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12 Films You May or May Not Have Known Were Filmed in Minnesota

Did you happen to catch the Academy Awards last weekend? I saw the recaps of the show which is more than I saw of the movies that were nominated. I’m sure “Frozen” was a great kids movie! I’m sure¬†Matthew McConaughey gave a awesome performance.

I might have paid more attention to those movies if they have been filmed around here. Found 12 films that you may or may not have known that were films in Minnesota.

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Airport (1971)

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin



Movie is about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. Filmed at MSP Airport.

According to IMDb, the field and terminal scenes were filmed entirely at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport due to the abundance of snowfall during the winter months there, although at first the film’s producers were forced to use bleached sawdust as a supplement, to make up for the lack of falling snow, until a snowstorm hit the Twin Cities area during the production of the film.



Untamed Heart (1993)

Starring: Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei



Tells the story of a young woman, always unlucky in love, finally finding true love in a very shy young man.

Shot in Minneapolis near downtown, Northeast, the U of M, and the Mississippi River. It had intended to be set in New Jersey, but after its writer/director/producer did some searching in Minneapolis, they decided to shoot it there.


Big Tomorrow Productions
Big Tomorrow Productions

Twenty Bucks (1993)

Starring: Linda Hunt, Brendan Fraser



A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.

Several scenes were shot in downtown Minneapolis while the rest of the film was film in L.A.


Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau



A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Set in Wabasha, Minnesota. Other towns include Rockford, Red Wing, Faribault, Stillwater, Chanhassen, Afton, and St. Paul.


Gramercy Pictures
Gramercy Pictures

Mallrats (1995)

Starring: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London



Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

The film was meant to be set in New Jersey but was actually filmed at Eden Prairie’s very own Eden Prairie Center mall instead.


Motion Picture Corporation of America
Motion Picture Corporation of America

Overnight Delivery (1998)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Christine Taylor



A man suspects his girlfriend of being unfaithful. So he sends her a letter, but than finds out that he was wrong. He has 24 hours to stop the package.

Shooting locations include the Cities as well as rural parts, Ground Zero nightclub in northeast, Minneapolis convention center, Stillwater Lift Bridge, and the University of St. Thomas.


New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards



A small town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Set in fictitious Mount Rose, MN, the film was shot in Carver County’s Waconia, MN.


Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox 2000 Pictures

Joe Somebody (2001)

Starring: Tim Allen, Julie Bowen



A guy is beat up by a co-worker in front of his daughter on “Bring Your Child To Work Day”, he decides to fight back.

The comedy drama was shot in Minnesota in various locations over the course of almost two months. Even the screenwriter had spent many years of his career working in the Twin Cities.


Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

North Country (2005)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner



A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States — Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit in Minnesota.

Most of the film was shot in Eveleth (location of the mine), Virginia, Chisholm, and Hibbing, MN


Focus Features
Focus Features

A Serious Man (2009)

Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind



A Midwestern mathematics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

The Coen brothers, who are from the twin cities, wrote and directed this film. This dark comedy was primarily shot in Bloomington, as well as St. Louis Park, Northfield, Richfield, Rockford, Roseville, and Minneapolis.


RKB Pictures
RKB Pictures

Stuck Between Stations (2011)

Starring: Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones



Former high school classmates reunite by chance during a chaotic party-filled evening.

In this movie you will see shots of First Avenue, Loring Park, the U of M, and a cameo from Minnesota’s own Josh Hartnett.


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