Santa Cruz County History - Films



On Location in Santa Cruz County
Chronological List of Films: 1981 — 1990

Compiled by Ann Young

 


This list contains the titles of films which were shot entirely or partially in Santa Cruz County, California. The year in front of the film title is the release date. If that date was not found, then the shoot date is given. Each title is followed by a listing of local newspaper articles, with links to the full texts of many articles from the 1910's and 1920's.

(1981) East of Eden

Note: The series is based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.

Detailed Discussions:

Chatenever, Rick. "Santa Cruz Is 'East Of Eden.'"Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 16, 1980, p.24

Speiser, Matt. "East of Eden Remake Filming in Santa Cruz." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, April 16, 1980, p.2

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Celluloid Heroes Create Excitement." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Miscellaneous references:

"Filming In SC For 'East of Eden'." Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 14, 1980, p.1 (photograph)

Beebe, Greg. "Making Films In Paradise."Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 18, 1980, p.13

The Internet Movie Database

(1981) The Gangster Chronicles (TV)

Detailed Discussions:

"Universal Studios Crew on Location in Santa Cruz." Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 7, 1981, p.19

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Celluloid Heroes Create Excitement." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Miscellaneous references:

(1981) Heartbeeps

Mentioned in a historical context:

Chatenever, Rick. "Celluloid Heroes Create Excitement." Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 25, 1980, p.15

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.10

Miscellaneous references:

Chatenever, Rick. "Another 'Sting'...In Our Town." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 22, 1981, p.17

The Internet Movie Database

(1981) Peter and the Wolf

Mentioned in a historical context:

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.9

(1982) The Shadow Riders (TV)

Note: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Louis L'Amour.

Detailed Discussions:

Chatenever, Rick. "Sorry, Girls, No Tom Selleck." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 8, 1982, p.11

Chatenever, Rick. "Cowboys In The Sand." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 11, 1982, p.17

Mentioned in a historical context:

Burnson, Patrick. "Straight Shots." Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.10

Miscellaneous references:

"Movie To Be Shot Here." Green Sheet, May 26, 1982, p.15

The Internet Movie Database

(1982) The Ugly Duckling

Note: Film was shot around 1982.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Christie, Dana. "Lights! Camera! Santa Cruz!" Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.9

(1982) The World's Greatest Escape Artist (TV)

Note: Film was shot around 1982.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Burnson, Patrick. "Straight Shots." Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.11

(1983) The Sting II

Detailed Discussions:

Chatenever, Rick. "The Making Of 'The Next Sting'." Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 22, 1982, p.15

Chatenever, Rick. "Another 'Sting'...In Our Town." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 22, 1981, p.17

Mentioned in a historical context:

Jensen, Lisa. "On Location In Santa Cruz." Good Times, July 9, 1981, pp.14-15

Burnson, Patrick. "Straight Shots." Visitors Guide, July 23-August 5, 1982, p.11

Miscellaneous references:

"Movie To Be Shot Here." Green Sheet, May 26, 1982, p.15

"Now We Have Our Very Own Film Festival." Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet, January 19, 1983, p.17

"'Sting II' Cures Hives." Photoplague, January 20, 1983, p.10

The Internet Movie Database

(1983) Sudden Impact

Miscellaneous references:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p. 5

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1983) When Your Lover Leaves (TV)

Note: Film was shot in 1983.

Detailed Discussions:

Hyman, Rick. "We're in the Movies." The RoadRunner, June 1983, p1 (Santa Cruz County Cycling Club newsletter)

"Hollywood Picks Santa Cruz Again." Good Times, April 21, 1983, p.7

Long, Tom. "Casting Call Answered: Some Came For Money, Some For...." Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 1, 1983, p.A-8

Muraoka, Keith. "Capitola Council Says 'Hello Hollywood, Goodbye.'" Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 13, 1983, p.1

Miscellaneous references:

(1985) Creator

Miscellaneous references:

(1985) Hard Traveling

Detailed Discussions:

Jensen, Lisa. "A Double Life: Critic Wears Actor's Hat in Locally-Made 'Hard Traveling'." Good Times, December 6, 1984, p.53

Miscellaneous references:

(1986) Alone in the T-Shirt Zone

Miscellaneous references:

(1986) Brotherhood of Justice (TV)

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1986) Quiet Cool

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1986) Starman (TV)

Miscellaneous references:

(1987) Back to the Beach

Miscellaneous references:

(1987) Family Sins (TV)

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1987) King of Love (TV)

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

(1987) The Lost Boys

Detailed Discussions:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p.5

Miscellaneous references:

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1987) Survival Game

Miscellaneous references:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p.5

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1988) Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

Mitchell, Sam. "Teen-age Vampires Pose No Threat To SC Image." Good Times, August 6, 1987, p.5

The Internet Movie Database

(1988) Necessity (TV)

Note: The film is based on the novel by Gary Garfield.

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

Franklin, Denise. "Take Two: Aptos Twins Share Role In Made-For-TV Movie." Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 20, 1987, p.D-1

Vreeken, Stacey. "Twin Tots Take Turns In TV Movie." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, May 3, 1988

The Internet Movie Database

(1988) Steel Heel

Note: Film was shot around 1988.

Detailed Discussions:

Hildreth, Rick. "Steel Heel." Good Times, October 6, 1988, p.10

(1988) A Whisper Kills (TV)

Note: "Whisperkill" was the working title.

Detailed Discussions:

Koss, Jennifer. "Watsonville Becomes Faircrest And Residents Become Actors-for-a-Day." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, March 26, 1988, p.1

Koss, Jennifer. "Locals React To TV Movie: Loved Scenery, Hated Plot." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, May 17, 1988

Mentioned in a historical context:

Marks, Jamie. "Watsonville's Charm Reels In Hollywood Film Crews." Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 20, 1988, p.A1

Miscellaneous references:

(1988) Whisperkill

See A Whisper Kills

(1989) Split

Miscellaneous references:

(1989) Watsonville on Strike (Documentary)

Note: Film was shot in 1989.

Detailed Discussions:

Fitch, Dan. "'Watsonville On Strike': Film Stirs Old Memories." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, April 18, 1989

(1990) I Want Him Back! (TV)

See Stolen: One Husband

(1990) Stolen: One Husband (TV)

Note: "I Want Him Back!" was the working title.

Miscellaneous references:

Lovejoy, Bill. "Say, Isn't That...?" Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 5, 1989, p.A-2

Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council List 4/29/98

The Internet Movie Database

(1990) Strawberry Road

Note: A Japanese film.

Detailed Discussions:

Chatenever, Rick. "Film Crew Heads For The Beach." Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 5, 1990, p.D2

Miscellaneous references:

Trevino, Laramie. "The Glamorous World Of The Movie Extra." Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, November 2, 1990, p.13

The Internet Movie Database


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