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Movies Filmed in Mammoth Lakes

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In honor of the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival occurring May 25th-29th, I decided to take a look back at Mammoth Lake’s long and storied history with film.

With unparalleled natural beauty and a relatively close proximity to Hollywood, Mammoth Lakes has been a destination for directors since the 1940s.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most famous movies to be shot in our beautiful town.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom:

Temple of DoomProduced in 1984, Temple of Doom is the oft-dismissed second movie from the Indiana Jones  franchise. Because George Lucas didn’t think the Nazis should be the villains again, he and Spielberg decided that the movie should actually be a prequel. Largely panned during its release for its increased violence and horror over the first film, Temple of Doom has since been more warmly received from critics.

The movie is sent in a death temple within a mountain in India. Due to some controversial portrayals of Hinduism, the crew was not allowed to film in India, so they shot the escape from the crashing airplane on Mammoth Mountain.

It belongs in a museum!

 

 

The Scorpion King:

Is the Scorpion King a good movie? No, definitely not. Is it even a remotely decent movie? No, probably not that either.

The Scorpion KingDoes it feature the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson running around shirtless destroying people, and thus you should drop everything and immediately watch it? Absolutely.

The crew constructed an “ancient” log cabin near the parking lot of the June Mountain Ski Area for one of the film’s earlier scenes.

The Scorpion King only received a 41% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it pulled in enough money to secure itself a sequel. “The Rock” did not star in it though, so who cares?

Fun fact: Vince McMahon, the business guru behind WWE, served as a producer. If you’ve seen The Scorpion King, that should come as zero surprise to you.

 

True Grit:

Not the new movie with Matt Damon Jeff Bridges, but the initial Western starring the classic American man, John Wayne.

True GritJohn Wayne won the Oscar for Best actor for his portrayal of Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, a man possessing true grit and a truly awesome eye patch.  During his Oscar Acceptance speech, Wayne joked, “Wow! If I’d known that, I’d have put that patch on 35 years earlier.”

Although the majority of the filming took place in Ouray County, Colorado, the scenes taking place at the dugout and along the creek are filmed in beautiful Mammoth Lakes!

 

We hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have any further questions about Mammoth Lakes or the area’s real estate, please give me a call today!  (800) 921-6520

And don’t forget to support Mammoth Lakes, local art, and film in general by attending the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival happening this week at theaters around town.

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