Sunday, October 23, 2011
Spaghetti Western Locations
Continuing with locations for "Duck You Sucker". After Sean and Juan’s tit-for-tat feud of shooting and blowing things up, we see the coach sitting in the mountains and Juan tries to persuade Sean to join him in robbing the Bank of Mesa Verde. Sean, a devoted revolutionary, has been hired to kill a wealthy landowner and declines the invitation. This scene is located in the hills behind today’s Mini-Hollywood theme park. If you follow the road past the park and zoo and continue past the employee parking lot you will go through a small forest of trees and on the left you will see a road that is chained off. This road will take you past several Leone locations from "Duck You Sucker" and "For a Few Dollars More. The road is basically a one lane dirt and gravel fire road. If you follow it up around several bends and turns you will see where young trees have been planted and you will see the vista shown above. If you look around you can still find pieces of the coach left in piles that were raked up when the trees were planted. When I visited this location in 2003 and 2005 I wondered what was going through the crews mind when they had to bring the coach up that road when the actual filming was done.
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi ‘Garringo’ Yasuda’s excellent website: http://y-yasuda.net