Famous Movies and TV Shows Filmed in Eagle Rock

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Eagle Rock’s close proximity to Hollywood has made it the setting for many scenes in iconic films and television shows. From the campus of Occidental College to the front of CVS drugstore, Eagle Rock can be glimpsed in all of the following pieces of classic pop culture.

Top Gun

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This 1986 smash hit was a breakout for young heartthrob Tom Cruise, playing the role of Naval Aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

Beverly Hills, 90210 and Arrested Development


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The quintessential 90’s drama Beverly Hills, 90210 featured Occidental College as “California University,” where the gossip-worthy lives of the cast take place after they graduate from West Beverly Hills High.

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While 90210 didn’t exactly try to mask Occidental’s identity, the campus has been portrayed on film as a university in a wide range of locales, including Spain. In Arrested Development’s fourth Netflix season, George Michael takes a semester off from his stint at UC-Irvine to study abroad in Spain. Michael Cera’s scenes of strolling the campus grounds and sporting an extremely fake-looking mustache were actually filmed at Occidental.

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Hunt for Red October

This 1990 film, based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, follows a CIA analyst who leads US Naval officers to capture a Soviet nuclear submarine from defecting Soviet officers. Starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, the movie was a box office hit, grossing $200 million worldwide. The jury is out on how much Eagle Rock, as one of the filming sites, contributed to this success

Pharrell’s “Happy”


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Eagle Rock can also be seen in the music video for Pharrell’s 2014 earworm sensation, “Happy.” From a bowling alley to Eagle Rock High School to the street outside of a CVS, the suburban community of Eagle Rock is the star setting, taking backseat only to Pharrell’s dance moves.

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