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Non-westerns filmed in Tucson
List creator: Flapjack
Created on: October 25, 2003 - 5:14 PM PDT
Description: Filmmakers love Tucson, Arizona. The weather is usually good, the landscape is lovely, and the city is large enough to be interesting. This is a list of movies made in Tucson, excluding Westerns (which is a whole 'nother list).

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Boys on the Side (1995)
  A cross-country road trip unexpectedly ends in Tucson. This film makes Tucson look like a small, dusty, hot city instead of the big, dusty hot city that it is. The end is filmed in one of the most architecturally interesting homes in the area.
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
  Yet another lame '80s teen romantic comedy. Many scenes filmed on Speedway Boulevard -- named the "ugliest main street in America" by Life magazine in 1972.
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
  Giant! Radioactive! Spiders! Attack!!! Filmed in the Tucson 'burbs and surrounding desert -- includes some lovely shots of the Catalina Mountains.
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Not Rated
  Sidney Poitier builds a chapel, wins an Oscar. The opening shot of the movie is now in the middle of town -- then, Sid was in open desert.
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
  Filmed at the Pima Air and Space Museum -- AKA the airplane graveyard -- where over 200 retired aircraft are on display.
Jesus' Son (1999)
  Slow, but interesting look at drug addiction. The hospital scenes (and subsequent "peeping Tom" scenes) were filmed on the street I lived on at the time.
Tin Cup (1996)
  Kevin Costner's first Tucson movie. Several area golf courses served as backdrop to Costner's crappy acting.
The Postman (1997)
  Costner comes back to Tucson to make this overblown sci-fi epic. Filmed in the desert outside of town.
Cannonball Run (1981)
  Tucson's wide-open spaces provide a backdrop for this car race movie.
Cannonball Run 2 (1984)
  This follow-up is also filmed in Tucson.
Revenge of the Nerds/ Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1984)
  NERDS! The University of Arizona stood in as Adams College. The exterior of the dorm was the UofA's Social Sciences building, and the gym was Bear Down.
Major League (1989)
  The spring training scenes were filmed at Hi Corbett field, then home of the Tucson Toros, the Astros' farm team at the time.
Terminal Velocity (1994)
  There are some great arial shots of southern Arizona in this film, and a large factory just outside of Tucson is the set for the grand finale.
Dance With The Devil (1997)
Not Rated
  Santeria, bank robbery, human sacrifice, frozen fetuses AND Tucson -- what more could 'ya ask for? One big shootout is filmed on the Mount Lemon highway, among some of the lovliest landscape in town.
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
  Stars every actor needed for true indie street cred. Filmed in a neighborhood near the University of Arizona where 1940s architecture is beautifully preserved.
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
  Not filmed in Tucson, but wins an honorable mention for using Tucson to prove the non-existence of the world.

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