Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot (on Location)

1995(part 2)

  • In the 1995 teen comedy "CLUELESS," starring Alicia Silverstone, the high school scenes were really shot on campus at Occidental College, located between Pasadena and Glendale (at 1600 Campus Road), in the L.A. suburb of Eagle Rock. [Buy the Movie.]

  • Also in "CLUELESS," when Alicia Silverstone and her friends went shopping at a mall, it was filmed at the Westside Pavilion mall (located at 10800 Pico Blvd., in West L.A.).

  • And remember the 1990 music video of Tom Petty's song "FREE FALLIN'," where the singer rides a tall escalator inside a mall? Well, that video was also shot inside the Westside Pavilion mall.
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  • In the 1995 film, "MONEY TRAIN" (starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes), the action was focused around the New York subway system. Ironically, most of those "New York" subway scenes were actually filmed right here in Los Angeles.
  • Columbia Pictures built an enormous outdoor set (3,000 feet long, 20 feet high, and 60 feet across) in downtown, over four existing Southern Pacific train tracks, just off North Broadway, near the north end of Chinatown. Inside this $4.5 million wooden box, they built replicas of three New York subway stations, then retrofitted actual subway cars with Chevy engines so they could go from zero to 40 m.p.h. in only 400 feet, enabling the producers to shoot scenes of the trains racing and crashing, fires in tunnels, and people jumping from one speeding train to another. *
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  • There is a dramatic scene in the 1995 movie "OUTBREAK" where Dustin Hoffman (trying to stop a deadly virus) jumps from a helicopter onto the deck of a Korean cargo ship; crew members of the ship have recently smuggled a virus-infected monkey into the country. Aboard ship, he discovers the bloody remains of a crew member who has died from the horrible disease.

    That scene was actually shot aboard the S.S. Lane Victory, a historic WW2 merchant marine ship which is now permanently docked at Pier 94 at the Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro (under the Vincent Thomas Bridge - near the Cruise center.)

    The Lane Victory was also was used for the 1999 NBC TV movie, "MUTINY," produced by Morgan Freeman (who was also in "Outbreak.") And the ship's wake was used in the movie "Titanic"!
  • (The Lane Victory is now open for public tours.)
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    Speaking of "OUTBREAK," the hospital scenes in that suspense film were shot at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, 100 Congress Street, Pasadena. [Buy the Movie.]

  • In Oliver Stone's controversial 1995 film "NIXON," there's a scene where President Nixon (played by Anthony Hopkins) is riding in the back of his limousine when it pulls out of the west gate of the White House, past a group of anti-war demonstrators who are waving protest signs and yelling "Hell No! We Won't Go!" This scene was actually filmed at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, by the duck pond (near Studebaker Road & E. Los Arcos Street).

  • This same Long Beach duck pond was used for a nighttime scene in 1998's "THE NEGOTIATOR" (starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey), where it played the role of a Chicago park. [Buy the Movie.]

  • The hospital scenes in the 1995 film "HEAT" (starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer) were shot at the St. Mary Medical Center (1050 Linden Avenue) in downtown Long Beach. The hospital's usual Holy Family statues, located above their fluorescent sign, were replaced by a full-size copy of Michelangelo's "The Pieta" for the movie.

    The hospital is a frequent site for on-location movie work. A scene from 1998's "THE X-FILES" movie, was also shot there, where David Duchovny winds up in the hospital. Other movies shot at St. Mary's include 1998's vampire movie "BLADE" (starring Wesley Snipes), and 1998's "GUNSHY."  * [Buy the Movie.]

See our special pages about the locations of "Heat"

  • In the 1995 drama "WHITE MAN'S BURDEN," John Travolta kidnaps Harry Belafonte at gunpoint from a dirt yard, outside a pair of seedy duplex apartments. This scene was shot down by the docks in a rough part of town near the Los Angeles Harbor. Those apartments (and the dirt yard) can be found at 420 & 422 Avalon Blvd., in Wilmington (tucked away behind a taco stand on the east side of Avalon, between D Street & E Street). *
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