Thursday, September 12, 2019

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Texas Hollywood / Fort Bravo

Texas Hollywood / Fort Bravo is today a Western-styled theme park in the province of Almería in Spain. Built in the early 1970s, it lies a few kilometres to the north of the N-340 road highway (468 km mark), near the town of Tabernas. Around 1977, Rafa Molina, a stuntman, bought the set for $6,000 to improve his job opportunities if the set was to be used for filming. In the early 1980s, he started charging visitors money to tour the set. Mock shoot-outs and barroom brawls were later added, and one of the buildings was converted into a full saloon to sell beer. Today it is now known as Fort Bravo.

The building architecture in Texas Hollywood is of two different styles built back to back split between two different areas. The Western set features a blacksmith, jail, hotel, gallows and clapboard buildings from the American Old West era. The Spanish set consists of a town square, a church, and houses found in a typical Mexican pueblo. Texas Hollywood remains an active film set.

Most recently the television series ‘Queen of Swords’ was filmed there from May 3, 2000 to December 12, 2000, principally in the Spanish buildings and the surrounding Tabernas Desert. The Western buildings were also used for the series with the Western jail serving as the Spanish jail and one of the large Western buildings was converted into a sound stage containing the living quarters of both Senorita Alvarado and Col. Montoya.

Many westerns were filmed here including; “Da uomo a uomo” (1967); L’ira di Dio” (1968); “I Came, I Saw, I Shot” (1968); “Boot Hill” (1969); “The Price of Power” (1969); “Quando Satana impugn la colt” (1969); “El Condor” (1969); “Valdez is Coming” (1970); “Blindman” (1971); “Catlow” (1971); “Chato’s Land” (1971); “Doc” (1971); “Il giorno Penitenza” (1971); “Il lungo giorno della violenza” (1971); “Il sole nella polvere” (1971); “Red Sun” (1971); “The Ballad of Ben and Charlie” (1972); “Mutiny at Fort Sharp” (1972); “The Spikes Gang” (1973); “Shanghai Joe” (1973); “The White, the Yellow, the Black” (1974); “God’ Gun” (1974); “California” (1977); “China 9, Liberty 37” (1978); “Silver Saddle” (1978); “Comin’ at Ya! (1981); “Al este del Oeste” (1984); “Addio vecchi West” (1985); “Tex and the Lord of the Deep” (1985), “White Apache” (1986); “Zorro” (1990); “Winnetou’s Return” (1997); “A Dollar for the Dead” (1998); “Outlaw Justice” (1998); The Treasure of Manitu” (2001); “The Tonto Woman” (2004); and “The Daltons” (2004) 

“In the Dust of the Sun” 

“Blindman” (1970)

“The Sons of Trinity” (1994)

“The Daltons” (2004)

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