When you think of movies, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is all of Los Angeles. But it turns out that plenty of movies was also filmed in Orange County, California! Move over, Hollywood, because these blockbusters were filmed in our beloved OC. So if you’re longing for even more things to do in Orange County, you might want to consider visiting the spots where these famous flicks were shot. Check it out!
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Where do people go to escape from the terror that is L.A.? To Orange County, of course! The film “Escape from LA” tells an entertaining story of friends who go on the run after one friend’s husband goes mad starts killing people- but not before he infects them too! This isn’t just any regular scary movie; it has some great 90’s tunes, including the REM song ‘Losing Myself’. While the film did not perform well at the box office, it is a nostalgic guilty pleasure for us.
Independence Day (1996)
This science-fiction disaster film is directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Dean Devlin. The story follows possible futures in which humans have been united under one government after facing extinction from an alien attack. Still, there are differences between them all due to their personalities which cause conflict as they compete for power over what little remains of humanity’s resources left on Earth. Following these disasters, some versions also include invading aliens who wish destruction rather than coexistence with humankind like those seen during “Independence D” or landing sequences featuring spaceships crashing near major cities throughout America (which were later coordinated attacks) before finally reaching New York City.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods is one of the most unforgettable characters in any movie, and it’s hard to believe that this classic is already two decades old! After Elle’s boyfriend breaks up with her because he feels like she isn’t brains or brawny enough for him, she sets out on a journey across America trying to prove herself as an attorney. Alongside Bruiser (her chihuahua companion), they head into Harvard Law School, where we see them face off against rival schools during court trials filmed at The Old County Courthouse In Santa Ana, California. The movie was so successful that it later became a Broadway musical, and many high schools and colleges have performed the show.
Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Ocean’s 11 movie is an adaptation of George Stewart’s novel. The story follows Danny Players as he plans out how they will steal expensive pieces among others with his crew, including Sammittingradd Massage, who plays Terry Malloy. Both have different ideas about what needs doing next, which leads them into trouble when things don’t go according to plan but manage anyway, thanks mainly to leverage played against everybody else involved. The film won two awards: the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress going to Julia Roberts, and AMLA Award for Favorite Movie Actor – Supporting Role going to Andy Garcia.
And that’s a wrap!
Orange County is truly a great place to film movies because of its diverse landscape and close proximity to Hollywood. With more than two hundred feature films shot in the county since 1911, it’s clear that filmmakers find what they need here. So if you think that you are already out of things to do in Orange County, think again!
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