Monday, January 25, 2016

True Lies (1994)

Any movie that makes Tom Arnold tolerable deserves an Oscar for Best Picture.  But this is an action film, so the only nominations they see are the special effects and sound categories.   True Lies is a total popcorn movie with great action sequences and explosions, but perhaps the most memorable scene involves a former Scream Queen and a bedpost. Nomi Malone has got nothing on Helen Tasker in the striptease department.

True Lies was filmed in Newport, RI, Washington, DC, Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA

Location: Swiss Chateau Exterior
Address: 16 Ochre Point Rd, Newport, RI   Ochre Court

I wasn't location scouting at the time, but luckily I snapped a photo of this mansion while strolling the Cliff Walk since it turns out it was used in the movie.  This is the back of the mansion so it doesn't match the screen shot.

Location: Chateau Ballroom
Address: 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI  Rosecliff Mansion

Photographs were not permitted inside but they did make it a point to mention the tango scene was filmed at this mansion.

Location: The Hotels

When Harry first enters the hotel, it is The Historic Mayfair Hotel at 1256 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA.

When he gets in the glass elevator, it is The Westin Bonaventure Hotel at 404 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA

When Helen goes on her assignment, it is The Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 506 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

It is believed that when Harry and Helen tango at the end of the film was filmed in the Crystal Room at the Biltmore.

The Crystal Ballroom is also where the Rotary Club dinner was in The Bodyguard (1992)

Locations Visited: August 2012, March 2016

Still Need to Visit:

Washington, DC locations
Miami locations

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