20 Movie Characters’ Homes You Can Visit

A tour of movie stars homes in Los Angeles in 2002 left me fairly unimpressed but since then I’ve found something of much more interest to me and that’s the places where some of films most famous characters live. Over the years I’ve covered hundreds or movie locations in many countries but I think many of my favourite photo’s have been captured at these homes.

So, here is a virtual tour taking you around the world from the UK to the USA to Tunisia to France to Germany. It might cost you a fair bit to visit all these homes and there’s not much chance of seeing the stars you believe to live there. We here at Beyond The Movies have made huge losses undertaking such ventures so that you don’t have to but if you actually do then please be aware that many of these homes are private property so behave with respect and discretion. Here then, in no real particular order, is the list…

1. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), The Karate Kid (1984) – 19223 Saticoy Street, Reseda (USA). Details here

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2. Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), Back To The Future (1985) – 9303 Roslyndale Avenue, Arieta (USA). Details here

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3. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), The Bourne Identity (2002) – 104 Avenue Kléber, Paris (France). Details here

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4. Lola (Franka Potente), Lola Rennt (a.k.a. Run Lola Run) (1988) – 13-14 Albrechtstrasse, Berlin (Germany). Details here

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5. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), Spider-Man (2002) – 8839 on 69th Road, Forest Hills, New York (USA). Details here

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6. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Sidi Driss Hotel, Matmata (Tunisia). Details here

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7. Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Djerba (Tunisia). Details here

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8. M (Judi Dench), Skyfall (2012) – 82 Cadogan Square, London (UK). Details here

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9. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – 36 Fuller Place, Brooklyn, New York (USA). Details here

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10. Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), Bridget Jones’s Diary – Globe Pub, 8 Bedale Street, London (UK). Details here

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11. Will Freeman (Hugh Grant), About A Boy (2002) – 16-18 St James’ Walk, London (UK). Details here

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12. Charlie Croker (Michael Caine), The Italian Job (1969) – 18 Denbigh Close, London (UK). Details here

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13. Charles (Hugh Grant), Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994) – 22 Highbury Terrace, London (UK). Details here

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14. Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – Ksar Medenine (Tunisia). Details here

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15. Dr Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Back To The Future (1985) – 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena (USA). Details here

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16. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) – 169 East 71st Street (USA). Details here

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17. Robert Neville (Will Smith), I Am Legend (2007) – 11 Washington Square Park North, New York (USA). Details here

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18. Carly Norris (Sharon Stone), Sliver (1993) – 211 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street, New York (USA). Details here

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19. Tokunaga FamilyJu-On: The Grudge – Tokorozawa, Saitama (Japan). Details here

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20. Amélie (Audrey Taotou), Amélie (2001) – 56 Rue des Trois-Freres, Paris (France).Details here

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Berlin Filming Locations: Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) (1988)

If you were to ask me what my favourite German film was I’d have to go for ‘Lola Rennt’ (UK title: ‘Run Lola Run’) due to the fact that its probably the only one I have ever seen!

 

Other than that its actually a very good film using the streets of Berlin in a clever edit which makes it seem as if all the locations are near each other. Thats far from the case though as it took me a couple of days to get round them all unlike the flame-haired Lola (Franka Potente) herself who has to run it in 20 minutes…..three times! When she gets the all important call from boyfriend Manni during the movies opening moments she rushes out of her apartment, down the stairwell and out of the apartment block at 13-14 Albrechtstrasse near Friedrichstrasse railway station. This was my first port of call and maybe the most important one and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was so accessible as I thought I’d probably just have to poke my camera through the gates railings.

 

The phone box specifically erected for the movie was on the corner of Osnabruecker Strasse and Tauroggener Strasse.

 

Below is the Deutsche Transfer Bank which is located at Behrenstrasse 37. It’s a hotel now and stood in as a fictitious bank.

 

Oberbaumbruecke is the train overpass which features just before Lola dashes through its turrets and picturesque brick arcades.

  

The casino’s exterior is on Unter Den Linden opposite the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

 

In front of this museum (below left) on the corner of Hinter Dem Giesshaus is where Lola runs in front of a lorry. Just after Strausberger Platz on Karl Marx Allee is where Lola wishes for Manni to arrive. The fernsehturm (TV Tower) is obscured by the trees in the film and its the cloud which hides it in my photo (below right).

 

The square tile pattern pavement Lola runs across is Gendarmenmarkt and its Konzerthaus features but all of this was under construction when I was there or it might just have been that it had been used for a New Years Party a few days prior to my arrival. Across the road from there is the shop underpassage. This is on the corner of Charlottenstrasse and Franzoesische Strasse and is where Lola runs in Run 1 of the film.

 

23-24 Wallstrasse features in all three runs and is where Herr Meier comes out of his garage. Its not really recognisable now in any way as its now a hotel.  

Cuvrystrasse (below) is where Lola gets shot at the end of the first run.

 

Franzoesische Strasse U-Bahn station is the station which is in the middle of the road and the path that Lola runs is slightly different on the three takes during the film before she encounters the Nuns.

 

Those Nuns appeared on Mauerstrasse in all three runs with very slight variations as Lola runs through them. The cyclist appears from Franzoesische Strasse which is just round the corner and slightly further south from the nuns. Sadly these two photos were taken at night (I hadn’t originally deemed them important enough to bother with them but decided that I might as well complete things at the end of a long busy day) so they are not so clear.

 

You can read ‘Berlin Pt III: The Bourne Supremacy Filming Locations’ here.