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, Chevy Chase, MD, 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 Tasker House
Address: 3909 Aspen Street, Chevy Chase, MD

Location: Harry Borrows A Horse
Address: Franklin Square, Washington, DC

Location: The Hotels

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

When Harry races through the hotel lobby, it's the former Ambassador Hotel, which was located at 3400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

When Harry 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

Location: Helen Tasker's Office
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

Gib and Harry first drive down Indiana Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets NW, Washington, DC

Location: Helen Arrives in Chinatown
Address: H Street & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC

Location: The Chinese Restaurant
Address: 609 H Street NW, Washington, DC

Location: Harry Sees Helen's Phone Records
Address: 6th Street NW & Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC

Location: Harry's Jet Landing
Address: 1200 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

The Interterra Building on the left is seen in the opening credits of Miami Vice (1984-1989).

Location: The Tango Ballroom
Address: 506 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

The Crystal Ballroom

Locations Visited: August 2012, March 2016, February 2017, March 2021, July 2023


  1. Wow, Ive eaten at that restaurant and never realized it was in the movie. Thanks for explaining the the different 'horse' hotel scenes. I think the tallest building in DC is like 20 stories, so the hi-rise elevator scene was a bit of a stretch.

    1. You're welcome! Yeah, that's that movie magic making several different locations appear as one.