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San Luis Obispo is home to many great things, its surrounding beaches, and its mountains and of course Cal Poly. All the locals know this as well as the part-time occupiers, but it is clear that Hollywood and the film industry have figured this out as well. Below is a list of the top ten movies filmed in our beautiful San Luis Obispo as well as its surroundings.

MV5BMjE0MTg5MTI3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODE5MzMzMQ@@._V1._SX100_SY137_ 1. The Ten Commandments (1956)- Set on the dunes in Guadalupe, CA just twenty five miles south of San Luis Obispo tells the story of Moses and the creation of the Ten Commandments. This film won an Oscar for Best Special Effects and was nominated for several others and starred Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nferetiri, and John Derek as Joshua.

2. Pete’s Dragon (1977)- This film is the story of a nine-year old boy that escapes from his abusive parents with his cartoon dragon, Elliot. Pete and his Elliot run away to a small beach town of Maine, which is really Avila Beach, CA.  This movie was nominated for two Oscars.

3. California Dreaming (1979)- This film is about a young kid who comes from Chicago to visit California during the summer and becomes “californized”.  This movie is shot in Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo, CA. In one of the scenes you can see an advertisement sign for the Custom House Restaurant in Avila Beach.

4. Commando (1985)- Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this movie, which is filmed in San Luis Obispo, CA.  In this movie Schwarzenegger stars as John Matrix, a retired special agent, whose daughter gets kidnapped and he must get her back before it’s to late.

5. My Blue Heaven (1990)- Filmed in San Luis Obispo, this movie tells the story about a former FBI agent and a former Mafia member now in the witness protection program with the intentions of having a low profile, something he is having a hard time doing. The cast includes Steve Martin as Vincent Antonelli, Rick Moranis as Barney Coopersmith, and Joan Cusack as Hannah Stubs.

2088566. Little Giants (1994)- Starring Rick Moranis, and Ed O’Neill, Little Giants tells the story of a group of misfits teamed together to play peewee football. This movie was filmed in San Luis Obispo, CA as well as Arroyo Grande, CA.  John Madden, who attended Cal Poly, appears in this movie as himself and just like in real life does not fly in the movie as means of travel and only goes by bus.

7. The Odd Couple II (1998)- Starring Jack Lemmon as Felix and Walter Matthau as Oscar, the two make a trip from LA to San Malina for a wedding between Oscar’s son and Felix’s daughter and hilarity ensues. This movie was shot in Los Osos, CA. This was the last movie Lemmon and Matthau ever filmed together.

murder-by-numbers-100003278. Murder by Numbers (2002)- Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling, this film tells the story of two detectives who must solve the murder of a high school girl that was carefully planned by two high school boys. This movie was filmed in Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, and Morro Bay.  The original scenes shot in a high school was originally meant to be shot in San Luis Obispo High School but after the superintendent saw the content of the script she denied the film access.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)- Starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom is the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This movie was filmed at the Guadalupe Dunes, twenty-five miles south of San Luis Obispo. This movie was nominated for two academy awards, in make-up and visual effects. This was the most expensive movie ever made costing roughly 300,000,000.

10. I Know Who Killed Me (2007)- This movie, shot in San Luis Obispo, CA, stars Lindsay Lohan in a double roll as Aubrey Fleming and Dakota Moss, twins separated at birth who are being terrorized by a serial killer. This movie was nominated for several awards including 9 razzie awards for: Lindsay Lohan as Worst Actress as Aubrey and Dakota, Worst Director, Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie, Worst Picture, Worst Remake, Worst On Screen Couple, Worst Screenplay and Worst Supporting Actress, winning eight out of the nine. In this movie scenes shot with the Fremont Theater, shops in the downtown area and San Luis Obispo High School are seen throughout.


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