5 Movies Filmed in Chico and Around NorCal
Film enthusiasts may be pleasantly surprised to learn that more than one noteworthy movie has been filmed in and around Chico. Here are 5 movies filmed in Chico and nearby areas.
- INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
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Once considered to be the weakest of Indy’s adventures (until a certain 2008 film took that particular trophy). This Jones adventure takes place in India, but was filmed in Sri Lanka as well as Arizona and Washington. More notably, a part of Indy’s journey was spent in Yosemite national park — a stand in for one of India’s locals.
- THE GODFATHER: PART II
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The saga of the Corleone crime family is widely considered cinematic excellence of the highest grade, but it was in the second part of the saga, that one of its most remembered moments took place. Michael Corleone’s boathouse overlooks Lake Tahoe, where his brother Fredo would spend his last moments fishing.
“From the outside-in” I always say. The past couple of movies have been filmed near Chico, but now we come to three Hollywood classics which were actively filmed in this NorCal city.
- THE RED BADGE of COURAGE
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Based on the novel by Stephen Crane, the Red Badge of Courage details a Union recruit’s (Audie Murphy) first combat experience against Confederate forces. While the character undergoes his baptism of fire in a few NorCal locations, Chico’s Bidwell park proved more than adequate for the filmmakers as several scenes were shot in and around Bidwell.
- THE ADVENTURES of ROBIN HOOD
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Northern California was the stand in for medieval England in this early adventure classic. Robin Hood’s first encounter with soon to be Marry Man Little Jon was shot in Bidwell Park. Robin and Jon’s first meeting, and fight, was filmed in Big Chico Creek, a beautiful area even today.
- GONE WITH THE WIND
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While set in Atlanta, Georgia, this movie was filmed far from it. Just a few of this Civil War epic’s filming locations include Simi Valley, Los Angeles and Paradise. Given the luscious scenery, it’s no wonder that Scarlett O’Hara took some of her rides in Paradise Apple Orchard and on Pentz Road.
Since the dawn of hollywood, NorCal has provided rich locals with beautiful topography. From the middle ages to the middle of the civil war. From the Corleone saga to the sankara stones, NorCal has played an important part in some of cinema’s classics, and will hopefully continue to do so.