Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Western Road Trip movies

If I were to compile a mini film festival for our recent Western road trip it would include these films:

for White Stallion Dude Ranch near Tucson, AZ:
City Slickers (1991) about tenderfeet at a Dude Ranch
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) more of Mitch, Norman & sore bottoms
Backlash (1956) to remind us of the landscape we rode through
Tombstone (1993) filmed in and around Old Tucson Studios, which we loved!

for Sedona, AZ
Broken Arrow (1950) scenes filmed at Cathedral Rock in stunning Sedona, AZ

for Oatman, AZ
How the West was Won (1962) the quirky Oatman Museum was in this film

for Kingman, AZ
Two Lane Blacktop (1971) classic road trip movie filmed at Kingman, Arizona

for the Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon (1991) about what matters in life with a final scene at the Grand Canyon
Edge of Eternity (1958) you can still see wrecked car at Guano Point, West Rim of the canyon
Thelma and Louise (1991) another dramatic final scene at the Grand Canyon

for the Hoover Dam, AZ/NV
Viva Las Vegas (1964) this fun Elvis film has scenes at Hoover Dam as well as Las Vegas

for Las Vegas, NV
Oceans 11 (2001) a little less conversation, a little more action!

for Death Valley, CA
One Eyed Jacks (1961) Marlon Brando in Death Valley
The Law & Jake Wade (1958) so-so western with good scenes in Death Valley
Zabriskie Point (1970) wacky hippie film with scenes in Death Valley (including Zabriskie Point) 

for Yosemite, CA
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) opening scenes: Captain Kirk climbs El Capitan

(Check out my Western detective books for kids at carolinelawrence.com)

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