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The Real Values of 15 Movie Homes

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It’s hard to imagine Steve Martin grappling with his daughter’s extravagant wedding in a ranch house, the Tenenbaum family coping with their stressed relationships in a free-standing beach house, or Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak falling in love in a modern high rise. For many films, the homes in which they’re set become as beloved to audiences as any member of the cast. And (just like actors) many of these homes remain standing long after the cameras stop rolling. Here are 15 movie houses you could call your own—or at least visit.

1. The Curtis Brothers’ House // The Outsiders (1983)

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731 N Saint Louis Avenue, Tulsa, OK
4 beds/ 1 bath/ 1395 square feet
Estimated Value: $51,818

Based on S.E. Hinton’s middle school classic novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s poetic saga is best known for its cast of young heartthrobs, including Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, and Matt Dillon. The house used for the Curtis boys’ (played by Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and C. Thomas Howell) “other side of the tracks” house was built in 1940 and last sold in 2008 for $6000. Its current value is estimated at over $51,000.

2. Mikey and Brand Walsh’s House // The Goonies (1985)

368 38th Street, Astoria, OR
4 beds/ 2 baths
Estimated Value: $215,931

In Richard Donner’s 1985 film (conceptualized by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus), a group of young misfits—dubbed the Goonies—try to save their homes in the Goon Dock section of Oregon from being demolished to make room for an expanding country club. As such, finding the right houses was key to the film’s success. The film’s production crew found the perfect location for the Walsh family’s home at 368 38th Street in Astoria, Oregon—and Data could have very possibly zip-lined his way to Mikey’s from his home just down the block at 304 38th Street.

3. Max and Dani Dennison’s House // Hocus Pocus (1993)

4 Ocean Avenue, Salem, MA
3 beds/ 1 bath/ 1305 square feet
Estimated Value: $341,941

The Halloween classic (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) used the town of Salem, Massachusetts, for most of its exterior shots, including those of Max and Dani’s home and Allison’s extravagant house. However, almost every interior shot was done in Los Angeles. According to Boston.com, Max’s house and Allison’s house were only 1.5 miles apart, meaning their trick-or-treat route could have easily been made in real life.

4. Nick and Amy Dunne’s Suburban Palace // Gone Girl (2014)

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3014 Keystone Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO
5 beds/ 6 baths/ 4,413 square feet
Estimated Value: $559,528

In the David Fincher film based on Gillian Flynn’s smash-hit novel, Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) move back to Nick’s Missouri hometown to help care for Nick’s ailing mother. To make the Dunnes’ new neighborhood appear riddled with financial crisis foreclosures, the real life neighbors of the Gone Girl house—a private home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri—were asked to stop mowing their lawns during filming.

5.Lance’s House // Pulp Fiction (1994)

3519 La Clede Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2 beds/ 1 bath/ 1490 square feet
Estimated Value: $700,318

Lance’s house is probably best remembered as the site of doped-out Mia’s (Uma Thurman) life-saving adrenaline shot to the chest. Last sold in November 2003 for $540,000, the tiny two-bedroom house that served as the exterior of Lance’s drug den is now valued at over $700,000—that’s over $460 per square foot! Lance must have been doing alright for himself.

6. Aurora Greenway’s House // Terms of Endearment (1983)

3060 Locke Lane, Houston, TX
4 beds/ 2.5 baths/ 3608 square feet
Estimated Value: $1,167,319

The house that served as the exterior of Aurora’s (Shirley MacLaine in an Oscar-winning performance) posh Houston home, built in 1940, stands today exactly as it did in the 1983 film. If the close mother and daughter actually lived in the houses used for filming, Emma (Debra Winger) would be a short five-mile drive from her mom Aurora.

7. Kevin McCallister’s House // Home Alone (1990)

671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL
4 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,243 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,068,645

John and Cynthia Abendshien, the owners of the house used for the McCallister family’s homestead—where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) traps, tricks, and bamboozles the Wet Bandits—insisted on living in their home during production, despite the studio’s offer to put them up in a nearby apartment. While filming took place, they became very close with Culkin and Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mom. The Abendsheins were only upset with a minor incident during the experience: finding one of their property’s fir trees cut in half. But all’s well that ends well—they laughed while watching Kevin cut down the top of the fir for his Christmas tree in the final movie.

8. The Banks Family's House // Father of the Bride (1991)

843 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA
8 beds/ 5 baths/ 4,339 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,661,483

The white colonial at 24 Maple Drive is the heart and soul of Father of the Bride. Not only is it where George Banks (played by Steve Martin) watched his little girl grow up, but it’s where he gives her away. The house used in the film is actually located at 843 El Molino Avenue and is home to Sarah Bradley, Darrell Spence, and their two children. According to HGTV, Bradley and Spence, who purchased the house in 1999, told their broker they were looking for a home similar to the one in Father of the Bride—and boy did they get their wish!

9. The MacNeil House // The Exorcist (1973)

3600 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC
3 beds/ 5 baths/ 2,808 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,694,202

In real life, just like in the 1973 film, you can find a perilous outdoor staircase (the one Father Karras falls down at the end of the movie) next to the house used for the exterior shots of the MacNeils’ home. However, Regan’s infamous window cannot be seen next to the flight: It was a façade created at the behest of director William Friedkin. If Father Karras fell down the stairs in 2015, he would roll into a gas station now located at the bottom.

10. The Corleone House //The Godfather (1972)

110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island, NY
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 6248 square feet
List Price: $2,895,000

The Corleones’ Staten Island home can be yours, if your pockets are deep enough. The five-bedroom home that served for the exterior shots (including the backyard and nearby gardens that provided the setting for Vito Corleone’s daughter’s wedding) in Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster classic is currently on the market for just shy of $3 million. In 2012, the current owners redesigned the house’s rooms to look like the ones in the film.

11. Jane and Blanche Hudson’s House // Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

172 S. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,346 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,995,873

Because the film’s stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, were seen as has-beens and box office poison in the 1960s, Warner Bros. Studios shooed production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? off the studio lots to make way for the huge production of Gypsy. This forced the production to shoot at the neglected Producers Studio and on real locations, like the S. McCadden Place mansion that served as the Hudson sisters’ decrepit sinkhole.

12. The Tenenbaum House // The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

339 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
4728 square feet
Estimated Value: $3,295,345

Wes Anderson and his location scout scoured Brooklyn for a brownstone in which to set The Royal Tenenbaums. After two days, their search was fruitless, so they made their way to Harlem. Upon stepping foot inside, Anderson began to build the story of the Tenenbaum family—he immediately envisioned how each kid would occupy his or her own level of the house. Anderson rented the home for six months in order to shoot his film.

13. Harold and Sarah Cooper’s House // The Big Chill (1983) 

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1 Laurens Street, Beaufort, SC
7 beds/ 9 baths/ 5868 square feet
List Price: $2,900,000

Beaufort, South Carolina, the town in which Tidalholm mansion—which is featured in The Big Cill—stands, had a magnetic appeal to star Tom Berenger, who played Sam Weber. Berenger moved to Beaufort after production and wed his former wife on Tidalholm’s front lawn. According to Zillow.com, Tidalholm is currently on the market, and could be yours for just under $3 million.

14. Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak’s Apartment Building // Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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169 E 71st Street, New York, NY
4 beds/ 5 baths/ 3600 square feet
List Price: $8,000,000

According to The Daily Mail, the stunning Upper East Side townhouse featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was put up for sale by former Merrill Lynch broker Peter Bacanovic in October 2014 for $8 million. The home was only used for the exterior shots (excluding the fire escape scenes), as all interior scenes were shot in a Hollywood studio.

15. Cher Horowitz’s House // Clueless (1995)

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5148 Louise Avenue, Encino, CA
7 beds/ 10 baths/ 9,441 square feet
Estimated Value: $5,304,521

Many of the interior shots of Cher Horowitz’s home were actually filmed inside the Encino mansion, meaning that grand staircase where Cher and Josh share their first kiss actually exists! The interior of the home has also served for scenes in Beverly Hills, 90210, and the exterior of the house can be seen in an episode of Desperate Housewives.

*All estimated values are as listed by Zillow.com at the time of publication.

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15 Festive Facts About Jingle All the Way
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In all of Arnold Schwarzenegger's film oeuvre, Jingle All the Way might just be the one that most exhibits the ugliness of humanity. Set on a fevered Christmas Eve brimming with desperate last-minute shoppers, Schwarzenegger's Howard Langston and Sinbad's postal worker character Myron Larabee find themselves battling one another to make themselves look good to their sons by getting their hands on the elusive Turbo Man action figure. The comedic genius Phil Hartman; Rita Wilson; future young Anakin Skywalker, Jake Lloyd; Laraine Newman; Harvey Korman; Martin Mull; Curtis Armstrong; and Chris Parnell were the other willing participants in this cult comedy, directed by Brian Levant. Here are some things you might not have known about the contemporary holiday classic.

1. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WAS ABLE TO PLAY THE LEAD BECAUSE OF A DELAY ON A PLANET OF THE APES REMAKE.

Arnold Schwarzenegger signed up to star in the Apes remake in March of 1994, but 20th Century Fox rejected multiple scripts for the movie, including one co-written by Chris Columbus (Gremlins, The Goonies). Columbus left the project in late 1995, and Schwarzenegger followed him soon after, freeing him to sign up for Jingle All the Way, produced by Columbus, in February 1996. Fox's Planet of the Apes reboot found its way into theaters in 2001, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Tim Burton.

2. SINBAD THOUGHT HE SCREWED UP THE AUDITION.

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Filming was delayed so that Sinbad could follow through on his commitment to travel to Bosnia with Hillary Clinton. Even though Columbus agreed to wait for him, the comedian still thought he "messed up" his audition and told his manager-brother he was going to quit show business.

3. OFFICER HUMMELL WAS INITIALLY WRITTEN AS A WOMAN.

Though the role of Officer Hummell was written for a woman, the part went to Robert Conrad. Conrad's explanation was that the producers "wanted someone who could pull up next to Arnold and tell him to pull over and he pulls over."

4. IT WAS CHRIS PARNELL'S FIRST MOVIE.

The future SNL star played the toy store clerk. "Well, it was my first movie role, and I didn't know how they typically shot scenes," Parnell admitted in a Reddit AMA. "So I had to laugh a lot, and I sort of spent all of my laughing energy in the wider takes, so by the time we got to the close-up shots, it was a real struggle to keep that going."

5. MARTIN MULL STAYED ON SET FOR OVER TWO WEEKS LONGER THAN HE WAS SUPPOSED TO.

Mull (KQRS D.J. a.k.a. Mr. Ponytail Man) was told it would just be a one- to two-day shoot for him. Unfortunately, his part had to be shot on a rainy day, and it didn't rain in Minneapolis for two and a half weeks.

6. PHIL HARTMAN MADE UP A BACKSTORY FOR HIS CHARACTER.


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Hartman (Ted Maltin) was probably joking for the film's official production notes, but you never know. "Ted is a guy who sued his employer for headaches caused by toner fumes and now hangs around the neighborhood and helps all the housewives," Hartman said. He also offered a take on how he was kind of being pigeonholed in Hollywood when he added, "Ted's another weasel to add my list of weasels."

7. HARTMAN ENTERTAINED HIS BORED YOUNG CO-STARS.

To keep young E.J. De la Pena (Johnny Maltin) and Jake Lloyd (Jamie Langston) from getting bored shooting a car scene all day, Hartman improvised songs designed to bring kids to hysterics. One tune contained the lyrics “You make my butt shine, the more you kiss it, the more it shines! The clock is ticking, so keep on licking, oh how you make my buttocks shine!”

"When you’re an 8 year old hearing that kind of potty humor, it was hilarious!" De la Pena remembered. "And we had a lot of fun."

8. JAMES BELUSHI HAD EXPERIENCE PLAYING SANTA BEFORE.

Belushi sort of trained to portray the Mall of America Santa in the movie by playing Kris Kringle for four years in "about 20" different homes, according to his estimation.

9. SHOOTING BEGAN IN MID-APRIL.

The Minneapolis/St.Paul areas were chosen because the producers figured they had the longest winter. But they also filmed in Los Angeles' Universal Studios for the big parade over a three week span, where it was typical hot California weather on the verge of summer. Sinbad remembered it was 100 degrees on the days when he wore the Dementor costume, and the water in his helmet had started to boil.

10. THE REAL TURBO MAN DIDN'T SWEAT.

Daniel Riordan's Turbo Man suit ensured he wouldn't have trouble with the scorching heat. He was wearing a vest underneath used by race car drivers. "They're very thin membrane vests that are filled with small, plastic tubing that's tightly coiled, back and forth, and they run cold water through it," Riordan explained. "So when they run it, it's like this cold water right up against your body and it was amazing. The sensation was fantastic."

11. TURBO MAN FIGURES WERE SOLD AT WAL-MART.

200,000 were originally produced and sold at 2,300 Wal-Mart shops for $25. They would have made more but, as Fox’s president of licensing and merchandising explained to Entertainment Weekly, there were only six and a half months to produce and promote Turbo Man toys, and it usually takes "well over a year."

12. THEY ALMOST SOLD DEMENTOR DOLLS TOO.

Sinbad recalled that the studio didn't sell Dementor action figures even though they tested high during research. "I had a prototype of the doll but they said 'give it back, we'll get you the real one when it comes out,'" Sinbad said." ...And dude, it NEVER came out!" Sinbad told Redditers his theory: "I think that they didn't want the competition between Turbo Man and my doll."

13. SOME PARENTS HAD ALCOHOL-RELATED COMPLAINTS AFTER TEST SCREENINGS.


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Schwarzenegger and Sinbad talking at a bar over some alcohol, and the fact that reindeer also imbibed in beer, were among some of the problems mothers and other early viewers took issue with.

14. THE FILMMAKERS WERE SUED FOR PLAGIARISM, AND LOST.

Randy Kornfield penned the official script, but high school teacher Brian Alan Webster alleged his Could This Be Christmas? script was very similar. The publishing firm that had the rights to Webster's script won a $19 million lawsuit from 20th Century Fox, but the ruling was overturned in 2004. Webster's screenplay was about “the quest of a Caucasian mother attempting to obtain a hard-to-get action figure toy as a Christmas gift for her son. In the course of this pursuit, she competes with an African-American woman, similarly seeking to give the action figure doll as a Christmas gift.”

15. THERE WAS A SEQUEL STARRING LARRY THE CABLE GUY.

None of the original cast members nor characters returned in the straight-to-DVD Jingle All the Way 2 (2014). It was produced by 20th Century Fox and WWE Studios and featured wrestler Santino Marella. Sinbad expressed incredulity when a Redditer inquired if he was asked to return for it. "What they are doing a new version without me! Ain't gonna work!"

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Schaefer, Stephen: "Sinbad leaps at the chance to go postal in Jingle All the Way," December 6, 1996; Des Moines Register

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10 Rich Facts About Wall Street
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It’s often said that the love of money is the root of all evil. Wall Street could have easily turned this sentiment into a tagline. A gripping financial thriller, the Oliver Stone classic is a cautionary tale whose message is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was released 30 years ago today.

1. OLIVER STONE WOULD DELIBERATELY TICK OFF MICHAEL DOUGLAS BETWEEN TAKES.

“As a director, he really tests you,” Douglas said of Stone. Around two weeks after shooting had started, Stone showed up at the actor’s trailer and asked “Are you on drugs? Because you look like you’ve never acted before in your life.” Mortified, Douglas took a look at some footage they’d already shot. Yet, after diligently reviewing it, he could find nothing wrong with his performance. “I came back to Oliver and said … ‘I think it’s okay,” Douglas remembers. “Yeah, it is, isn’t it?” Stone replied.

Eventually, Douglas wised up to his boss’s overly critical act. “Basically, what he wanted was to ratchet up that much more nastiness in Gordon Gekko,” Douglas explained. “And he was willing … for me to hate him for the rest of that movie just to bring it up a little more.” 

2. WALL STREET WON BOTH AN OSCAR AND A RAZZIE.


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Douglas’s cold portrayal of the unscrupulous Gekko netted him an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988. On the other hand, critics were thoroughly unimpressed by leading lady Daryl Hannah, who took home a Worst Supporting Actress Razzie.

3. GORDON GEKKO’S FAMOUS PHONE WEIGHED TWO POUNDS.

In one pivotal scene, Gekko rings Bud with a state-of-the-art mobile communication device. Specifically, it’s a Motorola DynaTac 8000X. Released in 1983, this brick-shaped cell phone was 13 inches long, weighed two pounds, and cost the equivalent of $8,806 in modern dollars. During the 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the anachronistic gadget returned for a quick sight gag.

4. CHARLIE SHEEN CHOSE TO HAVE HIS REAL FATHER PORTRAY HIS FICTIONAL ONE.

“It was interesting having my dad play my dad,” Sheen said on the DVD's “making of” documentary. Wall Street’s most dramatic arc revolves around Bud and Carl Fox, who were played by Charlie and Martin Sheen, respectively. Stone had built a strong working relationship with the former on the set of 1986’s Platoon. So when the time came to cast Carl, he had the younger Sheen make the call, asking “Do you want Jack Lemmon or do you want your father?” “Oh, Jack Lemmon’s a genius,” the actor said, “but my dad’s my dad and he’s kind of a genius, too.”

5. SCREENWRITER STANLEY WEISER COULDN'T FIND INSPIRATION IN EITHER CRIME AND PUNISHMENT OR THE GREAT GATSBY.

Before the writer could get started, Stone gave him a little homework. Originally, the film was conceived as “Crime and Punishment on Wall Street.” When Weiser was brought aboard one fateful Friday, Stone told him to read Dostoyevsky’s novel over the weekend. “Not having taken an Evelyn Wood Speed Reading class, I went to UCLA and purchased the Cliffs Notes,” Weiser wrote in 2008.

But the literary exercise proved futile. “On Monday, I explained to Oliver that the paradigm for that masterwork would not mesh well with the story we wanted to tell.” In a flash, Stone hit him with another assignment. “Okay,” he ordered, “read The Great Gatsby tonight, and see if we can mine something out of it.” This time, Weiser simply rented the 1974 movie adaptation. Once again, though, inspiration eluded him.

Wall Street as we know it didn’t really start to take shape until after a change in tactic: When Gatsby led him nowhere, Weiser read everything about finance that he could track down and, along with Stone, “spent three weeks visiting brokerage houses, interviewing investors and getting a feel for the Weltanschauung of Wall Street.”

6. PARTS OF THE MOVIE WERE SHOT AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE DURING WORKING HOURS.


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Permission was secured with the help of Kenneth Lipper, a longtime Wall Street insider who also served as New York City's deputy mayor from 1982 to 1985. For the film, Stone brought him on board as the chief technical advisor.

7. TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE FILM’S RELEASE, THERE WAS A MAJOR WALL STREET CRASH IN REAL LIFE.

Historians now call it “Black Monday.” On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by a staggering 22.6 percent. It was the largest single-day stock market decline of all time, with $500 billion suddenly going up in smoke. Wall Street would hit theaters on December 11, leading conspiracy theorists to wonder if Stone had seen the crisis coming and made his movie to exploit it. 

“I did not foresee the crash, as some people say, because if I had, I would have made a lot of money,” Stone quipped.

8. GEKKO WAS BASED ON THREE BIG-NAME FINANCIERS. 


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“If you need a friend, get a dog,” Gekko advises his young protégé. This quote was adapted from a remark that corporate raider Carl Icahn once made (which he had cribbed from Harry Truman). In 1985, Icahn became a notorious figure by taking over TWA airlines under the pretense of making it more profitable only to sell off its assets for his own gain. Gekko, no doubt, would’ve approved.

Wall Street’s charismatic antagonist also took cues from Asher Edelman, a financier and major league art enthusiast. Another source of inspiration was arbiter Ivan Boesky, who confessed to illegal insider trading in 1986 and ended up in jail in 1988 (more about him later).

9. STONE’S FATHER WAS A STOCKBROKER.

A survivor of the Great Depression, Louis Stone had a huge influence on his cinematically-inclined son. “The main motivation to make Wall Street was my father,” the director admitted. “He always said there were no good business movies, because the businessman was always the villain.” In the end, Wall Street was dedicated to the elder Stone, who passed away two years before its release. 

10. GEKKO’S BIG LINE IS NUMBER 57 ON THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE’S TOP 100 MOVIE QUOTES LIST.

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” finished just ahead of “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” from The Godfather: Part II. Gekko might as well have been quoting Boesky: At a 1985 commencement address given at UC Berkeley, the trader said “Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”

Newsweek later reported on the speech—and made a telling observation. “The strangest thing, when we come to look back,” the magazine argued, “will not just be that Ivan Boesky could say that at a business school graduation, but that it was greeted with laughter and applause.”

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