- Dec 9, 2020
- Reaction score
- "Just down the road" Colorado/Utah
I was one of the non- speaking parts guys in this movie, got good pay, feed well and lodged - can't beat that. After the movie I took Fraser Heston and several of the stunt men on a buffalo hunt to Leoa Kansas. May have been Fraser first time to shoot something live from the way he acted after getting his animal?I had the pleasure of attending the premier showing of that movie in 1980. Charlton Heston, his son Fraser and his wife, and Victoria Racimo (who played the female lead), all spent three days at the 1980 NMLRA/NAPR Joint Rendezvous in La Veta, Colorado. Many of the non- speaking parts in the movie, including most of the people in the rendezvous scenes, were not professional actors but buckskinners who had been invited to participate as unpaid "extras" and Columbia Pictures provided the food and beverages while that part of the filming took place. Showing the movie to buckskinners first was part of the deal.
The funny part was the film crew had rented a generator to run the projector, they got tipi poles and bed sheets and made a large screen. They get all setup, the movie starts and we see the credits, then the wind comes up and tears down the screen. Charlton gets up, raises his arms to the heavens (like in the 10 Commandments) "How soon they forget" in a loud, deep voice, the place goes crazy.
By the way, the ranch was owned by John Denver at that time.