Top 5 Movies Filmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Iowa: Explore the Magic of Movies Filmed in Cedar Rapids!

Lights, camera, Iowa! Welcome to the land where movie dreams come to life. If you’re a movie buff feeling a bit bored or simply seeking an adventure, look no further than Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This hidden gem may not be your typical Hollywood hotspot, but let me tell you, it’s got its own share of silver screen thrills and spills. Get ready to dive into the world of movie magic as we take you on a tour of the filming locations in this charming city.

Key Takeaways:

  • Uncover the movie buff within you by exploring Cedar Rapids’ iconic filming locations.
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the city as you walk in the footsteps of your favorite movie stars.
  • Discover hidden gems and local hotspots that you might have missed if it weren’t for their starring roles in your favorite films.

Now, let’s get down to business! Why should you consider visiting movie filming locations? Well, for starters, it’s like stepping into the actual scenes of your beloved movies. Remember that feeling of being part of the action?

Now imagine experiencing it in real life! You can strut your stuff on the streets where your favorite actors once roamed, pretending you’re the star of the show. So grab your oversized sunglasses and get ready for your close-up, because Cedar Rapids is calling!

Imagine strolling through downtown, where bustling streets and towering buildings have played a supporting role in countless movies. Channel your inner detective as you retrace the steps of a beloved film noir protagonist.

Or perhaps you’re more of a romantic at heart, yearning to visit the picturesque park where two star-crossed lovers shared their first kiss. Whatever your movie preference, Cedar Rapids has a backdrop to match.

But wait, there’s more! While you’re exploring the filming locations, don’t forget to soak in the local charm that Cedar Rapids has to offer.

Grab a bite at the cozy diner where a famous movie scene unfolded, or sip on a cup of joe at the café where your favorite character found solace. Let the city envelop you in its history, both on and off the silver screen.

So, dear traveler, don’t let these movie filming locations stay forever on your watchlist. Get out there and make your own blockbuster adventures in Cedar Rapids! Who knows, you might just stumble upon a hidden treasure or have a meet-cute moment with destiny. Lights, camera, action! Your adventure awaits.

Now, grab your popcorn, put on your favorite movie-inspired outfit, and dive into the listicle below. Explore the movies that have graced the streets of Cedar Rapids and get ready to experience the magic firsthand. Lights, camera, Iowa! Let the adventure begin.

Starman – US Box Office: USD$28,744,356

Director: John Carpenter

Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards, Ted White, Dirk Blocker

Release Date: December 14, 1984

Filming Locations: Meteor Crater, Berringer, Arizona, USA; Monument Valley, Utah, USA; Winslow, Arizona, USA; Manchester, Tennessee, USA; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Main Plot: The Voyager 2 departed from Earth in 1977 with greetings and messages of peace. A small alien spacecraft approaches Earth in an attempt to make contact with humans but is shot down by military jets. After an alien spacecraft crashes in Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin, the aliens steal DNA from the hair of young widow Jenny Hayden’s husband, Scott. They turn into a humanoid. The Starman communicates with his mother ship. He was told that he must be in the Arizona crater in a few days to return to his star; if not, he would be left behind, perish and die.

Famous quotes:

Jenny Hayden: “Okay? Are you crazy? You almost got us killed! You said you watched me; you said you knew the rules!”

Starman: “I do know the rules.”

Jenny Hayden: “Oh, for your information, pal, that was a *yellow* light back there!”

Starman: “I watched you very carefully. Red light stops, the green light goes, yellow light goes extremely fast.”

Starman: “You are a strange species. Not like any other. And you’d be surprised how many there are. Intelligent but savage. Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you?”

Sequel: Analyze This

Fun fact about Starman:

  • For his role as an alien in human form in this film, actor Jeff Bridges studied ornithology and the behavior of birds. For his Starman role, Bridges specifically mimicked birds’ quick, jerky head motions and other subtleties and mannerisms. Bridges predicted that the extraterrestrial would lack human traits and behave like a basic animal instinct because it was housed in a human body.

The Final Season – US Box Office: USD$1,159,691

Director: David Mickey Evans

Main Cast: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jesse Henecke, Owen Patchen Evans, Brett Claywell

Release Date: October 12, 2007 

Filming Locations: Sutliff, Iowa, USA; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA; Iowa, USA; Norway, Iowa, USA

Main Plot: Baseball is the essence of tradition in Norway, Iowa. Baseball is a legacy passed down from father to son and generation to generation in the little Midwestern town of 586 residents. Since 1990 team, coached by Jim Van Scoyoc, has had a history of beating the odds and playing “David” to the “Goliath” of the State’s much larger schools. It is nearly predicted that they will win their 19th State Championship in the past 23 years. The unexpected occurs when petty jealousies work together to deprive Norway of its history and a 20th State Championship. The bureaucracy intervenes to merge Norway into a larger school. The team’s downfall is ensured by the famous coach being sacked and replaced by his 24-year-old, one-season assistant coach, Kent Stock.

Famous quotes:

Kent Stock: “Okay, it’s one and done, forever. South Clay is 31-8.”

Ken Stock: “The eight games they lost were when Reed Ellis wasn’t in the rotation; he’s pitching today. We all know pro teams scout him, but one player doesn’t make the team.”

Sammy: “He can if he throws 92 miles per hour, coach.”

Kent Stock: “We win by playing Norway Baseball. 80% of this game is defense. We don’t let anything out of the infield, and we wait. Sooner or later, they’ll make a mistake. Every person who’s ever worn a Norway uniform is with you today.”

Ken Stock: “Now think about this, no Iowa baseball dynasty has ever won a state championship in their final season. We’re playing for everyone who knows that Norway is a great place to come home. And no matter what happens today, this time next year, the jerseys you wear will be polishing chrome in Madison High School. So ask yourself one question. How do you want to be remembered?”

Sequel: Home Run

Fun facts about The Final Season:

  • Mike Bodickker, who played in high school in Norway and the majors for Boston and Baltimore, entrusted his son James Bodickker with the role of Rich Iverson. His daughter also sang the national anthem in the final.

Incident at Oglala – US Box Office: USD$536,848

Director: Michael Apted

Main Cast: Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle ‘Dino’ Butler, Bob Robideau

Release Date: June 26, 1992 

Filming Locations: Jumping Bull Compound, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA; Oglala, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA; United States Federal Penitentiary – 1300 Metropolitan Avenue, Leavenworth, Kansas, USA

Main Plot: The two FBI officers lost their lives in South Dakota. The third AIM (American Indian Movement) member, Leonard Peltier, was put on trial separately and found guilty of double homicide after the other two were acquitted based on self-defense. He is currently incarcerated for two consecutive life terms. According to Peltier’s attorneys, the FBI fabricated evidence against Peltier after losing the first case because it believed AIM was a plot against the government. This movie will make you angry at the FBI’s lawlessness and the dubious justice rendered in this case. The incident at Oglala is simply one more horrific illustration of how Native Americans have been treated by the US government.

Famous quotes:

Robert: “There was a shooting.”

Leonard: “It’s easy to die.”

Leonard: “They were to make trouble.”

Leonard: “Things happen.”

Leonard: “You never expect they will shoot them.”

Sequel: Thunderheart

Fun facts about the Incident at Oglala:

  • It was produced and narrated by Robert Redford, a passionate defender of Leonard Peltier’s innocence since the 1980s.
  • Michael Apted first became aware of Leonard Pelletier while researching his thriller Heart of Thunder (1992).

Miles from Home – US Box Office: USD$188,964

Director: Gary Sinise

Main Cast: Richard Gere, Penelope Ann Miller, Brian Dennehy, Austin Bumgarner, Larry Poling

Release Date: September 16, 1988 

Filming Locations: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA;  Iowa, USA

Main Plot: The Iowa farm owned by the Roberts family is a successful one. Even Nikita Khrushchev paid Frank Roberts, Sr., and his two young sons to visit in 1959 while the Soviet leader was touring the Midwest. Three generations of the Roberts family have farmed excellent land. Still, because costs have continuously increased and crop prices have scarcely changed, many farmers have been struggling. The crops have been devastated by a flood of rain. To pay their debts, they are forced to take drastic means, including selling almost all of their possessions at a yard sale. When the bank forecloses, Frank Jr. becomes increasingly angry. Eventually, he suggests to his younger brother Terry that they set the property on fire.

Famous quotes:

Frank Roberts: “I don’t have to make no excuses to you.” 

Frank Roberts: “People built this country.”

Barry Maxwell: “That’s probably true, Frank.”

Barry Maxwell: “That was a long time.”

Barry Maxwell: “And that country they build just doesn’t exist anymore.”

Sequel:  Moebius

Fun facts about Miles from Home:

  • The window is open when Frank talks to the cop in the car and leans over to the side of Terry’s car. But in the next shot, the window closes when the vehicle moves, and the camera returns to Terry.
  • The original title of the movie was Farm of the Year.


Director: Michael Helgens

Main Cast: Scott Blow, Samantha Callison, Alicia S. Callison-Schurbon, Bradley Cerny, Luke Darrah, Molly Garrett

Release Date: March 17, 2018 

Filming Locations: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Main Plot: A troubled teen named Morris Holmes (played by Dylan Jaeger and Caden Baker Miller) claims that his mother’s lover (Pamela Helgens) sexually assaulted him (Scott Blue). Due to his guilt over the fact that the same man and his sister were also attacked by the abuser. Morris struggles to maintain social relationships and keeps this struggle to himself, but later, he tries to fight.

Famous quotes:

Adult Morris Holmes: “Harry was a terrible, terrible man.”

Adult Morris Holmes: “There was no way you could have known.”

Pamela Holmes: “Did he ever do anything like that to you?”

Adult Morris Holmes: “No, Mom, he didn’t.”

Harry Neyatoro: “You’re mine now.”

Sequel: La Bamba

Fun facts about Morris:

  • Dylan Jaeger won an excellence award and a dramatic performance as best actor.  
  • The film won Best Iowa-Made Short Film.

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