The Old Man and the Mountain Lion

Release date:2014

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

After an old man loses his beloved house cat to a mountain lion, he sets off into the at once brutal and arresting Big Sur Wilderness to seek his revenge.

Big Sur

Release date:2013

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

A recounting of Jack Kerouac's (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

The Forger

Release date:2012

Location(s):
  • Carmel

Description:

A teenage art prodigy is abandoned in Carmel by his mother. While struggling to survive, he meets an man who introduces him to the world of art forgery, forcing him to choose between artistic integrity and the prospect of wealth.

I Melt with You

Release date:2011

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control.

The Shift

Release date:2009

Location(s):
  • Monterey Peninsula

Description:

Filmed entirely on the Monterey Peninsula, a docudrama relating to the teachings of Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Farm House

Release date:2008

Location(s):
  • Bradley

Description:

Steven Webber, William Lee Scott. Psychological Thriller. Shot in private home near Bradley, doubling for Midwest.

Bandits

Release date:2001

Location(s):
  • Salinas

Description:

Two fugitive bank robbers played by Bruce Willis and his hypochondriac partner, Billy Bob Thornton, rob a string of banks from Oregon through California. Hoping to finance their South-of-the-Border retirement dream, things get complicated when they meet a runaway housewife and they both fall in love with her. The “Wildwood Bank” scenes were filmed in and around a former bank building in Oldtown Salinas at Main Street and Gavilan.

We Were Soldiers

Release date:2001

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Actors: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear.
Director/Studio: Randall Wallace/Paramount Pictures
This compelling war drama depicts the true story of the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnamese forces. Mel Gibson plays Harold G. Moore, the American lieutenant colonel. For Hunter Liggett, in the south portion of Monterey County, doubled for Vietnam’s Central Highlands, where the savage battles at Ia Drang took place. Numerous locals served as extras during several months of filming.

The Limey

Release date:1999

Location(s):
  • Big Sur
  • Lucia

Description:

(1999) Terence Stamp, Leslie Ann Warren, Peter Fonda. Big Sur at Lucia Lodge, private home north of Lucia, driving along Highway One.

Sphere

Release date:1998

Location(s):
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Description:

Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson; directed by Barry Levinson; Warner Bros.; based on the Michael Crichton novel; science fiction; psychological drama about a group of scientists who go to the bottom of the sea to explore an alien spacecraft that crashed into the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1709; delicate golden-orange sea nettle jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium stood in for terrifying killers; jellies filmed at the aquarium's Outer Bay galleries by a film crew that came down from Vallejo, where the sets for "Sphere" were created in huge drydocks at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyards on San Francisco Bay.