Golden Gate Bridge

The most photographed bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.  The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and hosts an endless amount of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and joggers every day.  It is also, of course, one of the most frequently seen locations, not only in film, but pop culture in general.

Apes caused mayhem and destruction on the bridge in the climax of the 2011 film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”  The opening credits of “Full House” depicts the Tanner family leisurely driving across it.  The 2004 documentary “The Bridge” focuses on the suicide problem that haunts the bridge.  It’s an endless, towering muse for storytellers and photographer alike.  We can’t name them all, but some other films to feature the bridge include “Vertigo,” “The Rock,” “Pacific Rim,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Zodiac,” “Superman: The Movie,” “San Andreas,” “A View To A Kill,” “Dirty Harry,” “Hulk” and many more.

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LOCATION: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

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The Rock (1996)

The majority of Micheal Bay’s 1996 action film “The Rock” was shot on location at Alcatraz Island. You can read our separate article on Alcatraz here, which has many more photos.

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LOCATION: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133

Near the end of the film, Sean Connery’s character is apprehended at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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LOCATION: 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Alcatraz

Sometimes a location itself overshadows any of the films that shot there, as is the case with Alcatraz Island.  Located just over a mile offshore from San Fransisco, the island is most well known for it’s decommissioned federal prison, which operated from 1934 until 1963. During it’s 29 years of activity, the prison was known for housing “the worst of the worst” criminals.  The list included Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the “Birdman of Alcatraz”), “Machine Gun” Kelly, James “Whitey” Bulger and Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, amongst others. The penitentiary famously claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped. Due to the high operational costs, as well as salt water erosion to the buildings, the prison was shut down in 1963. Today, the island is operated by the National Parks Services and public tours are available.

The prison island has been seen in many films, such as “The Rock,” “Murder in the First,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Birdman of Alcatraz” and many more.  Here we’ll take a closer look at the notorious island.

LOCATION: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133

The island view from San Francisco.

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Island view from the opposite side, where visitors dock.

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Utility house and power plant chimney.

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A guard tower.

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The water tower, which still has a message from a Native American occupation of the island, which lasted from 1969 to 1971.

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The lighthouse tower.

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Some of the prison cell blocks.

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One of the typical prison cells.

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A solitary confinement cell.

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A cell where the most famous escape attempt was made, by widening a vent at the bottom of the cell.

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The prison yard.

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The gun gallery, where guards watched down over the prisoners. During one daring escape attempt, prisoners climbed up into this area and attacked the guards.

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A view of San Francisco from Alcatraz.

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