Straight Time (1978)

The 1978 crime drama “Straight Time,” starring Dustin Hoffman, much like the novel its based upon, “No Beast So Fierce,” by Edward Bunker, is set in the Los Angeles criminal underworld. In the film, Hoffman plays Max Dembo, an ex-con out on probation and adapting to a straight life. Max reconnects with his friend Willy, played by Gary Busey, who lives at this home located near Angelino Heights.

LOCATION: 327 N Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Max meets up with Manny, played by Sandy Baron, at The Bat Rack cocktail bar, which could be found in Santa Monica. Max asks Manny to give him a gun.

LOCATION: 2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Max uses the gun to rob Ahn’s Market.

LOCATION: 2609 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Max robs a pawn shop, where he obtains more weapons to take on bigger scores. This is located just a few doors down from the former “Quality Cafe,” which has been seen in dozens of films, such as “Seven” and “Training Day.”

LOCATION: 1226 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Max teams up with Jerry Schue, played by Harry Dean Stanton, to start doing robberies together. The pair rob a bank at the Wilshire Colonnade. It has been featured in many films, such as “Zodiac,” “Wrath Of Man,” “Stealing Harvard” and “Earthquake,” as well as such TV series as “Californication,” “American Crime Story: Impeachment” and more.

LOCATION: 3701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

After the robbery, the pair swap vehicles at the intersection of W 4th St and S Kenmore Ave.

LOCATION: W 4th St / S Kenmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The climactic jewelry store robbery was filmed at this building in Beverly Hills, while the back alley scenes were filmed at a different location (138 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212).

LOCATION: 9634 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The gas station and diner from the end of the film can be found in Lancaster. It is located almost directly across the street from the church from “Kill Bill.”

LOCATION: 19856 E Ave G, Lancaster, CA 93535

The Graduate (1967)

Mike Nichols’ classic 1967 film, The Graduate, about an aimless 21 year old named Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, continues to resonate with audiences 50 years later; a true testament to the nerve the film struck with audiences. The house of Mrs. Robinson, played by Anne Bancroft, can be found in Beverly Hills.

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LOCATION:  607 North Palm Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

After initially having cold feet, Benjamin pursues an affair with Mrs. Robinson at the former Ambassador Hotel, which has since been demolished. The hotel was a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “True Romance,” “Forrest Gump,” “Seven,” “Bobby,” “True Lies,” “L.A. Story,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Mask” and dozens more. Only this post and statue from the original building remain at the location.

LOCATION: 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (now demolished)

The church seen in the film remains a unique and special location to visit.  You do not have to be a member of the church, or even enter it, in order to admire the location of the film’s famous climax.  A simple walk around the back reveals the entirety of the interior.

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LOCATION: United Methodist Church of La Verne, 3205 D Street, La Verne, CA 91750

From here, you can clearly see where Dustin Hoffman’s character famously pounded on the glass.

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Here is the front of the church. Supposedly located in Santa Barbara, it can actually be found in La Verne. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a fan of the film.

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