[Sponsored] Larger Than Life: Movies Featuring A Niagara Falls Setting
Like to see your vacation locations on the “big screen” before you book your trip? Here are some classic and recent movies filmed in the Niagara Falls area you can use to get your family even more excited about your vacation to the region.
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A Touch of Romance
It hasn’t escaped Hollywood that Niagara Falls is one of the continent’s prime destinations for honeymooners. One of the more recent romances featuring it is 2008’s offbeat “Camille,” starring James Franco and Sienna Miller. In the film, Franco plays a felon who marries Camille in a plot to escape the U.S. to Canada. They head to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon and discover that there is love after death.
If you prefer a more conventional romance, “Fever Pitch,” the 2005 adaptation of the Nick Hornsby novel by the same name, stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. While courting, their characters visit the region.
One of the most famous romantic movies set here was 1953’s “Niagara,” starring Marilyn Monroe. The movie begins like a storybook romance, following two couples staying in quaint cottages near the grandeur of the falls. But, it turns out Monroe’s character is in a desperate love triangle which not everyone will survive. The falls themselves feature prominently in the film and on the poster.
Likewise, the falls set an important scene in 1980’s “Superman II.” Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent raises the suspicions of savvy Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) when the two are on assignment at Niagara Falls and Superman saves a boy from drowning under the falls.
In “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” (1996) the falls are the dramatic backdrop for the film’s climax with Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis. The two areworking together to solve the mystery of Davis’s character’s history, and along the way, uncover a plot to detonate a bomb in downtown Niagara Falls.
If your family prefers comedy to action and love triangles, dig out the old classic “Niagara Fools” (1956). This cartoon, starring Woody Woodpecker focuses on the daredevils the falls have attracted. Your kids will be fascinated to learn that, though it’s not unusual for cartoon characters Woody and pals to attempt stunts like going over a massive waterfall in a wooden barrel, many people have tried the same trick. Annie Taylor was the first person to survive the drop in an airtight barrel in 1901. Nowadays, it’s illegal to try to “do the drop” and people who attempt it will be fined—and, in some cases, banned from entering Canada ever again!
Another film for kids that featuresNorth America’s favorite falls is“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” While the falls in the movie are not called “Niagara,” the production team did shoot many of the water scenes at Horseshoe Falls.
Some adult-oriented comedies have used the falls as a backdrop as well. Jim Carrey’s “Bruce Almighty” (2003) has Carrey’s character ranting in the actor’s signature style while riding the “Maid of the Mist” tourist boat. However, Carrey did not shoot the scene live at the falls; it was green-screened in studio production.
For more falls-related comedic genius, watch the star-studded “Canadian Bacon” from 1995. This political satire directed by Michael Moore stars the late John Candy, Alan Alda and Rhea Perlman, and has many cameos by Canadian actors. “Canadian Bacon” is a sendup of U.S.-Canadian political relations and details the attempt of the American president (Alda) to boost his approval ratings by starting a war with Canada. Candy’s character causes an international incident when he criticizes Canadian beer — and the game is on. The movie was shot on location in Niagara Falls on both sides. The cascade that passes for the falls in the movie was actually shot at nearby Twelve Mile Creek.
About the Author: SharynCordoza is a movie buff and travel fanatic who seeks out the locations she visits in film and books.