The War Of The Roses (1989)

The house from the 1989 Danny DeVito film, “The War Of The Roses,” starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, long remained subject to debate. The interiors for the film were shot at Fox Studio Lot (10201 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064), where a large set was constructed for interior filming. The exterior of the home is located at Fremont Place in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. Despite being a popular neighborhood for filming, Fremont Place is unfortunately one of the few gated communities in Los Angeles, making it inaccessible to the general public. Other films showcasing locations inside Fremont Place include “Taken,” “Rocky III,” “Zodiac,” “Gone Girl” and more. It is also a popular location for TV shows, such as “Monk,” “Prison Break, “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and many more.

While some of the features of the home match what appears on screen, other elements do not. For example, the real home only has a one story portico, while in the film, it is two stories high. Furthermore, in the film, the home has an addition built onto the left side. It long remained unclear if the filmmakers had built set additions onto the real home to enhance the production, or if the home itself was later remodeled. Due to these discrepancies, there remained debate as to the authenticity of the filming location.

In the audio commentary for the film, director Danny DeVito finally put that debate to rest, confirming the exteriors were indeed filmed on location at Fremont Place, with facade portions added to give the home a “more federal look.” The scene of the car getting destroyed was a combination of shots at Fremont Place and inserts filmed at the studio. DeVito tells a story about wanting to use a different home, located outside of Los Angeles, but the studio declined, citing budgetary concerns. Shooting at Fremont Place proved difficult, due to a community restriction at the time of no filming after 11:30 PM. This left the production with only a couple hours per night to film night scenes. Filming was further complicated by a difficult neighbor, who parked on the street and threw parties, disrupting the production. The challenges of shooting at the location ultimately put the production seven days behind schedule, which DeVito points out became more expensive than simply opting for his original location outside of the city, which had relaxed night filming policies. Here is the home as it appears now, confirmed once and for all as the location used for exterior scenes in the film.

LOCATION: 119 Fremont Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90005

50 First Dates (2004)

The 2004 comedy “50 First Dates” was filmed primarily in Oahu, Hawaii, with some additional scenes filmed in Southern California.

The Hukilau Cafe, where Henry, played by Adam Sandler, first meets Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, was a set built for the film.  Contrary to some information online, it definitely no longer exists.  It was filmed near the Moli’i Fishpond, which is adjacent to Kualoa Ranch.  The ranch in fact owns this land and it has been featured in many films, including “Jurassic World,” “Triple Frontier,” “Snatched,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “You, Me and Dupree” and the TV show “Lost.”  There are some buildings there, but they were not used as the restaurant set, which was torn down after filming.

There are a couple ways to see this area.  The local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch, offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee.  However, the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by Kualoa Ranch itself stops at this area and covers it in detail, which is our recommended way to see it.  Here is a view of the general area where the cafe set was built.

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LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734

Here is a small sign nearby marking it as the filming location.

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It is a challenge to find the house of Lucy and even more of a challenge to photograph it.  There is a lot of conflicting information about its location and GPS does not offer a definitive address.  So the easiest way to pinpoint the general area is to find the Waikane Store on Kamehameha Hwy, located at 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  There is an unnamed road sitting right beside the store.  That is the road that leads to Lucy’s house.  You can in fact walk down this road, as we did, but the houses do not appear to have any registered addresses.  From where the road dead ends, you still can’t see the house very well, as you’re facing behind it and from a distance.  You would need to actually continue onto the property, which is private, in order to obtain a good view.

The best alternative we could find by land was traveling a bit down Kamehameha Hwy over to Waiahole Beach Park at 48-199 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  Despite the name, the area is quite grassy, with little sand.  There is a small section around the trees that extends out from the shoreline a bit, offering the best view of the house.  It’s still not ideal, but it is the closest point on public land to obtain a view of the actual house.  If you have a long-focus lens, you can probably obtain a better view.  It should also be noted there is no parking on Kamehameha Hwy at Waiahole Beach Park.  There are some nearby side streets, however, where you can park and walk over.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 21°29’34.1″N 157°50’50.6″W (nearest registered address is 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744)

Here is a wider view of the area.  The pier, known as Waikane Pier, is also seen in the film, though only remnants of it exist now.  The TV show “Lost” also featured the pier.

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Further out in the water, you can see a small island known as Mokolii, or sometimes referred to as Chinaman’s Hat, which can also be seen in the film.  It is a popular photo spot for tourists.

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The road where Henry keeps finding creative ways to stop Lucy can be found on Kualoa Ranch.  Countless other films have shot in this area, ranging from “Jurassic Park” to “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” to “Windtalkers.”  If we have one complaint about the Kualoa Ranch tours (which are otherwise great), even on their Premier Movie Site Tour, they drive through this area rather quickly and do not stop.  This makes getting decent photographs a challenge.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Later in the film, Lucy is admitted to the Callahan Institute for Brain Injuries.  This was filmed at the Cabrillo Beach Bath House in San Pedro, California.  The same location was famously featured in the film “Face/Off.”

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LOCATION: 3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Beach Bath House interiors were also used in the film.  The staff is very friendly there and welcoming to the public, so don’t hesitate to visit.

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