Friday, November 6, 2009

Movies filmed in Columbia Heights?

The other day I was wondering about movies filmed in DC, and if any have been filmed in Columbia Heights. Off the top of my head, I thought of D.C. Cab and Syriana.

DC Cab is a pretty crummy (but amusingly crummy) Joel Schumacher movie about a cab company staffed by Mr. T, Gary Busey, Bill Maher, Adam Baldwin, and some wrestlers called the Barbarian Brothers. They have a food fight against another cab company inside Florida Avenue Grill, which is kind of funny. The other one is a little more subtle -- in Syriana, Jeffrey Wright's character is jogging up the hill on 13th Street next to Cardozo High School when a car stops to talk to him.

Doing a little research, I found a couple of neat things from the Post, which actually list addresses and such. It looks like 1412 Harvard Street NW is mentioned in The Day the Earth Stood Still, and parts of Dave are filmed in Mt. Pleasant. There's also a list of movies filmed in DC from Kitty Tours, but it's nor organized by area.

Know of any other movies filmed in Columbia Heights? Let me know in the comments.

And here's the intro of D.C. Cab. Enjoy?

8 comments:

Pete Witte said...

Andrew, Though not a popular film, a short video about the next 100 years of urban planning was filmed in D.C. by a couple of my friends. Columbia Heights is prominently featured in the film, which won an award from the American Planning Association. Check it out here: http://www.planning.org/centennial/studentvideo.htm

Pete Witte said...

Andrew, Though not a popular film, a short video about the next 100 years of urban planning was filmed in D.C. by a couple of my friends. Columbia Heights is prominently featured in the film, which won an award from the American Planning Association. Check it out here: http://www.planning.org/centennial/studentvideo.html

Patrick T Metz said...

Russell Crowe's character lived above Heller's in Mt Pleasant in State of Play.

jrkinsella said...

State of Play also filmed at Ben's Chili Bowl. Enemy of the State filmed all over DC also.

Andrew said...

Yeah, I thought about those, but there wasn't anything Columbia Heights-specific as far as I could tell.

Anonymous said...

If you watch In the Line of Fire, with Clint Eastwood, when he is chasing a suspect, he is up in Columbia Heights, runs past a large area where the Giant is now and you see the house on the corner of that street, with the round corner.

pqresident said...

ah yes...DC Cab reminds me of the days whey you could drive on Penn Ave in front of the White House. not to mention Mr. T wearing pink tights and synth/Roland drum machine laden soundtracks. oh boy...

walrus said...

Someone else already mentioned "In the Line of Fire," but to elaborate... Clint Eastwood and his partner trace a call from would-be assassin (John Malkovich)to the "St Francis Hotel," which happens to be the corner house at Park Road and Holmead. Police cars descend on the house. Eastwood and his partner spot Malkovich walking past the Park Road firehouse and pursue him on foot down the nearby alley. Malkovich also, early in the film, vacates an apartment on Mount Pleasant St. I don't believe any of the film, "Day the Earth Stood Still," was actually filmed in Columbia Heights, although the alien does give his address as 1412 Harvard St. I think I read that all the exterior shots of the house were filmed on a lot in Hollywood. Other scenes were filmed in and around DC, though, on 16th St., in Dupont Circle, on the Mall, etc.