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Downtown Casinos in Film

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by FullPay, Sep 23, 2012.

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  1. FullPay

    FullPay High-Roller

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    I have been involved in the recent discussion about the film "Swingers" presenting their actors as being at the Stardust when the interior was actually shot at the Fremont. I have to say that I bought the interior as the Stardust, and I was there several times myself. I spend a lot of time with Las Vegas themed films looking at the background scenery, mostly trying to remember my first visit to the Holiday Riverboat casino before the implosion of the Aladdin. So I would ask if anyone wants to share some casino film memories, and specifically: in the movie "The Cooler" starring William H. Macy, were the interior scenes from the California?
     
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    Bachelor Party Vegas (2006) - Lots of Golden Nugget scenes
    Pay It Forward - Mermaids, Plaza, Golden Gate
    Casino - Plaza, Main Street Station, exterior view of California
    Get Him To The Greek - Plaza
    Next (Julianne Moore, Nicholas Cage) - Golden Nugget, Fremont Street canopy
     
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    U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" video was shot on Fremont, pre canopy.
     
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    Oh yeah, still pics in the Hangover in front of this:

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    That is my desktop pic. A true Vegas iconic sign.
     
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    Vegas Vacation has some canopy action.

    The Las Vegas Story has some cool pre-plaza train station images. Not sure where they filmed the casino part of it though. Maybe a set.

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    Diamonds are Forever.....and it's "stirred, not shaken" as in how to make the proper Martini or Manhattan.

    By the way, you can search for films and TV shows shot in Las Vegas on IMDB.com. I found a 1975 episode of the Rockford Files was filmed in LV, and I was able to view it on Netflix via my Roku. Lots of scenes downtown and strip.
     
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    I found a list of films shot in Las Vegas about the time of my first visit, can't remember if 'Rain Man' had any decent exterior shots."

    'Hangover' a night time exterior in fron to the Atomic Cafe sign. Still haven't nerved up enough to walk down there.
     
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    The interior scenes of The Cooler were filmed in Reno at a closed casino. It had been the Flamingo Hilton, was used for The Cooler, then the casino reopened as the Golden Phoenix...

    Which closed two years later and is now a mostly-empty condo building.
     
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    Scenes from the Stephen King miniseries The Stand were shot Downtown.

    Exterior shots of The Plaza were used in Back to the Future II as "Biff's" casino. My buddies and I we will always refer to it as Biff's :thumbsup:


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    Oh, and the video for "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" by Gary Allan was shot Downtown, too.


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    Harry and Tonto (1974): Art Carney taking a leak on the Union Plaza. Also some interior scenes of the Plaza.

    In Cold Blood (1967): Authentic exterior shots of the downtown area as Hickock and Smith are arrested in Las Vegas and picked up by Kansas police.
     
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    Honey I Blew Up The Kid, although a terrible movie, has some shots of Wet 'n Wild as well as pre-canopy Fremont St. Vegas Vic makes a canopy and you hear his "voice" welcoming you to Downtown Las Vegas. There is also a mistake in which the baby is clearly downtown, but the Circus Circus sign shows up behind him. Of course they also claim he is headed for the strip when we all know it is downtown.
     
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    Some others

    Midnight Run, casino shots are in the old Aladdan. Some downtown shots. Rainman, excellent shots inside Caesers Palace, and the strip. Diamonds are forever have casino shots of Circus Circus casino with circus acts, and of course a super awesome downtown chase scene pre Plaza! Great shots there. Vegas Vacation has great shots of the Mirage, nice strip scenes, and of course, the Silver City Casino with all those great games, of course they were fake, other than WAR!! By the way, Silver City is now gone. Use to be across from the old Stardust. You have Honeymoon in Vegas with great inside Ballys shots. 21 that shows Planet Hollywood. Viva Las Vegas has extremly old Flamingo hotel shots.

    One more, Oceans Eleven with all the Bellagio scenes.
     
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    Saved by the Bell...Wedding in Vegas, I know part of this was filmed on Fremont Street before the FSE was built. It was filmed in 1993 or 1994 and one night I walked outside the El Cortez and saw they had the street blocked off to film a segment where the gang was driving wildly on Fremont Street.
     
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    Albert Brooks' "Lost in America" has a scene of them driving their motorhome on Fremont Street (pre canopy) as well as scenes at Desert Inn.
     
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    "Lucky You "
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    Lotsa Binion's -
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    I walked by Binion's when they were filming the movie.
    I saw Duval sitting ( outside )in costume + talking on his cell.
     
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    Not a casino, but the flop house Sharon Stone's character stays in near the end of the film was The Ogden House which is now the El Cortez Cabana Suites.
     
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    Oceans 11 (Sinatra version) has a view looking down Fremont St during the day from what is now the Plaza.

    Casino has almost that exact same view (only at night) but is actually taken from the Plaza.
     
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    Yeah what restaurant were DeNiro and Stone in Casino in where they are overlooking the street and DeNiro goes off?
     
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    It's the old Center Stage restaurant at the Plaza.

    Also some great scenes from that location in the short-lived "Crime Story" TV show. Not a movie, but lots of great Vegas locations.
     
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