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Rocking movies set in Colorado

An amazing number of movies have been set in Colorado, and they all rock. You could check out “Alien Vs Predator,” “Bowling For Columbine” and “Red Dawn” and have plenty of movies left to view. Colorado provides a wonderful array of scenic backdrops for movies. Just think of the pyrotechnics scenery in the Colorado Rockies. There’s just something rocking about a Colorado movie. Maybe it is the altitude. Combine that with the geological fireworks and you may have found a main ingredient in films set in Colorado.

“Jeremiah Johnson.” the old Robert Redford movie is full of Colorado snow and a healthy share of insanity, as well.The whole story can be found at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/07/29/grooving-along-the-colorado-river/ Or consider Sly Stallone’s “Cliffhanger” with Colorado mountain climbing footage, dangerous stuff, and starring Sharon Stone in a femme fatale role. The dangerous climbing stunts alone made you respect those Colorado rock formations. Colorado rocks in films like that.

“Alien V Predator” is one of the most underrated Alien movies made, and the powerful horror scenes are complimented by lonely Colorado settings, cast in a dark blue hue — Pretty rocking stuff. Stanley Kubrick opened “The Shining” with a long winding overhead shot of a highway snaking through a Colorado forest to underscore how remote the destination was. That was an unforgettably scary film. Another film from a Steven King novel that rocked was “Misery”, also set in Colorado, suggesting the Colorado woods were full of deranged, obsessed nutcases.

“Dumb and Dumber” and “South Park — Bigger, Longer and Uncut” were set in Colorado, two of the funniest, rocking films in recent memory. Clint Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose” was set in Colorado. So was “Under Siege 2″ and “Strangeland.” And what list of Colorado movies would be complete without “A Rocky Mountain Holiday,” starring John Denver and the Muppets?

There is a pretty impressive list of movies made in Colorado and they all rock.