Today's challenge is a book, movie or TV show set in or around your town.
Albuquerque and New Mexico have had lots of all three. The Oscar best picture No Country For Old Men was filmed in Albuquerque, the TV shows In Plain Sight, Breaking Bad and just finishing Better Call Saul were filmed here. Trying to take pleadings down to the three courthouses as Lomas and 4th street was quite a challenge when they were filming around or in them. Pleadings now are done electronically and that's not much of a problem anymore. That was one of the tasks I fulfilled in order to use an office at a law firm for my writing.
Sony Pictures has a studio in Mesa Del Sol north of Kirkland Air Force Base and the Albuquerque Sun Port. Lots of filming is happening around here.
I have a story about a movie filmed here in 1970.
I was a junior in high school running cross-country. We had a race at our Western Skies course. It's at the mouth of Tijeras Canyon at the base of the Sandia Mountains and Monzano Mountains. Tramway Blvd, at the time was still a dirt road. The course began about a half mile east of the road on another set of roads where new houses were being built. We started and went downhill that half-mile to Tramway and ran on it until we came to another road then uphill for a mile went around a hill and down to the start/finish line.
Driving in we saw a bunch of poles, cameras and other stuff in the middle of Tramway. At the starting line the coaches got together and discussed this obstruction to our racecourse. They decided our race was scheduled before the movie people showed up and since Los Alamos High had traveled down to run we were going to run.
C-team ran first, we all dropped down to Tramway and watched as 50 guys, this was before Title IX and there wasn't girls sports. Anyway fifty barreled through the mish mash of objects in the way. We heard someone yell, "What the hell!"
When junior varsity's turn came they'd cleared a path through their set and the next two races went without incident.
The movie was Bunny O'hare with Ernest Borgnine and Betty Davis. It was a huge flop. I watched it on late night TV about ten years later and I've seen film on the side of a bathtub better than this one.
LOL about the race through the film site.... maybe they should have included the race. It might have made the movie better :-)
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It might have, Judy.
Oh, that’s too funny! Yes, they should have included the race through the film site for sure.
Lydia, it might have made it better.
Ah, I loved In Plain Sight when it was on. :) And that's too funny about the race! Sorry the movie was such a flop though.
Aymee, it took a long time for studios to come back here.
You have quite a few to choose from. I must admit I had never heard of Bunny O'Hare. Thanks. Always love being introduced to new things.
Glad to oblige, Shari
Hard to believe a movie with those two was so awful, but I love the story, lol...
Everyone had a dud. Thanks for your comment, Marianne.
My goodness, that's hilarious. I love the image of the track team just running cross-country through the film equipment. Could totally see that happening around my old high school -- we had a lot of weirdness there.
That was a weird day, Michael. That was the first time I ran against Anthony Sandoval. Later he would have been the Olympic champion in the Marathon, but Carter pulled us from the Olympics.
Oh, I love that story! Hopefully they planned better next time.
Glad you liked it, Tanith.
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