene was shot on the
north side Marion Avenue, just east of the northeast
corner of Marion & Kensington, in Echo Park.
His car is facing west when he's parked. When Toretto U-turns (after saying
goodbye to his sister),
Here is a Google
StreetView panorama of the corner where he drops her off.
Next, we see a quick aerial
shot of a corner liquor store.
That liquor store is actually
Quick Stop Liquor, located
at 5102 Hollywood Blvd,
Here is a Google
StreetView panorama of the store.
Toretto then goes to the garage
of the only mechanic in L.A. who sells nitro-meth. When the guy is reluctant
In the photo above, we are
looking southeast. Actually, the "garage" we're looking
at is actually
( Google StreetView doesn't go into the alley, so the best we can do is
O'Conner arrives at David
Park's brick apartment house, only to find that Toretto is already
This brick building is located
at 2619 W. 8th Street,
in Los Angeles.
It's called "The Stratford
Hotel", but don't let the name fool you. The bottom floor houses
It's a few blocks west of MacArthur Park, and about a mile east of the foot chase.
(And speaking of that chase,
we have seen this hotel before in this movie. They used the
Here is a Google
StreetView panorama of the building.
Some of the photos on this
page are stills from the DVD of "Fast & Furious"
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