BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Finding the perfect location to double as Midland City was essential because
the filmmakers were looking for a city that represented brand-new franchise
America. "Midland City is a city that really could be anywhere in
middle-America," explains Willis. "It has a lot of franchise food
chains, convenience stores and big malls. Twin Falls is the perfect city because
it has all those things."
Rudolph took Willis' suggestion and visited Twin Falls, Idaho, population,
33,000. After making the trip, Rudolph agreed that it was the ideal setting. He
called Willis and said, "There's Paris, there's Florence and then there's
Twin Falls. They're the most beautiful places I've ever seen."
Twin Falls was ideal for many reasons. "It was as if someone read the
script and created the specific situations we needed right there," comments
Rudolph. "Even the car dealership was perfect. The way that Exit 11 Motor
Village was laid out was perfectly staged for us. Twin Falls fulfilled all of
our requirements with seemingly everything in between, with its commercial
district for Dwayne Hoover's world, and the city's old neighborhood that
would serve as Cohoes, Kilgore Trout's world. In addition, the area's
impressive landscapes set the stage for Trout's cross country journey."
"Breakfast of Champions" utilized twenty locations in and around
Twin Falls, including such spectacular sights as the Shosone Falls -- referred
to as the "Niagara of the West"; the Perrine Bridge, the "longest
span bridge in the West"; and Craters of the Moon, 83 square miles of lava
formations where Apollo astronauts came to train in geology and map reading.
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