How would you like to visit the very same locations that Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris helped make famous in the film “Gone Girl.”
Cape Girardeau served as the fictional town of North Carthage in “Gone Girl,” which was directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her novel. The “Gone Girl” driving tour lets you see the filming locations, as well as other spots around town frequented by the cast and crew, while doing it all at your own pace.
“Gone Girl” was released in in October 2014, making $368 million worldwide. This film was nominated for four Golden Globe awards, Pike was an Oscar nominee, and overall it received 68 different awards from various film associations. Scenes were filmed in about 30 different locations around Cape over the course of six weeks.
The first stop you’ll take on your “Gone Girl” tour is to the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau to get the driving tour brochure.
This brochure has step-by-step directions leading you around town; a map helps you find each location. In the brochure you also find helpful reminders about each location, where the location was in the movie and what was going on in the scene at that time.
Some filming locations on the “Gone Girl” tour include: The Bar which Affleck’s character, Nick, owns; the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo where the candlelight vigil is held for Amy, Pike’s character; Arena Golf where Amy plays mini-golf; as well as the house that served as Nick and Amy’s home.
There are several locations on the tour that weren’t used on film but were frequently visited by those involved with the production of “Gone Girl.” A couple of these were the antique stores of the Historic Downtown District. Many props and costumes came from these downtown Cape antique vendors, as well as the Teen Challenge Thrift Shop.
When it comes to food, “Gone Girl” cast and crew loved Muy Bueno and Bistro Saffron. Both of these eateries are on the driving tour. Muy Bueno sports a “Gone Girl” movie poster that is signed by David Fincher. They also have amazing tortilla soup! Be sure to take a little break from the tour at either of these restaurants.
To plan your trip to Cape Girardeau, go to VisitMO.com.
Written by Hannah Domino, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.