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Caught on Film: Texas in Movies and TV

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The Lone Star State should have its own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. A moviemaker's paradise, Texas has been luring Indie-style filmmakers like Wim Wenders and Richard Linklater (Slackers, Boyhood), big Hollywood classics (Giant), and TV shows like “Dallas” for years. Today, Texas boasts movie trails that crisscross the countryside and cities, too. So saddle up—and don't forget the popcorn!
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207 Highland St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Visiting Marfa to see the skeletal remains of the 1956 Texas epic Giant is now a kind of legend of its own amongst "set-jetters." The former Ryan Ranch (it's recently been sold) is 17 miles west of Marfa, facing I-90 on the southern side. It's...
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1010 King Ct, Kingsland, TX 78639, USA
OK, we just have to say it: there never was a "Leatherface," and the closest that the annals of real life crime come to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-type killing is Wisconsin's serial lunatic, Ed Gein. But the film has become a classic of sorts, and...
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701 US-90, Marathon, TX 79842, USA
No scenes in Wim Wenders 1984 film Paris, Texas were shot in the real Paris, Texas, but it did film in areas around the state, from Port Arthur to Marathon, a small and charming town north of Big Bend National Park. In the movie, Travis (Harry...
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1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
When Logan's Run filmed in and around Dallas and Houston in 1976, its dystopian vision of a future where you die on the "Carousel" at 30 rather than live to old age was the cutting edge of sci-fi. Today, its waaay 70s settings seem amusing and...
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3700 Hogge Dr, Parker, TX 75002, USA
Southfork Ranch became famous when it was chosen to serve as the Ewing family home in 1978, back when the original Dallas TV series took the world by storm. J.R., Sue Ellen, Miss Ellie, and Bobby brought Southfork into our living rooms, but the...
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1923 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
When Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and former astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson) took their car ride along the ocean, it was on East Beach near Galveston—you know the one from that iconic shot on the poster for Terms of Endearment,...
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1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Boyhood, Richard Linklater's multiple Academy Award-nominated film, is a love letter to the director's own Texas boyhood, and was filmed largely in and around Austin, which stands in for various places around the state. The bowling alley where the...
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1104 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069, USA
Of all the dogs to have starred in films, Benji is among the true legends. The 1974 film starring the affable and clever mutt was the first in a series of five movies. A true underdog, the movie eventually grossed $45 million after being produced...
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407 Water St, Waxahachie, TX 75165, USA
Horton Foote, the author of Tender Mercies and The Trip to Bountiful, says he's in love with it, and it's also the town where Sally Field starred in Places in the Heart, for which she won her "You really, really like me" Oscar. It's Waxahachie,...