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10 Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Filmed In Broward County

South Florida is more than a great place to see and enjoy movies; it’s also a great place to make them. In fact, many films throughout the past six decades pay homage to Broward County.

Here is a list of some of the films that have used Broward to make movie magic.

Interested in seeing these films in theaters? Filmed In Broward: A Reel Celebration of Cinema will be taking place July 9-16 at Cinema Paradiso. The films are free for the public.

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Where The Boys Are (1960)

This movie, based on the 1959 novel by Glendon Swarthout, follows four Midwestern college co-eds who go to Fort Lauderdale for spring break. The movie is a coming-of-age comedy that later inspired thousands more college students to spend their spring break in Fort Lauderdale. Scenes for this film were shot outside Elbo Room and on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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Caddyshack (1980)

The film features a teen who wants to raise money to go to college and works as a caddy at Bushwood Country Club. The fictional Bushwood County Club was shot at Rolling Hills Country Club, which later became the private Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie. Fun fact: When Hurricane David hit Florida in 1979, the storm delayed production for several days.

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Married To The Mob (1988)

A woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) leaves for New York City after her gangster husband (Alec Baldwin) is murdered. However, another gangster and FBI agent follow her. A set in Pompano Beach was used to create a gaudy Miami hotel room featured in the flick. 

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

Two lonely old men form an unlikely friendship. Producers found the perfect small-town feel in the Ocean Hacienda Inn in Fort Lauderdale. The setting was used to film shots of a second-floor apartment that had a view of the beach.

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

An FBI agent infiltrates a major New York mafia family under the name of Donnie Brasco. The Broward County Convention Center was used as an airport in the film.

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There’s Something About Mary (1998)

A geek (Ben Stiller) who was supposed to go to prom with one of the most popular girls in school (Cameron Diaz) realizes he’s still in love with her 13 years later. The film revolves around him trying to get back in her life. The high school scene in the movie was filmed at Plantation’s City Hall. After seeing a rough cut of the film, the city council members requested that Plantation not be in the credits, due to the film’s raunchiness.

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Analyze This (1999)

The film is a comedy about a psychiatrist whose main patient is an insecure mob boss. The psychiatrist must cure the mob boss within two weeks, before the mafia heads meet. The Wreck Bar at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale (then the Yankee Clipper Hotel) was used in the filming.

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Hoot (2006)

A boy and his friends secretly take care of a flock of wild owls and help protect the birds when their safety is threatened. The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale was the primary shooting location for the film.

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Marley & Me (2008)

John Grogan’s mischievous yellow Labrador, Marley, serves as the inspiration for the writer’s columns and, later, his book about how the dog has shaped the lives of his loved ones. Office scenes at the Sun Sentinel were shot on location.

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Rock of Ages (2012)

A female aspiring singer meets a guy on Sunset Strip while the two pursue their Hollywood dreams. The scene underneath the Hollywood sign was shot at a garbage dump (Mount Trashmore) in northern Broward. Concert scenes for the film were shot at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, where some South Floridians were extras for the Jaxx/Arsenal concert.

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