Blades of Glory was released in 2007. It is a comedy starring Will Farrell and Jon Heder as figure skaters who have to form a partnership after they are banned from singles competition. This film was one of Jon Heder’s biggest comedies since he starred in Napoleon Dynamite.
The movie was filmed in several cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, and Montreal.
The Olympic Stadium in Montreal is the setting for the final competition, the World Wintersports Games. While the interiors were filmed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the stadium exteriors were all filmed in Montreal.
If you are visiting, the area has a number of other interesting attractions, including the Biodome, the Planetarium, and the Montreal Botanical Garden.
Several other films have used the Olympic Stadium for filming as well, including Warm Bodies and The Sum Of All Fears.
Le Palais des Congrès
Several scenes were filmed at downtown Montreal’s Palais des Congrès. The interior was used for the press conference, while the main entrance was seen during the final chase towards the stadium.
The building is currently closed due to Covid 19, and the exteriors are being renovated, as you can see from the construction in my photos.
One scene features Will Farrell’s character using his skate to break through the ice and escape the frigid water. This was filmed on the St. Lawrence River, with the historic Marche Bonsecours in the background.
At one point during Blades of Glory, kids can be seen playing hockey on a frozen pond. This was filmed at the Basin, with Old Montreal in the background. During the summer it is a popular gathering place for people to relax and picnic.
Scenes of the athlete’s village were filmed at Habitat 67. This unusual apartment complex was built to celebrate Expo 67. It is designed as a series of cement cubes linked together, and is a prime example of brutalist architecture.