Cast Away (2000)

The 2000 Robert Zemeckis film “Cast Away” shot in Tennessee, Texas, Moscow, Russia and a remote island named Monuriki, which is part of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. The production famously shut down for one year to allow Tom Hanks, who stars as Chuck Noland, to lose weight and grow his hair out for the role. The island’s coordinates, where much of the film takes place, are 17°36’36.0″S, 177°02’03.5″E.

The beginning and the end of the film take place at the same location, a crossroads located near the towns of Mobeetie and Canadian, in Hemphill County, Texas. Depending on the map, you’ll see it listed under either town. The opening shot shows a delivery truck turning right from FM1268 onto a dirt road called Co Rd 5 (the southern, paved portion of the road is FM 48).

LOCATION: FM1268 / Co Rd 5, Mobeetie, TX 79061 (GPS coordinates: 35°38’01.8″N, 100°27’04.7″W)

The film closes at the same intersection, where Chuck pulls over near the stop sign. He speaks here with the owner of the ranch, who offers him directions. In the film, you can actually see the street signs. While the stop sign is still there, the street signs are gone. Chuck then walks to the center of the intersection and faces all four directions of the crossroads, before the film fades into the end credits.

The truck from the beginning, as well as Chuck’s vehicle at the end, both drive up Co Rd 5 (also known as Neece Road) towards a ranch. The path the vehicles take is geographically accurate from the intersection where the film begins and ends. Its about a ten minute drive to reach it. The road is mostly flat and can accommodate most vehicles.

The truck then turns into a ranch, with a sign for “Dick and Bettina” at the entrance gate (the “Dick” part of the sign has been removed by the end of the film). The real ranch is known as Arrington Ranch House Lodge. When Chuck leaves a note to the owner at the end of the film, the letterhead actually says “Arrington Ranch.” The home was built in 1919 by former Texas Ranger George Washington Arrington. Today the ranch is still owned by the same family and operates as a bed and breakfast, offering fans of the film an opportunity to stay at the property.

LOCATION: 9765 Co Rd 5, Canadian, TX 79014 (the address is also listed as 9765 Neece on some maps)

The entrance gate currently at the ranch is not the same one seen in the film, but the owners did use angel wings in the center, as seen in the film.

The barn where the truck picks up the parcel is still there.

Here’s a better look at the main ranch house. Chuck returns the package he kept from the plane wreckage, which washed ashore the deserted island, leaving it at the front door.

Here is a wider view of the property. The ranch itself is private property and there are warning signs not to trespass. You can see everything well from the road, however, or if you want a closer look, you can seek out reservations online to stay at the ranch, via the Arrington Ranch website.

The home of Kelly, played by Helen Hunt, can be found in Memphis, Tennessee (74 Devon Way Memphis, TN 38111).

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Bobby (2006)

The 2006 drama “Bobby,” about the day of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, filmed at the former Ambassador Hotel, where the real assassination took place. The film was notable for being the last production to shoot at the Ambassador, before it was demolished. Demolition had actually already begun at the time of filming, but many parts of the hotel had not yet been destroyed yet. So the production filmed in areas they could at the real hotel, then used multiple other locations to stand in as well.

The Ambassador was a staple of film and television, appearing in such films as “The Graduate,” “Forrest Gump,” “True Romance,” “Seven,” “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas,” “True Lies,” “L.A. Story,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Mask” and dozens more. After closing for good in 1989, the Ambassedor was used primarily for filming throughout the 1990s. The film crews were apparently not always considerate of the property, leaving it in poor condition after wrapping. Eventually the hotel was in such disrepair, despite a long struggle to preserve the property, it was eventually settled upon to be demolished. Only this post and statue from the original building remain at the location.

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

Many more locations were used to composite the hotel, including the MacArthur in Los Angeles, formerly known as the Park Plaza Hotel. No longer a functioning hotel, the MacArthur today serves primarily as a property for hosting filming and special events.  However, it is under renovation with apparent plans to open a portion up once again as a hotel in 2022. The interior stood in for portions of the lobby of the Ambassador. It has been featured in many films, such as “Wild At Heart,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Drive,” “Gangster Squad,” “Tango & Cash” and many more.

LOCATION: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The Castle Green Apartments in Pasadena stood in for the hotels gardens area. Castle Green has likewise been featured in countless films, such as “The Little Rascals,” “True Romance,” “The Sting,” “Wild At Heart,” “Deja Vu,” “Sneakers,” “Bugsy,” “The Last Samurai,” “Puppet Master” and many more.

LOCATION: 99 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105