In the 2009 movie, “Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince”, while searching for Voldemort’s horcrux, Harry and Dumbledore are shown at a sea cave in front of towering cliffs… which are none other than our own Cliffs of Moher!
The footage was filmed in September 2007 when a film crew were based at the Cliffs of Moher for almost a week. Our boat, the Jack B, was used by the location crew during production. So we like to claim we were in the movie, even if it was on the other side of the camera..
The Cliffs were used as a dramatic backdrop for many other famous movies, tv programmes and music videos over the years.
Here’s a selection of our favourites:
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Moher cliffs doubled as the “Cliffs of Insanity” in the comedy hit. The stunt sequences were shot live at the Cliffs of Moher and staff here can recall the stuntman in The Princess Bride dangled from a safety harness over the 200 metre cliff edge.
Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
The opening sequence shows Sarah Miles losing her bonnet over the edge of the cliffs before moving down to the Dingle peninsula for the remainder of the movie.
The Mackintosh Man (1973)
In the Paul Newman movie, a thrilling car chase sequence through winding Burren roads ended in the pursuing Mercedes crashing over the cliff edge. With no computer generated wizardry, there was a live action setup, with only one chance to shoot the car careering backwards over the drop and crashing to the rocks below.
The Cliffs of Moher featured in the 1992 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman movie Far And Away. Home-grown productions like Into the West and Hear My Song also included scenes filmed at the Cliffs of Moher as did several episodes of the immortal Father Ted comedy series and a Westlife music video for the hit single My Love.