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Foreign Movies Filmed in the Czech Republic

For years, the Czech Republic was a hot destination for foreign movie production. As a result, new studios and soundstages were built and Czech crews and production companies gained considerable experience.  In recent years, the Czech Republic has lost out to other countries, such as Hungary, which provide significant tax incentives to foreign productions. In October 2009, the Czech government approved a 20% tax rebate for productions shooting in the Czech Republic. It will go into affect in January 2010, if approved by the European Commission and it should give a big boost to the Czech film industry.

Over the years, film locations in the Czech Republic have been passed off as sites both historical and current. Sometimes Prague is even cast as Prague.

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The films below are ordered alphabetically by year.

Released:

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Country: USA
Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Karolina Kurková
Director: Stephen Sommers
Filming locations include Prague
and Barrandov Studios in Prague

Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Country: USA
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Charlie Yeung
Directors: Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Filming locations include Prague

Babylon A.D. (2008)
Country: USA, France, UK
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Charlotte Rampling, Gérard Depardieu
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Filming locations include Prague, Barrandov Studios in Prague, Brno, and Ostrava

Casino Royale (2006)
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Czech Republic
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench
Director: Martin Campbell
Filming locations include Barrandov Studios in Prague, Prague, and Karlovy Vary with some places as stand-ins for
locations in Montenegro

Last Holiday (2006)
Country: UK
Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Gérard Depardieu
Director: Wayne Wang
Filming locations include Karlovy Vary and the Grandhotel Pupp

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Country: Czech Republic/USA
Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger
Director: Terry Gilliam
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Barrandov Studios, Ledeč nad Sázavou, Kutná Hora, Křivoklát Castle, Kačina Castle, Kost Castle
Notes: The fictional plot revolves around the legendary German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm who travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and pulling off exorcisms. They are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse.

Entertainment Tonight Interview with Matt and Heath (video)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005)
Country: USA
Cast: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton
Director: Andrew Adamson
Czech Republic: planned filming location
Notes: Filming scheduled to being in July 2004 in New Zealand
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Everything is Illuminated (2005)
Country: USA
Cast: Elijah Wood
Director: Liev Schreiber
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague

Oliver Twist (2005)
Country: UK
Cast: TBA
Director: Roman Polanski
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Beroun, ®atec

A Sound of Thunder (2005)
Country: USA
Cast: Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, Catherine, McCormack
Director: Peter Hyams
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Barrandov Studios

Tristan & Isolde (2005)
Country: UK/USA
Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles
Director: Kevin Reynolds.
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Country: USA
Cast: Raoul Bova, Colin Salmon, Lance Henriksen
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague
Official site
Set visit at Chud.com

Chasing Liberty (2004)
Country: USA/UK
Cast: Mandy Moore, Mathew Goode, Mark Harmon
Director: Andy Cadiff
Czech Republic filming locations: Charles Bridge, National Museum, other Prague locations
Official site

Euro Trip (2004)
Country: USA
Cast: Scott Mechlowicz, Michelle Trachtenberg
Directors: Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Official site

Hellboy (2004)
Country: USA
Cast: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague
Official site
Hellboy Travelogue at Chud.com

The Prince and Me (2004)
Country: USA
Cast: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Miranda Richardson
Director: Martha Coolidge
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague and some castles
Official site

Van Helsing (2004)
Country: USA
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsdale
Director: Stephen Sommers
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Official site

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Country: USA/Germany/Czech Republic/UK
Cast: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Stephen Norrington
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Shanghai Knights (2003)
Country: USA/UK/Czech Republic
Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson
Director: David Dobkin
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Karlovy Vary, Kutná Hora, Hluboká Castle
Notes: Read Jackie Chan's insightful diary about the filming and his time in the Czech Republic.
Buy Shanghai Knights on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Underworld (2003)
Country: USA/Germany/Hungary/UK
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman
Director: Len Wiseman
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy Underworld on DVD from Amazon.com

Bad Company (2002)
Country: USA/Czech Republic
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock
Director: Joel Schumacher
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy Bad Company on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Blade II (2002)
Country: USA/Germany
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy Blade II on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

The Bourne Identity (2002)
Country: USA/Germany
Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente
Director: Doug Liman
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Notes: Prague is passed off as Zurich in scenes at the beginning of the movie.
Buy The Bourne Identity on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Hart's War (2002)
Country: USA
Cast: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague, Milovice, Zvoloněves
Notes: Until 1991, the town of Milovice was used as a training camp for the Soviet Army during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and served the same purpose for a good part of the 20th century (a training camp for the Austrian Army was set up there as early as 1904). The train attack was filmed in Zvoloněves.
Buy Hart's War on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

XXX (2002)
Country: USA
Cast: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento
Director: Rob Cohen
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Notes: This film is one of the few foreign movies in which Prague is really supposed to be Prague and not another European city. Many scenes were filmed at various locations around the city, such as the Old Town Square, Hradčanské náměstí, and Prague bridges.
Buy XXX on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Country: USA
Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce
Director: Charles Shyer
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Dobříą, Lednice, Valtice, Kutná Hora (St. Barbara's Cathedral)
Buy The Affair of the Necklace on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

From Hell (2001)
Country: USA/UK/Czech Republic
Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham
Director: The Hughes Brothers
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy From Hell on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

A Knight's Tale (2001)
Country: USA
Cast: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell
Director: Brian Helgeland
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic
Buy A Knight's Tale on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Spy Game (2001)
Country: USA/UK
Cast: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt
Director: Tony Scott
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy Spy Game on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Canone inverso - Making Love (2000)
Country: Italy
Cast: Hans Matheson, Mélanie Thierry
Director: Ricky Tognazzi
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague, Mariánské Lázně
Notes: Locations used in this film include the Tyl Theatre, Charles Bridge, the Main Train Station in Prague, and the Mariánské Lázně collonade.

Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
Country: USA/Czech Republic
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne
Director: Courtney Solomon
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague, Kutná Hora
Buy Dungeons & Dragons on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Country: France
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman
Director: Luc Besson
Czech Republic filming locations: Bruntál, Rázová
Buy The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Die Hard Dracula (1998)
Country: USA
Cast: Bruce Glover, Denny Sachen
Director: Peter Horak
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Ústí nad Labem
Buy Die Hard Dracula on VHS from Amazon.com

Les Misérables (1998)
Country: USA/UK/Germany
Cast: Christopher Adamson, Tim Barlow
Director: Bille August
Czech Republic filming locations: Kutná Hora, Vrbno, ®atec, Prague
Notes: This movie was filmed mostly in the towns of Kutná Hora, Vrbno, and ®atec. Prague locations include the Trója Chateau and Hradčanské náměstí.
Buy Les Misérables on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Country: USA
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight
Director: Brian De Palma
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Notes: The first part of the movie takes place in Prague and has some great scenes on Charles Bridge, off of which one of the main characters falls, and on Kampa Island. The National Museum on Wencelas Square passes for the U.S Embassy and is where the party took place. Max's headquarters is in the Grand Hotel Europa.
Buy Mission: Impossible on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Underground (1995)
Country: France/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Germany/Hungary
Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski
Director: Emir Kusturica
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy Underground on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Immortal Beloved (1994)
Country: UK/USA
Cast: Gary Oldman, Isabella Rossellini
Director: Bernard Rose
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Kroměříľ
Buy Immortal Beloved on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

The Trial (1993)
Country: UK
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins
Director: David Hugh Jones
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague
Buy The Trial on VHS from Amazon.com

Kafka (1991)
Country: France/USA
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic: Prague
Buy Kafka on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Country: USA
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche
Director: Philip Kaufman
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague
Buy The Unbearable Lightness of Being on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

Amadeus (1984)
Country: USA
Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce
Director: Miloą Forman
Czech Republic filming locations: Prague, Kroměříľ
Buy Amadeus on VHS or DVD from Amazon.com

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