The Czech Republic is a hot destination for foreign movie production. Hollywood Movies made in Prague Activity has taken off dramatically in the last few years. Country locales have been passed off as sites both historical and current. Here is short list of movies made in Prague.
Hollywood Movies made in Prague:
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), USA, Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Karolina Kurková, Director: Stephen Sommers
Bangkok Dangerous (2008), USA, Cast: Nicolas Cage, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Charlie Yeung, Directors: Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Casino Royale (2006), USA, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Director: Martin Campbell
The scenes before the main title were shot at the Danube House a business center close to the Hilton on the bank of the river. M meets other agents in the library of London…but it is the Monastery of Strahov, Philosophical Hall. Montenegro? Montenegro is in true life the town Loket for exteriors and the poker game is shot in the famous Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad). The stairs of the hotel in Venice are the stairs of the National Museum of Prague.
The Brothers Grimm (2005), Czech Republic/USA, Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Director: Terry Gilliam. Movies made in Prague are filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Barrandov Studios, Ledeč nad Sázavou, Kutná Hora, Křivoklát Castle, Kačina Castle, Kost Castle
Notes: The fictional plot revolves around the legendary German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm who travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and pulling off exorcisms. They are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse.
AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004), USA, Cast: Raoul Bova, Colin Salmon, Lance Henriksen, Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Sci-Fi action movies made in Prague: Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague
Euro Trip (2004), USA, Cast: Scott Mechlowicz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Directors: Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague – Kampa island, Prague Main train station, Anděl and others
Hellboy (2004), USA, Cast: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Director: Guillermo del Toro – Comics movies made in Prague with Hellboy hero
The Prince and Me (2004), USA, Cast: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Miranda Richardson, Director: Martha Coolidge
One more Cinderella-like modern story category movies made in Prague. The movie starts in a pub of Parizska street. The court of Denmark is in the Monastery of Strahov, Theological hall. The big celebration where the girl meets again her prince was held in Hradcanske Namesti and they ride on a horse in Loretanske Namesti. Later they walk in Loretanska. The speech after the election was shot from the Cernin Palais, Loretanske Namesti.
Van Helsing (2004), USA, Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsdale, Director: Stephen Sommers
Horror movie made in Prague, where Van Helsing, the vampire hunter, has to fight against several monsters headed by Dracula. At the beginning of the movie Paris is not Paris. The first fight between Van Helsing and Mr Hide was filmed in the Old Town Square and Notre Dame is a computer trick…The village of Dracula in Transylvania was built in the suburbs of Prague, Kunratice inside a farm yard, Budapest is not Budapest but it is Kampa, under the Charles Bridge. Dracula’s party was filmed in Saint Nicholas Church, Mala Strana.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), USA/Germany/Czech Republic/UK, Cast: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Stephen Norrington
Adventure movie made in Prague, where a league of superheroes meet to fight against evil inspired by a famous comic strip. The arrival of Allan was filmed inside and outside the Rudolfinum, Jan Palach Square. The superheroes meet in the Monastery of Strahov, Theological hall. 1 sq km of Venice was built on the grounds and warehouses of a former huge state owned company. …but the most surprising thing is that the scenes placed in Kenia were shot in the outskirts of Prague…
Shanghai Knights (2003), USA/UK/Czech Republic, Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Director: David Dobkin
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Karlovy Vary, Kutná Hora, Hluboká Castle
Read Jackie Chan’s insightful diary about the filming and his time in the action movies made in Prague – Czech Republic.
Underworld (2003), USA/Germany/Hungary/UK, Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Director: Len Wiseman
Czech Republic : Next legendary vampire movies made in Prague
Bad Company (2002), USA/Czech Republic, Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Director: Joel Schumacher
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague. Next action movies made in Prague filmed in Střelecký ostrov (in front of the National Theatre)
Blade II (2002), USA/Germany, Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Director: Guillermo del Toro
Action movie starring Wesley Snipes as a vampire terminator. Thisvampire movies made in Prague was shot partly in Karlín. The beginning of the movie was shot in Karlin, Sokolovska Street close to the subway station Florenc. Later Blade drives through a tunnel, the tunnel under Letna. You can also see Wenceslas Square from the helicopter. When Blade meets Eli Damuskinos, head of the vampires you can see in the background a copy of the Astronomical clock of Prague! Some scenes during in vampire movies made in Prague the day but also at night were shot around the Monastery Emmaus, Prague 2 New Town. Most of the interiors were shot in huge warehouses of CKD, a former huge state factory, Kolbenova Street, in the suburbs of Prague 9
The Bourne Identity (2002), USA/Germany, Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Director: Doug Liman
Action movies made in Prague: Passed off as Zurich in scenes at the beginning of the movie. Jason walk close from Main Train Station, slept on Kampa Island etc.
Hart’s War (2002), USA, Cast: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Director: Gregory Hoblit
War movies made in Prague and around: Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague, Milovice, Zvoloněves. Until 1991, the town of Milovice was used as a training camp for the Soviet Army during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia (1968 – 1991) , and served the same purpose for a good part of the 20th century (a training camp for the Austrian Army was set up there as early as 1904). The train attack was filmed in Zvoloněves.
XXX (2002) , Cast: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Director: Rob Cohen, USA 2002
American action movies made in Prague starring Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson and Asia Argento. Most of the movie takes place in Prague and the surrounding areas and this is one of the few movies where Prague stars for itself. The beginning of the movie was shot in the Old Town Square-Staroměstské Náměstí and in the street Michalska. The arrival of XXX in Prague was shot in Nerudova and later he walks with the Czech agent along Celetna close to the Powder Tower. The headquarter of the Czech police is in the Schwarzenberg Palace in Hradčanské Náměstí close to the Prague Castle. XXX movies made in Prague has lunch with Asia Argento in the Municipal House-Obecní Dům and soon after runs away along the stairs Radnické schody to end up being trapped in Nerudova street and taken to the Rudolfinum. A night scene from great movies made in Prague on the motorbike was shot on the Most Legii close to the National Theater. The end of the almos knowles movies made in Prague was shot along the Moldau arriving from Vyšehrad. He jumps on the motorboat close to the bridge Palackého. The army arrives in Kampa and follows the scenes from the Charles Bridge. XXX comes out from the river on the breakwater of the Charles Bridge
From Hell (2001), USA/UK/Czech Republic, Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Director: The Hughes Brothers
This movies made in Prague is based on historical events occurred in a London suburb at the end of the 19th century. Filmed in Prague and surrounding areas. The archives were Abberline-Johnny Depp searches for information are in the Schwarzenberg Palace, Hradčanské Nám, 1, in front of the Prague Castle. A little further Abberline walks along a street with trees and baroque statues: This area is in Kutna Hora, about 70 km from Prague, between the Cathedral and the former Jesuits college. Abberline visits a museum and that is the National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square. The Monastery of Strahov was used as the interiors of Buckingham Palace during the visit to the queen and later Abberline reads a book in the Philosophical Hall. The hospital where a friend of Mary’s is taken is a real hospital in Prague 2, New Town corner between Apolinarska and Ke Karlovu. It is worth a visit! In modern gothic style made with bricks the english way. Whitechapel the London suburb where the events take place was completely built in a village outside Prague.
Spy Game (2001), USA/UK, Cast: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Director: Tony Scott
Next from action movies made in Prague with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford.
Dungeons & Dragons (2000), USA/Czech Republic, Cast: Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne, Director: Courtney Solomon
One of Fairy tale movies made in Prague about the eternal fight between Good and Evil. The meeting between the Princess and the wise man was filmed in Saint Nicholas Church, Mala Strana. Later they search for an old parchment in the Philosophical Hall of the Monastery of Strahov, that is to say the School of Magic in the movie. The big meeting at the end of the most of dungeons movies made in Prague was filmed in the State Opera, left of the National museum. The final scenes were shot in the Graveyard of Mala Strana at the beginning of Plzenska Street Prague 5.
Les Misérables (1998), USA/UK/Germany, Cast: Christopher Adamson, Tim Barlow, Director: Bille August
One of the most recent movies made in Prague, taken from the famous book by Victor Hugo was shot in Czech Republic. Most of the movie was filmed in the city of Kutna Hora and the villages of Zatec and Vrbno. The court where the main character admits he is Jean Valjean is the Castle of Troja in the Prague suburbs. The house of Jean Valjean in Paris is in Hradčanské náměstí 8.We already know this house…it was Mozart’s house in the movie Amadeus… Lamarque’s funeral was shot in the same square.
Mission: Impossible (1996), USA, Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Director: Brian De Palma
Large part of this 1996 movies made in Prague was shot here, mostly near the Charles bridge. Under the bridge there is the Kampa island, which is also accessible from the bridge through the staircase. In the square below a car explodes at the beginning of the movie and Tom Cruise watches the scene from the bridge. At the end of the square on your left you might recognize the wooden gate used at the beginning of the movie after the Party. The party was filmed inside the National Museum, Václavské Náměstí Near the wooden gate if you proceed along the river you can see another black wooden gate where a person was killed. Other shots were taken in the Municipal House, Náměstí Republiky (Meetingpoint for authorised Prague Segway tours with SG-point.info), and in the buildings nearby. A scene was shot also in the Old Town Square but the restaurant that will later explode was built only for the movie.
MI: Ghost protocol (2011) USA, Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight
Tom Cruise is back in Prague for the fourth part of the saga. The beginning movies made in Prague is shot around Smichov station and while he jumps off the roof if you stop the frame you can see on the right side the church of Vysehrad. Then the scenes continue in the Main station of Prague.They don’t travel to the Kremlin though. They get to the second courtyard of Prague Castle entering through the stairs on the left under the arch between the first and second courtyard and they also walk through a dark Spanish Hall the most important in the Castle. In the best movies made in Prague Tom escapes running in the tunnels inside the ramparts of Vysehrad going out of the brick gate reaching red square in Moscow.The hospital is in Pštrosova street and when Tom is out of the building you can see below a small palais, guess what, it is a film school.When he escapes he walks in Hastalske Namesti and he asks for help in Kozi street. The car sinks in the Moldau and the shooting is from Manes bridge.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), USA, Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Director: Philip Kaufman
Romantic movies made in Prague with Daniel Day Lewis and Juliette Binoche, the movie is set in the days leading up to the Soviet invasion of Czech Republic. A doctor with a promiscuous sex life (interpreted by Lewis) meets a woman; the story proceeds in a classic menage a trois among him, his lover and Juliette Binoche. The atmosphere of the movie is very delicate and fragile like the characters in the story. Based on Milan Kundera’s novel the movie was not shot in Prague. Many Czechs were considered for some roles, but most had to give up fearing the Communist party reprisal on their relatives still living in, at the time, Czechoslovakia.
Amadeus (1984) , USA, Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Director: Miloš Forman
Milos Forman’s movies made in Prague about the life of Amadeus Mozart that was in real life a long time Prague resident. Several are the scenes in which Prague (especially Mala Strana and the area of the castle) is clearly recognizable; as Forman itself put it the inefficiencies of Communism made the Czech capital the ideal place to shoot this picture as the 18th century architecture had been left untouched.