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3 Movies That Were Filmed in Bakersfield

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With its exciting nightlife, thrilling outdoor adventure, lively festivals, and excellent cuisine, Bakersfield has it all! That’s why this place is perfect for a southern getaway. But that’s not all, Bakersfield is a place where some iconic movies were filmed, and here are some of them:

Thelma & Louise (1991)

An adventure drama movie about two best friends, Thelma and Louise, as they escape their crimes. Directed by Ridley Scott, this movie wins 24 Academy Awards including an Oscar for best writing and screenplay. The 130-minute movie cumulates more than $45 million gross income worldwide.

Having both problems with their abusive partners, life-long friends Thelma and Louise finally decide to break free from their terrible lives and set out on an adventure. However, as they are eager to leave behind their old town in Arkansas to go fishing, the friends encounter an unexpected twist in their journey when Thelma meets a man in the parking lot. The supposed romantic fling turns a dramatic change of events when Louise shot the man who threatens to hurt Thelma. Now, the friends cast aside their relaxing getaway and turn southwest towards the highway going to Mexico, escaping the crime they committed.

Haunted by the police, their past, and the conmen along the way, Thelma and Louise rediscover their friendship and themselves. As their journey ends, the friends face a hard decision. Thelma & Louise is certainly a classic movie that everyone must watch!

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA

Star Trek (2009)

With more than 90 Academy Awards nominations and an Oscar winner, Star Trek certainly becomes a box office hit. This action-adventure movie is directed by J.J Abrams and stars famous names in Hollywood including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

The story follows a young James T. Kirk who's trying to live up to his father’s legacy by training to develop his potential in Starfleet. With his rebellious nature, he comes to annoy Commander Spock, an academy instructor. However, his real journey begins when Vulcan perishes. Forced to end his rivalry with Commander Spock, James begins their journey to stop the evil Nero before he wipes out humanity and the Earth. Together with promising cadets, James goes on a life-changing space adventure.

At the end of his journey, James T. Kirk realizes that his father’s legacy is not his and decides to create his own. He becomes a captain of his fleet and continues to fight evil to save the innocent with his crew.

Filming Location:

Bakersfield, California, USA

The Cell (2000)

Grossing more than thrice of its initial budget, The Cell is a 107 minutes film directed by Tarsem Smith. It receives over 30 academy award nominations and gains popularity all over the world for its intriguing plot. Starring the actress-singer, Jennifer Lopez, The Cell is a story about a revolutionary method used by psychotherapist, Catherine Deane, to enter the minds of her clients.

When an FBI agent comes to Catherine asking for a desperate favor, her life soon turns into an interesting turn. Now, Catherine needs to enter the mind of an irreversible comatose serial killer patient named Carl Stargher. However, the supposed to be smooth process becomes menacing as she explores his twisted mind. Carl traps Catherine in his ominous dreamscape. Fortunately, Novak also enters Carl’s mind and helps Catherine to overpower Carl.

With the help of Catherine’s colleagues and the reverse process, she defeats the murderous side of Carl. The police finally locate another Carl’s victim, Julia Hickson through Catherine’s cooperation and technology.

Filming Location:

Bakersfield, California, USA

Did you already see these movies or do you know any other movie that was shot in Bakersfield? Let me know in the comments...


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