Island Movie Magic

by Laura Hilton

It’s too early to leave the house yet, but it’s not too early to start daydreaming about it! While we binge watch our way through this time of self-isolation, the locations on the screen start to look pretty appealing.

Here are some movies to get you through the cabin fever and help you plan your escape. No need to visit Hollywood for this movie magic though, these famous films were shot right here on Whidbey Island!

Scenery like Deception Pass
brings movie-makers to the islands.

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Practical Magic

This romantic fantasy is a Halloween classic, where two magical sisters end up on the wrong side of the law. Featuring a huge line up of stars including Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, the town of Coupeville also plays a starring role.

Film Crew at the Fort Casey Inn

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The Ring

Naomi Watts stars in this supernatural horror movie about an urban legend involving a nightmarish videotape. With enough fog and creepy music, Deception Pass Bridge becomes a very scary place!

Movie Locations

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Snow Falling on Cedars

The classic novel by David Guterson involved love, murder, racial inequality, and a trial. When the book became a movie it turned into its own classic, and features Whidbey locations like Ebey’s Landing and the Ferry House.

Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick

(December 2020)
Stay tuned for this long-awaited sequel to the beloved Top Gun movie! Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Jennifer Connelly are back, and the action-packed story about the U.S. Navy’s top aviators continues. Our own Whidbey Naval Air Station played a big role in the high-flying action!


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