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127 Hours Filmed On Location in Utah

127 Hours Filmed On Location in Utah

Not too long ago, I did an article on Director Danny Boyle’s latest movie 127 Hours, filmed on location in the beautiful red rock country of Moab, Utah.

Fast forward four months later to an evening in September 12, 2010, 127 Hours, a film based on the true story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston, had its first public screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

The reaction to the film was visceral and intense, with its audience “peeking at the screen through parted fingers.” There were “gasps and a standing ovation” for both the director and the film’s main actor James Franco. And yes, there were also Oscar talks. And a few people fainted.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but did manage to watch the trailer. Three times.

The preview blew me away. I’m in awe of real-life hero Aron Ralston, and am pleasantly surprised at the acting talent of James Franco. But what impresses me most is the other main character of the movie — the gorgeous, sun-drenched, red rock canyon country of Utah. To give you a feel of what that landscape is like, I’ve screen captured a few shots from the movie trailer here.

127 Hours is already on the list of one of the “5 buzz-worthy films from the Toronto Film Festival.” Its release to the public in November 2010 will of course bring more visitors to Utah. And not just us Americans folks I’m sure, since British movie buffs will also get a chance to experience southern Utah in October at the BFI London Film Festival.

Dollars-and-cents-wise, 127 Hours along with Walt Disney Co.’s production of Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter of Mars have already contributed $30 million to Utah’s economy this year. 127 Hours alone brought in $14 million. It looks like Utah’s film tax incentive program is doing its job nicely.

For the rest of us movie lovers, after 127 Hours … we may never forget Utah.



  1. Posted December 18, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Great article! You’re totally correct, the Utah red rocks are amazing in the movie. I totally want to visit Utah and see them for myself in person.

    • Bailey
      Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      I agree! I was in Moab this last summer. Truly an amazing place and I encourage everyone to see its beauty!

    • Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment! So do we!

  2. Posted December 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment and for reading our blog! Hope you’ll get to make the trip soon. It’s no wonder Utah is usually on the list of the top filming locations in the world!

  3. Posted December 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

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  4. Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Wow, just found your page, love it!!!!

  5. jasmin Murray
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    i went where the moviehiking with my school last year when i was in seventh grad where the movie was filmed. no stoping 8 miles every day for 8 days and i loved every minute of it and it the best experience i had when i was living in utah for a year. i acually when hiking in the same exact spots were they filmed the movie. and another thing is that the slot canyons that they filmed were in escalantay utah wich is very near moab utah.

    • Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      Hi Jasmin! Thanks for the interesting tip on the filming location being in Escalantay, UT. How cool is it to be hiking the same famous trails. 8 miles every day for 8 days! Now that’s something you’ll always remember. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Btw, Jasmin, our blog now has a new “home” at:

      See you there!

  6. Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Wicked first time I know and see about this movie today 11/12/12

  7. Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However I am going through problems with your RSS.

    I don’t know the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anyone else getting the same RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  8. Bob Jayne
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Sadly I was about 2 1/2 miles from Mr. Ralston when he had to remove part of his arm. I have a lovely, signed photo from him. Beautiful country, sad story.

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