10 Movies That Were Shot in Hopkins

When you’re done watching the Oscars, see if you can spot the local landmarks in these films.

You won’t find a Walk of Fame on Hopkins’ Mainstreet, but the community is no stranger to the silver screen.

No less than 10 movies have had scenes shot in Hopkins, according to the Internet Movie Database. While the 2011 picture Thin Ice garnered the most attention (and appearances by local Elks), Hopkins has appeared in movies dating back to at least 1993.

Check out these films and see which local landmarks you can spot.



  • Release date: 1993
  • IMDb summary: “A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.”
  • Stars: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, Piper Laurie
  • Metacritic score: N/A

Beautiful Girls

  • Release date: 1996
  • IMDb summary: “A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.”
  • Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich
  • Metacritic score: 64

Drop Dead Gorgeous

  • Release date: 1999
  • IMDb summary: “A small town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.”
  • Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin
  • Metacritic score: 28

Karaoke King

  • Release date: 2000
  • IMDb summary: “A mocumentary created in the spirit of "Spinal Tap" concerning the rise of karaoke singer Nick Sabonas from local taverns to arena concert tours.”
  • Stars: Ron Johnson, John deRosier, Nate Maher
  • Metacritic score: N/A

Coffee Culture USA

  • Release date: 2008
  • Summary: Filmmakers Julie and Kenneth van Schooten explore American coffee culture in this documentary about coffee houses. (Check out The Depot as it is featured in the trailer.
  • Stars: Alfred Peet
  • Metacritic score: N/A

Into Temptation

Knowing Aaron

  • Release date: 2010
  • IMDb summary: “A micro-budget film shot by students of Hopkins High School as an exercise to understand the filmmaking process.”
  • Stars: Cody Bursch, Willie Verson, Katherine Fuguet
  • Metacritic score: N/A

Feeding Randy

  • Release date: 2011
  • IMDb summary: “After witnessing a murder on his property, a family man turns to his grisly past to protect the ones he loves.”
  • Stars: Susanne Egli, Drew Page, Joseph Midthun
  • Metacritic score: N/A

Thin Ice

  • Release date: 2011
  • IMDb summary: “An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer.”
  • Stars: Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin
  • Metacritic score: 60


  • Release date: 2013
  • IMDb summary: “Nicotine is a free-form exploration about a group of four elementary school friends now in their late 20s.”
  • Stars: Jeff Tendall, Harold Lance, Rudy Pavich
  • Metacritic score: N/A
Butch Johnson February 24, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Just watched Sunday Morning and turned on my computer and look what James has given us. Who knew and how does he come up with this information? A great day to be sharing Hopkins film history. Thanks, James.
Carol Bungert February 24, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Love the photo too!
James Warden (Editor) February 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Thanks Butch, but all the credit goes to IMDb and a coworker who came up with the idea.
Fabuladico February 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Never heard of any of these films. I'm guessing that none of them were exactly box office smashes. I've watched a few movies being filmed in the Twin Cities. Watched at MOA while Arnold was filming "Jingle all the way". I still get a kick when I see that movie and Arnold is pushing his car across the Hennepin Ave. Bridge and ends up at Mickey's Diner in St. Paul. I also saw people filming "Feeling Minnesota" and "Untamed Heart" and "Mighty Ducks" and "Foolin' Around". Minnesota seems to be a common choice for film makers.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Drop Dead Gorgeous is so underrated. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. It has a fabulous cast and it ridiculously funny. Two cents.


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