Our World – Rainman in Oklahoma

Cogar, Oklahoma Rainman

Last week while traveling to south central Oklahoma to pick up the kid from college for a three day weekend I took a little detour to the town of Cogar. Cogar is nothing now, just a crossroads. It probably never was much of anything.

Cogar, Oklahoma Rainman

Back in the late 1980’s though (30 to 40 years ago!!) Hollywood came to Cogar to shoot a brief scene from the movie Rainman, the major Oscar winning movie that year starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman won an Oscar, the movie was Best Movie, and it got several other Oscars as well. It was the top grossing movie of 1988.

Cogar, Oklahoma Rainman

In the scene at Cogar, Cruise’s and Hoffman’s character stop and both step into a phone booth so that Cruise could make a business call. It’s kind of funny. Cruise and Hoffman play brothers who didn’t know each other existed until their dad dies and leaves it all to Hoffman, who has autism. All Cruise gets is a nice classic car and some rose bushes. For some reason they have to go on a cross country trip together and it makes for some funny scenes.

Cogar, Oklahoma Rainman

These days, there is no phone booth at the station in Cogar and the paint is a little more peeled. Other than that, not much has happened.

When I worked in the natural gas field of western Oklahoma I must have passed this place a thousand times without recognizing it from the movie. Now, I think was the last instagrammed in Oklahoma to venture to Cogar to capture the gas station.

Have you ever been to a site that was made part of a movie?

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11 thoughts on “Our World – Rainman in Oklahoma

  1. Amy Franks

    So is it one of those towns that was once a busy little place but now very quiet ? Gotta wonder about the people and events that use to happen there aye?

  2. Vicki

    I’ve been to Mount Airy, North Carolina. In case you don’t know, it’s Andy Griffith’s hometown and the town that The Andy Griffith show was based on. It has the jail, gas station, Floyd’s Barber Shop, squad car, Mayberry Court House, The Andy Griffith Museum and a lot more to see.

  3. Angie

    OK. First of all, I am a little freaked out that Rain Man is that old, because that means I am even OLDER! Second of all, we have been to several places that were film sites – for example, Durham Cathedral was featured in Harry Potter.

  4. Driller's Place

    I love this post. There are so many hidden gems in our great state and no one knows about and are just waiting to be rediscovered by folks like you. Great story and awesome images.

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