Casino (1995)

Much of the 1995 Martin Scorsese film “Casino” was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, as you might imagine.  The house where Ace, played by Robert De Niro, lives can be found in the Paradise Palms neighborhood.  A real casino owner did at one time live in the home and once was even targeted for attack by a car bomb.  However, it is not the same man De Niro’s character is based on in the film.  Former rap mogul Suge Knight is also said to have owned the house at one time.

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LOCATION: 3515 Cochise Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

In Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble heist remake, “Ocean’s Eleven,” Rusty, played by Brad Pitt, 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.

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LOCATION: 601 W 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The reverse view is also shown in the scene, looking out onto the intersection of S Grand Ave and W 5th St.

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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.

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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.

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LOCATION: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hard Eight (1996)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s underappreciated 1996 debut film, “Hard Eight” (a.k.a. “Sydney”) filmed primarily in Reno, Nevada.

The restaurant seen at the beginning and end of the film, where Sydney, played by Philip Baker Hall, meets John, played John C. Reilly, who is sitting outside the doorway, was filmed at Jack’s Cafe in Sparks, Nevada, located just outside of Reno.

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LOCATION: 2200 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431

The entrance where John C. Reilly is sitting is not the main entrance to the restaurant.  In fact, it’s a side door with an emergency exit sign.  There were several homeless people around this area.

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Things take a turn for the worse when John and Clementine, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, find themselves involved in a hostage situation at a motel.  The motel is the Ace Motor Lodge in Reno.  The motel has changed quite a bit from how it appeared in the film and is now more dilapidated.

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LOCATION: 222 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501

John can be seen exiting through the front entrance.  The surrounding area has also changed quite a bit from what was seen in the film, as the casinos are no longer beside the motel.

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Near the end of the film, Sydney awaits Jimmy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, at his house.

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LOCATION: 756 W 6th St, Reno, NV 89503

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Kingpin (1996)

The 1996, Farrelly Brothers comedy “Kingpin” is criminally underrated, featuring a classic performance by the great Bill Murray, with Woody Harrelson showing suprising comedic chops as well.  The film was shot mostly around Pennsylvania, but like many Farrelly Bothers films, it becomes something of a road trip movie, reaching Reno, Nevada by the film’s climax.

Early in the film, “Big Ern” McCracken, played by Bill Murray and Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, hustle some local bowlers.  As they exit the bowling alley, they are confronted by the guys they duped.  Big Ern lets Roy take the fall, as he speeds off and abandons him at the Beaver Valley Bowl in Rochester, Pennsylvania, with Roy losing his hand in the process.  This same location was used in the Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys,” where he has his own confrontation with “Vernon Hardapple.”

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LOCATION: 25 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074

For the film’s climax, Roy and Big Ern square off at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.  The lanes are not open to public use, but there is a bowling museum inside that is open to the public, for those interested.

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LOCATION: 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

Bonnie And Clyde

Primm, Nevada might not be the first place you’d think of to find the death car of the infamous American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, yet a casino right along the California / Nevada border is where you’ll find it.

The car was originally stolen by Bonnie and Clyde and used in a series of crimes.  After being lured into an ambush in rural Louisiana, police littered the car with bullets, killing the couple and sending the car into infamy.  The car began a long, strange life after that, circulating around state fairs, carnivals and amusement parks for decades.  For a time, it made it’s way into museums in Massachusetts and Nevada, before later making it’s way into a couple different casinos in Nevada.

Many replicas of the car also exist around the country, as well as the car from the 1967 film, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.  This caused a fair amount of confusion as to the location and authenticity of the car for a time.  The real car can now be found at Whisky Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada, placed right on the casino floor.

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LOCATION: 100 W Primm Blvd, Primm, NV 89019

The entire car is littered with bullet holes, particularly the driver’s side door where Clyde drove.

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Even the back of the car has bullet holes in it.

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Accompanying the car is a display with news articles about the killing, death certificates and a certificate of authenticity for the car.

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Clyde’s shredded shirt he wore at the time of his death is also on display.  This too is the authentic shirt.

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While there is something strange about the car being on display on a casino floor, it is nevertheless an interesting exhibit if you find yourself near the Nevada border.  Located right next to the Bonnie and Clyde car is another vehicle, once belonging to mobster Dutch Schultz.

Pawn Stars

Just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, also known as the “Pawn Stars” shop from the hit TV series.  The shop is open 24 hours, with security always posted at the front entrance.  Depending on the level of business at a given time, the staff will sometimes form a line outside for visitors to enter if it becomes too crowded inside.

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LOCATION: 713 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Video inside the store is strictly forbidden.  However, photography is permitted.  Here is the famous sales counter from the show.

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The Wizard (1989)

In the 1989 Nintendo classic, “The Wizard,” Corey, played by Fred Savage, along with his brother Jimmy, played by Luke Edwards, make their way to Reno, which is home to Haley, played by Jenny Lewis.  The famous Reno Arch is featured prominently during this scene.

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LOCATION: 155 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

Near the end of the film, Jimmy makes his way to the Cabazon Dinosaurs to relive some family memories.  The dinosaurs are a roadside attraction in Cabazon, California and can be seen from the 10 freeway.  Originally built by a sculptor and theme park artist as a way to attract customers to his nearby restaurant, the dinosaurs now operate as a small museum and gift shop.  The dinosaurs were also seen in the 1984 film “Paris, Texas” and the 1985 film “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

LOCATION: 50700 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230

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