Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

jeff bridges Rex.jpgJeff Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart”, the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.

 

For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, some views of what must be the tree-dotted Hill Country, and one stock shot of the Houston skyline. Given that my knowledge of Houston is somewhat limited, I didn’t recognise the street scenes in the residential area of the city where the travelling singer sets up home, but they looked pretty much like the areas you glimpse alongside the main freeways. And despite a passing acquaintance with the shopping malls of the city, the mall where the movie’s disastrous turning point takes place didn’t look at all familiar either. Maybe a Houston reader could fill me in on this.

 

(PS See Debi’s comment: the scenes which were supposed to be on the road in Texas and in Houston were actually filmed in New Mexico, so no wonder they didn’t look familiar!)

 

(photo: Rex)

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6 Responses to Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

  1. Debi - Movie Locations Travel Examiner 15 March, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Barb,

    This post showed up in my Google Alerts today, so I thought I’d answer it. ‘Crazy Heart’ was filmed in New Mexico, so Bad’s “Houston” home and the mall are actually in one of these New Mexico locations…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1263670/locations

    Chalk it up to “movie magic”!

    Best,
    Debi

  2. Mark 20 April, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    The house in Houston looks like it could be the Montrose area where I use to live, but apparently, according to Deb’s comment, it is not. It all makes sense though because the footage from downtown (which I knew pretty well) looks completely unfamiliar to me.

    Also, if I remember correctly, the road in the stock footage of Houston looked like Allen Parkway and not I-10 from San Antonio.

    Cheers,
    -Mark

  3. Kyle 23 May, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    The “mall” is a small underground plaza in downtown Albuquerque near the convention center. The “bar” where he lost Buddy is actually a restaurant. Not sure about the house, but it looks like many of the houses in the older part of Albuquerque on the edge of downtown. I lived in Houston and Albuquerque for many years, and the only thing in the movie that spelled Houston to me was the poster on the wall in the “mall” scene advertising the Houston Opera.

  4. Lisa 27 May, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    I’ve lived in Houston all my life and also thought the house could be in Montrose or the Heights maybe. The mall I thought could be the underground shops downtown. It’s been many years since I’ve been there though, so it wasn’t familiar. It was all pretty generic,save the skyline shots, which should have been my tipoff that it probably wasn’t Houston at all.

  5. Kyle 2 June, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    The “Houston mall” is definitely the small underground Albuquerque plaza. I have been there many times, eaten at the bar/restaurant, parked in the same underground parking they used in the movie, and shopped in the little boutique. The Houston underground is much larger, more shops, different architecture. The house does look like some in Montrose or the Heights, but also like many near downtown Albq or Santa Fe. Everything else was NM, so I don’t think they would have gone to Houston for a few shots in a generic house. Like Debi said, movie magic!

  6. RClark 6 August, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    In Crazy Heart the road driving towards downtown is Memorial Drive. I live right off of it.

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