Itinerary: Movie Locations
all American movies are filmed on sets in Hollywood. Some of the most famous
and memorable classics have been filmed on location within the region. Here’s
a star-studded tour.
- Sun Valley
- Jackson Hole
- Virginia City
- Custer State Park
- Spearfish Canyon
- Badlands National Park
- Rapid City
- Mount Rushmore
Portions of this year’s block
buster hit, the Wild Wild West, were filmed in Idaho. This broad remake of the
popular TV series of the 60’s is a retro epic that mixes witty science
fiction with hip-hop savior faire – all set in a western background. Many
of the movie’s western scenes were shot in and around the Lewiston, Idaho
area. According to the movie’s director Barry Sonnenfeld, “while not
a traditional western, we definitely had to pay homage to the West’s beauty
and grandeur”. Visitors to our region will have a chance to experience
first hand some of the gorgeous scenery seen from the luxurious windows of the
“Wanderer”, West and Gordon’s elegant railroad car.
Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, was filmed in southern Montana. Redford
and his crew filmed the movie in southern Montana at the base of the Absaroka
and Beartooth Mountain Ranges. Visitors have a unique opportunity to experience
Tom Booker’s (the skilled horse trainer in this western romance –the
role played by Robert Redford) Montana through a stay at one of the many wonderful
guest ranches in the region.
The Sun Valley area was the site of Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider. A slide
show about the making of the movie can be seen at the Sawtooth National Recreation
headquarters, north of Ketchum. Famous feature films and countless lesser-known
films and commercials have been produced in Jackson Hole, including Shane, Spencer’s
Mountain and Rocky IV. The westerns Missouri Breaks, Tom Horn and Rancho Deluxe,
as well as the scenic spectacular A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer
were filmed in southwestern Montana.
Billings hosted the epics Son Of The Morning Star and Far and Away. Devils Tower,
near Gillette, was the landing site for space aliens in Close Encounters of
the Third Kind. The faces of Mount Rushmore played a pivotal role in North by
Northwest. Badlands National Park was the site of the 1992 film, Thunderheart.
A Man Called Horse and How The West Was Won were filmed at Custer State Park.
Rapid City, Spearfish Canyon and Pierre were the sites for the acclaimed Kevin
Costner hit, Dances With Wolves. Portions of Starship Troopers were filmed on
a private ranch in the Badlands of South Dakota, with a large portion filmed
at Hell’s Half Acre in Casper, Wyoming.
Return to Lonesome Dove was filmed in Virginia rety. The whitewater action-adventure
movie A River Wild was shot in Montana’s Flathead Valley. Dante’s
Peak, the action film about a volcanic eruption, was shot in Wallace, Idaho.