Unfamiliar with Joel Schumacher's 1983 cult classic, D.C. Cab? Admittedly, it's not widely thought of as a "good" movie so much as one that's campy at best and awesomely bad at worst. However, the film stars the likes of Mr. T, Gary Busey, Adam Baldwin and Bill Maher and is a good snapshot of the capital in the early '80s. We mapped out some of the local locations that appear in the film. Even though locating some of these spots (like the headquarters for D.C. Cab Company) required rewinding the same two minute scene several times, we recognize that we may have missed a few spots. If you point out a place in the comments, we'll add it to the map.Read More
Mapping the Filming Locations of D.C. Cab
1. Capital Hilton
Washington, DC 20036
Because I know when I think of the high end accomodations of the Capital Hilton, I think of the Barbarian Brothers fighting under the canopy on the driveway, as in the opening sequence. What..you don't?
2. Florida Ave Grill
D.C., DC 20009
One of the movie's central locations. Fights broke out, everyone went stir crazy trying to find an expensive violin and Albert Hockenberry (Adam Baldwin) fell in love with a beautiful young server. Photo by Chester Hawkins.
3. District of Columbia Government — John A. Wilson Buildin
Washington, DC 20004
Because if you're going to have a massive triumphant parade to celebrate freedom and success in America, why not do it on Pennsylvania Avenue? The Cardozo High School band makes it to the Wilson building (then called the District Building) where the closing music plays over what is surely a memorable thank you speech. Photo by Andrew Wiseman.
4. Ambassador's House
D.C., DC 20008
Although the ambassador's servants point out the British and Brazilian Embassies (correctly) on Massachusetts Avenue, somehow they magically end up off Embassy Row and at a house on 23rd and Kalorama Avenue...something that's obvious during the scene that Albert and the ambassador's bratty kids get kidnapped.
5. Washington Dulles International Airport- Food and Shops
Okay, so Tyrone doesn't have the airport license but that doesn't stop him from picking up alcoholics, taking them 5 feet, telling them that they're at National Airport and charging them $50. Photo by Flickr user catface3.
6. Arlington National Cemetery
Triangulation marks this as the spot where Tyrone and Albert looked across the Potomac at the monuments, listened to the Mission Impossible theme song and talked about what it would take to become a Psychic Blood Brother of D.C. Cab. Photo by Brandi Korte.
7. D.C. Cab Headquarters
D.C., DC 20002
While it initially looked the headquarters of this zany cab crew was shot at Florida Avenue Market (and the inside shots may have been), when Albert and Tyrone come barreling in with a gun to their heads you can see that First & Quincy are the street names behind the team ready to arrest the masked robber.
8. Bohemian Caverns
In the 1980s when Mr. T said that "this zone," meaning U Street, was the worst one, he may not have been too far off. The corner where he argues with the pimp with the nice car is at the once and future location of Bohemian Caverns, which had still not reopened at the time of filming. Photo by Clarissa Peterson
9. Garfinckel's Department Store
D.C., DC 20004
The building that now encompasses the Hamilton used to be a department store called Garfinckel's and that's where Tyrone finally meets singer Irene Cara and gives her a ride...even though he's dressed in Uncle Sam garb as a street vendor.
10. Lincoln Memorial
Because what's more inspiring and patriotic than hearing Mr. T saying "The least I can find is my self-respect" and saluting the Lincoln Memorial with "Battle Hymn of the Republic" playing in the background? Photo by Flickr user rlinger.
11. F Scott's
Another building from the opening sequence. Xavier (Paul Rodriguez) leaves this Georgetown restaurant and tries, unsuccessfully, to pick up a lady passenger. "Tough to be a man, baby!" Photo by Lenka Reznicek.