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Thursday April 25th 2024

Anaconda | 1997

A giant, and largely computer generated, snake picks off members of a jungle expedition in this tongue-in-cheek thriller.

Although much of the movie was shot in the jungle around Manaus in Brazil, you don’t have to travel quite so far to enjoy the Anaconda experience. Watch how the lush foliage gives way to, er, palm trees toward the film’s climax.

The later action sequences were filmed in California, in the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum, a 127-acre botanical garden which must be one of the most filmed locations in the world.

Its tropical foliage has been seen in Tarzan movies, Road to... movies, TV’s Fantasy Island (the kitschy little Queen Anne cottage is here), classics such as George Cukor’s The Women and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives, a couple of Alfred Hitchcock movies (Notorious and Under Capricorn), and literally hundreds of others, including 2011’s Bridesmaids. Visit the Arboretum at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, east of Pasadena.