Junior

Release date:1994

Location(s):
  • Carmel Valley
  • Big Sur

Description:

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson and Frank Langella; directed by Ivan Reitman; Universal; fantasy about male pregnancy; scenes filmed at Stonepine Resort in Carmel Valley and at Big Sur.

Poco Loco

Release date:1994

Location(s):
  • Carmel Valley

Description:

Susan Brecht, Sandra Chapin and Meeka Schmalle; directed by Deborah Koons (also co-producer); Mill Valley-based Signs of Life Films; working title was "Rancho Fandango," romantic comedy, modern version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," about two sisters who argue over whether a ranch they have inherited should be turned into an organic farm or a tennis resort; first feature film for Koons of Mill Valley, who produced a series of educational films on early child development in the 1980s; Koons on Valentine's Day in 1994 married rock music legend Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist and spiritual leader of the Grateful Dead; two cousins, co-producer and co-writer Ellen Osborne of Oakland and production manager Ellen DeVine of San Francisco, both graduated from Peninsula high schools and are related to Samuel Morse, founder of Pebble Beach, Osborne as a granddaughter and DeVine as a great-niece, Osborne graduated from Santa Catalina School in 1971 and DeVine from York School in 1981; production dominated by women in an attempt to give women an avenue of opportunity in a largely male-dominated industry; cast drawn from San Francisco Bay Area theatrical circles; low-budget production (under $1 million) released to film festivals and universities; premiere at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County; scenes filmed in Carmel Valley (for six weeks in September and October 1992), primarily at the Holman Ranch and also at Rancho San Carlos, the Hastings Natural History Reservation and River Ranch.

Poetic Justice

Release date:1993

Location(s):
  • Big Sur

Description:

Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur; directed by John Singleton, who made "Boyz N The Hood;" Columbia Pictures; romantic drama about a hairdresser named Justice who writes poetry (Jackson) and who rides with a postal worker (Shakur) from South-Central Los Angeles to Oakland; rated R; Maya Angelou wrote the poems for the film, and Singleton did the screenplay; "Poetic Justice" was released in book form by Delta; scenes filmed near Big Creek Bridge in Big Sur over three days in June 1992.

Basic Instinct

Release date:1992

Location(s):
  • Garrapata Beach
  • Carmel
  • Carmel Valley

Description:

A murder mystery, billed as a psychological thriller; controversial because of its portrayals of gay and lesbian murders; rated R because of strong sex and violence; Oscar nominee for musical score and film editing; scenes filmed at Carmel Valley Village, Carmel Highlands and Garrapata Beach south of the Highlands; Garrapata Beach stood in for Marin County's Stinson Beach.

DirectorPaul Verhoeven

Actor(s)

Michael Douglas
Sharon Stone

Strawberry Road

Release date:1991

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

Hisa Ishii and his brother Akira emigrate from Japan to the United States. They settle in rural California and start a strawberry farm.

Turner & Hooch

Release date:1989

Location(s):
  • Pacific Grove

Description:

Tom Hanks; directed by Roger Spottiswoode; Touchstone from Disney; a comedy-adventure featuring a disreputable but love-able mutt; scenes filmed in Pacific Grove, including the coastline along Ocean View Boulevard, the historic Retreat and downtown, where a real estate office was transformed into a church for a wedding scene and a bank into City Hall; film crew was here for 10 days.

Blind Date

Release date:1987

Location(s):
  • Carmel

Description:

Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger; Blake Edwards film; comedy about what happens when Willis goes out with Miss Basinger on a blind date and gets her drunk; scenes filmed in July 1986 on the beach below Bay School near Monastery Beach south of Carmel. Peninsula-filmed scenes cut from the picture; kept on list with an asterisk because filming was done here and did involve the principals.

P.K. and the Kid

Release date:1987

Location(s):
  • Monterey

Description:

P.K. runs away from home because her step-father keeps on harassing her sexually and her mother is ignoring the problem. She hides in the loading space of Kid Kane's pickup, who's on the way to the world championships in arm-pressing. When he discovers her, he wants to send her home at first, but after he knows the story he takes her with him - and gets himself into big trouble: her step-father is behind them furiously, trying to kidnap her and take revenge for the stress he got from her mother.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Release date:1986

Location(s):
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Description:

The Voyage Home, 1986, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks and Jane Wyatt; directed by Nimoy; Paramount; the Star Trek crew goes back in time to 1986 in San Francisco to Save the Whales; Oscar nominee for cinematography and musical score; scenes filmed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which stood in for a fictitious aquarium across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco; the San Francisco skyline appears on the sceen, put there by Hollywood artists, as a back drop to outdoor filming at the back of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Brainstorm

Release date:1983

Location(s):
  • Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Highway 1

Description:

Natalie Wood's last film released two years after her death (she drowned while the film was still in production); scene filmed at Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway 1 south of Carmel in which the driver of a large truck crosses the bridge and continues south until he reaches a turn in the road, where he drives over a cliff high above the ocean (10 to 15 seconds of the movie).

DirectorDouglas Trumbull

Actor(s)

Natalie Wood
Christopher Walken
Louise Fletcher
Cliff Robertson