Rush (1991)

Rush was released into theaters on January 17th, 1992. Filming locations include Freeport, Houston, Humble, Kemah and Richmond Tx. It was directed by Lili Fini Zanuck. It was the only feature film directed by Zanuck, who also had a very successful career as a producer. Jason Patric, who was in The Lost Boys, four years prior, played the lead of Jim Raynor. It also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was in The Hitcher, five years prior. Greg Allman, of The Allman Brothers Band, played the films main antagonist. Rush is a gritty, realistic look into the world of the 1970's drug trade and I personally think it's a great film. It features an amazing soundtrack, with songs like All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix, Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd and I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline. It's most notable song, however, is Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. Clapton wrote the song in honor of his four year old son, Conor, who had died tragically on March 20th, 1991 when he fell to his death from the 53rd-floor window of a New York City apartment building. Overall, Clapton contributed ten songs to the films soundtrack. The films first DVD release was on December 3rd, 2002. Also, a huge thanks to Craig Busch for helping me find most of the locations from the film.

The Yellow Rose/Driller's Club - 3818 Farm to Market 359 Richmond, Tx. 77406
(The Swinging Door)

It was established in 1973 by Steve and Ward Onstad. The entrance used in the film is located in the rear of the building (north side).

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Police station - 115 W. Higgins St. Humble, Tx. 77338
(Humble Police Department Photo Enforcement)

The brown brick building Jim walks past was demolished in 2007. However, the building he walks into is still there today. Also still there, is the Denny's that can be seen in the background.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Jim's house - 803 Marina Bay Dr. Kemah, Tx. 77565

The house has been there since at least 1953.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Kristen's apartment - 219 Marshall St. Apt. 210 Houston, Tx. 77006

At the time of my visit, they were the Court of Charleston Apartments. The apartment complex has been there since at least 1962. The complex is gated so the only picture I could get was through a small hole at one of the gates.


Dodd and Nettle meet Walker - North side* of 700 N. San Jacinto St. Houston, Tx. 77002
This area has changed drastically since filming took place. The curved building they park next to was demolished in 2010 and the Harris County Joint Processing Center was erected in it's place. The train tracks were also removed and converted into the Heights Bike Trail. The large building seen in the far distance of the first screenshot is the University of Houston-Downtown, which is still there today.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Down-Town Grill - N. 3rd St. and Calhoun St. Richmond, Tx. 77469

This area of Richmond is known as "Mud Alley". The buildings seen in the film were demolished one by one as the years went by, until none were standing. One of the last ones to go was the building with the Down-Town Grill sign on it, which was demolished in 2006. The building Kristen walks by in the second screenshot (Lone Star Saloon) burnt down in November of 2008, but it was rebuilt in 2009. The fire hydrant seen in the film is still there and looks exactly the same, with the exception of being re-painted. 

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Shipley Do-Nuts - 8802 Stella Link Rd. Houston, Tx. 77025

It's been there since at least the 1970's. It's been remodeled since filming.


Jim and Kristen exit city hall  - 901 Bagby St. Houston, Tx. 77002
(Houston City Hall)

Houston City Hall was designed by architect Joseph Finger and built in 1939. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 18th, 1990. They exit from the east-side of city hall into Hermann Square.


"Tears in Heaven" - Next to* Gulf Beach Dr. Freeport, Tx. 77541
(Treasure Island)

At the time of filming, there was a fishing pier at the location. However, in 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed it and forever changed the topography of the beach. Kristen ran south along the beach.


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