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110 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 return on investment to the County." The State of California has made it even easier for production companies to utilize Monterey County and other locations statewide with a $300 million Film Tax Credit program. As noted, filmmakers have been attracted to the area for nearly as long as motion pic- tures have been made. The Film Commission has published a Monterey County Movie Map brochure that lists all feature films known to have filmed at least in part in these environs. Some of the area's most recognizable star turns are in the 1989 Tom Hanks movie "Turner and Hooch," partly shot in Pacific Grove; "Julie," a 1956 Doris Day/Louis Jordan thriller that features a fascinating time-capsule of mid-20th cen- tury Pebble Beach; and Clint Eastwood's breakthrough "Play Misty For Me" that was filmed at the Carmel Highlands, the Sardine Factory and Windjammer (now Sandbar and Grill) restaurants in Monterey, Carmel- by-the-Sea and the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Sharp-eyed locals get as chuckle out of a scene in which Eastwood's character hur- ries to his girlfriend's home on Spindrift Road in the Highlands from Carmel Rancho—by driving nor th on the Bixby Creek Bridge, which is several miles south of his destination. And it's not just the Peninsula that's been utilized. For t Hunter Liggett stood in for Vietnam in 2002's "We Were Soldiers," fields near Spreckels were used in the James Dean adaptation of John Parts of the Academy Award winning MGM film "National Velvet," starring Mickey Rooney and a 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, were filmed on Pebble Beach Golf Links' 9th and 10th fairways. Pebble Beach has appeared in several movies, including "Julie" and "The Parent Trap." Karen Nordstrand is director of marketing and film production for Monterey County Film Commission. Photo: Kelli Uldall Photos: Courtesy of Monterey County Film Commission

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