Wyoming is a state in the mountainous area of the western United States with Cheyenne as its capital. It is the tenth largest by area and one of the least populated states in the Untied States.
Wyoming And Hollywood
Wyoming remains a central location to many famous Hollywood scripts and films about Wyoming. With its well-known history of cattle ranches, Wyoming has directed several popular films. In fact, the age of Hollywood westerns went to Wyoming for its idealised landscapes and infamous images of cowboys and cattle. Due to the numerous Wyoming movie productions, cowboy boots and stetson hats became the stereotype for the citizens of Wyoming in the eyes of society, and with Hollywood movies, John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Kenny Rogers, Wyoming is shown as the western state of outlaws, cowboys and vigilantes.
Famous Movie Productions In Wyoming
Normally, you would not think of Wyoming as a source of big budget movies from Hollywood. However, you might be surprised how many legendary films have been recorded, or is based on our great country.
When you think of Wyoming, in general, you don’t usually think of Hollywood. However, Wyoming is a place of many successful films. Of course, many of them westerns, but also other kinds of movies are filmed in this area also.
Here is a list of famous movies that were filmed in this attractive state.
1. Brokeback Mountain
This is a 2005 romantic drama directed by Ang Lee and producer Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the novel by Annie Proulx in 1997, the script was written by Larry McMurtry and Ossana. Brokeback Mountain was established in Wyoming.
2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
It’s the American revisionist western deluxe colour and panavision film set in 1976 during and after the Civil War. Some of the scenes were filmed in remote parts of Wyoming.
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
It is a science fiction film written and directed in 1977 by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey.
Talk about Roy Neary (character in the movie), a white collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after meeting with an unidentified flying object (UFO). Several scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind were filmed near Devils Tower, outside Moorcroft.
4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
It is a science fiction film released in 1979 by Paramount Pictures. Some of the scenes were filmed in Wyoming
5. Every Which Way But Loose
It is an American comedy from 1978. The film follows Clint Eastwood around the country and was recorded in several countries, including California, Colorado and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
6. Rocky IV
This is an American drama film written in 1985, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film’s co-stars include Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl weather, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki. Rocky IV remained in the sport’s biggest hit movie for many years. This is the fourth and biggest financial success in a series of Rocky movies. Areas near Grand Teton National Park have been used as a setting for frozen Russian landscape when Rocky went to the Soviet Union to fight against Ivan Drago.
This is an American film in black and white, directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. Stars include Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk. The film follows a resident of Montana and his son trying to win the lottery prize of one million dollars for the long trip to Nebraska. Several scenes of American Nebraska were shot in Buffalo.
8. Django Unchained
This is an American film in 2012 western. Established in the wild west and Antebellum south, it is a very stylized variation of spaghetti westerns, and gives recognition to the 1966 Italian film, Django, by Sergio Corbucci, by having the Django star, Franco Nero make a cameo. Grand Tetons were used as a backdrop to the western film, Django Unchained.
It’s a family adventure drama 2006 British-American film loosely based on the 1941 novel, My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara. The film was directed by Michael Mayer and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. The film also includes Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten and country singer, Tim McGraw, who was also the executive producer on the soundtrack album. Some parts of the film were shot in Sheridan.
This is an American film in the 1953, known for the landscapes, film editing, performance and contribution to the genre. The film is produced and directed by George Stevens; the screenplay was written by Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr., and is based on 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer. The film was shot in Jackson Hole.
11. Starship Troopers
It’s an action American military satirical (1997) directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. Parts of Starship Troopers was shot around the canyons Half Acre Hell.
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