Top 9 Movies Filmed in Santa Barbara, California by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Santa Barbara: Discover the Magic of Movie Filming Locations!

Lights, camera, action! Are you ready to embark on a thrilling adventure through the reel world? Hold onto your popcorn, dear reader, because we’re about to reveal the enchanting movie filming locations right here in Santa Barbara, California.

Get ready to stroll through the scenes of cinematic history, dance with your favorite actors (not literally, of course), and release your inner director as you explore the mesmerizing backdrop of the silver screen. So grab your camera and let’s dive into the fascinating world of movies filmed in Santa Barbara!

Key Takeaways:

  • Santa Barbara is not only a picturesque destination but also a hot spot for countless Hollywood productions. Explore the iconic filming locations and transport yourself into the movies you love.
  • By visiting these locations, you can experience the thrill of standing where Hollywood legends once stood and immerse yourself in the stories that captured your imagination.
  • Discover hidden gems and secret spots in Santa Barbara that you may not have known existed, all thanks to the magic of movies.

Now, you might be wondering, “Why should I visit movie filming locations?” Well, my cinephile friend, picture this: You stroll through the cobblestone streets of Santa Barbara, feeling a tingle of excitement as you recognize that infamous alleyway from your favorite romantic comedy.

The world unfolds before your eyes, blurring the line between fiction and reality. It’s like being the star of your very own movie—minus the paparazzi, of course.

Imagine standing where Academy Award winners accepted their golden statues, or maybe even reenacting your favorite scene (cue the dramatic monologue or impromptu dance number).

You’ll have a newfound appreciation for the magic of filmmaking as you witness firsthand the locations that breathe life into unforgettable stories. Who knows, maybe you’ll even stumble upon a set and witness the making of a future blockbuster!

But visiting movie filming locations isn’t just about chasing your favorite on-screen characters—the fun doesn’t stop there. These spots often become iconic landmarks in their own right, attracting visitors from all walks of life.

They offer a glimpse into the creative process and the meticulous attention to detail that goes into making movies. Plus, let’s not forget the countless Instagram-worthy moments you’ll capture along the way. #LivingMyBestMovieLife

So, dear reader, grab your trusty map (or Google Maps if you’re living in the 21st century) and embark on a cinematic adventure through Santa Barbara’s finest filming locations. Immerse yourself in the reel magic that has cast its spell on audiences worldwide. Don’t just watch your favorite movies—live them!

Now, are you ready to step into the silver screen? Lights, camera, action: explore the movies filmed in Santa Barbara and let the adventure begin!

It’s Complicated – US Box Office: USD 112.74 million

Director: Nancy Meyers

Main Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandra Wentworth, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Emjay Anthony, Nora Dunn, Bruce Altman, Robert Curtis Brown, James Patrick Stuart, Peter Mackenzie, Pat Finn

Release Date: 25 December 2009

Filming Locations: 714 West Potrero Road, Hidden Valley, Westlake Village, California, USA; Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; De La Guerra Plaza, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Santa Barbara Court House, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Main Plot: It’s Complicated is a movie about how a divorced couple finds themselves oddly attracted to each other after meeting for a long time. When brought together by a family event, Jake and Jane met again at their son’s graduation party. They have been divorced for ten years, but seeing each other again after a long time, the feelings reignite. At the said reunion, Jake’s new wife was with him. He’s remarried to a younger wife, and he walks toward them. Jane seemed shocked upon seeing Alec, his ex-husband’s new wife. She then left the group upon the present’s wife’s arrival. After that incident, the ex-couple seemingly finds each other attractive after how many years of being divorced. They engage themselves in this secret relationship while still having another romance.

Famous quotes:

Jane: Do you poke smot?

Jane: I like a lot of semen, always have.

Jane: Fancy a toke?

Harley: Oh, no thanks, I don’t smoke weed.

Jane: Me neither.

[takes a drag]

Jake: Is it really necessary for you to always say no before you say yes?

Jane: Don’t you ever eat at your house?

Jake: Pedro dictates most meals and he has a very… limited palate.

Fun Fact about It’s Complicated

  • Meryl Streep had asked her alma mater, Vassar College if they could film the college graduation scenes on their campus. They refused even though Streep serves on their Board of Trustees and two of her children attend there

The Muppets – US Box Office: USD 88.63 million

Director: James Bobin

Main Cast: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Alan Arkin, Bill Cobbs, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jim Parsons, Eddie Pepitone, Kristen Schaal

Release Date: 23 November 2011

Filming Locations: Bonanza Casino – 4720 N Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, USA; El Capitan Theatre – 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Midwest Street, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios – 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA; Lincoln, California, USA; Pink Palace – 363 Copa De Oro Road, East Gate Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: The Muppets is a comedy adventure movie including muppets. The adventure begins when Walter, a muppet whose ambition is to visit Muppet Theater in Hollywood. And when he finally makes it, he finds out that the theater has lost its old vibe. And not just that. He discovers the plan of Tex Richman, an oil magnate, to buy the theater and drill for oil. Walter then thinks of a way how to save the theater. With the help of his brother Gary and his girlfriend Mary, they travel far and wide to reunite the disbanded Muppets and have their own life. Kermit the Frog now lives in his own mansion, depressed in Hollywood; The Great Gonzo is now a high-class plumber at Gonzo’s Royal Flush; Fozzy Bear performs with a tribute band called The Moopets; Miss Piggy is the plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is ay celebrity anger management rehab center in Santa Barbara. Together again, the Muppets must try to keep the theater and must put in a show after how many years. 

Famous quotes:

Kermit the Frog: What? You kidnapped Jack Black? That’s illegal!

Fozzie Bear: But Kermit, what’s more illegal: briefly inconveniencing Jack Black, or destroying the Muppets?

Kermit the Frog: Kidnapping Jack Black, Fozzie!

[Waldorf finishes explaining the contract]

Statler: If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were reciting some sort of important plot point.

Waldorf: I hope so. Otherwise I would’ve bored half the audience half to death.

Statler: You mean half the audience is still alive?

Miss Piggy’s Receptionist: She has an opening in early September.

Walter: Early September? But that’s in six months!

Fozzie Bear: That’s nothing. I once waited a whole year for September.

Statler: I always dreamed we’d be back here.

Waldorf: Dreams? Those were nightmares!

Jack Black: I’m being held captive by these weirdos!

Statler: Now you know how we’ve felt for the last forty years.

Sequel: The Muppets Takes Manhattan, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppets from Space, The Muppet Movie, Muppet Treasure Island, The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz

Fun Fact about The Muppets

  • The first of The Muppets’ productions to win an Oscar. Bret McKenzie won Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet.”

No Strings Attached (I) – US Box Office: USD 70.66 million

Director: Ivan Reitman

Main Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Ludacris, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Talia Balsam, Ophelia Lovibond, Guy Branum, Ben Lawson, Jennifer Irwin, Adhir Kalyan, Brian H. Dierker, Abby Elliott

Release Date:  21 January 2011

Filming Locations: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara – 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Beverly Hills, California, USA; 2218 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA; Toast – 8221 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California, USA; House of Pies – 1869 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: No Strings Attached is a movie about a guy and a girl who only want physical contact but later learn that they want something more. Adam and Emma were schoolmates, met once at summer camp but never committed. After several years, they met again. Adam is now a writer and an assistant on a TV show. At the same time, Emma is now a medical resident in LA. Adam discovers that his father, Alvin, an actor, is having a relationship with his ex-girlfriend. He got drunk and called every woman on his list. The next day, he finds himself at Emma’s house. Adam seemingly finds comfort in her, and they also have sex. They then decided to make a deal. The relationship stays like that. No commitment involves because that’s also what Emma wants. But after continuing their agreement, Adam wanted to take things more seriously. With the help of his friends, they make sure to get things straight to Emma. 

Famous quotes:

Adam: I’m warning you, if you take one step closer, I’m never letting you go.

Adam: Hey, you can’t call me and tell me that you miss me. I don’t want to have that conversation on the phone. So you can’t text me and you can’t e-mail me and you can’t write on my wall. Like, if you really miss me, you need to grow up and get in your car and come and see me.

Alvin: We don’t get to pick who we fall in love with, and it doesn’t happen like it should.

Emma: I made you a Valentine’s Day card.

Adam: What?


Adam: It’s perfect. Will you read it for me?

Emma: [reads card] You give me premature ventricular contractions.

Adam: I’m assuming that’s a good thing.

Emma: You make my heart skip a beat.

Adam: Aww.

Emma: Don’t make fun of me!

Emma: [wakes up] Adam!

Adam: What?

Emma: We fell asleep and we were spooning.

Adam: We were?

Emma: Yeah. And we were spooning with our clothes on which is like 10 times worse.

Sequel: No Strings Attached 2

Fun Fact about No Strings Attached (I)

  • The original title for the script was ‘Fuck Buddies,’ but this wouldn’t make it past the MPAA. It was changed to Friends with Benefits (2011), but then that title was changed because there was another movie with the same title starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. By the time pre-screening invitations were made, it had still not been decided whether the title would be No Strings Attached (2011) or Hooking Up.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World – US Box Office: USD 46.30 million

Director: Stanley Kramer

Main Cast: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Jim Backus, Ben Blue, Joe E. Brown, Alan Carney, Chick Chandler

Release Date: 7 November 1963

Filming Locations: Portuguese Point, 5500 Palos Verdes Dr. S., Palos Verdes, California, USA; John Wayne Airport – 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, California, USA; State Highway 74, Palm Desert, California, USA; Twentynine Palms, California, USA; California Incline, Santa Monica, California, USA

Main Plot: A Mad Mad World is a movie about how far people will go just for money. After a long prison sentence, Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid his $350 000 from his job of 15 years. Suddenly he loses control and falls into the cliff. Four other vehicles witnessed the accident and offered him some help. The dying Grogan then tells about his hidden money that he hides below a giant “W” in Santa Rosita, 200 miles away. The four drivers and their passengers can’t decide how to share their future fortune, so the wild race begins. They did everything to find the money. Not knowing that they are being monitored and that they are the one who knows about the money. 

Famous quotes:

J. Algernon Hawthorne: I must say, if I had the grievous misfortune to be a citizen of this benighted country, I should be the most hesitant at offering any criticism whatever of any other.

J. Russell Finch: Wait a minute, are you knocking this country? Are you saying something against America?

J. Algernon Hawthorne: Against it? I should be positively astounded to hear of anything that could be said FOR it. Why, the whole bloody place is the most unspeakable matriarchy in the whole history of civilization! Look at yourself, and the way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated. They’re like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis, while their women sit under hairdryers, eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother’s Day! And this positively infantile preoccupation with bosoms. In all my time in this wretched, godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all is this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don’t you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything. I’ll wager you anything you like: if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight.

Mrs. Marcus: [holding cactus plant] Well, uh, where shall I put this?

J. Russell Finch: [double take] Oh, boy.

Lennie Pike: Then what happens next? I’ll tell you what happens: Then they all decide that I’m supposed to get a smaller share! That I’m somebody extra special stupid, or something! That they don’t even care if it’s a democracy! And in a democracy, it don’t matter how stupid you are, you still get an equal share!

Benjy Benjamin: Look! We’ve figured it seventeen different ways, and every time we figured it, it was no good, because no matter how we figured it, somebody don’t like the way we figured it! So now, there’s only one way to figure it. And that is, every man, including the old bag, for himself!

Ding Bell: So good luck, and may the best man win!

Benjy Benjamin: [to Mrs. Marcus] Right! Except you,lady. May you just drop dead!

Lennie Pike: All right, all right, we all agree on that. Now look, let’s be sensible about this thing. There’s money in this for all of us. Right? There’s enough for you, there’s enough for you, and for me, and for you, and there’s enough for…

[they all race to their cars]

Emmeline Finch: Oh Russell, I feel sick.

J. Russell Finch: Now take it easy honey, these things happen ya know.

Mrs. Marcus: Now what kind of an attitude is that, “these things happen”? They only happen because this whole country is just full of people, who when these things happen, they just say “these things happen,” and that’s why they happen!

Fun Fact about It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

  • Jack Benny’s cameo role was originally offered to Stan Laurel, but Laurel turned it down. When his best friend and partner Oliver Hardy died in 1957, he pledged never to perform again. He kept that promise for the rest of his life. By this time, a long shot of the character had already been filmed with a stand-in wearing Laurel’s trademark bowler hat. Benny is wearing a bowler hat despite never wearing one as part of his regular work.

Scarface – US Box Office: USD 45.60 million

Director: Brian De Palma

Main Cast: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar, Arnaldo Santana, Pepe Serna, Michael P. Moran, Al Israel, Dennis Holahan, Mark Margolis, Michael Alldredge, Ted Beniades

Release Date: 9 December 1983

Filming Locations: 656 Park Ln, Santa Barbara, California, USA; 485 West Matheson Drive, Key Biscayne, Florida, USA; 631 Para Grande Lane, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Sun Ray Hotel – 728 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, USA; 3501 Southwest 130th Avenue, Davie, Florida, USA

Main Plot: Scarface is a movie about a determined Cuban immigrant who takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. Tony Montana was able to escape Cuba during the Mariel exodus in 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp. But Manny, his friend, has a way of getting them up there. They need to undertake a contract killing, and arrangements will be made to help them get a green card. After that, Tony now works for Frank Lopez, a drug dealer. Frank once shows him his dangerous side when a Columbian drug dealer goes array and brings a new level of danger to Miami. Tony is protective of his sister, but his mother knows how he makes a living and disowns him. Tony’s greed arises, and he wants to include Frank’s empire and his mistress Elvira. Reaching all the power he wants, Tony’s cranky actions make him a target, and everything he works hard for will falls out.

Famous quotes:

Tony Montana: You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!

[Tony shoots]

Tony Montana: I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

Tony Montana: [to the restaurant patrons] What you lookin’ at? You all a bunch of fuckin’ assholes. You know why? You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So… what that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There’s a bad guy comin’ through! Better get outta his way!

Tony Montana: [to Sosa’s assassins] I’m Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin’ with the best!

Frank Lopez: Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed!


Elvira Hancock: Lesson number two: Don’t get high on your own supply.

Fun Fact about Scarface:

  • During the scene where Tony and Elvira are sitting in the Cadillac at the car dealership, Al Pacino surreptitiously slips on the hat that Michelle Pfeiffer was wearing while looking away, which was not scripted. When she turns back and sees him wearing it, her amused reaction is genuine, and to her credit, she stays in character and ad-libs a line. Brian De Palma decided to keep that unscripted exchange in the movie to show Elvira’s gradual warming up to Montana.

Bedazzled – US Box Office: USD 37.88 million

Director: Harold Ramis

Main Cast: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O’Connor, Miriam Shor, Orlando Jones, Paul Adelstein, Toby Huss, Gabriel Casseus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jeff Doucette, Aaron Lustig, Rudolf Martin, Julian Firth, Iain Rogerson, Biddy Hodson, Roger Hammond, William Osbourne, Laurel A. Ward

Release Date: 20 October 2000

Filming Locations: Olympic Auditorium – 1801 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA; Richmond Theatre – 1 Little Green, Richmond, Greater London, England, UK; Santa Barbara, California, USA; St. Vincent Catholic Church – 621 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, California, USA; City Hall – 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, California, USA

Main Plot: Bedazzled is about how hopeless romantic Elliot Richards will do everything, even offering his soul to a demon in exchange for seven wishes. Elliot, who works at a call center as an IT, has had a thing for Alison Gardner for nearly four years. One very bad evening for Elliot, she got ditched by Alison. He then wishes for her to love him. Then an incredibly beautiful woman appears and introduces herself as Lucifer, the Princess of Darkness, and offers him a deal. She will give grant him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Elliot quickly agreed. Without his knowing, every wish he gets also has a disadvantage. And soon, Elliot wants to end the contract and wants nothing but to save himself.

Famous quotes:

Elliot’s Cellmate: She’s the devil that one.

Elliot Richards: What?

Elliot’s Cellmate: I said she’s the devil… that lady cop.

Elliot Richards: Oh… yea. I guess.

Elliot’s Cellmate: So what are you in for brother?

Elliot Richards: Eternity

Elliot’s Cellmate: Oooo… that’s a long time. You must have done some really bad shit.

Elliot Richards: Yea. I sold my soul.

Elliot’s Cellmate: Hope you got something good for it.

Elliot Richards: As a matter of fact, I got nothing for it.

Elliot’s Cellmate: Well that’s a really bad deal if you ask me.

Elliot Richards: Well I’m not asking you.

Elliot’s Cellmate: Doesn’t really matter, though. Can’t sell your soul anyway.

Elliot Richards: Oh, really? Why do you say that?

Elliot’s Cellmate: Because it doesn’t really belong to you in the first place. No way, no how.

Elliot Richards: So who does it belong to?

Elliot’s Cellmate: It belongs to God. That universal spirit that animates and binds all things in existence. The Devil’s gonna try to confuse you, that’s her game. But in the end, you’re gonna see clear to who and what you are, and what you’re here to do. Now, you gonna make some mistakes along the way, everybody does. But if you just open up your heart, and open up your mind, you’ll get it.

Elliot Richards: ...Who are you?

Elliot’s Cellmate: [smiles] Just a friend, brother. Just a really good friend.

Elliot Richards: I wish I were the most sensitive man in the world.

The Devil: [Smiling] Right. Okay.

Elliot Richards: Oh, wait! I wish I were the most *emotionally* sensitive man in the world.

The Devil: Damn. I was hoping you wouldn’t catch that. I could’ve had a lot of fun with that one.

Eduardo: Buenos días señor, le apetece algo de comer?

Elliot Richards: Como dices? Yo no hablo español… un momento! estoy hablando en español! Que diablos! Realmente estoy hablando en español!


Elliot Richards: Que tal que Mrs Klein mi profesora de español me pudiera oir, ella siempre decía que yo no podía juntar dos frases, seguro estaba equivocada…


Elliot Richards: Hola! Mucho Gusto! Me llamo Elliot! Hola Juan, hola Esteban, dónde esta esa biblioteca? esa es la casa de mi tía, no gracias, soy alérgico a los crustaceos

[laughs again]

Eduardo: Señor, se siente bien?

Elliot Richards: Muy bien! mejor no podría estar!

The Devil: How would you like to make one simple decision that’ll change your life forever?

Elliot Richards: Ok, I’m glad scientology works for you but…

[Elliot as the most emotionally sensitive man, cries over the same sunset three times in a row]


Fun Fact about Bedazzled

  • The mathematics homework that the Devil removes from the classroom blackboard effectively proves Fermat’s Last Theorem – a legendary problem from 1630 that was often the subject of stories about people selling their souls to solve it. The problem was eventually solved in 1995 by Andrew Wiles and colleagues (with a computer, not satanic, assistance).

My Favorite Martian – US Box Office: USD 36.83 million

Director: Donald Petrie

Main Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Hurley, Daryl Hannah, Wallace Shawn, Christine Ebersole, Michael Lerner, Ray Walston, Shelley Malil, Jeremy Hotz, T.K. Carter, Dawn Maxey, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Michael Chieffo, Troy Evans, Arthur Senzy, Charles Rahi Chun, Michael Dempsey

Release Date: 12 February 1999

Filming Locations: Best Western Carpinteria Inn – 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, California, USA; 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn at Universal Studios Hollywood – 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; KEYT Studios – 730 Miramonte Dr, Santa Barbara, California, USA; Santa Barbara, California, USA

Main Plot: My Favorite Martian is a movie about a martian who landed back on Earth and made friends with a reporter. News producer Tim O’Hara gets fired when he purposefully humiliates the girl he likes, Brace Channing, his boss’s daughter. A little later, he witnessed a small spacecraft crashing down, realizing it was a one-time big-time opportunity for him and it would surely rock the Earth. Unfortunately, the electron accelerator is broken, and the martian, Martin, or Uncle Martin, seeks Tim’s help. Without Martin’s knowing, Tim taped the encounter and wanted to reveal Martin to the public. Brace then acquired the tape to Tim and decided otherwise. It’s not only the prevention of the story that matters now, but the spacecraft will fall out if it does not return to space in a few hours.

Famous quotes:

Uncle Martin: You Earthlings don’t know how lucky you are. The only water we get on Mars has to be squeezed from rocks.

Uncle Martin: Wake up, Tim. There’s a big day ahead of us.

Tim O’Hara: It’s still night time. You’ve been asleep for 30 seconds.

Uncle Martin: 30 seconds? I *was* tired!

Coleye: This is similar to the Martian incident of 1963.

Armitan: Careful, stupid. Not only is that incident classified, it never happened!

Uncle Martin: Stop being such a wet blanket.

Zoot, Martin’s Talking Space Suit: Hey, leave my mother out of this.

Brace Channing: Here’s a rememberence of our last date.

Fun Fact about My Favorite Martian

  • The outdoor set of Tim’s apartment (with the exterior right-angled staircase) is almost exactly the set from My Favorite Martian (1963).

Commando – US Box Office: USD 35.10 million

Director: Mark L. Lester

Main Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells, James Olson, David Patrick Kelly, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke, Drew Snyder, Sharon Wyatt, Michael DeLano, Bob Minor, Michael Adams, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Lenny Juliano, Charles Meshack, Chelsea Field, Julie Hayek

Release Date: 4 October 1985

Filming Locations: Chapman Ranch – 1 Arrowrock Road, Mount Baldy, California, USA; Channel Islands, California, USA; San Bernardino Mountains, California, USA; Mulholland Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA; Mt. Baldy, California, USA

Main Plot: Commando is a movie about how a father saves his daughter after being abducted by his former subordinate. Retired special agent John Matrix led an elite unit and left the armed forces to live peacefully with his daughter, Jenny. Things got bizarre when Jenny was kidnapped, forcing him to return to save his daughter. Without John’s knowledge, his former unit was now being killed one by one. Matrix’s friend provided them with armed guards, but the attackers still managed to get him and Jenny. He then discovers that he’s kidnapped by Bennett, a former member of Matrix, to offer him a task for assassination for Arius, a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wants to lead a military success in his hometown. In return for Jenny’s safety, he accepts.

Famous quotes:

Sully: [20:34] Here, have some beers in Val Verde, Matrix. It’ll give everyone a little more time with your daughter.

[Henriques laughs]

John Matrix: You’re a funny guy Sully, I like you. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.

John Matrix: [40:43] Where is she, Sully?

Sully: Kiss my ass!

John Matrix: I can’t hear you!

Sully: I’ll say it a little louder, get fucked!

John Matrix: [holds Sully upside-down over a cliff by his leg] Listen, loyalty is very touching. But it is not the most important thing in your life right now! But what IS important is gravity! I have to remind you Sully, this is my weak arm!

Sully: You can’t kill me Matrix! You need me to find your daughter!

John Matrix: Where is she?

Sully: I don’t know. But Cooke knows, I’ll take you to where I’m supposed to meet him!

John Matrix: But you won’t.

Sully: Why not?

John Matrix: [holds the hotel key he stole from Sully that Cooke is staying at] Because I already know. Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?

Sully: That’s right, Matrix! You did!

John Matrix: I lied.

[Matrix releases Sully, who falls to his demise]

Cindy: What did you do with Sully?

John Matrix: I let him go

Cooke: [46:43] You scared, motherfucker? Well, you should be, because this Green Beret is going to kick your big ass!

John Matrix: I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!

Cindy: [hiding under a table] I can’t believe this macho bullshit…

[Matrix has thrown a pipe through Bennett]

John Matrix: Let off some steam, Bennett.

John Matrix: [22:44]

[after killing Henriques in the plane]

John Matrix: Don’t disturb my friend, he’s dead tired.

Sequel: Commando 2: The Black Money Trail; Commando 3

Fun Fact about Commando

  • According to Alyssa Milano, Arnold Schwarzenegger was very protective of her on set. “He even helped with my algebra homework.”

The Long Kiss Goodnight – US Box Office: USD 33.33 million

Director: Renny Harlin

Main Cast: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko, Tom Amandes, Brian Cox, Patrick Malahide, David Morse, Joseph McKenna, Melina Kanakaredes, Dan Warry-Smith, Kristen Bone, Jennifer Pisana, Rex Linn, Alan North, Edwin Hodge, Bill MacDonald, Gladys O’Connor

Release Date: 11 October 1996

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada; Honest Ed’s, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Lynnwood, Washington, USA; Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Main Plot: The Long Kiss Goodnight is a movie about how a woman finds out what happens in her past. Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter but has no clear memories of her past. Eight years ago, she woke up in the nearby river two months pregnant without a memory of who is she or what had happened. Now she’s living with her 8-year-old daughter Caitlin. Living in Honesdale, PA, she has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But after an accident and bumping her head, some memories returned. How is she a top secret agent and all about her job? One incident made her old skill come out naturally. Then it attracts a bad guy now trying to harm Samantha and her daughter. She then hired detectives Mitch and Charly to do all the killing and bleeding.

Famous quotes:

Mitch Henessey: What I’m saying is, back when we first met, you were all like “Oh phooey, I burned the darn muffins.” Now, you go into a bar, ten minutes later, sailors come runnin’ out. What up with that?

Nathan: Alice, please. Your dog, Alice. It and my appetite are mutually exclusive.

Alice: Well, what’s wrong with the dog?

Nathan: Simple. He’s been licking his asshole for the last three straight hours. I submit to you that there is nothing there worth more than an hour’s attention. I should think that whatever he is attempting to dislodge is either gone for good, or there to stay. Wouldn’t you agree?

Samantha: Easy, sport. I got myself outta Beirut once, I think I can get outta New Jersey.

Mitch: Yeah? Well, don’t be so sure. Others have tried and failed. The entire population, in fact.

Charlie: Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Mitch Henessey: I hope not, ’cause I’m thinking how much my balls hurt.

Charlie: Chefs do that.

Sequel: The Long Kiss Goodnight 2

Fun Fact about The Long Kiss Goodnight

  • On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) on January 14, 2019, Samuel L. Jackson listed Mitch as his favorite role.

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