Southern California locations where 2004's "Collateral" was filmed.
The movie "Collateral"
opens at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),
where 'Vincent' (Tom Cruise) and his contact
"accidentally" exchange briefcases.
LAX is located near the interchange of the
405 & 105 freeways, west of Inglewood.
When cab driver 'Max' (Jamie Foxx)
first pulls out of the his taxi company in his cab,
we see the mural of a headless cowboy (or
vaquero) and a bull.
This unfinished mural
was painted in 1974 by an anonymous artist,
and is located on an outside wall at "Estrada
Courts", a federal housing project with
dozens of murals on the sides of the buildings. The address of the vaquero
is 3356 1/2 Hunter St.,in
[Caution: this is an area with known gang activity.]
When Max picks up 'Anna' (Jada Pinkett
Smith), the female prosecutor, he supposedly drops
her off at 312 Spring Street, in downtownLos Angeles. That is the address of the
old Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles,
near City Hall.
However, in the film, Max is actually shown dropping her off at
the corner of 5th & Grand,
about half a mile away.That is the location of the Gas Company
building, at 555 W. 5th Street (at Grand). That's also where he picks up 'Vincent' (Tom
Cruise) at the same corner.
After Max picks up 'Vincent' (Tom Cruise)
in his cab, their first stop is at an apartment
building, where the body of Vincent's first murder victim comes
crashing out of a window and smashes down on top of Max's taxi.
The actual address of this
apartment building is 1039 S. Union
Avenue. (between Olympic Blvd & 11th Street).
That's just three blocks west of the Staples
Center, just southwest of downtown L.A.,
northwest of the
intersection of the 110 (Harbor) and 10 Freeways.
( I originally
had this listed as 1839 S. Union, which is what Michael Mann said in his
but it's actually 1039 S. Union. Thanks to Maurizio Giorgelli
and his Collateral
Fans' Forum for the tip! )
Next, Vincent then tells Max to go to
7565 Fountain Ave., but along the way
they are pulled
over by a police car. Vincent threatens to kill the police if Max can't
convince them to go away.
This police pull-over scene was
not filmed on Fountain Avenue. Rather, it was filmed about two miles to the northeast of that address, near
the corner of Franklin Ave and Cahuenga Blvd. In the scene, we can clearly see the "Patio Furniture"
store behind them, which is located at 6440 Franklin Ave. The Shell gas station,
which we can glimpse behind them, is located at 6420 Franklin Ave. This corner is located
two blocks northwest of Hollywood & Vine.
Vincent has Max park in a dark
alleyway, where he handcuffs Max to
the steering wheel of the cab,
while Vincent attends to "business". When Max attempts to escape,
he encounters a group of thugs
who rob him. Unfortunately for them, Vincent returns, catches them in the
act, and kills them.
I had a very hard time finding the location
of this allleyway. Fortunately a fan, Chas Demster,
managed to track it down using Live
Local, and let me know where it was. (Thanks, Chas!)
It turns out that the N/S alley
is located just south of Wilshire Blvd,
and north of 7th Street,
between Vermont Ave (on the east) and
New Hampshire Ave (on the west).
The building on the right side in the top photo (with Tom Cruise) is the
of the Wilshire State Bank (which houses
ICT College), which is located at 3200 Wilshire Blvd., about two miles
west of downtown L.A.