About three hours north of Hollywood and a million miles from urban life, nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Mountains, the little town of Lone Pine, California and the nearby Alabama Hills has been the location for hundreds of films, commercials and television shows. Since the early years of filmmaking, directors and actors, producers and their production units large and small have packed up and left Hollywood for the great outdoors. Approaching the 100th anniversary of The Roundup (1920), the first documented film
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produced in the area, Lone Pine has played host to hundreds of the industry’s best known directors and actors, among them directors William Wyler, John Ford, George Stephens and William Wellman; and actors as diverse as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jeff Bridges. For movie buffs and television viewers around the world these hills in the Owens Valley have portrayed the wilds of the American West (Bad Day at Black Rock, 1954), the valleys of the Himalayas (Gunga Din, 1939), and the Arabian desert (Iron Man, 2008).
More recent productions such as Tremors and Joshua Tree, were filmed at "movie ranch" sites known as Movie Flats and Movie Flat Road. In Gladiator, actor Russell Crowe rides a horse in front of the Alabamas, with Mount Whitney in the background, for a scene presumably set in Spain. Star Trek Generations was filmed here in addition to Overton, Nevada and Paramount Studios. This range was one of the filming locations for Disney's Dinosaur. More recently, many parts of the films Iron Man and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed here.
The genesis of the following list is the original list that Lone Pine historian and author Dave Holland published in his book On Location In Lone Pine in 1990. In the twenty-plus years since that list was published, many titles have been added and a few have been removed. Compiling the ultimate and complete list will likely never happen, but with the help of many film buffs and Lone Pine aficionados the list grows. What follows is the most current list of theatrical films and shorts filmed wholly or in part in Lone Pine and the surrounding areas as of July 15, 2011.
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