Shot in Montana

Format: paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60639-096-2
Author: Brian D'Ambrosio
8.5 x 11 inches, 216 pages, 120 photographs

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Shot in Montana
A History of Big Sky Cinema

Brian D'Ambrosio

For nearly a century, movies have been made in Montana. The state played itself in Cattle Queen of Montana, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Winter in the Blood, and the iconic A River Runs Through It, and it doubled for an Arctic ice pack in Firefox, Nebraska in Nebraska, the authentic Old West in Heaven’s Gate, and even heaven in What Dreams May Come.

Montana’s Kootenai River swallowed up Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep in The River Wild, a stunt double for Leonardo DiCaprio tumbled down Kootenai Falls in The Revenant, and Forrest Gump ran through Glacier National Park. The city of Butte played itself in Evel Knievel, substituted for San Francisco’s Chinatown in Thousand Pieces of Gold, and hosted a zombie apocalypse in Dead 7. Charles Bronson’s Telefon blew up a school in Great Falls, Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando battled in the badlands of The Missouri Breaks, and Far and Away’s Oklahoma land rush with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman actually thundered across Montana prairie.

From megahits with the biggest Hollywood stars to acclaimed independent films and forgettable flops, nearly a hundred movies have been made, in whole or in part, in Montana, and for the first time this treasure trove of filmmaking has been thoroughly researched and documented. Montana author Brian D’Ambrosio (Warrior in the Ring) describes every movie, including the actors, directors, and shooting locations, and reveals fascinating stories and incidents that took place behind the cameras.

Featuring 120 photos and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Shot in Montana is a blockbuster adventure through the Treasure State’s cinematic history.

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Montana is the star in a new book on all the movies made here

For nearly a century, movies have been made in Montana. The state played itself in Cattle Queen of Montana, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Winter in the Blood, and of course A River Runs Through It, and it doubled for an Arctic ice pack in Firefox, Nebraska in Nebraska, the authentic Old West in Heaven’s Gate, and even heaven in What Dreams May Come.

The Kootenai River swallowed up Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep in The River Wild, a stunt double for Leonardo DiCaprio tumbled down Kootenai Falls in The Revenant, and Forrest Gump’s brother ran through Glacier National Park. Butte played itself in Evel Kneivel, substituted for San Francisco’s Chinatown in Thousand Pieces of Gold, and hosted a zombie apocalypse in Dead 7. Charles Bronson’s Telefon blew up a school in Great Falls, Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando battled in The Missouri Breaks, and Far and Away’s Oklahoma land rush actually thundered across Montana prairie.

And there are many more.

From megahits with the biggest Hollywood stars to acclaimed independent films and forgettable flops, Shot in Montana: A History of Big Sky Cinema covers them all, including the actors, directors, and shooting locations.

This rich history of filmmaking has been thoroughly researched and documented by Montana author Brian D’Ambrosio (Warrior in the Ring), who interviewed numerous actors and filmmakers for intriguing, little-known stories that took place behind the cameras.

The text is accompanied by 120 photos of the movie sets, actors, screen images, and film posters. “Shot in Montana” sells for $23.

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‘Shot in Montana’: Big Sky Cinema is scope of new book - Great Falls Tribune

On location: Shot in Montana surveys the state of the art - Missoula Indpendent

'Shot in Montana': New book spotlights Montana's role in Hollywood film history - Helena Independent

About the Author

Brian D’Ambrosio lives in Helena, Montana, where he writes for a variety of publications. His favorite subjects: history, architecture, biography, boxing, NHL tough guys, photography, forgotten inventors, and obscure American poets and authors. D’Ambrosio may be reached at dambrosiobrian@hotmail.com

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