Filming Locations —

Black Hills National Forest, Pennington County.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Pennington County.

Filming Locations —

Las Vegas, Clark County.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located on SR-244 off of Iron Mountain Road / Alt. 16
near Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, twenty-three miles south of Rapid City.
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The behind-the-scenes picture below shows the scaffolding that was built to create a mountain platform on which Nate Dogg and his girls performed in front of Mt. Rushmore.

According to the South Dakota Film Office, the production had 30 people working two weeks here to prepare for the shoot, and on the three actual shoot days they had 200 people on set, 35 of whom were local hires. All together, roughly $1 million was spent in South Dakota, thus boosting the local economy since that money will get spent over and over. The area was first scouted in September 2002 and the filming occurred shortly after October. The film was released on 28 March 2003.

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CAST: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Nick Searcy, Lynn Whitfield, Tamala Jones, Robin Givens, James Rebhorn, Keith David, Stephanie March, Tracy Morgan, Jude Ciccolella, Nate Dogg, Angie Mattson, Elizabeth Johnson....
WRITER: Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock
PRODUCER: Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg, Ezra Swerdlow
DIRECTOR: Chris Rock
EDITOR: Stephen A. Rotter
LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT: Annie Noel Applegarth, Joseph Martin, Josh Slates, Dawson Nolley

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