If you'll remember (and even if you don't) a couple of days ago I wrote an article titled "Have You Seen These 7 Movies that Were Filmed in El Paso?". In the list, I had:

  • The Dry Land
  • The Burning Plain
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Committed
  • The Forever Purge
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Glory Road

I thought my list was pretty solid, that is, until I received everyone's messages. I got messages like "OMG how can you forget...." and "I can't believe you didn't add this one..." etc.

I was informed that I had missed two very important pieces of cinema that heavily featured El Paso. First up, "Lone Wolf McQuade". If that above featured image didn't give it away, I know it's a bit blurry, that is from a scene from "Lone Wolfe McQuade" that was filmed Downtown!

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Orion Pictures
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Lone Wolf McQuade stars Chuck Norris and David Carradine and was released in 1983. Norris plays Texas ranger J.J. McQuade who likes to work by himself, until a Latino state trooper, Kayo Ramos, needs his help to find out who hijacked a U.S. Army convoy and hurt Ramos' daughter. With the help of FBI agent Jackson the team tracks down drug trafficker and arms dealer Rawley Wilkes played by Carradine. After Wilkes kills a federal agent, McQuade battles the criminal using all of his skills and training, including guns and martial arts.

Sounds pretty good right? Also, check out this awesome video that shows where in El Paso the movie was filmed at!

Up next is "The Getaway" which came out in 1972 and starred Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw!

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National general Pictures

McQueen stars as convict Doc McCoy who is refused parole and then enlists his wife, Carol, played by McGraw, to strike a deal with crooked Texan Jack Benyon who agrees to pull strings for Doc in return for his help on one last bank heist. The job is a success, but Benyon's men betray Doc, and he and Carol must take off across Texas with the money, running from both the law and other criminals, aiming to get to Mexico before they're caught, or worse, killed.

Check out this scene filmed Near San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown EP and at the Sunrise Center (RIP the Blue Spire)

"The Getaway" was remade in 1994 and starred Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, but wasn't filmed in El Paso- instead it was filmed in Arizona.

What a great look at El Paso in the '70s and the '80s! Have you seen these classics?

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