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Twenty years ago, filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly settled in Utah to shoot their first film,Donkey, very donkey🇧🇷 They filmed in places like downtown SLC, Park City, Orem, and Sandy. While much of the movie was filmed elsewhere as well, Utah arguably had some of the best scenes. Personally, I can't drop anyone off at the airport without thinking of Jim Carrey saying, "Bye, my love!"
Along with the sequence,donkey and donkey for,On November 14, I set out to find as many of these movie locations as possible. Unfortunately, the internet and local rumors have fueled a lot of false speculation about the location of some of these scenes. So with the help of director Bobby Farrelly and location scouts Lee Steadman and Mimi Davis-Taylor, I was able to track down Utah's most iconic character.Donkey, very donkeyprices.
Let's start with the place that everyone already knows:
"I hate the goodbyes!" —Lloy Christmas
Lloyd drops Mary Swanson off at the Salt Lake International Airport and they say goodbye at Gate 4, which used to be the old TWA area. After she leaves her briefcase on the escalator, Lloyd picks it up and attempts to board her plane, located in concourse B2.
It was here that he fell on the boarding bridge.
"So I'm like, 'No, but that ski mask is cool!'" —Lloyd Christmas
As Lloyd and Harry drive to Aspen, Lloyd fantasizes about when he will return Mary's briefcase. His dream house is actually LaCaille's restaurant in Sandy.
In the same dream, Lloyd is entertaining Mary's friends in a cozy sitting room in front of a roaring fire, throwing nuts in her face and lighting up his own farts. This is also the same room where he reveals the "headlights" of him.
This area is located on the second floor of the main LaCaille building:
"Suck me sideways." —Lloyd Christmas
The LaCaille estate is the real home of Mary Swanson from the beginning of the film. It's called The Chateau, an elegant guest house that can be rented for weddings or special events, and it's just steps from the front door of LaCaille...
In accordance withidiot and more idiotOwner Lee Steadman, a small pond on the LaCaille grounds was also used to film an ice skating scene that never made the final cut.
"No, it was a girl, Freda Feltcher." —Harry Dunne
As they drive west, Harry and Lloyd stop at The Second Time Is Best motel to soak in a heart-shaped jacuzzi and remember Freda Feltcher. It is currently called the M-Star Hotel (soon to be renamed the Heber Inn), located on Main Street in Heber City.
According to Steadman, there was never a heart-shaped hot tub at this location, because the interior shots were filmed at The Osmond Studios in Orem, which is now Cirque Lodge's rehab clinic.
"Big Gulps, huh? Well, see you later!" —Lloy Christmas
About a half mile down the street from the motel you will find this infamous 7-Eleven. People have speculated that this location is either in Tooele or Ogden, both locations are incorrect. It is in the city of Heber. It is still owned by the same family and looks exactly as it did in 1993.
Director Bobby Farrelly noted that the extras in this scene were just guys looking at the footage, and that Carrey's line was completely improvised.
Recently some scrupulousweekly cityreaders refused to believe that the 7-Eleven is in Heber City (which you can read all about in the comments). To prove that the 7-Eleven is in Ogden, resident Amanda Greener uploaded this photo of a Check Smart on Washington Blvd. In 1993, this building was in fact a 7-Eleven...
His photo makes a compelling case, especially when you realize that the white sign and the Kiesel Sales & Service building in the background perfectly match the screenshot below.
It's in Ogden, huh? Well, I see you then.
"We don't have food, we don't have work, our pets' heads are falling off!" —Lloy Christmas
Harry and Lloyd's apartment isn't as bad as it looks in the movie. All interior scenes were filmed at Osmond Studios, but exterior scenes were filmed at the Smith Apartments, located near 300 East and 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City.
"Hey, I think they're right. Older people, though slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. I'll be right back. Don't kill me." -Lloy Christmas
After Harry and Lloyd spend the day looking for new jobs, Lloyd decides to walk to the store to buy some "essentials". Finally, he drops his wallet in theRhode Island Whorenewspaper box and is robbed by an "old lady in a motorized wagon".
The scene was filmed just a block from her apartment, next to the old Salt Lake Antiques building at 300 South and 300 East.
"You know, on second thought, you might want to run a comb through them." —Harry Dunne
In the opening sequence, Harry drops off some stray puppies at the Providence Pedigree Pooches dog show. At the time, it was a Holiday Inn that served as the film's production office. It is currently the Palmer Court affordable housing development at 999 S. Main in Salt Lake City.
For convenience, many scenes were filmed in this area, including the limo ride to the airport and the first scene of the movie, where Jim Carrey hits the Austrian woman in the back of his limousine.
"Let's go get a couple of bowls of high-mouthed soup" - Harry Dunne
The scene where Harry and Lloyd attend the Aspen Snowy Owls benefit gala and accidentally kill a bird with a champagne cork was filmed in the Grand Hall of the Union Pacific Depot (located in The Gateway shopping center).
However, the scene outside, where Lloyd and Harry get out of the carriage and enter the building, doesn't look like a shopping mall...
That's because it was filmed on the same street as the Devereaux Mansion.
This location is also where Jim Carrey battles the restaurant staff and puts the chef's heart in a doggy bag.
Some more notable Utah-related Dumb and Dumber locations:
- The ski lodges of the parents of Mary Swanson and Nicolas Andre are located in Deer Valley. However, the exact addresses are a mystery.
- The presidential suite that Harry and Lloyd stay in in Aspen was modeled after a suite on the top floor of the American Towers in downtown Salt Lake City, but was rebuilt at Osmond Studios. Additional fact: The exterior scenes of the hotel were filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the same hotel thatThe bright.
- The scene where Harry and Lloyd drive to Aspen on the scooter was filmed in downtown Park City.
- Dante's Inferno, you know, the restaurant where Harry and Lloyd accidentally killed Joe Mentalino with rat poison, was filmed in a restaurant in Ogden, although no one who worked on the film is 100% sure of its exact location.
- Many of the Shaggin Wagon and Scooter shots that were supposed to look like Nebraska were filmed near Kennecott, in the area of 7800 South and Highway 111.
If you know of any other scene locations that I missed, please let me know in the comments.