10 film and series robberies locations

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The robberies of films and series

From Money Heist to Inside Man via Die Hard, you’ll find all these robberies locations.

1. The National Coinage and Stamp Factory – Money Heist

The very first robbery takes place here, in the National Coinage and Stamp Factory. In fact, it is the façade of the Higher Council for Scientific Research in Madrid. In order not to disturb the scientists, the team of the series shot the outdoor scenes in the evening and on Sundays. For the Tokyo character (Úrsula Corberó), the creator of the series, Álex Pina, was strongly inspired by a well-known character in pop culture, Mathilda in the film Leon.

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2. Bank of Wall Street – Inside Man

10 places of robberies of films and series : Bank of Wall Street - Inside Man
Bank of Wall Street – Inside Man

Deciding to pull off one of the heists of the century, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) and his partners attack a Wall Street bank with a plan they believe is foolproof. The main entrance to the Manhattan Trust Bank in the film is the one in this building located across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. In fact, the set was installed in a former Wall Street bank. Spike Lee said about it: “This bank gave us cold sweats. It was indeed one of the last sets we found and, as luck would have it, the most important. But, in the end, it all worked out, as we ended up in the heart of Wall Street, in a real bank.”

Address: 20 Exchange Place, New York, USA

3. Security Independence Bank – Point Break

The gang of former presidents breaks its own rules in this particularly bloody robbery. The scenes were shot in a real bank, the Wells Fargo Bank. In the film, Patrick Swayze makes a nod to another cult feature film in which he played the starring role, Dirty Dancing. Indeed, Johnny’s surfboard (Keanu Reeves) reminds him of “a ’57 Chevy I used to have”, the car used in the movie with Jennifer Grey.

Address: 2444 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, California, USA

4. Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Die Hard with a Vengeance

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Sometimes fiction and reality come together. Simon Peter Gruber’s (Jeremy Irons) plan to rob the gold stocks piled up underneath the building by blowing up a subway tunnel was so credible that the FBI became concerned and updated its security protocols with the help of the film’s writer, Jonathan Hensleigh. At the end of an interrogation conducted by federal agents, the screenwriter was not very reassured “kind of scared the sh*t out of me for about 10 minutes because it thought they were going to arrest me.”.

The FBI will finally let him go under conditions: “You know it sounds crazy, but somebody could actually pull this off. We’re going to actually have a sit-down [meeting] and talk about how we can improve the facility so that it could never happen.”. The building is considered to be the largest gold reserve in the world, in front of the impregnable and emblematic Fort Knox. It is better to be safe from robberies.

Address: 33 Liberty Street, New York, USA

5. Karina’s Wholesale Diamonds – Reservoir Dogs

The famous Reservoir Dogs diamond dealer is located in Burbank, California. The logo of Quentin Tarantino’s production company, A Band Apart, was inspired by one of the scenes in the film in which all the characters in costume walk in the street. One of the director’s favourite sequences is the one in which Blonde (Michael Madsen), after cutting off the policeman’s ear, leaves the warehouse with Stuck in the Middle With You as a backdrop. The torture suffered by Kirk Baltz contains an improvised detail, the fact that he has a child. This precision confused Michael Madsen, who became a father shortly before.

Address: 2612 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, California, USA

6. The Drowning Trout – Snatch

The Jolly Gardeners - Flickr photo by Maggie Jones
The Jolly Gardeners – Flickr photo by Maggie Jones

Sol (Lennie James) and his men arrive at the Drowning Trout to confront Tony “Lead Teeth” (Vinnie Jones). Unfortunately for them, things do not go as planned since Tony points out to them that their gun is a dummy while his is marked “Desert Eagle .50”. This pub is actually called the Jolly Gardeners. You can taste a choice of 18 German beers, bottled or draught. The director, Guy Ritchie, makes an appearance as the man reading the newspaper in the background in the Drowning Trout, in the first scene where we meet Doug.

Address: 49-51 Black Prince Road, London, UK

7. Bank – Dog Day afternoon

10 places of robberies from movies and series : Bank - Dog Day afternoon
Bank – Dog Day afternoon

Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) rob a bank and soon find themselves trapped in the establishment by police forces. As the negotiations begin, Sonny’s motives soon attract media attention… Al Pacino can be seen repeatedly coming out into the street to harass the crowd. He shouts “Attica! Attica!” in reference to the tragic mutiny in Attica prison in September 1971.

Only the façade of the bank was used, the interior was built from scratch in a warehouse. Dog Day afternoon marks the reunion of John Cazale and Al Pacino a year after The Godfather 2, in which the two actors played respectively the brothers Fredo and Michael Corleone. Three years later, John Cazale will be in the credits of The Deer Hunter. Very sick, he will have time to shoot all his scenes but never lives the movie.

Address: 285 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York, USA

8. The Bellagio – Ocean’s Eleven

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) has a plan: three Las Vegas casinos, three simultaneous robberies. One of them, in which the thief is intentionally caught, is the famous Bellagio. If the casino is particularly well known, the Bellagio is above all a luxury hotel with 3933 rooms and 512 suites, but also has a dozen restaurants, a spa, a nightclub, an art gallery and a shopping area with eleven luxury boutiques.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

9. Mick Jagger’s apartment – The Knights of Prosperity

225 Central Park West
225 Central Park West – Photo credit: Fantrippers

In order to afford his bar, Eugene (Donal Logue) concocts an infallible plan, burglarize Mick Jagger’s apartment. The leader of the Rolling Stones plays his own role here and makes 225 Central Park West his main residence. The building was used for the movie Cruel Intentions as well as for The Prince of Tides.

Address: 225 Central Park West, New York, USA

10. Bank – Heat

10 places of robberies from movies and series : Bank - Heat
Bank – Heat

Neil McCauley’s team (Robert De Niro) is planning a robbery in this bank. More recently named Citigroup Center, the building is regularly used in movies, TV shows and video games. Grand Theft Auto V, Supergirl, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 or San Andreas feature the building.

Address: 444 Flower Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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