12 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed In Wichita
Home to one of the world's largest IMAX theatres, Wichita and watching movies go hand-in-hand, but did you know that several movies were actually filmed in Wichita? Check out these movies filmed right here in Wichita!
This 2005 independent film follows five simultaneous plotlines highlighting similarities and coincidences. This movie was filmed entirely in Wichita, KS.
In this PG-rated film from 1980 a woman who was left at the altar dreams of killing all of the men who have treated her poorly throughout her life. The Attic was filmed, in its entirety, in Wichita.
The Big Kahuna
The Big Kahuna, rated R, stars Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli. Following the three businessmen as they attempt to make a sales pitch to a client, filming for this production took place in New York City and Wichita.
The unrated 1993 film, Darkness, is focused around a town plagued by vampires. Armed with a chainsaw, shotgun and Holy water, can the hero save his town? Darkness was filmed in two Kansas locations: Augusta and Wichita.
The Gypsy Moths
The Gypsy Moths, released in 1969, chronicles three skydivers as their travelling show passes through a town in the Midwest. In addition to portions of the movie being filmed in-studio in California, filming for The Gypsy Moths took place in several Kansas towns, such as Abilene, Benton, Cottonwood Falls, El Dorado and Wichita.
King Kung Fu
In 1976's King Kung Fu, a talking gorilla trained in martial arts is sent to America from China in order to bring Chinese martial arts to the Western world. While King Kung Fu is in Kansas, he is met by a few people who believe that he could be their ticket to the big time. As they attempt to capture and sell King Kung Fu, he escapes. This G-rated movie was filmed entirely in Wichita.
When Martians invade Earth in Tim Burton's 1996 Mars Attacks!, they are hard to beat. The PG-13 movie was filmed in Argentina, Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington D.C., and several Kansas locations including Burns, Lawrence, Leon, and Wichita.
In MindField, which was released in 2003, a former government worker faces an odd series of events after leaving his job, and mysteriously ends up mixed up with a serial killer. The unrated movie was filmed entirely in Wichita.
In 2003's Night Screams, two dangerous killers escape an asylum on the same night as a high school party. While hiding from police, the killers end up at the party, which is in Wichita, KS. Night Screams was filmed, in its entirety, in Wichita.
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End
When a father returns to the family he abandoned, his wife must reunite her husband with her reluctant son. The TV Movie from 1999 was filmed in Emporia, Kansas; Osage City, Kansas; and Wichita, Kansas.
Another Sarah, Plain and Tall film, 1993's Skylark was filmed in Maine as well as the three Kansas locations Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End was filmed in, Osage City, Emporia, and Wichita.
If you haven't already guessed, this 1989 movie focuses around a phenomenon well known to Kansans: tornadoes. Rated PG-13, this movie was filmed in Wichita.
the 2014 film Wichita is set in 1882 Wichita as a bounty hunter, a fugitive, and a drifter all wind up there. This movie was filmed in Wichita.
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Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves, 1990, tells of a lieutenant exiled to a remote outpost, where he lives among wolves and Indians. The movie, rated PG-13, was filmed in South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Fort Hays, Kansas.
In Cold Blood
With robberies, murders, and more, 1967's In Cold Blood will have you on the edge of your seat. The R-rated movie was filmed in Mexico, Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas, and several Kansas cities including: Emporia, Edgerton, Garden City, Kansas City, Olathe and Holcomb.
Just before the Labor Day picnic, a handsome stranger arrives in a small town in Kansas. While part of the movie was filmed in-studio in California, many Kansas cities were also selected as filming locations. Sterling, Hutchinson, Nickerson, Salina and Halstead are featured in the film.
Terms Of Endearment
In Terms of Endearment, Aurora looks for love while her daughter struggles with issues with her family. The 1983 movie was filmed in Texas, Nebraska, New York and Junction City, Kansas.
Though it may not have been filmed in ICT, the 2010 Tom Cruise/Cameron Dias film Knight and Day was originally titled "Wichita," as Diaz's character was from a Midwest town suspected to be Wichita, and the airport scene, while not filmed in Wichita, is supposed to be representative of Wichita's then Mid-Continent Airport. Though the name was changed in a long production process, the film was referred to as the "Untitled Wichita Project" before the film's official title was determined. The film's credits even list two extras in the film as "Wichita airport travelers."