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12 Movies Filmed at Caesars Palace and Why We Love Them

Last updated: July 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm. Posted by in Caesars Entertainment, Caesars Palace, Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary, Celebrities. 2 Comments on 12 Movies Filmed at Caesars Palace and Why We Love Them.

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“Did Caesar live here?”

Those four words from Zach Galifianakis in 2009’s breakout hit, “The Hangover,” put Caesars Palace in the minds of millennials everywhere. It also created a cult-like phenomenon that has filled resort gift shops with Hangover merch—everything from T-shirts to bobbleheads and can koozies. It even spawned Galifianakis look-alikes on the Strip.

Seven years later it’s still on everyone’s mind. “Yes, our front desk agents are still asked the question, ‘Did the real Caesar live here?” Sean McBurney, Caesars Palace’s assistant general manager, admits.

When Hollywood movie crews cross the desert to film iconic locations in Las Vegas they often end the search at Caesars Palace. Some 27 films (and counting) have used the Roman resort as a backdrop—some more famously than others. So in honor of the 50th anniversary of Caesars Palace, we take a look back at some other favorites with the best Las Vegas movies shot at the empire.

2. The Hangover Part III

Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms returned to Las Vegas in “The Hangover: Part III” (2009) with more rooftop hijinks. How can we forget Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) singing “I Believe I Can Fly” as he parachuted down the Strip past the Eiffel Tower.

3. The Only Game in Town

Going back to the beginning, one of the first movies filmed at Caesars Palace was “The Only Game in Town” (1970) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.

4. The Electric Horseman

The early years also saw Robert Redford ride a horse through the casino in “The Electric Horseman” (1979).

5. History of the World, Part I

Dom DeLuise reigned over Caesars Palace as Nero in Mel Brooks 1981 classic, “History of the World, Part 1.”

6. Oh, God! You Devil

George Burns played a poker game of the ages in 1984’s “Oh, God! You Devil.”

7. Rain Man

The 1988 hit “Rain Man” racked up four Academy Awards. Filmed in the Emperors Suite, one of the movie’s most famous scenes shows Tom Cruise teaching Dustin Hoffman (who plays his savant brother Raymond Babbitt) how to dance. To this day, the Emperors Suite is still referred to as “the Rain Man Suite.”

8. Intolerable Cruelty

The Emperors Suite was again in the romantic comedy “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003) with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

9. Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson won Oscar gold for her portrayal of Effie White in 2006’s “Dreamgirls.” Hudson sang her emotional love song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in a Caesars Palace showroom.

10. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr., a.k.a. billionaire Tony Stark, seduced a stunning reporter in front of Caesars Palace’s main entrance in the 2008 blockbuster “Iron Man.”

11. The Guilt Trip

In “The Guilt Trip” (2012), Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen played a mother and son on a cross-country road trip. They filmed in the lobby and on the casino floor.

12. The Big Short

The housing bubble was bursting in the Oscar-winning film for best adapted screenplay, “The Big Short” and some climatic scenes with the guys, including Steve Carell, were filmed in the front lobby. Caesars Palace also made a cameo on the escalators leading to the convention hall and at the Garden of the Gods pool.

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Ryan Slattery grew up in Boston. It wasn’t until he moved to Las Vegas in 2003 that the city’s sports teams started winning championships—eight since he left. Now, he’s only allowed back to visit. Ryan is the managing editor of Vegas Player magazine and also writes about travel, entertainment and dining for a number of national publications.

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2 Responses

  1. Lisa Cotter

    On number 10 -Iron Man – you have put his name as Jonathan Stark. However his name is Tony Stark.

  2. Thank you, Lisa! We’ve informed the writer and updated the post to reflect your kind correction.