Missed this, left off that, forgot this... well, yeah! Then it wouldn't be
"55 movies filmed in Utah"...
Many scenes for Truth or Consequences New Mexico with Kiefer Sutherland were
filmed in utah, specifically Heber. I also remember the slasher movie Silent
Night Deadly Night being filmed in Heber as well. The motel scenes in Dumb and
Dumber were shot in Heber. And recently Wind River was shot around Utah. Plus,
I notice many film crews at the Heber Valley Railroad quite often.
The two Lone Ranger movies absolutely ruined the story. Not a happy legacy for
Utah. If there is a third iteration in the works, I hope they pay attention to
the legend. Notice, too, how the quality of the movies seems to deteriorate
from early John Wayne/John Ford to "Dumb and Dumber," &c. "The
Searchers" is one of which we can really be proud, Texas or not.
Chill Factor staring Cuba Gooding Jr. was filmed in Vernal and at Flaming
DARK MATTER , needs to be added to the list also.
They forgot Joe Dirt.
Nice list, but a lot left off. Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood. Savannah
Smiles, and the black and white classic: My Friend Flicka, that put Duck Creek
Village on the map.
You forgot the 1982 movie Savanna Smiles. It was filmed in Salt Lake City. You
can even see the words Salt Lake City police on the police cars used throughout
There was a horrible, corny and just plain stupid film that was made with local
SLC actors and personalities, that was not one of the silly-fests such as
Singles Ward and other Mormon exploitive films. One of the stars was a local DJ,
Danny Cramer or Kramer. The plot had something to do with running a casino in
the back of a U-Haul like truck and a money heist. It lasted a week in many
screens along the Front in 1979-1980-ish. Somebody out there was probably in it
or was related to someone who was and they can fill in the details. It was
promoted big time, billboards, radio, newspaper and radio ads. I recommended it
to my family when we were looking for a picture, they never let me forget it.
How could the author forget Savannah Smiles, it wasn't that bad?
A few corrections:My Friend Flicka (1943) Filmed in Wyoming as well as the
Cedar City area. Early in the film, a group of horses are frightened and bolt
for the edge of a cliff. Below the cliff rests Cedar Breaks.Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid- the author incorrectly states that as a result of Robert
Redford discovering Utah during this shoot, he fell in love with the place and
bought the area around and including Sundance resort. Nothing about this
statement is correct other than Redford being in the film and his buying the
resort called Timp Haven at the time. Redford dated and married Lola Van Wagon
who grew up and lived in Provo. It was in the early 1960's when Redford
spend time tooling around Provo in a bright red Porsche 911. In the process he
got to know Utah quite well. He wasn't yet a star most of his acting was in
TV westerns like The Virginian, and guest spots in series, Breaking Point,
Alrred Hitchcock and many others. I knew his young sister in law, Betty Van
Wagon, who would advise us when Redford was to appear on the small screen
50? Can the magic word be "Dern"? Influential in
Hollywood. Sentimental about Utah maybe? -dlj.
Glad someone mentioned Carnival of Souls. A cult classic. There was a old
classic filmed at Ogden High about a teacher that becomes romanticaly involved
with a student. Can't quite recall the name of the movie. I thought I
recognized Lake Powell in Planet of the Apes. I was right.
Heard the Lone Ranger sequel is filming in Utah as we speak...anyone know?
There are many horror movies that have been filmed in Utah as well. I'm
surprised to not see them on the list, but it is fun watching some of them and
recognizing the towns and scenery.
The Movie I was speaking about was the "Lone Ranger"
Fun movie, spent a ton of money in the state.Great for the State. Too bad it
absolutely ruined Utah and US History re: the Wedding of Rails that occurred on
May 10th 1869. The Central Pacific and the Texas Central RR. (not the Union
Pacific) must have been a legal issue. And the Engine was the Jupiter and the
No. 119 in the movie it was the Constitution. Well, its the movies and
Hollywood, but our kids see this and they think its the truth most times.
Teachers and Parents do your job.
Also left off the list was "Ocean's 11" where the Malloy Brothers
("Casey Affleck" and "Scott Caan" are racing their trucks at the
old SUNTANA RACEWAY in Springville.
Reuben and Ed...classic
Again, a pretty weak list yet again. How about Melvin and Howard, Takedown
(wrestling movie with pretty much a Utah cast), and of course 3 o'clock
High filmed at Ogden High School. How about Breakdown. These are some solid to
even very good movies. Of course there was the one Airport movie with Charlton
Heston, not so great but how many movies get our airport featured. I think many
of the I" know what you did last summer" movies were filmed in Utah as
well as Halloween 2. Come on, let's get with it D-News!
Like "Tai" and probably others, I've got one that surely be on the
list. Namely, the 1962 cult classic horror movie, "Carnival of Souls",
by Herk Harvey. It's not quite a movie about zombies, but comes pretty
close. It was filmed almost entirely in Salt Lake, with important
parts of it in and around the remnants of Saltaire, principally in the giant,
world famous dance arena **before** it burned down and was replaced by the sorry
pretender we now see.It cost only $33K but is now right up there
with other infamous classics like "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as something
so bad it's good. Actually, "Carnival of Souls" is **much** better
than Plan 9, but it's still painfully delicious to watch.
I can't believe you left out "Fletch". It cast such a great light
What about Savannah Smiles? That is one of the best movies I have ever seen?
"In what is disputed to be John Ford's best Western," A
think you mean "reputed to be," especially since it is on every "100
greatest movies" list.
@Tai - The reason Gentlemen Broncos was left off this list is because it was
possibly the worst film ever made. There is a little-known film "Savannah
Smiles" filmed in Utah in 1982.
Just saw Lone Ranger with friends from Texas who were in town vacationing. They
joked about how nothing in Texas looks like what was supposedly Texas! Too
funny! It would be like shooting the everglades and calling it Nevada!
You're leaving a comedic classic off that list in my opinion. 2009 film
"Gentlemen Broncos" which was fictionally set in "Saltair,
Utah". It was mostly filmed in Tooele and features the Great Salt Lake many
times in the film. It's an odd/quirky movie, but well-acted by the lead
character (Michael Angarano) and supported hilariously by Jemaine Clement
(Flight of the Concords) and Sam Rockwell.
So many times when a movie is supposedly set in Texas, it was filmed in Utah.