This particular state has made its mark on the silver screen, as we've documented in posts featuring the top ten movies filmed in Colorado, ten memorable movies set in Colorado but not filmed here and the ten biggest Hollywood misses filmed in Colorado. But what about those with Colorado connections who've been portrayed in major movies? Turns out there are quite a few, including writers, musicians, educators, astronauts, athletes, adventurers and cultural figures. We've highlighted ten faves, complete with original posters and more. Count them down below. Number 10:
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Kill Your Darlings revolves around some of the early experiences of Allen Ginsberg, the legendary poet (portrayed in the film by Daniel Radcliffe, known to multiple generations as Harry Potter) who co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder.
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Ron Howard-directed tale of the ill-fated by unexpectedly triumphant flight of Apollo 13 features Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert, one of the three central figures in the film. Swigert was elected as a Representative in Colorado but died in December 1982 before he could take office.
127 Hours (2010)
The focus of 127 Hours is Aron Ralston, who cut off his own arm after the limb was trapped during a 2003 solo climb in Utah. James Franco earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal. As for Ralston, his negative experiences with a boulder didn't dissuade him from living in...Boulder.
Boxer Jack Dempsey, one of the most famous sportsman of the 20th Century, was born in tiny Manassa, Colorado, and was known as the Manassa Mauler. And while he appeared in a number of movies, including 1962's Requiem for a Heavyweight, the most prominent one about him remains this 1983 TV movie, which stars Treat Williams, Sam Waterston and Sally Kellerman, best remembered for playing Hot Lips in the movie version of M*A*S*H.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Margaret "Molly" Brown moved to Denver in 1894 and became an international celebrity after surviving the crash of a little boat known as the Titanic. In addition to the musical tale based on her life, starring Debbie Reynolds, she plays a big part in a certain James Cameron flick about the doomed ocean liner -- although Molly (Kathy Bates) doesn't get to bang Leonardo DiCaprio.
On the Road (2012)
Neal Cassady wasn't just the inspiration for the Dean Moriarty character in Jack Kerouac's seminal beat-era novel On the Road. He was Moriarty every bit as much as Kerouac was protagonist Sal Paradise. The book was published in 1957, but it wasn't until last year that it was made into a movie due largely to the perception that it was unadaptable -- and its weak performance at the box office, despite the presence of Twilight star Kristen Stewart, pretty much confirmed it.
Temple Grandin (2010)
That Temple Grandin has autism is among the least remarkable things about her. The animal behaviorist and CSU faculty member is an author, speaker and activist whose incredible life story was brought to life in an HBO film that earned an Emmy for star Claire Danes that helped superpower a career rebirth that's continued with the award-winning Showtime series Homeland.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Big band icon Glenn Miller attended CU-Boulder, which has named a ballroom in his honor, and the love of his life, Helen Burger, hailed from the city. This biopic may not be mentioned at the top of James Stewart's impressive filmography, but it was one of his biggest hits and remains widely viewed more than half a century after it first unspooled.
The Right Stuff (1984)
Scott Carpenter, a Boulder native who died in Colorado just last month, was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. He was played by Charles Frank in the acclaimed film adaptation of author Tom Wolfe's best seller.
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Okay, Where the Buffalo Roam isn't a great movie despite the presence of Bill Murray in the title role. But we're giving it pride of place due to the many other films that feature journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the late king of Woody Creek, Colorado. He's not only the subject of the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, but his quasi- to totally autobiographical writings are also at the heart of 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 2011's The Rum Diary. And if Hollywood filmmakers still haven't quite captured what was great about him, we don't blame them for continuing to try.
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