Ashley Judd recently made headlines with details of her harrowing February accident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that left her leg shattered in four places. The incident required a 55-hour rescue mission in which she was eventually airlifted to South Africa and then flown to America where she underwent a seven-hour surgery. Upon learning of her injury, her father immediately traveled to South Africa and has been by her side ever since – an act reminiscent of Judd’s role in the 1999 drama “Double Jeopardy” in which she plays a Seattle mom who moves heaven and earth in a relentless journey to reunite with her son, Matty (Benjamin Weir).
A thrilling ride from start to finish, the film hardly leaves time for audiences to catch their breath as Libby Parsons (Judd) finds herself wrenched from her happy life upon being imprisoned for the murder of her husband, Nick (Bruce Greenwood), only to discover that he is actually alive, having faked his death to escape an embezzlement charge, and is now living the good life, shacking up with her former best friend, Angie (Annabeth Gish), who has taken over parenting duties of Matty.
The movie was a hit when first released, grossing over $177 million worldwide, and remains popular today – according to Movieweb, it was one of the most-watched films on Netflix in 2020. Considering its popularity, very little has been made about the locations featured in the film.
Set mainly in Seattle, with additional scenes in New Orleans, Louisiana and Evergreen, Colorado, “Double Jeopardy” was originally written as taking place in New England, but the backdrop was switched to the Pacific Northwest once the production team scouted Vancouver. Though some segments were indeed lensed in The Big Easy, the vast majority of filming occured in “Hollywood North.” A few area spots featured include the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.), which portrayed the courthouse where Libby is found guilty of murder, the Emergency Ferry Berth at Porteau Cove Marine Park, where Libby attempts a daring escape from her parole officer, Travis (Tommy Lee Jones), and the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia St.), where she uses the internet to track down Angie upon being released from prison.
Vancouver was used for several New Orleans scenes, as well. The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft (1489 McRae Ave.) masked as the interior of Maison Beau Coeur, the hotel belonging to Nick. Downtown’s Fairmont Hotel (900 W. Georgia St.) popped up as the inside of Hotel Monteleone. And Gastown’s Blood Alley is where Travis chased Libby through a crowd of revelers in the rain.