actual Southern California locations where
the 2010 movie "Knight
And Day" was filmed.
At first glance, it doesn't appear that
any part of "Knight And Day" was filmed in Southern California.
The film is shot all over the world (including Austria & Spain),
but L.A. is nowhere to be seen.
Or so it seems...
But take a closer look at that
final confrontation scene
with the bad guy...
In the scene, we see Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz riding a motorcycle
over a bridge.
They have just left a bull ring in Pamplona, so we're supposed to assume
that they are still in Spain.
Ignore the buildings seen behind
the bridge. They're fake - added using CGI.
But do pay attention
to the light poles to the left, in the screencap below. They're real.
Where are we, really? Well,
here's a photo of the same bridge, that I shot in 2011.
That bridge is none other than
the Queensway Bridge, in Long
It's called the Queensway Bridge
because it leads from mainland Long Beach, across the Los
out to a pier where the historic ocean liner, the Queen Mary, is
permanently docked as a tourist attraction.
Tom is driving east/northeast
across the bridge, heading towards downtown Long Beach.
Here's a screenshot from the film of the
bad guy driving his car towards that same bridge:
And here's a matching photo
That street the car is driving
on? It's not even a real street.
It's actually just a Long Beach bike path
running along the bank of the Los Angeles River.
(The camera is looking northwest in this shot.)
Speaking of the Queen Mary, take
a look just to the right of Tom Cruise's head, in the screencap below:
Yes, that's the Queen
Mary, across the channel.
(The camera is looking southeast.)
Here's a clearer photo I shot,
looking in the same direction:
Tom then jumps down from the bridge onto
the land below, and swings down onto a small dock.
Here's a matching shot I took of that
same round building:
(The camera is looking southwest.)
(They appear to have painted it yellow
for the movie.)
As you can see, it's also right
on the bike path, just a few yards away from the Queensway bridge.
I'm not sure exactly what the
function is of this small, round building. The sign reads:
"City of Long Beach Maintenance and Development - Parks, Recreation
It's located at the Golden
Shore marina, where the terminal for the Catalina Island cruise
In fact, the rest of the scene all takes place at the south
end of the Golden Shore marina.
The Golden Shore marina is
located just west of the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Shoreline Village
but is separated from those popular attractions by the northeast end of
the Queensway bridge.
The address on the door of
that round structure reads 322 Golden Shore Street.
But that is a bit deceptive,
because that same 322 address is used for many of the businesses at this
Golden Shore marina.
As you can see from my photo
below, there is a somewhat similar round structure across the water,
other side of the opening where boats pass from the Golden Shore/Catalina
marina to the L.A. River channel.
The two structures stand like sentinels on each side of that breakwater
(The camera is looking west.)
Tom then confronts the bad guy down on
the small dock.
Behind Tom, in the screencap
below, you can see a tall red, white & blue building, across the water.
That, as you can see in my
photo below, is the new Residence Inn by Marriott,
located on the other (southwest) side of the river, at 600
Queensway Drive, Long Beach,
(The camera is looking southwest.)
And what about that dock
itself, where the bad guy holds the savant hostage?
It's located right
below that bike path, just east of
that round building,
at the south end of the Golden Shore marina.
(The camera in the screenshot above is looking northeast.)
Here's a photo I shot of the
same dock (looking west/southwest):
And here's a second, closer photo of that
dock, looking north:
(They were repairing the dock when I got there, hence the yellow tape and
the torn-up flooring.)
Finally, shortly after the bad guy's plane
takes off, it explodes.
The object you see below the
explosion is that other round structure we mentioned earlier,
on the other side of the Golden Shore marina's
breakwater. (The explosion itself is CGI.)
Here's my photo of the same general view:
(the camera is looking west.)
(It looks like they edited out the light
poles, while they were inserting the explosion.)
on the links below to see an aerial map showing all of these locations.
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