Strange Days (1995)

The 1995 Kathryn Bigelow film “Strange Days” is set in the last two days of 1999 in Los Angeles, California. Lenny, played by Ralph Fiennes, uses an illegal electronic device known as a SQUID that records memories onto a disc. On one of these discs, Lenny plays back memories of his ex-girlfriend Faith, played by Juliette Lewis, skating at Venice Beach.

LOCATION: Near Market St / Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

The area has changed a bit, but the Sidewalk Cafe is visible in the background, which is still there. The same cafe was seen in the film “Southland Tales.”

Lenny and Mace, played by Angela Bassett, pick up Mr. Fumitsu at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. The hotel has been featured in numerous other films, such as “Get Shorty,” “The Player,” “Wayne’s World 2,” the 2003 remake of “The Italian Job” and many more.

LOCATION: 8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The murder scene involving the killer climbing from one room to another from the balconies was filmed at the Andaz West Hollywood (8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069), which was given the fictional name Sunset Regent. The hotel has also been featured in such films as “Almost Famous” and “This Is Spinal Tap” and has quite a history with rock stars committing various acts of debauchery.

Jeriko One, played by Glenn Plummer, gets pulled over by police under the 6th St Bridge below E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, which has since been demolished.

The climax of the film was shot at the Westin Bonaventure, which is one of the most frequently filmed locations in all of Los Angeles. Countless other movies have filmed there, such as “True Lies,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Interstellar,” “Rain Man,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Forget Paris,” “Nick of Time,” “Hard to Kill,” ‘Playing God” and many more.

LOCATION: 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles is seen as the streets are filled with thousands of people celebrating the end of 1999.

LOCATION: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The police shootout at the end was filmed on S Broadway in Downtown L.A., with the Palace Theatre visible in the background.

LOCATION: 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Point Break (1991)

The 1991 action film “Point Break,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow, was filmed mostly around Southern California, with a few late scenes filmed in Oregon and Hawaii.

Early in the film, the FBI agent Pappas, played by Gary Busey encourages his new partner Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reeves, to learn to surf.  Believing the bank robbers they are pursuing to be surfers, they discuss the need to infiltrate the tight-knit surfer community in order to gain leads as to the thieves’ identities.  These scenes were filmed at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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LOCATION: 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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While surfing, Johnny meets Tyler, played by Lori Petty and the two strike up a romance.  Johnny visits her at her work, which was filmed at Neptune’s Net in Malibu.  A famous biker and surfer restaurant, the same place was also seen in “The Fast And The Furious.”

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LOCATION: 42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Utah begins frequenting a variety of beaches, in hopes of identifying the robbers, who call themselves the Ex-Presidents.  One of the beaches he checks out is Dockweiler Beach in Playa Del Rey.  Utah can be seen near the El Segundo Power Plant, just past W Grand Ave.

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LOCATION: 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Johnny is washing off after surfing, when another crew approaches and attacks him.  Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze, intervenes as the two fight off the rival crew.  These scenes were filmed at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu.

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LOCATION: 35000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Later in the film, Utah is ordering sandwiches when the Ex-Presidents pull up right behind him and proceed to rob a a bank.  This was filmed in Culver City, with the Culver Hotel seen in the distance (where the opening of “Last Action Hero” was filmed).

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LOCATION: Main St, Culver City, CA 90232 (facing toward Culver Blvd)

The building where the bank was located has been remodeled and is now separated into several business spaces.

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LOCATION: 3849 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

After the robbery, Utah and Pappas pursue the Ex-Presidents in a car chase.  The chase continues into the Westfield Shopping Plaza in Culver City, as the cars enter from Slauson Ave towards what is now a Macy’s department store.

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LOCATION: 6200 Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

They hook a left in the parking lot and drive past what is now a Trader Joe’s.

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LOCATION: 6150 Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

The cars race up and down the aisles of the parking lot, which is located beneath the Marina Fwy (CA-90).

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LOCATION: 6000 S Hannum Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

The cars then drive down Westfield Dr and head towards S Hannum Ave, where Pappas crashes into a security gate, stalling out the car.  Utah exits the car and continues on foot.

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LOCATION: Westfield Dr / S Hannum Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

The thieves blow out a tire as they turn right onto S Hannum Ave.

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While made to look only a short distance away, the Ex-Presidents pull off into a gas station, which was actually located in Redondo Beach.  Bodhi torches the car by lighting a gas pump and using it as a flame thrower.  Now on foot, Utah catches up and tackles him.   The gas station is no longer there, replaced by a surf shop on N Catalina Ave.  This can be slightly confusing, as the same surf shop uses a multiple buildings along the block, including across the street on N Broadway.  The correct location of the former gas station is at the intersection of Beryl St and N Catalina Ave.

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LOCATION: 600 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Most of the buildings seen in the background of the gas station, such as the Crowne Plaza, are still there and match up with the film.

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LOCATION: Beryl St / N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Bodhi runs from Utah and the foot chase begins as the two race across N Broadway, located behind the former gas station.  This triangular rooftop building can be seen in the background, which is another property of the surf shop.  The other side of the street, where the two begin running down the narrow, residential corridors, has been remodeled.

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LOCATION: N Broadway / N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The ending of the foot chase, with a conflicted Utah reluctantly passing on the opportunity to shoot at Bodhi, was filmed over at Ballona Creek, a concrete water channel and bike path, which runs through Culver City.

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