The 1997 Oliver Stone film “U Turn” is set in the small town of Superior, Arizona and that’s exactly where production mostly took place as well. In the film, Superior is depicted as a strange, sometimes hostile town. In reality, the town is quite welcoming to tourists, offering a variety of shops and antique stores. “U Turn” is not the only production to film scenes in Superior. “The Prophecy” and “Eight Legged Freaks” have as well.
Early in the film, Bobby, played by Sean Penn, is driving a desert road when his car breaks down. He takes his car to Harlin’s Garage, where he meets Darrell, played by Billy Bob Thorton. These scenes were filmed on E Magma Heights Dr, however the house and garage seen in the film are long gone. In fact, a copper company now owns the land and it is completely inaccessible to the public.
When Bobby first reached the Main St of Superior, he looks over and sees the sheriff’s station, quickly turning the other direction. The building seen in the film is the Superior Kearny Justice Court.
LOCATION: 60 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby encounters blind man, played by Jon Voight, at the train station. Bobby tries to pet the man’s dog, only to be told it’s dead.
LOCATION: 100 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby first sees Grace, played by Jennifer Lopez, walking by the building.
Later in the film, Bobby purchases a bus ticket at the same building.
Grace takes Bobby to her home, where she lives with Jake McKenna, played by Nick Nolte. Jake’s house is known as the Castle On The Rock. The house is located on N Picket Post Rd, Superior, AZ 85173. There are tours of the building on occasion, but most of the time the property and even the road are completely closed to the public.
Jake drops Bobby off back in town at this grocery store, where Bobby immediately finds himself in a robbery.
LOCATION: 50 N Pinal Ave, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby uses a payphone to try to get money at the corner of this building.
LOCATION: 222 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby calls the gangsters he owes money at the corner of this building.
LOCATION: 160 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby visits this diner, where he is approached by Jenny, played by Claire Danes. Misreading the situation, Toby N. Tucker (“T.N.T.”), played by Joaquin Phoenix, has a confrontation with Bobby.
LOCATION: 149 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
This building served as the realty office of Jake McKenna.
LOCATION: 271 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby encounters the old, blind man once again in front of this building. Later in the film, this is also where he fights T.N.T.
LOCATION: 71 Main St, Superior, AZ 85173
Bobby passes Jenny’s house and the two walk past this church talking.
LOCATION: 94 N San Pedro St, Superior, AZ 85173
If you do make it to Superior, Arizona, most of these locations are quite a short distance from one another. Most of them, you can walk on foot from one location to the next.
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