Can't Buy Me Love Movie Behind The Scenes

Can't Buy Me Love Locations

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The airplane junkyard. One of my favourite scenes from this wonderful film.

Locations Notes

Rewind the locations where they filmed the 1987 Romantic Comedy movie starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Seth Green More Cast

Locations Manager(s): Anne McCaffrey

Can't Buy Me Love Filming Locations:

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Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Airplane Graveyard in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at Pima Air Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona. Google Map

In usual Hollywood fashion, at least 3 seperate locations were used to portray the airplane "graveyard" in Can't Buy Me Love.

We are proud to be able to exclusively reveal that Ronnie and Cindy peer over a wall to view the Air Force Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC). The Pima Air Museum (next door) actually provides a tour of the facility. Located on the East side of Kolb in in the Arizona desert near Tucson on Kolb Rd, the next main intersection when traveling east of the Pima Air Museum. AMARC is the Air Force's storage yard for decommissioned aircraft. Nearly 4,400 airplanes and helicopters await recommissioning, recycling, resale, or refurbishment for museums.

The date itself in the cockpit of the helicopter was filmed at the Pima Air Museum. See the trivia section for more details on the actual chopper they sit in!

As for the wall itself... The wall that Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson peer over to see the airplane boneyard is a wall located just north of Ft. Lowell road between Dodge and Country Club on Edith Blvd. (in Tucson,Az.) concealing a storage area for a local construction company. [Thanks to Dave] A genuine wall located near to the AMARC site on Kolb Rd may have been used to get the shots of the planes that they see. According to Chris, the wall that Ronald and Cindy look over to see the planes is now painted beige and the box that they are standing on is no longer there as it was only a prop.

Dave Hall adds: In reference to confirming the wall that Dempsey and Peterson look over in the airplane graveyard scene: If you look behind the two actors, you see telephone wires and a tree that line the opposite side of Edith. It's true that the wall is now beige. It was painted in the late 90's to cover up graffiti. The wall is just a few miles from many of the other locations. Hill Farm (Cindy's House) is just East of the wall on Ft. Lowell. Tucson High is a stones throw to the south. I'm not positive, but the house that the jocks attack on Halloween I believe is in Winterhaven subdivision about a half mile West of the wall. [Thanks to Dave Hall] Keith kindly wrote in to add: I'm almost sure the "Bag of Flaming Poop Scene" was on Christmas Ave., in my old Subdivision, Winterhaven. I used to live across the street!

Cindy's house was filmed at a housing community called Hill Farm in North Central Tucson. It's on Ft. Lowell between Swan and Craycroft. The house they used was the main 'club house' called Hill Farm House. It is found at the intersection of Willow Creek and Hill Place Dr. [Thanks to Jessica E.]

I believe the exact location for Cindy's house is at the corner of Hill Farm Dr & N Hill Farm Dr. There is a wagon & fountain in the yard. [Thanks to Kirk Bowman]

The scene where the cheerleaders are practicing was shot on a field that is no longer in existence. Since the movie was shot, Tucson High had a new building erected in that location, on the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Euclid.

The pizza place (Scoop's) was at 2910 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson. That location was a KFC for years and is now occupied by Los Betos Mexican Restaurant. [Thanks to Robert Charles]

The scene where the football players and Donald are driving in the van is also on Speedway Blvd. -Named "ugliest main street in America" by Life magazine in 1972. As they are driving you can see a movie theater in the background called The Twin Theaters, it is now known as The Loft (an indy theater).

The scene in the mall (Tucson Mall) where Donald's brother walks up to Cindy and she tries to scare him away by putting make-up on him use to be a make-up store, but is now a Cinnabons. [Thanks to Marie Ward]

The rest of the movie was filmed in and around Tucson, Arizona including The (at the time brand new) Tucson Mall and Tucson High School, whose students provided most of the extras in several scenes, including the dance scene.

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Locations Links

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Pima Air Museum

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LX Preview

LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!

Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.

We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for Can't Buy Me Love upon release:

Ronald's House - Candidate #2
Airplane Graveyard - The Date
Cindy's House
Ronald's House
The High School
Airplane Graveyard - View From The Wall
Video Arcade
Airplane Graveyard - The Wall
The Mall
Kenneth's House
The Pool Party House
Cheerleaders Practice Field

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Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.

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