Roller coasters & amusement parks in movies

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:30 PM
Hi, I saw the movie "5 People You Meet in Heaven" recently. I enjoyed the movie because it had a lot of great footage of an amusement park called "Ruby Pier" in the movie. Anyone know where that park is located? I've tried some research on RCDB but I didn't turn up anything.

I saw some footage of a coaster in the original "Dead Zone". I don't know what the name of that coaster was either.

Does anyone know some other movies that have some coasters in them that I can check out?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:38 PM
Rollercoaster the movie

3 ninjas high noon at mega mountain


There is a CSI episode with a coaster accident in it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:41 PM
Wabash...the Santa Monica Pier was where that was filmed... *** Edited 1/18/2006 8:52:16 PM UTC by redman822***
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:44 PM
<<There is a CSI episode with a coaster accident in it.>>

There are also two CSI episodes from the first season where Grissom rides Manhattan Express, and I believe Speed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:46 PM
And don't forget "Kiss Meets The Phantom of The Park." It's a total cheese movie, but has some great shots of Revolution. ;-)

"Thrill" is also a good cheese movie, altough I think Antonio Sabato Jr. is HOT! HOT!

And there is "The Lost Boys" which features some footage from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. :-)


*** Edited 1/18/2006 7:47:29 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:17 PM
Lost Boys rocked!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:49 PM
Ruby Pier is a fictional park created by Mitch Albom. It is a very good movie that is very true to the book. Maybe the closest a movie has come to matching a book. As usual though, the book is better than the movie.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:53 PM
Anytime you see a coaster in a TV show or movie, it's a pretty safe bet that it's the one on the Santa Monica Pier. That's because it's the closest coaster to Hollywood and Burbank.

If it's not that, it's probably Viper at SFMM.

I'd say probably 75% of all coaster appearances in movies, TV or advertising are one of those two coasters.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:07 PM
The movie Big with Tom Hanks was filmed at Playland in Rye NY and The Warriors was at Coney Island. Both are good movies
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:17 PM
Don't forget the best roller coaster scene from a movie. "Kiss Me Pink" starring Eddie Cantor from about 1940. It has unbelievable footage of the Long Beach Cyclone Racer. "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park" is pretty neat also, but not easy to find (on VHS tape only).
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:20 PM
The Warriors? Hey Craig and Frank, it's that movie you were talking about last weekend!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:27 PM
Last week, I caught part of a movie on TV (Sci-Fi channel I think) called "Riding the Bullet." It's based on a Stephen King short story and set in the 60s-early 70s. It was one of those "is the horror really happening stories, or is it all in his mind?"

The Bullet (wooden roller coaster) also represented a whole bunch of other stuff too, facing your fears, facing your mortality, blah, blah. It did show some decent POV and view of the front seat footage. I wanted to see which coaster or park it was, but they compressed the credits at the end to show coming attractions for some other program.

Anyone else seen or heard of this one?

And of course, one of the best (worst) films set in a park has to be "Carnival of Souls." It scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:43 PM
You're right Caine! And the episode with the coaster wreck is where you discover that Grissom is sort've a "closet enthusiast". In the final scene there's even mention of the Beast or SOB, (maybe even both).
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:10 PM
You guys missed "The Death of Ocean View Park"
and "Summer School"
and "Richie Rich"
and "Beverly Hills Cop 3"
and "1941" (not sure if that was a real park)
and "Hidaway" (again, probally not a real park)

Theres Others Im missing...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:52 PM
Here's a list that I have...

"Our Lips are Sealed" 2000 Luna Park, Australia (Big Dipper)
"Space Cowboys" 2000 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Viper)
"House on Haunted Hill" 1999 Islands of Adventure, USA (Incredible Hulk)
"Edge of Seventeen" 1998 Cedar Point, USA (Several Attractions)
"Beverly Hills Cop 3" 1994 Great America, USA (Several Attractions)
"Car 54-Where Are You?" 1994 USA
"Getting Even With Dad" 1994 USA
"True Romance" 1993 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Viper)
"I Was on Mars" 1992 Coney Island, USA (Jumbo Jet)
"Shag" 1989
"Encino Man (aka California Man)" 1988 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Several Attractions)
"The Lost Boys" 1987 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, USA (Several Attractions)
"Summer School" 1987 Knott's Berry Farm, USA (Several Attractions)
"Funland" 1986 Six Flags over Georgia, USA (Great American Scream Machine)
"Hairspray" 1986 Dorney Park, USA (Thunderhawk)
"Breaking All the Rules" 1985 La Ronde, Canada (Several Attractions)
"The Dead Zone" 1983 Canada's Wonderland, Canada (Scooby's Ghoster Coaster)
"Sudden Impact" 1983 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, USA (Giant Dipper & Carousel)
"National Lampoon's Vacation" 1983 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Several Attractions)
"Brainstorm" 1983 Bush Gardens-the old country, USA (Loch Ness Monster)
"Zapped" 1982 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Several Attractions)
"The Sting 2" 1979 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, USA (Giant Dipper)
"Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" 1978 Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Several Attractions)
"Rollercoaster" 1977 Ocean View Park, USA; King's Dominion, USA; Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA (Several Attractions)
"Annie Hall" 1977 Coney Island, USA (Thunderbolt)
"Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows" 1968 Dorney Park, USA (Thunderhawk)
"Dangerous Minds" Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, USA (Giant Dipper)
"Death to Smoochy" Coney Island, USA (Cyclone)
"Richie Rich" Six Flags Great America, USA (Iron Wolf)
"Fear" 1996 Playland, British Columbia (The Coaster)
"Evel Knievel" 2004 Cedar Point, USA (Several Attractions; Features images of the park in the background; Made for TV [TNT]) *** Edited 1/19/2006 12:52:39 AM UTC by DBCP***

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:20 PM
Cedar Point in a gay themed movie called Edge of 17. Movie was made in 2000 and is set in the 1980's.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:26 PM
The movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad world has Cyclone Racer from above for about 3 seconds. However If you pause it. It is/was beautiful.

Chuck, who says it's in the chase scene whith the two cabs chasing the inspector.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:09 PM
"The Living Daylights" starring Timothy Dalton had some cool scenes at an amusement park. I'm not sure which one though.

James Bond & Rides, GOOD DEAL!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:44 PM
Should be the Prater in Vienna.

For an extensive list, see if you can get Bill Figie's database of coasters in movies to work.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 11:24 PM
The Prater is also in "Before Sunrise". I just watched it the other day.

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