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Did you know about the Movies Shot in Puerto Vallarta?

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Puerto Vallarta natural locations, the small towns, beaches, exotic architecture and villas, authentic colonial towns, all within hours of Los Angeles providing less expensive location, it’s surprising just how few movies have been shot here.

Even The Night of the Iguana did not really show much of the surroundings and John Huston even chose to film it in black and white to tone down the beauty which he thought would be distracting.

We will try to post some of the better known movies shots in Puerto Vallarta and surroundings. Even some trailer clips.

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

An ostracized Episcopal clergyman leads a busload of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design (B&W), and in addition to Ms. Hall’s nomination, was also nominated for Cinematography (Gabriel Figueroa) and for Art Direction. In the movie you get glimpses of downtown Puerto Vallarta from the early 1960s, the Malecon, Hotel Océano, Hotel Río and the Lighthouse on Galeana, and the Malecon, the rest is located on the set in Mismaloya.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Tennessee Williams, Anthony Veiller, John Huston
Stars: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon

Le Magnifique (1973)

Writing his 43rd spy novel, François includes people from his life. He’s the competent, sophisticated secret agent Bob in stark contrast to François. His cute neighbor is Tatiana who helps Bob in Acapulco.
Director: Philippe de Broca
Writers: Philippe de Broca, Vittorio Caprioli, Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Vittorio Caprioli

Man Friday (1975)

During the 17th century, shipwrecked English seaman Robinson Crusoe, after years of solitude, spots natives on his deserted Pacific island and befriends one who he names Friday.
Director: Jack Gold
Writers: Daniel Defoe, Adrian Mitchell
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Richard Roundtree, Peter Cellier

The Domino Principle (1977)

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.
Director: Stanley Kramer
Writer: Adam Kennedy
Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark

Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico. Many shots are taken in downtown Puerto Vallarta, some side streets, and the Malecon.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writers: Don TaitGordon Buford
Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Cloris Leachman

Caveman (1981)

In the Stone Age, strong caveman Tonda is the leader of a hostile tribe and the outcast Atouk feels unrequited desire for Tonda’s mate Lana. One day, Atouk is walking with his best friend Lar (Dennis Quaid) and they meet the cavewoman Tala. They save her blind father Gog from a tar pit and Tala fells unrequited affection for Atouk. Soon the smart Atouk becomes the leader of the misfit tribe and dispute the leadership of the whole clan and Lana with Tonda. But in the end, the leader needs a worthwhile mate.
Director: Carl Gottlieb
Writers: Rudy De Luca, Carl Gottlieb
Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Bach, Shelley Long

    Predator (1987)

    A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
    Director: John McTiernan
    Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
    Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
    Set in Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta.

    Revenge (1990)

    A retired US Navy pilot comes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the wife of a powerful businessman. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.
    Director: Tony Scott
    Writers: Jim Harrison, Jeffrey Alan Fiskin
    Stars: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe

    Blind Side (1993)

    A rich couple’s car hits a Mexican cop. Fearing prison for the accident, the couple continues to USA. An insistent man wants a job at their furniture store/factory, vaguely hinting to the accident.
    Director: Geoff Murphy
    Writers: Stewart Lindh, Solomon Weingarten, John Carlen
    Stars: Rutger Hauer, Rebecca De Mornay, Ron Silver

    Lost in the Bermuda Triangle

    A couple on a romantic cruise sail into the Bermuda triangle where the wife disappears the husband my prove his innocence when the authorities suspect foul play
    Director: Norberto Barba
    Writer: Jeff King
    Stars: Tom Verica, Charlotte d’Amboise, Christina Haag
    You will sequences in marina terminal, marina Los Peines, and i am 1 of the 2 coroners picking-up the female body.

    Which Way, Por Favor? (1999)

    Four offbeat travelers hunting for romantic adventure, hidden cash, a mysterious father, and the mythic sorcerer, “Don Juan,” made famous in books by Carlos Castaneda.
    Director: Mick Diener
    Writers: Alisa Conaboy, Nathaniel Eaton, Zack Lehtinen
    Stars: Alisa Conaboy, Nathaniel Eaton, Zack Lehtinen

    Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)

    An American government hitman on the run, makes a pact with two travellers to help him disappear into the Mexican jungle.
    Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
    Writers: Robert James WallerRichard Alfieri
    Stars: Scott Glenn, Craig Wasson, Giovanna Zacarías

    Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

    While on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills chihuahua, finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home. There are a few shots that are recognizably Vallarta, including an aerial shot of downtown Vallarta and the Romantic zone.
    Director: Raja Gosnell
    Writers: Analisa LaBianco, Jeffrey Bushell
    Stars: Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Piper Perabo, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Sharktopus (2010)

    A half-shark and half-octopus creature created for the military creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico, while the scientist who helped to create it tries to either capture or kill it.
    Director: Declan O’Brien
    Writers: Mike MacLean, Stephen Niver
    Stars: Eric Roberts, Kerem Bürsin, Sara Malakul Lane

    Limitless (2011)

    A mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100% of his brain’s abilities transforms a struggling writer into a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with many dangers.
    Director: Neil Burger
    Writers: Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn
    Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

    Sundown or I Brake for Gringos (2012)

    High school seniors Logan and Blake prepare for an epic Spring Break as they travel to the beautiful and exotic Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta hoping to hook up with their high school crushes.
    Director: Fernando Lebrija
    Writers: Fernando Lebrija, Miguel Tejada-Flores
    Stars: Devon Werkheiser, Sean Marquette, Silverio Palacios

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