The 2016 Coen Brothers film “Hail, Caesar!” is set against 1950s Hollywood and the production likewise mostly took place there. The house of Carlotta Valdez, played by Veronica Osorio, can be found in Hollywood, not far from Griffith Park.
LOCATION: 4791 Cromwell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The 1996 Robert Rodriguez film “From Dusk Till Dawn,” written by Quentin Tarantino, is set in Texas and Mexico. Production actually took place at neither, however. Instead, the film was shot primarily in California.
In the opening scene, the Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richie, played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino respectively, visit Benny’s World of Liquor. The same location also appeared in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and still stands today. The building can be found in Lancaster, California.
LOCATION: 46551 140th St E, Lancaster, CA 93535
Here is the area next to the building, where Texas Ranger Earl McGraw, played by Michael Parks, first arrives, much in the same way he does (as the same character) in “Kill Bill.” The church he visits in that film is also located in Lancaster, just minutes away from this location.
Seth and Richie speed off down 140th St E as the opening credits begin.
The Dew Drop Motel where the Gecko Brothers meets Jacob, played by Harvey Keitel, can be found in Mojave. The same motel, actually called the Budget Inn Motel, was featured in the film “Nocturnal Animals.” Other than some slight renovations to the front of the motel, it still looks similar to how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 16698 Sierra Hwy Mojave, CA 93501
The restaurant where Jacob eats with his daughter Kate and son Scott, played by Juliette Lewis and Ernie Liu respectively, has since been demolished. It was formerly located in Victorville, on I-15 Frontage Rd, just off Interstate 15. Here is where the building once stood.
LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 34.557037, -117.287256 (nearest address is around 16801 I-15 Frontage Rd, Victorville, CA 92394)
The Titty Twister bar and strip club is not located in Mexico, as depicted in the film. It was a set built on a dry lake bed in Yermo, just off Interstate 15, near Calico Blvd and Ghost Town Rd. There are, of course, no longer any remnants of the set. However, the mountains in the background allow the ability to coordinate where the sets approximately stood. Facing west on the lake bed, looking towards Ghost Town Rd is where the Titty Twister was located.
LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 34.915563, -116.876034 (near Calico Blvd / Ghost Town Rd, Yermo, CA 92398)
Looking the opposite direction is where the dirt path up to the bar was located. There is of course no Aztec temple to be found there, which was a visual effect.
The whip used by Sex Machine, played by Tom Savini, could be found on display at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington as part of their horror exhibition, “Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film.”
In Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble heist remake, “Ocean’s Eleven,” after being released from jail, Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, meets Rusty, played by Brad Pitt. The two drive to Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, founded over 100 years ago. The two can be seen driving to the parking lot with a camera mounted on the back of the car. The interior pops up twice in the film. First when Danny lays out the plans for a Vegas heist to Rusty, then again when Danny questions if ten men is enough, or if they need one more.
LOCATION: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Later in the film Rusty rescues Basher, played by Don Cheadle. This was filmed at a bank in Downtown Los Angeles, across the street from where the opening scenes of “Speed” were filmed.
LOCATION: 601 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The reverse view is also shown in the scene, looking out onto the intersection of S Grand Ave and W 5th St.
The gang plans a “pinch” to create a temporary blackout on the Las Vegas Strip. The scenes in which they steal the device to create the electromagnetic pulse were filmed at the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility on the UC Irvine campus in California.
LOCATION: 829 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92617
The ending, with the gang all standing in front of the casino fountain, was filmed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
LOCATION: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Most of Alexander Payne’s 2011 film, The Descendants, was shot around the island of Oahu, Hawaii, although some filming did take place on Kauai and the Big Island.
Matt King, played by George Clooney, lives at this house, tucked away in the Nu’uanu neighborhood of Honolulu. The house is not fully visible from the street. You’ll need to walk down a little, unmarked road (connected with Gartley Place) that leads to a few houses, in order to get a clear view. The Descendants house is the first on the left and the one closest to Old Pali Road. Just across the street of Old Pali Road is the Clarence H. Cooke Residence, seen in the film “Triple Frontier.”
LOCATION: 3849 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI, 96817
Located just down the street from the above house is the corner where George Clooney frantically runs in his sandals over to his friends’ house, The Mitchells, after hearing of some distressing news.
LOCATION: The fork in the road of Old Pali Road / Nu’uanu Pali Dr., Honolulu, HI, 96817
The Mitchell’s house. The view, again, is slightly obstructed from the road, due to the many trees and plants on the property.
LOCATION: 155 Dowsett Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817
The goat seen in the film, Poppy, is a real goat that actually lives at the location. It is still alive and well today.
Brian Speer’s house.
LOCATION: 4328 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI, 96816
Late in the film, Matt and Alex go to Brian Speer’s vacation home to confront him. This was filmed on the island of Kaia’i. It really is a vacation property and can be seen from Waioli Beach Park, albeit by looking between the shrubs. It’s worth mentioning that Waioli Beach Park is an excellent beach and well worth going out of your way to visit.
LOCATION: 5032 Weke Rd, Hanalei, HI 96714
The islands of O’ahu and Kaua’i are beautiful, with many amazing sights to see. Most of these film locations are tucked away from the more touristy areas. One upside, due to the islands being so small, is that all of these locations are pretty close to one another and can be visited in a short span of time, as not to distract you too much from the other amazing sights the islands have to offer.