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Hollywood Industry in Almeria

 

Not many people know this outside of Almeria. but this province  has been a favoured location for many Hollywood films most famously The Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns such as “The Good the Bad and the Ugly”, “Fist Full of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”.

Sergio Leone discovered the area during the 60's. Since then, this area is practically synonym for movies all over the world. It would be hard to find anyone who hasn't seen and admired these settings in one film or another. Texas Hollywood is still the chosen spot for many filmmakers to film, TV, commercials, videos and much much more. Even if you've been to Arizona or Texas, you'll barely be able to tell the difference. And you can find it all here, in Europe

The Film industry has been present here for many years now and a cottage industry of Theme Parks and Film location excursions have grown up around the films filmed here. For example; Theme Parks such as the Oasis formally know as Mini Hollywood wouldn't’t have been here if it wasn't’t for the likes of Sergio Leone choosing Almeria for its resemblance of Texas to do his filming.

It’s fair to say, If Clint Eastwood (a struggling TV star of Rawhide fame at the time) wouldn't’t have become the international film star (that he later became) if he hadn't’t chosen to come to Almeria to star in The Sergio Leone Spaghetti western films which were hugely received by critics and film fans alike on their release in the United States. The films today still retain a very strong cult following and are in my all time top ten of favourite movies.          

Other films have also used the wonderful backdrop of the desert scenery such as “Cleopatra”, “Laurence of Arabia”, “Patton”, Never Say Never Again (James Bond), “Empire of the Sun” and more recently “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Arnold Schwarzenegger I believe also filmed “Conan the Barbarian” here. 

The climate is the driest and the warmest in mainland Spain and the inland scenery can be quite spectacular when you first visit this rugged and beautiful part of inland Spain.

More films, or part of films that have been film here:

Shalako, Once upon a time in the west, the return to treasure island, king of kings, How I won the war, Doctor Zhivago, The Magnificent seven, Fort Bravo, El Cid, Cleopatra, Tubruk, 2001 a space odyssey, The valley of Gwangi, Zorro, The four feathers, Valentino, Mad Max III and Sexy Beast to mention but a few.

 

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly more info

 

Game of Thrones have filmed in the Almeria more info

 

Ridley Scott filmed Exodus: Gods And Kings in Almeria more info

 

Dr Who "Farscape" more info

 

The John Lennon film "how I won the war" more info

 

Cleopatra more info

 

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade more info

 

Lawrence of Arabia more info

 

                                Full list of films shot in Almeria click here

                                Almeria Film Festival more info

 

   

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