Montana January 31, 2016
Most People Don’t Know These 10 Movies Were Filmed In Montana
It’s not only Montana natives that appreciate its beauty. The wide open spaces and snowcapped mountains make it a perfect backdrop for films. There’s even a company, Montana Film Office , that promotes the state as a filming location to people in the entertainment industry. Many a movie has been filmed, at least in part, in Montana. And some of them might surprise you.
1. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump runs through Montana in the film, and two scenes shot in Montana appear in the movie. One scene was filmed in Cut Bank (the one where wheat fields appear briefly), and the other was filmed at the St. Mary Entrance to Glacier National Park.
This 2013 movie may have been about the Cornhusker State, but parts of it were filmed in Billings and Laurel. The movie’s main character, played by Bruce Dern, was from Billings. Watch the first 15 minutes and you’ll see some familiar territory.
3. Beethoven 2
The mythical home of the Newton family was set in Pasadena, but this movie’s park scenes were filmed at Glacier National Park.
4. Little Big Man
This 1970 Western starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway was filmed in Virginia City, Nevada City, Billings and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument as well as Alberta and Calgary, Canada.
5. What Dreams May Come
With a movie that has so many scenes in heaven, it’s no wonder that a few of those scenes were filmed at Glacier National Park. Robin Williams was apparently so impressed with Glacier that he said, “If it isn’t God’s backyard, He certainly lives nearby.”
This 1989 movie was Audrey Hepburn’s last, also starring Richard Dreyfuss, John Goodman and Holly Hunter. It was filmed exclusively in the Libby area and Ephrata, Washington. About 500 people from Libby were recruited to be extras.
The scene for this 1979 drama was rural Wyoming, but the scenes were actually filmed in Central Montana (Wheatland County).
8. A River Runs Through It
Considering the book’s plot was set in Missoula and on the Blackfoot River, it’s not surprising that it was filmed in Montana. But what many don’t know is that the scenes were actually shot in Livingston, Bozeman and parts of Yellowstone. The church scenes were filmed in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Livingston.
9. The Untouchables
Remember the scene in this 1987 gangster film where Ness intercepts the shipment of Canadian whiskey? That was Hardy Creek Bridge in Cascade, Montana. Hardin had a cameo as well.
10. Certain Women
Keep an eye out for this one. Certain Women was released on January 24, 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s set to hit theaters in March. One of its stars, Michelle Williams, is a Montana native. The story is set in Livingston, and that’s also where it was filmed
Did any of these surprise you?