What’s the first thing you do at Las Vegas airport (IATA: LAS) after you checked in? Exactly: you spend those remaining dollars in one of the many slot machines throughout the terminals in order to try to recoup your losses during your stay in Sin City. Unfortunately this plan rarely works out and therefore you’re better off doing something else. So, how about recalling all the movies that were shot on location at McCarran International Airport?
Let’s look into that a bit closer: there are actually quite a few movies filmed at least partially at the airport according to IMDB and Wikipedia. Personally, I still remember the scene at the end of “Ocean’s Thirteen” when Danny Ocean played by George Clooney, Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan and Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell meet for one last time near gate D26 in terminal 1. There is also another scene with the famous three, this time outside the terminal as documented by the People’s magazine.
Other well known movies filmed on location were “Midnight Run” back in 1988 or “Rush Hour 2” and “The Mexican“, both in 2001. Probably the two most famous films partially shot at the airport, however, were “21” – the film about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting, released in 2008 and Martin Scorsese’s 1995 classic “Casino“. Rounding off the list is a James Bond film from 1971 with Sean Connery called “Diamonds Are Forever“.
And if you wondered whether the airport ever featured in any games, the answer is yes: in 2004 the airport was featured as “Las Venturas Airport” in the famous “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas“‘ which sold over 21 Million copies worldwide, according to Wikipedia. And the airport also featured in a more recent game: “Fallout: New Vegas” which is set in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas and was released in 2010.