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3 Movies that were mainly filmed in Alaska

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Felipe Bustillo

There are a considerable number of filmmakers eager to show Alaska to the entire world.

Alaska was once seen as a folly. America would soon be able to expand at the cost of just two cents per acre, as the purchase allowed for such a low cost. The purchase agreement between the United States and Russia dates from 1867. The land eventually became the 49th state in 1957.

Most people are unaware that Japan occupied two Alaskan islands during World War II for 15 months. Because they attempted to invade the continental 48 states, they used Attu and Kiska as potential launching points. Even though that never happened, it is an intriguing part of U.S. history that isn't always taught in history class.

Alaska is also a mountainous state. These mountains are home to 17 of the United States' highest peaks. The highest peak in North America could be found on Mount McKinley, at the height of 20,320 feet.

With that said, it is clear that Alaska is a critical U.S. state, but it also appears in a plethora of movies, including:

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild is a biographical film about an idealistic college graduate who attempts a perilous journey across the North American continent into the Alaskan wilderness is Into the Wild. On the way, he sees an abandoned bus with the number 142, which he later calls the 'Magic Bus.'

The Magic Bus 142 can be seen today by fans of the movie and book of the same name. It is a famous attraction for hikers worldwide, located on the Stampede Trail in Denali National Park. Since the location bus location was too remote, the movie wasn't filmed on the 30 km trail. Instead, most of the film was filmed in Cantwell, 80 km south.

Filming locations:

  • Healy, Alaska, USA
  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
  • Cantwell, Alaska, USA
  • Copper River, Alaska, USA

Insomnia (2002)

Christopher Nolan's thriller 'Insomnia' follows the story of a sleep-deprived Los Angeles detective played by Al Pacino on the hunt for the perpetrator of a teenage girl's murder. Robin Williams plays a fellow LAPD detective, along with Hilary Swank as a young local policewoman.

The film takes place in Nightmute, but it was primarily shot in Valdez over three months. The opening aerial scene features Columbia Glacier, while the final iconic waterfall road scene is the Richardson Highway.

Filming locations:

  • Valdez, Alaska, USA
  • Hyder, Alaska, USA
  • Alaska, USA

Big Miracle (2012)

Big Miracle is a 1988 international effort to rescue whales trapped in ice, Operation Breakthrough, stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The filming took place exclusively in Barrow, Anchorage, and Seward.

The movie takes place in Barrow, the team's extreme temperatures team had to shoot in Anchorage. For the rest of the scenes, the production team used sets from Anchorage while making downtown Anchorage look like it was in the 1980s. Amigos stands in for the real-life Mexican restaurant. The Alaska SeaLife Center also plays an essential role in the movie.

Filming locations:

  • Barrow, Alaska, USA
  • Fort Richardson, Alaska, USA
  • Alaska SeaLife Center - 301 Railway Ave, Seward, Alaska, USA
  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA
  • Alaska, USA

Bonus: More movies shot in Alaska:

  • Balto (1995)
  • The Big White (2005)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • The Thing (1982)

What can you say about these movies? Please let us know more about more films shot in Alaska! Hit the comment section below for your answers!


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