Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chances Are (1989)

dir. Emile Ardolino

The Jeffries house - 3410 P Street, NW, Washington, DC

Philip (Ryan O'Neal) walks to the Jeffries house - P Street, NW, Washington, DC

The courthouse scene - Red Brick Court House, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, Maryland

Louie Jeffries (Christopher McDonald) observes the corrupt judge taking a bribe from the crime boss - The Theodore Roosevelt Island, Virginia, with the Key Bridge visible in the background.

The restaurant where Corinne (Cybill Shepherd) and Louie were supposed to have their anniversary dinner - Paolo's, 1303 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution where Corinne works as an exhibition curator - 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC

Alex (Robert Downey, Jr.) tries to get a job at the Washington Post - 1150 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Post relocated its offices to One Franklin Square, 1301 K Street NW, and the building was torn down in 2016.

Alex walks through the Enid A. Haupt Garden, located directly behind the Smithsonian Castle at 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Philip's house - Still searching for this location

Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Philip walk by the Reflecting Pool, the Lincoln Memorial, Lincoln Memorial Circle SW, Washington, DC

Alex sits on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 701 West Basin Drive, SW, Washington, DC


  1. A scene was also filmed in Glen Echo Park MD


  2. I was present in Georgetown the night they shot the Paolo's scene. The streets were hosed down to better reflect light for the cameras and car collecting clubs were hired to provide a procession of period vehicles to drive past on Wisconsin Avenue for each take. Of interest to me was a vintage Diamond Cab in the queue, a quintessentially D.C. company. The shoot took place quite late in the night/early in the morning.