Top 5 Movies Filmed in Colorado Springs, Colorado by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Colorado Springs: Get Ready for a Cinematic Adventure!

Hey there, fellow movie enthusiast! Ready to embark on a thrilling journey that merges the magic of movies with the beauty of Colorado Springs? Well, you’re in for a treat! We’ve got a listicle of movies filmed right here in this enchanting city that will leave you both inspired and eager to explore the captivating filming locations. So, put on your director’s cap and let’s dive into the reel deal!

Key takeaways:

  • Colorado Springs is not just a breathtaking tourist spot; it’s also a buzzing hub for movie productions.
  • When you visit the filming locations of your favorite movies, it’s like stepping into the silver screen and becoming a part of cinematic history.

Now, imagine roaming through the very spots where your favorite movie scenes came to life. History collides with make-believe as you traverse the charming streets of Colorado Springs, catching glimpses of the iconic settings that brought these movies to the big screen. It’s like being in a parallel universe where ordinary life intersects with the extraordinary.

Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you stand where the action unfolded, embracing the sense of adventure that only a movie filming location can provide.

Channel your inner star and strike a pose, recreating iconic scenes that’ll leave your friends green with envy. Who knows, you might even catch a whiff of Tinseltown magic in the mountain air!

Picture this: you’re strolling down a street and suddenly, it hits you – this is where that epic car chase scene was filmed!

Goosebumps rise on your skin as you envision the heart-pounding action that once took place right where you’re standing. It’s an exhilarating sensation that will make you fall even deeper in love with the movies and the city that played a starring role.

But wait, there’s more! Exploring film locations goes beyond the thrill of recognizing your favorite scenes. It also allows you to experience the essence of a city and its unique culture.

As you meander through the picturesque landscapes and vibrant neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, you’ll discover hidden gems tucked away from the prying eyes of outsiders. From local cafes to quaint boutiques, you’ll be enchanted by the undeniable charm that made filmmakers choose this town as their canvas.

So, fellow adventurer, are you ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of movie magic? Grab your camera and start charting your route to the fascinating filming locations in Colorado Springs.

Whether you’re a travel bug looking for the next exciting experience or a movie buff in search of a deeper connection with your favorite films, this journey will undoubtedly leave its mark on your heart and soul.

Now, what are you waiting for? Lights, camera, action! Let’s make unforgettable memories and discover the boundless possibilities of Colorado Springs, one reel at a time!

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Check out the listicle below and start planning your extraordinary adventure in the movie-filled wonderland of Colorado Springs!

Independence Day – US Box Office: USD$306millions

Director: Roland Emmerich

Main Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, and Robert Loggia

Release Date: July 3, 1996

Filming Locations: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA; Quartzsite, Arizona, USA; White Sands, New Mexico, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Kaiser Steel Mill, Fontana, California, USA

Main Plot: Humans received an unusual signal in early July. Satellite stations experience interference in their systems, which scientists and the military attribute to meteors. They soon realize that it originated from the Moon by a massive spacecraft that transports other ones to major cities on Earth. The purpose of the alien force is unknown to world governments. Scientist David Levinson discovers that aliens are preparing to invade Earth and destroy the human species. He successfully reports his findings to the President of the United States, Thomas J. Whitmore. With inferior technology, Whitmore and General William Grey decide to give Levinson’s plan of downloading a virus into the computer of the alien spacecraft a chance as Earthlings’ last chance of survival.

Famous quotes:

Captain Steven Hiller: [walking toward crashed alien plane] “THAT’S RIGHT! THAT’S RIGHT! That’s what you get! Look at you, ship all *banged* up! Who’s the man? Huh? Who’s the man? Wait till I get another plane! I’m-a line all your friends up right beside you!”

Captain Steven Hiller: [climbs on top of alien plane] “Where you at, huh? Huh? Where you at?”

Captain Steven Hiller: [Hiller opens the spaceship. An alien pops up, and Hiller punches it in the head, knocking it back into the ship]

Captain Steven Hiller: “Welcome to earth!”

Captain Steven Hiller: [sits on alien plane and puts cigar in mouth] “Now that’s what *I* call a close encounter. “

Sequel:  Independence Day: Resurgence

Fun Fact about Independence Day:

  • The film holds the record for the most miniature model work in a single film. Model shop supervisor Michael Joyce estimated that this film used more miniatures than the previous two films combined. Because of advancements in digital technology since the release of this film, most experts say this record may remain standing.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – US Box Office: USD$197millions

Director: Steven Spielberg

Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, and River Phoenix

Release Date: 24 May 1989

Filming Locations: Moab, Utah, USA; South Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Utah, USA; Al-Khazneh, Petra, Jordan; Figure 3 Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, USA; Guadix, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Main Plot: Indiana Jones is a famous adventurer and archaeologist. He acquired a diary containing clues and a map with no names to locate the enigmatic Holy Grail, which was sent from his father, Dr. Henry Jones, in Italy. Indiana Jones and museum curator Marcus Brody travel to Italy after hearing from a private collector, Walter Donovan. The Holy Grail mission went awry with the disappearance of Indy’s father. However, after rescuing Dr. Henry Jones in Nazi territory, the rescue mission becomes a race to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis. They intend to use it to achieve total world dominance for their super-race. Indiana Jones finds himself in another death-defying adventure of pure excitement, this time with the diary as a vital key and the map with no names as a guide.

Famous quotes:

Elsa: “It’s perfectly obvious where the pages are. He’s given them to Marcus Brody.”

Professor Henry Jones: “Marcus? You didn’t drag poor Marcus along did you? He’s not up to the challenge.”

Walter Donovan: “He sticks out like a sore thumb. We’ll find him.”

Indiana Jones: “The hell you will. He’s got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody’s got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he’ll blend in, disappear, you’ll never see him again. With any luck, he’s got the grail already.”

[Cut to middle of fair in the Middle East, Marcus Brody wearing bright suit and white hat, sticking out like sore thumb]

Marcus Brody: “Uhhh, does anyone here speak English?”

Sequel: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Fun Facts about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:

  • For the production, 2,000 rats were bred. It was necessary to bear them because ordinary rats would have been infested with disease.
  • For the tank chase scene, the production had two tanks. One of them was constructed of aluminum. The entire chase took about ten days to film, rather than the expected two days.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith – US Box Office: USD$186millions

Director: Doug Liman

Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn, Kerry Washington, and Keith David

Release Date: 10 June 2005

Filming Locations: 1565 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena, California, USA; The Cicada Restaurant and Club – 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, California, USA; Caltrans District 7 HQ Building – 100 S. Main Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA; Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA; Quality Coffee Shop – 1238 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: John and Jane Smith are a married couple who live uninteresting lives and go to marriage counseling because their passion has weakened since marriage. They don’t realize that they’re both professional assassins working for opposing agencies. John’s most recent assignment is to assassinate Benjaiman “Tank” Danz, but things get complicated when Jane is also assigned to assassinate the same target. After discovering that they’re both assassins and failing to eliminate Danz, John and Jane’s separate employers try to stop each other (John kills Jane, Jane kills John). In a deadly game, John and Jane try to take each other out while learning more about each other as they work to complete the mission and eliminate Danz.

Famous quotes:

John Smith: [while driving, pursued by hit men in three black BMW’S] “I never told you, but I was married once before.”

Jane Smith: [slams on the brakes]

John Smith: “What’s wrong with you?”

Jane Smith: [slapping John’s arms and legs] “You’re what’s wrong with me John.”

John Smith: “It was just a drunken Vegas thing.”

Jane Smith: “Oh, that’s better. That’s *much* better.”


Jane Smith: “What’s her name and social security number?”

John Smith: “No, you’re not gonna kill her.”

Fun Fact about Mr. & Mrs. Smith:

  • According to reports, the script went through over fifty drafts. Even though original writer Simon Kinberg was the final writer of the film, various uncredited writers worked on drafts throughout the production.

WarGames – US Box Office: USD$79millions

Director: John Badham

Main Cast: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, Juanin Clay, and Kent Williams

Release Date: June 3, 1983 

Filming Locations: Anderson Island, Washington, USA; Mount Vernon, Washington, USA; 7-Eleven Convenience Store – 41440 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA; Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; Steilacoom, Washington, USA

Main Plot: In Seattle, David is a lazy but bright adolescent who would rather hack and change his grades on the high school computer than study. David’s best friend Jennifer is with him one day when he decides to hack into toy company Protovision in search of new games. He connects the War Operation Plan Response system by mistake in a computer situated at the North American Aerospace (NORAD) at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by using the password, Joshua. It was the name of its creator, the deceased scientist Stephen Falken. David challenges the computer to a game of the Thermo War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Soon after, he realizes that the computer is playing for real, and the United States of America has changed its condition to DEFCON 1 in a game where no one wins.

Famous quotes:

Joshua: “Shall we play a game?”

David Lightman: “Oh!”

Jennifer: [giggles] “I think it missed him.”

David Lightman: “Yeah. Weird isn’t it?”

Jennifer: “Yeah.”

David Lightman: [typing] “Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?”

Joshua: “Wouldn’t you prefer a good game of chess?”

[Jennifer laughs]

David Lightman: [typing] “Later. Let’s play Global Thermonuclear War.”

Joshua: “Fine.”

Fun Fact about WarGames:

  • The NORAD command center for the film cost $1 million, making it the most expensive set ever built at the time. The producers were not permitted to enter the actual NORAD command center, so they had to do with their imaginations. Director John Badham notes in the DVD commentary that the real NORAD command center isn’t nearly as elaborate as the one in the film, dubbing the set “NORAD’s wet dream of itself.”

National Lampoon’s Vacation – US Box Office: USD$61millions

Director: Harold Ramis

Main Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, and Eddie Bracken

Release Date: 29 July 1983

Filming Locations: Six Flags Magic Mountain – 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, California, USA; Saddleback Inn, 12500 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, California, USA; Schnebly Hill Road Overlook, Sedona, Arizona, USA; 2310 North Vermont Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Main Plot: Clark Griswold and his wife Ellen take their two teenagers, Rusty and Audrey, on a cross-country trip. From the suburbs of Chicago to sunny California’s Walley World amusement park, with everything is planned down to the last detail. Everything that could go wrong does, and before long, Ellen’s cousin Catherine and her husband Eddie enter the picture, and Clark is on the verge of blowing a gasket. Roy Walley’s wonderful park seems to be getting farther away. While the prospect of a secret rendezvous with the alluring blonde in the fast 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi sounds appealing, Clark must do the right thing and find the promised land. 

Famous quotes:

Ellen Griswold: “The next time you have one of your outbursts, I’d really appreciate it if you think about the consideration of our kids.”

Clark Griswald: “What are you talking about?”

Ellen Griswold: “You don’t know? After everything that happened, you still don’t get it?”

Clark Griswald: “I’m just trying to treat my family to a little fun.”

Ellen Griswold: “Oh spare me, Clark! I know your brand of family fun. Tomorrow you’ll probably kill the desk clerk, hold up a McDonalds, and drive us 1,000 miles out of the way to see the world’s largest pile of mud!”

Sequel: National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985); National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Fun Fact about National Lampoon’s Vacation:

  • When it came to filming the scenes inside Walley World, where they rode all the roller coasters and other rides, all the cast members had terrible experiences. Chevy Chase mentions in the commentary that many rides made him and the other cast members vomit, especially since they all had to ride them multiple times for each take. Dana Barron mentioned in the commentary that the coasters made her sick to the point where she needed motion sickness pills and passed out on nearby benches between takes. Finally, Anthony Michael Hall mentions that he wasn’t acting in the shots on the roller coaster where he looks scared; his fear in those shots was genuine.

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