Top 50 Western Movies Set In Africa
31.Mogambo (1953) Uganda,Kenya
Random Fact 1:Clark Gable did not get along with director John Ford during filming, and at one point walked off the set in protest at Ford’s treatment of Ava Gardner. Ford also made several remarks about Gable’s age and weathered appearance.
Random Fact 2:During filming Ava Gardner flew to London to have an abortion after she became pregnant with Frank Sinatra’s child.Also,Clark Gable and Grace Kelly began an affair on the set that lasted for several months. After filming had ended, they resumed the affair while Kelly was filming The Country Girl (1954).
30.Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Tangier, Morocco
Random Fact 1:Among the books Eve packs for her trip to Detroit are the play “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett, “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, and “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace.A catalog of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work was also included whom Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Watson) played the title character of the movie Basquiat.
Random Fact 2:There’s a bar in Delray (Detroit) that they filmed some outside shots at. The bar was called “Ideal” and had been closed since 1986. The old man who owned the bar had to purchase the house next door in order to have access to the cement stairway between the buildings to get to the outside basement level of the bar. The old man told everyone on the cast and crew who would listen how it took him so long to purchase the bar and to talk the old lady that owned the house to sell to him although he didn’t want the house (he only wanted the cement staircase that led to the basement level). Shortly after the filming at the bar (which took place in late July 2012) the old man torched the house next door for the insurance money.
29.The English Patient (1996)
Random Fact 1:Anthony Minghella read the novel in one sitting after completing a previous shoot in New York; when he finished, he was completely disoriented and at first couldn’t remember where he was, but he phoned Saul Zaentz the next morning to try and interest him in the project. Saul Zaentz not only read the book but discovered that author Michael Ondaatje was giving a reading near Saul Zaentz’s home that weekend.
Random Fact 2:Originally, 20th Century Fox was to finance the film, but disputes arose between the studio and the producers over casting. In particular, Fox preferred a more well-known actress to play Katharine Clifton instead of Kristin Scott Thomas; Demi Moore was lobbying particularly hard for the role. After the producers refused to give in on a series of casting choices, Fox backed out of the film, and the project was uncertain just as production was about to begin. However, within a few weeks – during which the cast and crew stayed on in Italy without knowing if the film would be made – the film was picked up by Miramax.
28.The Constant Gardener (2005)
Random Fact 1:The character Tessa Quayle was based on famous social activist and charity worker Yvette Pierpaoli, who was killed in 1999 with two other social workers when their truck crashed in Albania. The book was written in her memory.
Random Fact 2:The novel was originally banned in Kenya because it depicts corrupt Kenyan officials.
27.Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2001) Kenya
Random Fact 1:The screenplay is based on the 1995 autobiographical novel of the same name by Stefanie Zweig.
Random Fact 2:The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as well as five German Film Prizes (Deutscher Filmpreis), including best feature film of 2001.
26.Soul Power (2009) Zaire
Random Fact 1:It’s about the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa which followed the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in October 1974
Random Fact 2:Performers in the film include James Brown (Soul Power), The Spinners (One of a Kind), OK Jazz featuring Franco, Bill Withers (Hope She’ll Be Happier), Miriam Makeba (Qongqothwane) a.k.a. “The Click Song”, B.B. King (The Thrill Is Gone), Pembe Dance Troupe, The Crusaders (Put It Where You Want It), Fania All-Stars featuring Celia Cruz, Big Black, Afrisa featuring Tabu LEY, The Mighty J.B.’s (Cold Sweat) and Manu Dibango.
25.Gladiator (2000) Algeria
Random Fact 1:The wounds on Russell Crowe’s face after the opening battle scene are real, caused when his horse startled and backed him into tree branches. The stitches in his cheek are clearly visible when he is telling Commodus he intends to return home.
Random Fact 2:During filming Russell Crowe became friends with Richard Harris. However, it was the opposite with Oliver Reed who took an instant dislike to Crowe and at one point challenged him to a fight.