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Since hometown directors Barry Levinson and John Waters put Baltimore on the map with Diner and Hairspray in the 1980s, filmmakers have looked to Maryland as the backdrop for a variety of productions. Visit one of the many Maryland (a.k.a."Hollywood on the Chesapeake") locations seen on-screen.
Baltimore – Baltimore was, of course, the inspiration and backdrop for Levinson's Diner (1982) and Waters' Hairspray (1988), but you may have also recognized local landmarks like War Memorial Plaza, Looney's Pub in Canton, and Camden Yards in a number of films and television series, including Ladder 49 (2003), Dave (1993), Head of State (2002), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Game Change (2012), The Wire, and Veep. Johns Hopkins University was used as a stand-in for Harvard's campus in The Social Network, as well as a fictional military academy in House of Cards, and scenes from Enemy of the State, For Richer or Poorer, and Washington Square were shot in Charm City's own Mount Vernon Square.
Havre de Grace – House of Cards, a television series by Netflix, is the latest Maryland production to have a script set in the nation's capitol. The series, a political drama starring Kevin Spacy, films on location in Harford County and Baltimore. Havre de Grace, a colonial-era town located at the juncture of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River, doubles for Gaffney, S.C., the hometown of Spacey's character, Frank Underwood.
Ocean City - Ping Pong Summer, a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Maryland native Michael Tully, is set in Ocean City in the 1980s and features Trimper's Rides, a boardwalk amusement park that dates back to the 20th century.
Berlin - The Runaway Bride (1999), starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Joan Cusack, used Worcester County's Berlin and Snow Hill as stand-ins for the fictional Maryland town of Hale. It features prominently the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, built in 1895, as well as Waugh United Methodist Church in Glen Arm and Boordy Vineyard in Hydes.
St. Michaels - The filming of Wedding Crashers (2005), a romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, was done in and around St. Michaels in Talbot County. In one scene, cast member Christopher Walken takes the helm of Woodwind II, a 74-foot Annapolis schooner that sails along the Choptank River in the film. (The schooner is available for public cruises during sailing season.) And, the Inn at Perry Cabin – where some cast and crew stayed – is a key film location, as the site of the waterfront wedding.
Oxford - Just minutes from St. Michaels, Oxford was one of the main locations for Failure to Launch (2006), a romantic comedy featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. Additional filming for this production occurred in Annapolis and Baltimore.
Harford County - Tuck Everlasting (2002), a film adapted from the children's fantasy novel of the same name, features scenic locations at Rocks State Park in Harford County. Kilgore Falls, for instance, in the park's Falling Branch Area, is the second-highest vertical drop waterfall in the state. And, the King and Queen Seat, 190 feet above Deer Creek, is the top of a rock formation that offers a picturesque view of the park. The King and Queen Seat was also shown in the 1998 film Beloved. Tuck Everlasting also used locations in Susquehanna State Park (Harford County), Loch Raven Reservoir (Baltimore County), Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Cecil County) and Berlin (Worcester County).
Baltimore County - The presidential press conference scene in Absolute Power (1997), starring Clint Eastwood (he also directed), Gene Hackman and Ed Harris, was filmed at the Towson courthouse in Baltimore County. Other Central Maryland locations included The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) and Elk Neck State Park (Cecil County). Turkey Point Lighthouse, built in 1883 and located atop a 100-foot bluff at the park, was in a scene in which a car chase ended as the cars flew over a cliff. The Castle at Maryvale Preparatory School was used as a mansion where a crime central to the storyline occurred early in the film.
Antietam - The Civil War movie Gods and Generals (2003), was filmed on a farm close to Antietam National Battlefield, in Washington County, where the single bloodiest day of fighting on American soil occurred in 1863.
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