Aug. 2


“Our Town”: Actor Guy Kibbee was born in El Paso

“Napoleon Dynamite”: Pedro character is from Juárez


Aug. 3


“From Here to Eternity”: Fort Bliss references in dialogue

“Aventurera”: Partially shot in Juárez, made by Calderon family, who were from Juárez, had film production companies in Mexico City and owned theaters along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the Colon Theatre on South El Paso Street. Viviana Garcia Besne is a descendant of the Calderons and has done a new digital restoration of the movie, which will make its debut at PCFF 2018

“Valley of the Dolls”: Actress Sharon Tate attended Irvin High School

“Nine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time”: Filmed at the El Paso County Coliseum and a venue in Oklahoma City in 2006

“The Original Latin Kings of Comedy”: Filmed at the Abraham Chavez Theatre in 2001

“Kill Bill: Vol. 1”: Partially set in El Paso, the massacre of the bride’s wedding rehearsal occurs in El Paso


Aug. 4


“The Brave Bulls: Based on the book by El Pasoan Tom Lea; co-stars former El Paso resident Anthony Quinn

“The Tender Trap”: Co-stars El Paso native Debbie Reynolds

“Take the High Ground!”: Filmed in Fort Bliss during the Korean conflict; note no TV antennas on the Franklin Mountains

“The Getaway”: Largely shot in El Paso and Fabens

“Perdida”: Final version of Viviana Garcia Besne’s documentary about the Calderon family; The film first showed at PCFF 2012 in unfinished form

“Blue Sky”: Partially shot in and near El Paso, including Chavez Theatre basement, posing as an underground military bunker and the salt flats, east of El Paso

“Dune”: The Samalyuca Dune Fields near Juárez is the setting for planet Arrakis, home of the sandworms and spice


Aug. 5


“Bullfighter and the Lady”: Actor Gilbert Roland was born in Juárez and grew up on Myrtle Street in El Paso before leaving in his early teens to go to Los Angeles

“The Wonderful Country”: Based on the Tom Lea novel, shot in Mexico, Lea cameos as a barber

“They Called Me King Tiger”: Feature-length Juárez-made documentary, part of Local Flavor, about ‘60s Chicano leader Reies Lopez Tijerina, who spent his last years in Juárez

“Traffic”: Partially shot in El Paso, including the El Paso Intelligence Center

“La Strada”: The movie that helped make Anthony Quinn a star; Quinn was born in Chihuahua, son of Villaistas, whose mother brought him to the U.S. at 4 months old; lived in El Paso, probably Segundo Barrio, based on descriptions in  his book “The Original Sin;” lived here until he was 3 or 4 years old


Aug. 6


“42nd St.”: Actor Guy Kibbee is from El Paso

“The Gay Cavalier”: The first of six Cisco Kid serials starring Gilbert Roland, born in Juárez

“Fiddler on the Roof”: Actress Norma Crane, who plays Golde, was raised in El Paso


Aug. 7


“Cowboy”: One sequence was shot at the stockyards formerly located near the Chamizal National Memorial

“Amadeus”: El Paso High School grad and one-time Texas Western College student F. Murray Abraham won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Salieri


Aug. 8


“Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”: Set in Southern New Mexico, references Las Cruces and Fort Sumner, shot in Mexico

“9 to 5”: Try to spot a Tony Lama Boots clock in the Western store where the female leads shop for items with which to tie up their boss

“No Country for Old Men”: Author Cormac McCarthy wrote the novel which forms the basis for this movie while living in El Paso; partially set in El Paso, though those scenes were shot in New Mexico

“Paris, Texas”: Includes a scene shot at El Paso International Airport; a scene at Concordia was cut out and is on the bonus features on the Criterion Collection blu-ray


Aug. 9


“Resurrection”: Gas station sequences that bookend the story were shot at Indian Cliffs Ranch in Fabens; the building that served as the station is on the property, not far from Cattleman’s Steakhouse

“The Fantastic Mr. Fox”: The last scene, shot in a grocery store, is set to “Let Her Dance” by El Paso’s Bobby Fuller Four

“Happy Gilmore”: Former El Paso golf superstar Lee Trevino has a cameo


Aug. 10


“The Border”: Shot mostly in El Paso

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”: Co-produced by former El Pasoan Chris Juen

“Committed”: Shot mostly in El Paso, including scenes shot at the former El Paso Times building; Luke Wilson’s character works as a photographer at the El Paso Times

“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”: The Star Trek universe was created by El Paso-born screenwriter Gene Roddenberry

“Home + Away”: A new documentary, debuted at Tribeca Film Festival, that follows three Bowie High School students as they struggle with family and school challenges in pursuit of a better life; one of them walked from Juárez to class every day)

“Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat … I’m Fluffy”: Shot at the Plaza Theatre in 2009

“Kill Bill: Volume 2”: More scenes of the wedding rehearsal set in El Paso, other references and scenes set in El Paso

“From Dusk Till Dawn”: Characters cross the border into Mexico at El Paso, though it wasn’t shot here; Musician Tito Larriva, who leads the bar band in the Twisted Titty biker bar, was born in Juárez and lived in El Paso


Aug. 11


“Lone Wolf McQuade”: Shot entirely in El Paso, including the El Paso Civic Center (now the El Paso Convention Center), Caples Building, Indian Cliffs Ranch, Sunland Park Racetrack

“El Paso”: As the name implies, this film is set in the Sun City; some exteriors were shot here; film premiered at the Plaza Theatre in 1949

“Fandango”: Shot across Texas, including Marfa and El Paso, with a wedding scene shot at the placita gazebo in San Elizario; The wrap party was at the former Holiday Inn on Raynolds Street and I-10

“Extreme Prejudice”: Shot largely in El Paso; Director Walter Hill  was one of the writers on “The Getaway” and came back here during the 1990s to shoot “Last Man Standing” with Bruce Willis and Bruce Dern

“Hang ‘Em High”: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Clint Eastwood classic, some scenes, including the hanging at the beginning, were shot on the Rio Grande just outside Las Cruces; Another sequence was shot at White Sands Missile Range; This was Eastwood’s first time shooting in the Las Cruces area, but not his last – Eastwood has returned to direct movies in the area previously and is now shooting “The Mule” in Southern New Mexico

“200 Motels”: Jimmy Carl Black, former drummer of Frank Zappa’s band, Mothers of Invention, lived in the El Paso area for many years where he had a well-known band called Big Sonny and the Mesilla Valley Lo Boys


Aug. 12


“La Venganza de Pancho Villa”: Silent film made over a six-year period from 1930 to 1936 by Felix Padilla and his son, Edmundo Padilla. The bulk of the film is cobbled together from three other silent films in order to paint a more flatting portrayal of Pancho Villa; Villa’s assassination was re-enacted and filmed in El Paso; film is in the National Film Registry

“Courage Under Fire”: Combat sequences shot at Indian Cliffs Ranch; You can still see a helicopter body and tank used in the film during the hayride tours at the ranch

“All the Pretty Horses”: Based on a Cormac McCarthy book set partially and written in El Paso

“Glory Road”: Some scenes shot here, but more importantly, it tells the story of the 1966 Texas Western College Miners basketball team, the first to field an all-black starting lineup in the finals, and the first to win an NCAA championship; Legendary coach Don Haskins cameos as a gas station attendant

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