Minority Report (2002)

Filming for the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi film “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, took place mostly around Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Virginia.  In one action scene, a chase on rocket-packs occurs in front of this building.  This is actually part of the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California.  The same building was seen in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy, “The Mask.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020. Included on display were some vehicles from the film.

As a manhunt ensues for John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, as he is chased by Agent Danny Witwer, played by Colin Farrell.  As the chase enters a car factory, Witwer watches as this “2054” Lexus Coupe is assembled around Anderton, who immediately drives it off and escapes.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

As Anderton drives this “2054” Lexus Maglev Pod, a computer controlled iris recognition system spots him and stops the vehicle.  As police pursue, Anderton escapes out the window.

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As Anderton tries to evade police in a mall, an advertisement plays for this “2054” Lexus Roadster.

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Here is a closer look at the interior of the car.

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Identity (2003)

The motel from the 2003 thriller “Identity,” starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet and John Hawkes, was filmed at the Four Aces Movie Ranch in Palmdale, California.  The set has been seen in countless films, such as “House Of 1000 Corpses,” “Faster,” “Palm Springs”and “Slipstream.”  It has also appeared in such TV shows as “Twin Peaks” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” as well as numerous commercials and music videos.

Please keep in mind the property is private and there are “no trespassing” signs posted.  However, it is easily visible from the road.  The set is a popular filming location, so you may encounter a shoot in progress when you visit.  If it’s a particularly secretive set, sometimes the roads next to it are closed off to the public.

LOCATION: Four Aces Movie Ranch, 14499 E Ave Q, Palmdale, CA 93591

Gremlins (1984)

The 1984 film “Gremlins” was shot mostly at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California.  In the opening of the film, set in Chinatown, Mr. Peltzer emerges from this alley.  This was filmed on the Warner Bros. Studios Lot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Here is the Mogwai shop, also located on the Warner Backlot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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The Peltzer house can be found over at the Warner Bros. Ranch.  The ranch is located separate from the main Warner Bros. Studio lot and is unfortunately not open to public tours.

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Kate, played by Phoebe Cates, lives at this house, located back at the main Warner lot.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Billy, played by Zach Galligan, goes to this YMCA pool, which is back on the Warner Bros. Ranch.  The pool also famously appeared in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

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LOCATION: 411 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

The church in the film is located back over on the main lot of Warner Bros. Studios.  The same church has been seen in countless films, such as “The Lost Boys.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

The house of Mrs. Deagle can also be found on the main Warner lot.  The house was also seen in the TV series “Growing Pains,” as well as the 80s film “The Monster Squad.”

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

M*A*S*H*

Malibu Creek State Park today is primarily used for hikers and horse riders, but you’ll find quite a bit of movie and TV history there, as the area was once home to the Fox Ranch, formerly owned by 20th Century Fox.

For decades the land was used as an exterior backlot, hosting many productions, including the original “Planet of the Apes,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and several “Tarzan” films.  One of the most famous locations was the area that stood in as South Korea for exterior scenes for the TV series “M*A*S*H*,” based on the 1970 Robert Altman film.

The area has long since closed as a backlot and is now owned and operated as state property.  The state has made an admirable effort to maintain the old “M*A*S*H*” filming site.  From the main parking lot on Crags Road, the set can be found by hiking about 2.4 miles (4.75 round trip).  It takes a couple hours, but the trail is mostly flat, so it’s not a physically demanding journey and should be suitable for most visitors.

Unfortunately in late 2018, same fire that destroyed much of the Paramount Ranch also tore through Malibu Creek State Park, damaging parts of the “M*A*S*H*” set.  However, unlike Paramount Ranch, the remnants around the M*A*S*H* set actually survived the fire and remain in tact for the most part, albeit with some heat damage.  It’s actually not the first wildfire to come through the area.  During the filming of the show’s famous final episode in the 1980s, wildfires were approaching, which were written into the show.  Some of the original vehicles from the show were severely burned in those fires.  In spite of that, they remain on display to this day.  So the M*A*S*H* set will, in all likelihood, live on for future visitors, as the area slowly recovers.

We had the fortunate opportunity to visit the old set grounds long before the 2018 fires.  Here we’ll take a look at a bit of what could be seen there.

LOCATION: Malibu Creek State Park, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (currently fire damaged)

The first thing approaching hikers would see is this jeep, which was added as a prop and was not original to the the show.

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This vehicle, on the other hand, was original to the show.  You can see it suffered heavy damages from the 1980s wildfire.

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Here is another burned car frame at the site, also original to the show.

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This sign was a recreation.  It suffered heat damage in the 2018 fire, but will hopefully be repaired or replaced in the future.

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A lot of the surrounding rock formations and geography will also be familiar to fans of the show.  While Malibu Creek State Park slowly finds sings of life again, the “M*A*S*H*” site too will hopefully be restored to it’s former glory.

War Of The Worlds (2005)

One of the most interesting things to see on the Universal Studios Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood is the plane crash set from the 2005 Steven Spielberg film “War Of The Worlds.”  It is a very intricate set, with lots of full-scale, realistic wreckage.  Cars, ambulances and even an actual, out of use, Boeing 747 were all used for film.  Universal made it an interactive exhibition, with fires and smoke as you pass through.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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One tip for those perhaps not interested in paying the full price for admission into Universal Studios Hollywood, this set can actually be seen free of charge from a hilltop behind the studio.  Just head up to the 3400 block of Blair Dr in Los Angeles for a view of the crash set.  It’s obviously not as good as viewing it up close from ground level, but if you’ve got some time to spare, it’s still an interesting sight.

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LOCATION: 3400 block of Blair Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Jeopardy!

The long-running game show “Jeopardy!” is filmed on the Sony Pictures studio lot.  Often the set can be visited as part of their studio tour.

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LOCATION: 10202 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Some of the contestant podiums, which were previously used on the actual show.

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A view behind the contestant podiums.

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A view behind one of host Alex Trebek’s former podiums.

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