Editor’s note: Correction News, a publication of what was then known as the Department of Corrections, published a story on filming at Folsom Prison for the movie “Another 48 Hours” in the January 1990 issue (volume 3, number 7). Filming in state prisons has evolved over the years. For current information, see https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/documentaries-and-filming.html.
By Mike Van Winkle, Information Officer
Film stars Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, along with the cast and a crew of 125 from Paramount Pictures, spent three chilly January days at Old Folsom Prison shooting scenes for the sequel to the hit movie “48 Hours.”
The historic front gates of the prison, referred to by inmates as “the end of the world,” was used for the opening scenes of “Another 48 Hours.”
Ten Folsom Correctional Officers were hired as extras to play Correctional Officers in the film. Outfitted in gray pants with black jackets complete with patches, badges and hats, most found the work to be a lot of standing around, waiting. Officer Hector Romo summed it up as, “Six hours of hurry up and wait.”
Thirty other officers were hired to assist in crowd control. More than 100 fans watched the filming from across a street and each appearance by the actors was met with shouts and requests for autographs.
Director Water Hill’s films are known for their moody, realistic settings. The granite encased blue iron front gate served as a perfect set for the opening scene.
Folsom Information Officer Lt. Cammy Voss provided technical assistance to Hill and the crew, and often was asked for advice on procedures used at the prison.
“The most difficult part about filming is the crowds on public streets. No matter how much you move them back, they keep pushing forward (sometimes disrupting the production). We don’t have that problem here,” said Nigel Rick, an assistant to Hill.
At the end of the day of third day of filming, Murphy and Nolte mingled with Folsom staff and fans, signing autographs and posing for photos. Then they were off. Their next stop was Stanislaus County.