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3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)


This cheesy action movie stars Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner as two rival ex-cons who execute a Las Vegas casino heist disguised as Elvis impersonators. They spend the rest of the film in a bloody cross-country cat-and-mouse chase to recover their take from the job. I have to reference this film here only because the final showdown in the film supposedly takes place in Mount Vernon, WA.  Though referenced by name and attempted to be passed off several times with shots of Mt. Baker, the film was NOT shot there. Though similar to the town in looks, a closer examination of the shots in the film reveals that these shots were taken from a northern viewpoint - somewhere along the lower Fraser River east of Vancouver, BC (likely near Abbotsford). Besides a few scenes around Las Vegas at the start of the film, the rest was shot entirely in British Columbia (passing off as Nevada, Idaho & Washington!). I'll give them credit for trying and include some of the other locations in the film for the heck of it. 



The heist (and Elvis convention) takes place at the Riviera Hotel & Casino at 2901 South Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, NV.


The gas station that Murphy (Kevin Costner) blows up early in the film was located at the Nelson Ghost town/Techatticup Mine in Nevada. The station itself was obviously built for the film, but the surrounding buildings are part of the mining camp. The remains of the plane, a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, are still present at the site.


"Hale's Cafe" in the film is now The Clothes Encounter at 3820 Moncton Street in Richmond, BC. The ensuing car chase was filmed up & down Moncton Street as well. 


While supposedly somewhere in Idaho, Michael (Kurt Russell), Cybil (Courtney Cox) and Jesse (David Kaye) stay in room #274 at the 2400 Motel at 2400 Kingsway in Vancouver, BC.


The road tunnel where Murphy spots Cybil driving and gives chase was the Bridgeway tunnel under McGill Street near Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver.


The ensuing chase takes them around and eventually in Playland Amusement Park in Hastings Park, Vancouver.

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M Dew,
Oct 5, 2012, 10:10 AM
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