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Filmed in Stockton, California: 8 Movies You Need to Watch

Love movies? Enjoy some quality time with a few cinematic adventures filmed in the Stockton, California area.

Stockton may be 329 miles North of Hollywood, but you'd be mistaken if you believe there aren't a number of cinematic connections between the two cities. Great example: screen legend Janet Leigh (Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate) was raised in Stockton, and both she and her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis are University of the Pacific alumni.

Additionally, Stockton has housed production after production of amazing films throughout the decades. Below are just a few that are available on streaming services and worthy of being added to your binge list.

Raiders of The Lost Ark

Arguably the greatest in the collection of films featuring Stockton, California, this epic Steven Spielberg/George Lucas production used the Conservatory of Music building (which houses Faye Spanos Concert Hall) at University of the Pacific as the exterior setting for Marshall College in Bedford, Connecticut--the university Indiana Jones teaches at.

The entire four-film franchise is available on Netflix.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Still image from Raiders of the Lost Ark - featuring the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music building as Marshall College.

All The King's Men (1949)

Winner of three Academy Awards and based on the career of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, this film was shot entirely in Stockton, California. Shooting locations included the Hotel Stockton, the old county courthouse, the old city jail, Atherton Island, the McLeod Lake lawn across from City Hall, the Stockton waterfront, and the north steps of Stockton City Hall.

This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Bonus: A few of these locations make our list of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Stockton!

Broderick Crawford, Walter Burke, Ralph Dumke, and Mercedes McCambridge in All the King's Men (1949)


This '80s sci-fi/horror starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, Christopher Plummer, and Max Von Sydow also used the University of the Pacific for its story. The exterior of Knoles Hall was used as the research institute in the film.

This film is available for streaming on Hulu.

Bonus: scroll down to take a virtual tour of Knoles Hall and the entire University of the Pacific campus.

Dennis Quaid and Max von Sydow in Dreamscape.

Fat City

Based on a novel set in Stockton written by Stocktonian Leonard Gardner, it was only right that the 1972 film adaptation be filmed in Stockton. Starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell as down-and-out boxers, the film featured Zuckerman Farms, the no-longer-standing El Dorado Hotel and Red Men's Hall, the Stockton Civic Auditorium, the old macaroni factory near Gleason Park as a boxing ring, and other rural and downtown sites in the city.

This film is available for streaming via Vudu or Amazon Prime.

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Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrrell in Fat City.


Comedic legend Robin Williams starred in this remake of the Disney classic The Absent-Minded Professor. Following the trend of past university-involved productions, the University of the Pacific played the part of Medfield College, where Williams' character teaches.

This film is available for streaming on the Disney+ app.

Knoles Hall at University of the Pacific playing the role of Medfield College.

Cool Hand Luke

The classic crime drama starring Paul Newman as a southern chain gang rebel utilized multiple rural locations throughout the Stockton area. Those locations included along Davis Road near Dentoni Park, the Roberts Island side of the San Joaquin River, and old Brandt Bridge.

This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke.

Hot Shots Part Deux

Starring Charlie Sheen and Lloyd Bridges, this '90s spoof of all things war film enjoyed the beauty located in Stockton for a few of its scenes. The San Joaquin Delta was used for a number of river scenes in the film.

This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Bonus: Learn
more about the 1,000 miles of waterways you can experience in Stockton via the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau.

Martin Sheen during his cameo in Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Inventing The Abbotts

The popular indie romance/drama of the late '90s features a number of "before they were big" thespians: Liv Tyler, Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly, Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, and Billy Crudup. With a story that includes the University of Pennsylvania, University of the Pacific was once again used as the institution for higher learning for these main characters.

This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix in Inventing The Abbotts.

The list above represents just a few of the many films and television shows that have used Stockton, California as a production site. For the complete list of productions, check out our fun facts page!

Also, all of the above films are available for rent or purchase through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime, if you feel like adding them to your digital collection.

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