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Famous Movie Locations: The Dam From 'The Fugitive' (Tapoco, North Carolina)

Posted By Scott Harris on Sep 20th 2010 10:13AM
Harrison Ford was already a gigantic box office draw when he signed on to star as Dr. Richard Kimble in the 1993 big-screen adaptation of the classic '60s television series 'The Fugitive.' The film would do nothing to detract from his popularity; 'The Fugitive' brought in over $183 million domestically and $368 million worldwide. Yes, it was another win for Ford. But as great as Ford is in... read more

Famous Movie Locations: The Town From 'Napoleon Dynamite' (Preston, ID)

Posted By Marina Zogbi on September 09, 2010
When indie comedy 'Napoleon Dynamite' was released in 2004, audiences were sharply divided between a happy majority who who found its deadpan portrayal of small-town geekdom hilariously offbeat and a smaller group who thought it condescending, disjointed and just plain unfunny. Whichever camp one falls in, it's undeniable that Jared Hess' unique first feature (co-written with his wife, Jerusha)...

Famous Movie Locations: McDowell's From 'Coming to America' (Queens, NY)

Posted By Jason Newman on September 09, 2010
Even casual fans of John Landis's 1988 classic 'Coming To America' will recognize the "Golden Arcs" of Cleo McDowell's (John Amos) eponymous fast-food chain. The McDonald's competitor -- "They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick" -- factors prominently in the tale of Akeem (Eddie Murphy), an African prince that travels to the U.S. to find a bride. When Akeem is establishing his roots in...

Famous Movie Locations: Camp From 'Wet Hot American Summer' (Honesdale, Pennsylvania)

Posted By Ryan McKee on September 09, 2010
'Wet Hot American Summer' (2001) had all the ingredients of a cult classic from the beginning: absurd elements, eccentric director, eclectic cast, a camp location and negative reviews by nearly every critic. Sure enough, nine years later, it's a legitimate cult classic, with the actors moving on to mainstream careers, the director, David Wain, doing studio movies and the DVD in every comedy and...

Famous Movie Locations: Houseboat From 'Sleepless in Seattle' (Seattle, WA)

Posted By Anna Dimond on September 09, 2010
Long before online dating had become de rigueur in America, Nora Ephron boosted romantic morale nationwide with her 1993 film, 'Sleepless In Seattle.' Tom Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widower whose young son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), calls a radio talk show to try to find a new woman for his dad, and convinces Sam to open up on air about how much he misses his late wife. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a...

Famous Movie Locations: Dorothy Vallens' Apartment Building From 'Blue Velvet' (Wilmington, NC)

Posted By Marina Zogbi on October 10, 2010
Generally considered one of David Lynch's finest films, 'Blue Velvet' caused quite a sensation when it was released in 1986. The noir-ish mystery-thriller, with its surreal scenes of violence, sado-masochism and dark eroticism, was controversial with audiences though most critics embraced Lynch's unsettling exploration of the sinister underside of small-town America. In addition to garnering...

Famous Movie Locations: St. Andrew's School From 'Dead Poets Society' (Middletown, DE)

Posted By Kim Potts on August 08, 2014
It won an Oscar for its screenplay and a BAFTA Award for best film. Entertainment Weekly ranked it as one of the 50 best high school movies of all time. The American Film Institute voted it as one of the 100 most inspiring movies of all time, and included Robin Williams' classic "Carpe diem" speech as one of the all-time greatest movie quotes. We're talking, of course, about the 1989...

Famous Movie Locations: The Disco From 'Xanadu' (Los Angeles, CA)

Posted By Marina Zogbi on August 08, 2010
Though it flopped upon release in 1980, the musical extravaganza 'Xanadu,' starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, has since achieved something of a cult status and is beloved by many. Its story concerns frustrated L.A. artist Sonny (Michael Beck) who paints enlargements of album covers for a living. He meets Kira (Newton-John), a living Muse who inspires him and with whom he becomes smitten;...

Famous Movie Locations: Kevin McCallister's House from 'Home Alone' (Winnetka, IL)

Posted By Marina Zogbi on August 08, 2010
Aug. 26 was Macaulay Culkin's 30th birthday, but many people still think of him as the pint-sized protagonist of 'Home Alone,' released just before Thanksgiving in 1990. The "family comedy without the family" (its tagline) proved hugely popular, monopolizing the No. 1 position at the box office for 12 weeks and at one point becoming the highest grossing comedy of all time. Written by John Hughes...

Famous Movie Locations: Amity Island from 'Jaws' (Martha's Vineyard, MA)

Posted By Anna Dimond on July 07, 2014
35 years ago, taking a casual swim at the beach -- not to mention the entire future of Hollywood -- changed forever, thanks to a single movie: 'Jaws.' Steven Spielberg's shark thriller is considered the first blockbuster, and paved the way for modern movie distribution, which hinges on wide releases. When it opened in the summer 1975, 'Jaws' blew its competition out of the water, landing at the...

Famous Movie Locations: Motel From 'No Country for Old Men' (Albuquerque)

Posted By Ryan McKee on August 08, 2010
It's difficult to think of many directors who -- after 25 years -- stay relevant and whose films continually get better. The Coen Brothers have produced 14 full-length features since 1984, movies that cover a wide range of genres, from broad comedies to bloody crime thrillers, and, depending on which film geek you ask, each one can be considered the directing duo's best. A strong argument can...

Famous Movie Locations: Waterfront From 'On the Waterfront' (Hoboken, NJ)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2010
One of the most quoted movies of all time, 'On the Waterfront' was a smash hit when it was released in 1954, winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Elia Kazan). The film also won an Oscar for its leading man, Marlon Brando, cementing him as one of Hollywood's most iconic figures. The pic centers on Terry Malloy (Brando), a man who must decide whether or not...

Famous Movie Locations: Ocean Park Pier from 'Dogtown and Z-Boys' (Venice, Calif.)

Posted By Anna Dimond on August 08, 2010
The Ocean Park Pier in Venice, Calif., was the site of a cultural revolution in the 1970s: A surfing and skateboarding renaissance that was captured in Stacy Peralta's 2001 documentary 'Dogtown and Z-Boys.' At the heart of the scene was skate icon Skip Engblom, who with his business partner Craig Stecyk launched a surfboard company called Zephyr. Engblom's eponymous shop soon became a hub of...

Famous Movie Locations: The Warehouse From 'Robocop' (Detroit, MI.)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2010
Want to watch 'RoboCop' at the center of the film's action? Of course, you do! 'RoboCop' is one of the '80s finest films; a violent blend of black comedy, science fiction and crime thriller. Set in Detroit in the near-future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. Oh yes! It is...

Famous Movie Locations: Wheel Inn Restaurant from 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' (Cabazon, California)

Posted By Kim Potts on August 08, 2010
No matter which scene from 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' is your fave -- Pee-wee's morning routine? His initial run-in with that weasel Francis? His "loner/rebel" brush off of Dottie? His stop at the Alamo? The 'Tequila' bar-top dance? -- all fans of the Tim Burton-directed Pee-wee Herman gem can agree on one thing: As we celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary this week, it holds up as being every...

Famous Movie Locations: The Restaurant From 'Jackie Brown' (Los Angeles, CA)

Posted By Eric Larnick on August 08, 2010
Tonight is the kick-off screening for the 2010 Rolling Roadshow Festival, the nationwide outdoor movie festival, sponsored by Levi's and the Alamo Drafthouse. Each presentation will take place at a famous location from the movie that is screening, and will feature loads of bonus festivities. Tonight's premiere presentation celebrates Quentin Tarantino's 'Jackie Brown' and will screen at the...

Famous Movie Locations: The Gym From 'Hoosiers' (Knightstown, IN)

Posted By Andrew Scott on August 08, 2010
One of the greatest sports movies ever made, 'Hoosiers' created a large amount of Hoosier Hysteria in 1986, and gave new life to a gym built all the way back in the 1920s. The film, which starred Gene Hackman as an aggressive basketball coach who takes over a hopeless team in small-town Indiana, was lauded by critics upon its release and went on to receive two Oscar nominations, including...

Famous Movie Locations: The Dakota From 'Rosemary's Baby' (New York City)

Posted By Sharon Knolle on August 08, 2010
The mysterious and monolithic Dakota Building in New York City would be fascinating in its own right as a unique piece of architecture, but it's also one of New York's most famous buildings, one with a sadly tragic history: Music legend John Lennon, who lived there for several years, was gunned down on the building's front steps in 1980. The Dakota was also the scene for the nightmarish 1968...

Famous Movie Locations: Hospital From 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (Salem, Oregon)

Posted By Ryan McKee on September 09, 2010
It's extremely rare for a film to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay. 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' in 1975 became only the second film to do so, and the feat didn't get repeated until 1991 when 'The Silence of the Lambs' won all five. Some would argue that it is even more impressive that the film is as good as the Ken Kesey book it was...

Famous Movie Locations: Luke Skywalker's Home on Tatooine (Matmata, Tunisia)

Posted By Eric Larnick on September 09, 2010
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away -- aka the '70s -- George Lucas changed movies forever with the release of the first installment of the 'Star Wars' trilogy: 'A New Hope.' Fans were taken in by the adventure of young Luke Skywalker, plucked from his simple life to become the Jedi Knight who will save the universe. Before his adventure begins, Skywalker lives with his Uncle Owen and Aunt...

Seven Things We Learned on the Set of 'Dinner for Schmucks'

Posted By Laura Prudom on August 08, 2010
If you're a connoisseur of fine French filmmaking, you might be familiar with the concept of 'Dinner for Schmucks' -- a comedy of errors based around one disastrous evening meal -- from its first iteration as 'The Dinner Game,' (or 'Le Diner De Cons,' for those who can pull off the accent). In its simplest terms, the film centers around a group of arrogant executives who hold regular dinner...

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