Cannery Row

Release date:1982

Location(s):
  • Marina
  • Monterey

Description:

Nick Nolte and Debra Winger; narrated by John Huston; directed by David Ward; MGM; story based on two John Steinbeck novels, "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday"; Raquel Welch originally cast in the Winger role but was fired; scenes filmed at sand dunes north of Marina and Cannery Row waterfront (Cannery Row street scenes were done in a sound studio in Culver City).

Seems Like Old Times

Release date:1980

Location(s):
  • Carmel

Description:

Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase; directed by Jay Sandrich; Columbia; comedy about an innocent bank robber who takes refuge with his ex-wife who is married to the district attorney; scenes filmed in Carmel.

The Muppet Movie

Release date:1979

Location(s):
  • Carmel Valley

Description:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzi Bear and the rest of the Muppet gang, the creations of puppeters Jim Henson, Frank Oz and company; directed by James Frawley; the Muppets travel across the United States to Hollywood for a movie deal; Oscar nominee for musical score and song ("The Rainbow Connection"); scenes filmed at Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley (the Muppets go singing and driving in an old jalopy truck through a grove of mossy live oak trees, which doubled for Louisiana swampland).

The Cat From Outer Space

Release date:1978

Location(s):
  • Salinas Valley
  • Big Sur

Description:

Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, McLean Stevenson and Roddy McDowall; directed by Norman Tokar; Walt Disney; comedy about an alien cat with a collar that gives it extraordinary powers; scenes filmed at Big Sur and in the Salinas Valley.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Release date:1977

Location(s):
  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Salinas

Description:

Dean Jones and Don Knotts; directed by Vencent McEveety; Disney; second sequel to The Love Bug; comedy about a Volkswagon car with a mind if its own who enters a race and routs a gang of car thieves; scenes filmed at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Escape to Witch Mountain

Release date:1975

Location(s):
  • Carmel Valley
  • Big Sur
  • Pebble Beach

Description:

Eddie Albert and Ray Milland; directed by John Hough; Disney; story about children with powers from another planet being chased by a millionaire; scenes filmed in Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Pebble Beach (including the Crocker Mansion).

The Eiger Sanction

Release date:1975

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Clint Eastwood and George Kennedy; directed by Eastwood; Universal; a spy drama with mountain climbing.

The Master Gunfighter

Release date:1975

Location(s):
  • Little Sur River
  • Garrapata Beach
  • Pfeiffer Beach - Big Sur

Description:

Tom Laughlin; directed by Frank Laughlin; scenes filmed south of Carmel at the Little Sur River and Garrapata Beach, where the shell of a rustic cabin was built as a movie prop. At Pfeiffer Beach, filmmakers built a plaster "Mission" as part of a small Native American village for the film. They also placed a small footbridge across Sycamore Creek to take them to the other side, where the temporary thatched village sat.

Zandy's Bride

Release date:1974

Location(s):
  • Andrew Molera State Park - Big Sur

Description:

Gene Hackman and Liv Ullman; directed by Joan Troell; Warner Bros.; story about the life of a frontier family; set in the Big Sur of the 1870s; from a novel, "The Stranger/The Stranger in Big Sur," by Lillian Bos Ross of Big Sur; scenes filmed in Big Sur, including Andrew Molera State Park, where a set depicting Monterey in the 1870s was built; newborn twins Matthew and Mark Lashey, sons of Nancy and David Lashey, appeared in a pivotal scene; Hackman and Ullman caught poison oak and were treated at the Thorngate Medical Center; Harry Dick Ross, widow of Lilliam Bos Ross, was a technical adviser to Warner Bros. for the film.

The Trial of Billy Jack

Release date:1974

Location(s):
  • Monterey County

Description:

Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Laughlin, William Wellman Jr. and Sacheen Littlefeather; Warner Bros.; story about a crusading Indian half-breed who fights corruption.