The house from the Eddie Murphy comedy “A Thousand Words” can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The house is seen near the end of the film when Jack, played by Murphy, purchases a home for Caroline, played by Kerry Washington.
The 1983 film “Star 80,” starring Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts, was filmed in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York. The film tells the true story of model and actress Dorothy Stratten, played by Hemingway, and her husband, played by Roberts. Stratten was tragically killed by her husband in 1980 after she proceeded with plans to divorce him. The moved filmed at the same home where the actual crime took place.
LOCATION: 10881 Clarkson Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
The 1994 comedy “Monkey Trouble,” starring Thora Birch, was filmed in Southern California. In the early scenes of the film, Azro, played by Harvey Keitel, can be seen at Venice Beach performing for the crowd with Dodger the Monkey. This same area was seen in the film “White Men Can’t Jump.”
LOCATION: Dudley Ave / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Eva, played by Birch, lives at this apartment building with her family.
LOCATION: 109 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dodger can be seen running up this ramp into the building.
Here is the location of the pet store Eva visits in the film.
LOCATION: 12112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
The 1986 drama “River’s Edge,” starring Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover, was primarily filmed around the Sunland-Tujunga area of the San Fernando Valley in California, with the exception of the opening crime scene, which was filmed at River Bend Park in Sacramento (2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827).
Matt, played by Reeves, lives at this home with his younger brother Tim.
LOCATION: 9933 Redmont Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042
The high school the teenage characters attend is Verdugo Hills High School. The school has been featured in countless films, such as “The Craft,” “Heathers,” “Cursed,” “Better Off Dead,” “Christine,” “Not Another Teen Movie,” “187” “Boys And Girls,” “Clockstoppers” and “Little Hercules In 3-D.” It also appeared in such TV shows as “Little Fires Everywhere,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Monk,” “Felicity” “My So-Called Life,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Quantum Leap” and many more.
LOCATION: 10625 Plainview Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042
The restaurant where Mike worked has long since closed and remains shuttered, but the building still stands.
LOCATION: 6736 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042
Tim visits his friend Moko at this home, which has since been remodeled.
LOCATION: 8630 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040
Clarissa, played by Ione Skye, lives at this house, which is located just across the street from Moko’s house.
LOCATION: 8635 Wentworth St, Shadow Hills, CA 91040
John gets beer for Layne, played by Crispin Glover, at this liquor store.
LOCATION: 8301 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040
John stops by a hardware store with Feck, played by Dennis Hopper, and proceeds to rob the place. This building is located just across the street from the above liquor store.
LOCATION: 8256 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040
In the 2002 Mark Romanek film, “One Hour Photo,” Robin Williams plays a mentally unstable photo developer who becomes obsessed with a family whose photos he develops. The home of the Yorkin family can be found in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the film, Sy, played by Williams, sits on the street and watches the home. In reality, however, the property sits tucked away behind a fence and trees and is not visible from the street. Here is an aerial view of the home, which was also featured in the film “Cruel Intentions,” as well as the TV shows “Californication” and “Ray Donovan.”
LOCATION: 136 S Canyon View Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Sy’s aparttment can be found in Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. It is located just a few buildings over from one of the murder scenes in the film “The Little Things.” It’s not the safest of areas, so use caution if you visit.
LOCATION: 534 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Sy sits at a diner, looking a duplicates he made of the Yorkins’ family photos. This was filmed at the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey. The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “Short Cuts,” “License To Drive,” “The Game,” “My Stepmother Is An Alien” and many more. In 2007, the building was unfortunately demolished. However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials. So what stands now closely resembles what was seen in the film.
LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
Sy follows Will Yorkin, played by Michael Vartan, to a hotel in Torrance. The real building is not a hotel, but a business area and medical center.
The TV series “Kidding,” starring Jim Carrey, is set in Columbus, Ohio. However, the show was filmed in Southern California. It is a somewhat regular occurrence that filming locations around Greater Los Angeles are lost, due to rampant remodeling or demolition. For “Kidding,” the opposite events happened. The homes previously standing at the addresses were heavily remodeled, with the updated properties becoming two major locations featured in the show. Carrey plays Jeff Pickles, a famous children’s television show host, whose private life is falling apart. Jeff’s estranged wife Jill, played by Judy Greer, lives with their son at this home, located in Studio City.
LOCATION: 4227 Goodland Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Jeff ends up purchasing the home directly next door.
LOCATION: 4221 Goodland Ave, Studio City, CA 91604 (Note: some mapping systems list this address as North Hollywood)
In the James Bond film, “Die Another Day,” starring Pierce Brosnan, this 2002 Jaguar XKR was driven by the henchman Tang Lin Zao, played by Rick Yune. The vehicle was equipped with grille-mounted missiles, rocket launchers on the door and a Gatling gun. The car was featured in a chase seen with Bond over a frozen lagoon, as he escapes an ice palace. It could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.
LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The 1992 erotic thriller “Basic Instinct,” starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, was primarily filmed in the San Fransisco Bay Area. The opening murder scene takes place at this home in San Fransisco, which was unfortunately under renovation at the time of our visit.
LOCATION: 2104 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115
Catherine Tramell, played by Sharon Stone, lives at this house, also located in San Fransisco.
LOCATION: 2930 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Detectives are told Catherine is at her beach house, which can be found in Carmel-By-The-Sea, a small beach town near Monterey. Detective Nick Curran, played by Michael Douglas, is seen arriving at this front gate. Unfortunately a wall obscures most of the view of the home.
LOCATION: 157 Spindrift Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
You can in fact see a small portion of the home over the wall, but it’s not much.
Nick’s apartment can be found back in San Fransisco. While now painted another color, the property for the most part still looks similar to how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 1160 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133
In one scene, Catherine waits for Nick at his home and the two talk in this area, at the corner of Montgomery St and Green St.
The house from the 2010 film “Easy A,” starring Emma Stone, can be found in Ojai, California. The roads leading into the neighborhood have signs calling it a private community, but there are no guards, gates or trespassing signs to be found.
The 1983 Brian De Palma film “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino, is set in the underworld of Miami, telling the story of the rise and fall of Tony Montana. While Miami was used for several locations, Los Angeles also stood in for the city for quite a bit of the film, due to the fact that the Miami Tourist Board declined the producers several filming requests, fearing the subject matter would deter tourism. Some later scenes in the film were also shot in New York.
When they first arrive in Miami by way of Cuba, Tony Montana, played by Pacino, stays in a detention center with his friend Manny Ribera, played by Steven Bauer. The detention center scenes were filmed under the I-10 Freeway, near the I-110 interchange in Los Angeles. In the film, Tony and Manny are mostly seen beneath the Eastbound lanes, near W 17th St and Georgia St. However, that area is within a fenced off, gated parking lot. The Westbound lanes on the opposite side, while not seen from that angle in the film, run over Venice Blvd and offer a bit easier photography and general view of the area. This area is located very close to the opening robbery scene from “Heat.”
LOCATION: Beneath I-10, near W 17th St & Georgia St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (GPS coordinates: 34.037791, -118.273057)
As Tony and Manny arrive in Miami Beach for a drug deal, the pull up next to “The Carlyle.” The same hotel was famously featured in the film “The Birdcage.”
LOCATION: 1250 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
On the same street is the location of the infamous hotel where Tony’s drug deal goes bad and one of his crew is killed with a chainsaw. The building has since been remodeled and is now a drug store. However, the facade out front, as well as the staircase, remain in tact.
LOCATION: 728 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The drug deal takes place on the top floor.
This sign is posted at the front of the building to the right of the stairs, noting it as the filming location. There are also a few photos from the film inside, behind the cash registers.
Here is the area across the street where Manny waits.
The violence spills out onto the streets as Tony executes the man with the chainsaw in front of the hotel next door.
LOCATION: 720 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tony meets with drug kingpin Alejandro Sosa at his home in Bolivia. The real location is actually in Montecito, California. The house sits far back from the road and is not visible from the street. This estate is located just minutes away from Tony’s mansion in the film.
LOCATION: 656 Park Ln, Montecito, CA 93108
Frank Lopez, played by Robert Loggia, owns this auto dealership, where he yells at Tony for making a deal without consulting him beforehand.
LOCATION: 8825 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
As he rises in power, a montage is shown of Tony expanding his empire. He is shown emerging from this building, which has the name “Montana Management Co.” in the film. The building can be found in West Hollywood, California.
LOCATION: 8623 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This building has the name “Montana Travel Co.” in the film. It is located directly across the street from the above location. Despite the addresses on Sunset Blvd, both buildings actually face Sunset Plaza Dr. This same area has also been featured in the films “Armed and Dangerous” and “Model Shop.”
LOCATION: 8619 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
In the same montage, Tony is seen opening a beauty salon for his sister Gina, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. This is again located next to the above two locations in West Hollywood, on the opposite side of the street on Sunset Blvd. All three locations are in very close proximity to one another.
LOCATION: 8648 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The exterior used as Tony Montana’s house can be found in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. Tony marries Elvira, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, at the home, which added a second story facade for the production. Known as El Fureidis, the property sits far back from the road and is unfortunately not visible from the street. Many Miami-based tour guides tell tourists the home is located in Miami, which is incorrect. El Fureidis hosts over 100 species of palm trees and is famous for being the source of the rare species of palm trees found in Disneyland’s Adventureland and Jungle Cruise ride. Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill are among the many famous guests said to have visited the estate.
LOCATION: 631 Parra Grande Ln, Montecito, CA 93108
Thanks to Phil Savenick for contributing a note on El Fureidis.