LA River – Filming locations
Numerous films and television programs have featured various sites along the Los Angeles River, many of which involve the river as a sinister plot location. Films involving the river include The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Chinatown, Them!,Blue Thunder, Escape from L.A., Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Grease, Volcano, Point Blank, Freaky Friday (1976 film), Roadblock, Hot Rod Girl, Blood in Blood Out, Boomtown,This Christmas, Rize, The Core, Repo Man, The Italian Job, One Eight Seven, Point Break, Gone in 60 Seconds, Transformers, 24, The Gumball Rally, To Live and Die in L.A.,The First Power, Purple Rain, L.A. Zombie, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and many others, including a skit on the show Jackass in which Johnny Knoxville tries to jump a section on roller blades, but breaks his ankle. Discovery Channel filmed scenes of The Colony in the Los Angeles River, where the participants drank water and ate fish from the river. Los Angeles River served as the starting line for the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. Quite witty that is is referred to as a “river” but you have definitely seen it before, if not on the screen then perhaps on “sightseeing tours Los Angeles.” Personally I am a big fan of the Terminator scenes and often think about how much fun it would be to take a Harley up the river basin! On winter days when the river is actually flowing, a jet ski scene would be cool too; that idea is on me, Hollywood!