We Were Soldiers

Release date:2001

  • Monterey County


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.

White Shoulders

Release date:1922

  • Monterey
  • Pebble Beach


Katherine McDonald and Bryant Washburn; Preferred; scenes filmed at the old Hotel Del Monte and along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

Why Women Love

Release date:1925

  • Point Lobos


Blanche Sweet and Robert Frazer; the story of a New England fishing village; scenes filmed at Point Lobos; the cast stayed at the Highlands Inn.

Zandy's Bride

Release date:1974

  • Andrew Molera State Park - Big Sur


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.