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TheSundial
07-18-2017, 03:27 PM
This is my fourth filming location question I've posted on this site.

Today it's the house in Swordfish which is most likely somewhere in LA or nearby in Malibu etc.

It has one of the best looking doors (if not the best) that I've seen before, that seems to be Art Deco in design.

https://s18.postimg.org/oiv5ldrl5/Swordfish.2001.1080p.Blu_Ray.x264.DTS-_ETRG.mkv_sn.jpg

Unfortunately it's probably impossible to find with such little to go on. I hate having to admit defeat...

blondebear
07-18-2017, 03:50 PM
Is it Sinatra's former home "Farralone (https://la.curbed.com/2011/12/2/10419598/frank-sinatra-fox-residence-aka-the-mad-men-jet-set-house-for-sale-in)"?

TheSundial
07-18-2017, 03:56 PM
Unfortunately that's John Travolta's character's house and the house in question is Hugh Jackman's character's daughter's house.

There doesn't seem to be any information on the internet on where it's located.

Enter the Flagon
07-18-2017, 08:29 PM
Is it Sinatra's former home "Farralone (https://la.curbed.com/2011/12/2/10419598/frank-sinatra-fox-residence-aka-the-mad-men-jet-set-house-for-sale-in)"?

Exactly right.

TheSundial
07-18-2017, 09:15 PM
No that's not exactly right. Completely different houses in the movie. I think I would know, I'm the one that made this thread.

TheSundial
07-18-2017, 09:29 PM
What makes it even more annoying is there are a few quick shots across the street from this house and there is a painted white part on the curb that is clearly an address number but it's at an angle that is impossible to read.

Enter the Flagon
07-18-2017, 09:33 PM
No that's not exactly right. Completely different houses in the movie. I think I would know, I'm the one that made this thread.

Oops, memory fail. The doctor claims I don't have Alzheimer's, but I'm not so sure.

The daughter's house, huh? Remind me: what time(s) does it show up in this here linky? I can ask a friend who worked on that film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1vZ03Cu60c

TheSundial
07-18-2017, 09:41 PM
That would be great if you could ask someone. I've been wondering about this location for awhile.

I already provided a 1080p link to the picture in my original post above.

The exterior of the house is shown twice in the movie.

First time: 47:54

Second time: 1:23:46

blondebear
07-18-2017, 10:13 PM
I suppose you could try to get ahold of the film's location manager, Richard Schuler (ttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0776004/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr451). It looks like he's still in the biz.

TheSundial
07-18-2017, 10:40 PM
Yeah I may have to try that. I doubt they would put me in contact with him though. The link you provided doesn't function. It's worth a shot though.

blondebear
07-18-2017, 10:47 PM
Oops, sorry about that link, a bad copy/paste job on my part. It was supposed to be a link to his IMDB page.. it doesn't have contact info anyway.

Enter the Flagon
07-18-2017, 10:47 PM
OK, my buddy says that a lot of the exterior shots on Swordfish were filmed in Pasadena and Porter Ranch, but that's as specific as he can get after all this time.

Personally, though, I'm not so sure that house isn't a mockup. Notice how little of the exterior is actually in the frame? Not very much. So why, if you're the producers, go to all the trouble of renting a luxurious house for a few seconds of footage (then pay a large crew to trek out to it) when you can prop up a styrofoam/plaster shell anywhere you already happen to be? Then you can film the interior shots anywhere else, even on a soundstage. So I don't know, but that'd be my guess.

That's not very much, I know, sorry.

TheSundial
07-19-2017, 12:14 AM
Ok can I ask what job your friend had in the production? Or is that too detailed to ask?

You may be right that the exterior is not a real house. It's odd how there's no windows next to the door and it just seems to be marble or fake marble.

mixdenny
07-19-2017, 01:29 AM
It doesn't even look like a house to me, but a mausoleum.

Dennis

GuanoLad
07-19-2017, 02:50 AM
I had a look around. If we take the chase that happens literally, and they end up on the coast, the best location I found that might match a house like that is Rancho Palos Verdes, near Trump National Golf Course. But I couldn't determine if I was right, and who knows, that house may not be there anymore anyway, it's been 15 years.

I do think it was a real place, but I'm not sure if the doors were authentic, or even if it was the house we're looking at as it may just be a front gate.

Colophon
07-19-2017, 08:34 AM
Unfortunately that's John Travolta's character's house and the house in question is Hugh Jackman's character's daughter's house.

There doesn't seem to be any information on the internet on where it's located.

Is it his ex-wife, Melissa's house? (I haven't seen the film.)

The script (http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Swordfish.html)says:

31 INT. MALIBU HOUSE - DAY 31

A TELEPHONE RINGS in a multi-zillion dollar Malibu beach
house. A WOMAN, late twenties, grabs the receiver. Her
voice is of perfect timbre and accentless.

Of course, that doesn't mean it actually is in Malibu...

Isamu
07-19-2017, 08:42 AM
Is it his ex-wife, Melissa's house? (I haven't seen the film.)

The script (http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Swordfish.html)says:



Of course, that doesn't mean it actually is in Malibu...

Oh fuck, now I have to know what the prefect timbre is for answering a phone. And accentless? Is that the way Audrey Hepburn answers the phone, but without the leg and shoulders stuff?