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Title: Desert in GBU
Post by: Rover on March 18, 2017, 07:06:16 AM
What do we know about the desert that Tuco and Blondie are crossing in GBU? Sand dunes, almost no vegetation, it looks like the Sahara. Is there (or was there) really such an inhospitable place in New Mexico? And if so, where do we find it on the map?

See for video clip:
Title: Re: Desert in GBU
Post by: MarsVoyager on September 01, 2017, 02:17:45 PM
That is a great clip.

According to IMDB the filming location of the long desert scene was shot in
 Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalucía, Spain

That is Spain and not New Mexico, as this was a spaghetti western. (
Title: Re: Desert in GBU
Post by: Rover on September 01, 2017, 03:19:07 PM
I know this was shot in Spain. But the story is supposed to take place in or around New Mexico. Consequently, we as spectators are made to believe that in the real New Mexico there is - or once was - such a desertlike landscape. Is that fantasy or reality?
Title: Re: Desert in GBU
Post by: KC on September 01, 2017, 07:32:19 PM

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Photographer: Jennifer Willbur

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Photographer: Sheng Liu

There is also the Chihuahuan Desert (, which ...
... occupies much of West Texas, southeastern Arizona, parts of the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley and the lower Pecos Valley in New Mexico, as well as the central and northern portions of the Mexican Plateau. It is bordered on the west by the extensive Sierra Madre Occidental range, along with northwestern lowlands of the Sierra Madre Oriental range. On the Mexican side, it covers a large portion of the state of Chihuahua, along with portions of Coahuila, north-eastern Durango, the extreme northern part of Zacatecas, and small western portions of Nuevo León. With an area of about 362,000 km2 (139,769 sq mi), it is the third largest desert of the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in North America, after the Great Basin Desert.

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Photographer: daveynin

(The above image is of a landscape in Texas)