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Cold Pursuit may be set in Colorado, but it wasn't filmed here.
Cold Pursuit may be set in Colorado, but it wasn't filmed here.
Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado

Cold Pursuit is having credibility problems.

They started when Liam Neeson revealed to a journalist at the U.K.'s Independent  that after a friend was raped, he sought out a random black man to murder — a racist plan that many, including Neeson himself, say he should have kept to himself, even years later.

Neeson made his revelation at the start of a press junket for Cold Pursuit, which arrives in theaters today. The movie tells the story of a Colorado snow-plow driver whose son's death triggers him to go on a rampage. Neeson used the rape-retaliation story to explain how, as an actor, he connected with his character's desire for revenge. (Note: You can enjoy a bratwurst without sniffing around a sausage factory, and most people prefer their actors to be a little less confessional — especially about such a triggering issue.)

Here in Colorado, movie-goers have another reason to be irked with Neeson. Even though Cold Pursuit is about a fictional town in our state, the movie wasn't shot here. It was filmed in Canada.

Colorado makes for a perfectly glorious place to set a story: Our towering mountains and snowcapped peaks can be downright terrifying and majestic at the same time. Our cities have deep histories that make for compelling movies. (Just ask Spike Lee, who chronicled the story of a black Colorado Springs cop who infiltrated the Klan, in BlacKkKlansman — another film not shot here.)

There are all sorts of reasons that Colorado is snubbed by filmmakers, including the lackluster incentives and tax rebates that the state offers production companies. Atlanta, New Mexico and, yes, Canada are all better financial picks for moviemakers looking to make a Colorado film.

This tradition of setting movies in Colorado but not shooting them here goes back decades.

In 2013, Westword's Michael Roberts put together this list of classic films about Colorado (with synopses from various movie sites) that were produced elsewhere:

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
The Man From Colorado

The Man From Colorado, 1948
Filming location: California

"Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them has had deep-rooted psychological damage due to his experiences during the war, and as his behavior becomes more erratic — and violent — his friend desperately tries to find a way to help him."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Leadville Gunslinger

Leadville Gunslinger, 1952
Filming location: California

"Arriving in Leadville, Marshal Rocky Lane finds that his friend Nugget is in financial trouble. Nugget thinks there is oil on his land but the geologist says no. Rocky knows the geologist is a fake and trailing him finds the hideout and later gets into the gang posing as an outlaw. They are after Nugget's oil rich land. Rocky hopes to bring them in but the unknown boss then learns his true identity."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
The Denver Kid

The Denver Kid, 1949
Filming location: California

"When Border Patrol Lieut. Roberts is killed, it appears that his brother Tim was the killer. To clear Roberts' name for his boss, Lieut. Rocky Lane heads south of the border posing as an outlaw. He hopes to get in with the gang and find Tim who is using an assumed name. As always, Nugget is there to help."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
In Old Colorado

In Old Colorado, 1941
Filming location: California

"The cast and crew of Paramount's 'Hopalong Cassidy' Westerns returned once again to Lone Pine's famous Alabama Hills for this above-average entry in the long-running series. Ma Woods (Sarah Padden) is about to lose her ranch due to the machinations of the not so neighborly George Davidson (Stanley Andrews), who refuses access to the only water in the vicinity. But unbeknownst to both Ma and the always law-abiding Davidson someone else is stoking the fires of the feud for his own greedy reasons. But who? Robbed en route to Ma Woods' Colorado ranch, Hoppy (William Boyd), Lucky Jenkins (Russell Hayden) and California Carlson (Andy Clyde) manage to settle matters between Davidson and Mrs. Woods but the money to buy the Ma's cattle seems to have vanished. According to some sources In Old Colorado was co-written by co-star Russell Hayden. The Western marked the debut under that moniker of leading lady Margaret Hayes, who had previously been billed Dana Dale."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Colorado

Colorado, 1940
Filming location: California

"Trouble in Colorado is tying up Union troops needed back east during the Civil War and Lieut. Burke is sent to investigate. Macklin and his gang are causing the problems and Capt. Mason joins them. When Burke catches up with them he also finds Mason, his brother."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Colorado Sunset

Colorado Sunset, 1939
Filming location: California

"Gene and the boys arrive at their new ranch to find themselves in the dairy business instead of punching cows. They soon become victims of Doc Blair's outlaw gang that is keeping all milk shipments from reaching the market. Gene eventually learns that Blairs's men get their instructions in code when his medical bulletins are read over the radio. Gene obtains the code and hopes a false message will lead the gang into a trap."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Colorado Sunset

Colorado Sundown, 1952
Filming location: California

"Rather than the usual cattlemen vs. sheep men conflict, this above-average Rex Allen western contrasts ranchers of all kinds with the Hurley Lumber Mill company, whose destructive business methods cause flashfloods that threatens to destroy all the grazing land in Pine Valley. Assuming to be the sole heirs to the Zeke Reynolds estate, a ranch with plenty of possibilities for timber interests, Carrie Hurley (June Vincent) and her brother Dan (Fred Graham) are dismayed to learn that the dear departed also saw fit to include Slim Pickens and distant relative Jacqueline Reynolds (Mary Ellen Kay) in his bequest. Having already murdered an inquisitive forest ranger (Russ Conway), the Hurleys are not about to share the lucrative Reynolds property but the homicidal brother-and-sister team bargains without Slim's boss, Rex Allen. When not battling the glacial Carrie Hurley and her henchmen, Allen and The Republic Rhythm Riders (who received introductory billing) perform 'I'm Leaving on the Pine Valley Stage,' 'Under Colorado Stars' and the traditional 'Down By the Riverside.'"

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Colorado Serenade

Colorado Serenade, 1946
Filming location: California

"Eddie Dean and Soapy Jones foil an attempted stagecoach holdup designed to murder Circuit Judge Hilton, bound for Rawhide to restore law and order. The Judge and the other passenger, Parson Trimble, decide to put up at the ranch owned by Sherry Lynn, Eddie's sweetheart, and her mother Ma Lynn. They are waylaid again, but the outlaws are driven off, and Nevada, an undercover man for the Judge, allows one of captured men to escape so he can follow him to the gang hideout. The Judge also deputizes Eddie. Nevada gets in with the gang, led by Duke and Dad Dillon, and is given the assignment to kill the Judge, whose first act in Rawhide was to close Duke's saloon and fire the city manager, Colonel Blake, a hireling of the Dillons. Eddie, Nevada and Soapy find evidence at the Dillon mine that they have been stealing government gold shipments. Colonel Blake is preparing to skip town and reveals to Sherry and saloon-girl Lola, Duke's girlfriend, that Duke is really the son of Judge Hilton, kidnapped in infancy by Dillon as an act of revenge. The Dillons and Eddie and his men are in a gunfight outside of the Palace Saloon when the Judge, having learned that Duke is is son, goes out to look for him. Duke, not believing the story, is looking to kill the Judge."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
Colorado Kid

Colorado Kid, 1937
Filming location: California

"When Hines kills the Colonel for his money, the Colorado Kid is arrested and then found guilt of the murder. Bibben breaks him out of jail and later identifies some of the bills spent by Hines to have been part of the money stolen from the Colonel. The Kid now knows he is the one he is after and heads out to get a confession."

Cold Pursuit: Another Colorado Movie Not Filmed in Colorado
The Road to Denver

The Road to Denver, 1955
Filming location: Utah

"The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law."

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