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The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has been a backdrop for several famous movies over the years. While the USVI may not be as widely known for its film industry as some other locations, its stunning natural beauty and unique landscapes have attracted filmmakers. Here are a few movies that have been filmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands – a few we didn’t even realize!!

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Parts of this critically acclaimed film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were shot at Honeymoon Beach, on Water Island. The film showcases the islands’ picturesque settings.
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Although most of this iconic movie was filmed in Ohio, some scenes were shot on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one of the most popular ending at Sandy Point Beach.
  3. Trading Places (1983): This comedy classic featuring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd includes scenes set at the Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix, adding a touch of tropical flair to the film.
  4. Cocktail (1988): While primarily set in New York City, the U.S. Virgin Islands provides the backdrop for parts of this romantic drama starring Tom Cruise.
  5. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996): This science fiction film starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer filmed some scenes on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991): While the majority of the film takes place elsewhere, the U.S. Virgin Islands served as one of the locations for some scenes in this Academy Award-winning thriller.
  7. Virus (1999): Parts of this sci-fi horror film, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland, were shot in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  8. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011): This Vampiric lovestory staring Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart, shot a scene in 2011 from Magens Bay, St. Thomas. Appartently after shooting, the stars enjoyed coctails on the beach while awaiting the sunrise.
  9. Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993): This comedy also features St. Thomas. Utilizing what was previously known as Stouffer’s Beach Resort, currently the Renaissance Grand, and also the popular Magens Bay.

These movies took advantage of the USVI’s stunning landscapes, including its beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, and picturesque coastal vistas. Additionally, the islands’ unique atmosphere and scenery have made them attractive to filmmakers seeking distinctive settings for their productions.

It’s worth noting that while these movies were filmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the islands may not be as well-known for their film industry as some other locations. However, they continue to attract filmmakers and offer a unique backdrop for various types of productions.

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