I have always loved the movie, "An Officer and a Gentleman." On Valentine's Day this year, my husband and I went to a yearly event held at one of the historic theaters in our area. They feature a special "Dinner and a Movie" each year. Every Valentine's Day, they pick an old romantic movie to play on the big screen that normally is not seen this way anymore. This year, it was "An Officer and a Gentleman." It was nice to see it like we did when it was first released on the silver screen.
This week on tv, I learned that there has been a recent poll for the best kisses in movies. One of the top 5 movie kisses for all time was the kiss of Richard Gere and Debra Winger in the unforgetable romantic movie, An Officer and a Gentleman. Did you know that this movie was filmed very near us in Port Townsend at Fort Worden? Recently, my husband and I drove over to Fort Worden and I walked out in the same grassy area that Richard Gere stood in the movie.
Remember the graduation scene in the movie? It was filmed here at Fort Worden along with a few other scenes. In the photo ABOVE, you could see houses past the grassy opening. These were the homes of the Officers when they were in use.
Can't you just see Richard Gere dressed in his dress white uniform walking up these steps to give Louis Gossett, Jr., his silver dollar and get his first salute?
We had some visitors on the grassy area with us while we were there...
Fort Worden is now part of our Washington State Parks and is open to the public. You can tour some of the buildings and even stay in some of the houses.
Before leaving the base, we drive by the open grass area again. I can just see Richard Gere and the graduating class throwing their hats up in the air...
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Fort Worden. Next time you see the movie, watch for some of the places I have shown you today. You can say....I was there.
Have a beautiful day today. xoxo Kim
note: if you would like to stay at one of the houses on this base for a few days during the spring or summertime, you can contact: Washington State Parks Vacation Homes or call 800-360-4240. The link I provided will also take you to some other interesting parks and places you can stay.