Election (1999)

The 1999 film “Election,” like many of director Alexander Payne’s films, was shot around Omaha, Nebraska. The school scenes at “George Washington Carver High,” where much of the film takes place, were shot at Papillion-La Vista Senior High School in Papillion.

LOCATION: 402 E Centennial Rd, Papillion, NE 68046

Dave and Linda Novotny, played by Mark Harelik and Delaney Driscoll, lives at this home. After Dave begins an affair with Tracy Flick, played by Reese Witherspoon, Linda kicks him out of the house.

LOCATION: 683 Parkwood Ln, Omaha, NE 68132

Tracy Flick first begins her affair with her teacher, Dave Novotny, at Godfather’s Pizza in La Vista, after they’re the last two remaining from a dinner with yearbook editors.

LOCATION: 7920 S 84th St, La Vista, NE 68128

The house of Paul Metzler, played by Chris Klein, can be found at 1562 S 187th Cir, Omaha, NE 68130. Paul’s girlfriend Lisa, played by Frankie Ingrassia, lives at 1007 N 64th St, Omaha, NE 68132.

Jim McAllister, played by Matthew Broderick, lives in this home.

LOCATION: 5011 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132

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Nebraska (2013)

The 2013 Alexander Payne film “Nebraska” does feature many scenes set in the titular state, but the film also shot significant portions in Montana as well. Additional scenes filmed in Wyoming and South Dakota. If you’ve never seen the film, this article contains some spoilers. In the film, Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant, an aging man who believes he’s won a million dollar sweepstakes prize. After repeated attempts to walk to Nebraska to collect his perceived winnings, Woody’s son David, played by Will Forte, decides to drive him to Nebraska.

While on the road, David suggests they stop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Woody, unimpressed, looks at it from the parking lot and suggests they get back on the road. The monument has appeared in many films, sometimes as the real location, other times as a set recreation. The most famous example is of course Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest,” which did not actually film the monument itself, but did film scenes at the parking lot and concession areas on location. Other films with scenes set at Mount Rushmore, real or recreated, include “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Superman II,” “Mars Attacks!,” the 2011 version of “The Muppets,” “North,” “The NeverEnding Story III,” “Head of State,” “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” and many more.

LOCATION: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751

While David and nearly everyone else in the film is aware Woody’s prize is a mail scam to get people to purchase magazine subscriptions, David nevertheless takes him to the marketing headquarters. The building is said to be located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is where the scenes were indeed shot.

LOCATION: 3400 Madison Ave, Lincoln, NE 68504

Near the end of the film, David buys Woody a new truck from a car dealership, also located in Lincoln.

LOCATION: 2034 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510 (as seen from N 21st St)

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Downsizing (2017)

Portions of the 2017 Alexander Payne film “Downsizing,” like much of his work, filmed in the director’s home state of Nebraska, with additional filming in Canada and Norway. Early in the film, Paul and Audrey Safranek, played by Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, live at this duplex, located in Omaha. In one scene, they are seen selling their belongings in a yard sale out front, as they prepare to downsize.

LOCATION: 4629 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68132

The back of the property and garage also appear in the film. An alley runs behind Douglas Street to this area.

Paul sits with his buddies watching a news program debating the benefits of downsizing at this restaurant.

LOCATION: 4432 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105

The Safraneks look at this home in Elkhorn as they evaluate the local housing market. The interior was filmed at a different house in the same neighborhood.

LOCATION: 18676 Oregon Cir, Elkhorn, NE 68022

Paul and Audrey attend an alumni gathering at this school, where they run into an old friend Dave, played by Jason Sudeikis. Dave has been downsized and tells Paul all about the benefits of his life after the procedure. The entrance seen in the film is at the back and has been slightly remodeled since filming took place.

LOCATION: 7400 Western Ave, Omaha, NE 68114 (back entrance at 41°16’19.5″N, 96°01’39.8″W)

Paul and Audrey have a going away gathering at Jams Old Market (1101 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68102).

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