Conveniently located only forty minutes south of Las Vegas and with several attractions, Primm offers a variety of desert and casino settings to film in.
In addition to larger productions, there have also been several short films, documentaries, and sporting events filmed in Primm.
A Hollywood movie filmed in Primm include Top of the World, starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Weller, and Tia Carrera and The Master starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.
Top of the World’s plot involved an ex-cop and his wife winning big at the fictitious Top of the World Casino.
They run into significant problems thereafter and have to survive against all odds in this action-thriller. The film has a low rating on movie review site IMDB.
The casino set in Top of the World was actually the interior of Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino, shortly after it opened in late 1996. The movie was also filmed in Las Vegas and Hoover Dam.
There was also a 2018 episode of the Showtime series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber filmed at a Primm casino.
The TV show Insane Coaster Wars had a 2012 episode ‘Speed Demons’ featuring the Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s.
The 2012 film The Master was a significant production filmed in Primm. The movie is a drama with major Hollywood stars about a World War II veteran who comes home and becomes tantalized by a cause and its charismatic leader.
There’s a scene in the movie where its lead protagonists are riding a motorcycle at a dry lake which is actually Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed. The movie has good user ratings on IMDB.
You can get a look at how the Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed looked in 2011 in this clip from The Master below.
With its closer proximity to Las Vegas and less environmental protections, the Jean Dry Lake Bed in Jean is a more popular filming location than the Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed.
Popular films such as The Hangover, Casino, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas filmed at the location. The movie Pearl Harbor filmed at the Jean Airport.
Other movies or TV movies filmed in Primm include Annie’s Point and Winning Formula. There have also been short films and documentaries filmed in Primm.
Most of the sporting events filmed in Primm such as World’s Strongest Man are from the Star of the Desert Arena, which is now closed, or off-road races or competitions that go through the lake bed.