3 Famous Movies and Films Set in Nebraska

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Nebraska is widely perceived as flat and dull. However, the state has a wide variety of scenery that makes it an excellent location for filming. Nebraska's natural and artificial splendor has been the backdrop for these movies' stories, from quaint rural towns to impressive metropolitan areas.

Let us check these three famous movies and films set in Nebraska:

True Vinyl (2004)

True Vinyl talks about the story of Billy Thompson coming from Nebraska, and his mother was a musician who died when he was a kid. As a way of honoring her, he wants to build a recording studio. Therefore, Billy decides to sign up for a DJ contest in Los Angeles. He meets another DJ, Nite Owl, who is working on a new invention that he hopes to unveil at the competition. Meanwhile, Billy meets dancer Maya from New York. Another DJ, who he threatens, does everything in his power to get rid of him.

Filming location:

  • Ogallala, Nebraska, USA

About Schmidt (2002)

About Schmidt is about a recently retired man who sets out for his estranged daughter's wedding, but he discovers more about himself and how life works than he could ever have imagined. Despite working in Omaha, Nebraska's insurance industry, Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) is approaching retirement for many years. His relationship with his estranged daughter and his relationship with his wife ultimately come under scrutiny. While traveling in an RV to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver, Colorado, Schmidt experiences an often hilarious series of events.

Filming location:

  • Pioneer Village - 138 E. Highway 6, Minden, Nebraska, USA
  • Nebraska, USA
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • 5402 Izard Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • Dundee, Nebraska, USA
  • Great Platte River Road Archway Monument - One Archway Parkway, Kearney, Nebraska, USA
  • Kearney, Nebraska, USA
  • Millard, Nebraska, USA
  • Ogallala, Nebraska, USA
  • Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • Woodmen Life Assurance Company Building - 1700 Farnam Street SW, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing is the revolutionary medical procedure known as Downsizing opens up a whole new world of possibilities. But, unfortunately, many people choose to downsize for economic reasons, although it is billed as environmentally friendly. After the kindly occupational therapist, Paul, undergoes the new process, finding himself in this brand-new existence, he must choose between a sheltered life or making a difference in his small way. 

Toward the end of the 20th century, a scientist develops a process for shrinking people to a height of five inches to deal with overpopulation and global warming. Dave and Carol Johnson, a downsized couple in Omaha with financial problems, meet Paul and Audrey Safranek. While the inventors advocate that Downsizing is environmentally friendly by reducing waste, Dave argues that its benefits extend far beyond that and improve one's life by increasing the value of one's money. Exploring the possibilities of Downsizing, Paul and Audrey agree to undergo the process and move to Leisureland, New Mexico, one of the most popular communities for small individuals.

Scientists have discovered a way to miniaturize life, including humans. This is seen as a solution to overpopulation, and people start to be 'downsized voluntarily,' forming communities of downsized people. So Paul and Audrey Safranek, an average suburban couple, decide to take the plunge.

Filming location:

  • Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Bonus: Here are more of the famous movies and films set in Nebraska which you should watch:

  • Boys Don't Cry (1999)
  • About Schmidt (2002)
  • Citizen Ruth (1996)
  • The Far Horizons (1955)
  • Boys Town (1938)

Have you watched any of these films? Please share with us your thoughts in the comment section below!









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