Filmed in Tucson…Mostly


Film Club Rule #888: There’s great filmmaking going on in your backyard, just open the door.

Heather, Jeff, and Rusty turn their attention to films made in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years hundreds of films were made in Tucson, in part because of the desert locale and in part because of Old Tucson Studios. Some classics of the western genre were filmed at Old Tucson including Rio Bravo, 3:10 to Yuma, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Other westerns included Three Amigos and Tombstone. In the 1970s, Martin Scorsese came to Tucson to film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but the 70s and 80s were dominated by cheesier fare like The Villain, Revenge of the Nerds, and the Cannonball Run films. Today fewer films are made in the area. We see more indie films using the location, like the excellent Ingenious.


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