3 Movies with the Main Filming Locations in Montana

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Montana is admired by many filmmakers worldwide! And because of the state's uniqueness, thousands of filmmakers shot their movies in Montana!

During the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806, European explorers set foot on the land known as Montana for the first time. The region soon became a thriving economy for fur trainers, creating a flourishing economy for them, but disease and decimation for the native populations. The initial effort at settlement would eventually fail when people stopped wearing the beaver hat, and animals became scarce.

By establishing Saint Mary's Mission in the Bitterroot Valley, Roman Catholic missionaries would save the effort of westward expansion. In addition to building a sawmill, they promoted agriculture, making it the first permanent settlement in the state.

Gold fever struck the area in the 1860s, and prospectors flocked to the region, searching for their fortunes. After Montana became a territory in 1864, the rapid influx of people quickly stopped as boomtowns disappeared when the gold ran out. Conflicts with local tribes would inevitably arise between miners, cattle ranchers, and supporting industries, necessitating the intervention of the U.S. Army.

Here are 3 of the movies filmed in Montana:

Class C: The Only Game in Town (2008)

Class C: The Only Game in Town features a group of friends from Montana. As they compete for the state basketball title, girls from all over rural Montana compete to bring home something worth celebrating while fighting to keep their hometowns on the map. As a Montana native and basketball legend, Phil Jackson brings humor and insight to the disappearing landscapes of his youth in a story that will have you changing your perspective on rural America.

Filming locations:

  • Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Montana, USA
  • Twin Bridges, Madison County, Montana, USA
  • Scobey, Daniels County, Montana, USA
  • Reed Point, Stillwater County, Montana, USA

Northfork (2003)

Northfork is about a small Montana community that is forced to move its homes to make way for a new dam in 1955. In a lonely Northfork orphanage, Father Harlan tends to Irwin, an eight-year-old in between a dream state and death. While orphanage caretaker Harlan reads to Irwin about Northfork's forced evacuation years ago to make way for a hydroelectric dam, Irwin's imagination takes off. While a team of six men evacuates the last remaining citizens of the town, Irwin invents his cast of characters to prepare for his evacuation. As the boy lays dying, the caretaker, who's the priest, reads about a years-ago evacuation. In the movie, the evacuation takes place as he reads this)

Filming locations:

  • Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck, Montana, USA
  • Glasgow, Montana, USA
  • Augusta, Montana, USA
  • Fort Peck, Montana, USA
  • Great Falls, Montana, USA

The Slaughter Rule (2002)

The Slaughter Rule is about a young man who finds solace in a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach, who recruits him to play quarterback on a six-man team. Due to two simultaneous events, high school student Roy Chutney is beginning to lose his way in life in Blue Springs, Montana. First, Nelson Chutney, his father, dies. Roy hasn't seen his father much since his parents divorced and his father remarried. Although Nelson was run over by a train, Roy's mother, Evangeline Chutney, with whom Roy has an ambivalent relationship, believes he committed suicide. The second is that due to budget cuts to the football program, Roy, along with half the other football players, is cut from the football team, as his coach believes he is mentally weak despite being a skilled player. The two incidents combined worsen the situation for Roy since football was his primary connection to his father.

Filming locations:

  • Centerville, Montana, USA
  • Great Falls High School - 1900 2nd Avenue South, Great Falls, Montana, USA

Bonus: More movies set in Montana:

  • The Sisters (1938)
  • Shooter (I) (2007)
  • Sweetgrass (2009)

What can you say about these movies? Do you know more films set in Montana? Please share them in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217424/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217424/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northfork

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322659/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slaughter_Rule

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266971/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

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