Magnolia, 2000

Director

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast



visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Travel: Los Angeles Metro: The Red Line travels north to North Hollywood.

Driving, you can take the snaking Laurel Canyon north from Hollywood Boulevard.

The Foxfire Room, 12516 Magnolia Boulevard at Whitsett Avenue, Valley Village (tel: 818.766.1344)


Trivia

More fun in the Valley? Check out Anderson's earlier Boogie Nights, or The Karate Kid or The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Magnolia location: Foxfire Room, Magnolia Boulevard, Valley Village, San Fernando Valley

Magnolia location: Quiz Kid Donnie comes clean at the bar: Foxfire Room, Magnolia Boulevard, Valley Village, San Fernando Valley

Like Boogie Nights, the director’s previous film, Magnolia is set in the director’s own neighbourhood, the San Fernando Valley, of Burbank, North Hollywood and Van Nuys, north of Los Angeles.

‘Magnoliafan’ is the ultimate put-down for Kevin Smith afficionados, but Valley boy Paul Thomas Anderson’s daring, multi-centred drama barrels through its three-hour running time with blistering energy, carrying a clutch of career-best performances on board.

There's a brief detour to Reno, Nevada, for the opening casino scene, and to Big Bear Lake, California, for the story of the diver found in a tree.

Magnolia location: Reseda Boulevard, Reseda, San Fernando Valley

Magnolia location: the bungled robbery: Reseda Boulevard, Reseda, San Fernando Valley

The film is named for Magnolia Boulevard, one of the Valley’s main east-west thoroughfares, on which you’ll find the bar in which one-time Quiz Kid Donnie (William H Macy) declares his love for Brad the Barman. The Foxfire Room, 12516 Magnolia Boulevard at Whitsett Avenue is in Valley Village, north of Studio City.

Good-natured cop Jim Kurring (John C Reilly) is caught by the unexpected frog deluge as he drives along Reseda Boulevard. The ‘Solomon & Solomon’ store, where he spots Donnie trying to climb a telegraph pole after the clumsy robbery, is LA Popular Alliances, 7222 Reseda Boulevard at Sherman Way in Reseda.

Magnolia location: Bryson Hotel, Wilshire Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles

Magnolia location: the bungled suicide: Bryson Hotel, Wilshire Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles

It’s in downtown Los Angeles itself that you’ll find the nine-story building where the unsuccessful suicide of the prologue becomes a successful homicide. The Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Boulevard was seen also in Stephen Frears’ excellent The Grifters.

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