This is a column called Nebraska at the Movies, and it's based on the idea that Nebraska has had a weirdly outsized role in Hollywood. (Or at least it *seems* that way to us.)
Harold Lloyd. Marlon Brando. Johnny Carson. Gabrielle Union. Fred Astaire. Hilary Swank. Alexander Payne. Darryl F. Zanuck. Henry Fonda. "Boys Town." Adam Devine. Larry the Cable Guy. Nick Nolte. Dick Cavett. Marg Helgenberger. L. Ron Hubbard. And many more movies and movie stars.
The column will poke around some of the more surprising corners of Nebraska film history, while also just generally looking at the state's history of going to the movies. This will be the place for photos of old movie theaters and drive-ins, old movie ads, reprints of amusingly misguided movie reviews from the World-Herald's past and a lot more I haven't thought of yet.
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Thanks largely to Alexander Payne, quite a few movies have been shot in Nebraska.
His movies "Citizen Ruth," "Election," "About Schmidt," “Downsizing” and, of course, "Nebraska" have all been filmed and taken place in part or entirely in the state.
But it doesn't stop at Payne's contribution. There have been several Nebraska-shot movies that have received quite a bit of fanfare. Movies like "Terms of Endearment," "Up in the Air," “Boys Town,” "Yes Man" and "To Wong Foo."
More recently, the acclaimed 2018 movie “The Rider” (coming soon to Omaha) shot scenes at the QLI Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, according to IMDB. Much of the film was shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
And last year, the Coen brothers shot part of their Netflix Western omnibus “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” near Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Looking around on IMDB, I was surprised to find a few more movies that were shot in the state.
Note: This is a revised version of an earlier article.