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Old August 1 2011, 03:45 PM   #45
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Re: Cowboys & Aliens: Review, Discuss, Grade, Sequel, DVD **SPOILERS**

CorporalClegg wrote: View Post
Not to distract the conversation too far from the film, but I'm curious as to where this is supposed to take place. And let me preface that, yes, I know it's fiction.

I don't know much about the comic, but the Wiki page says SC, Arizona. Some of the film's info pages say Arizona and some say New Mexico.

Historically, the NM territory which consisted of NM, AZ, and parts of UT and CO was divided on a north/south or UN/CON axis during the war. But after the war, the territories were divided into pretty much the present day states which puts Silver City was back in New Mexico. The film takes place a decade after the war. And, as far as I know, there is no Silver City AZ--at least not one with any significance.

I was just wondering if anyone knew as I'm a bit of a NM historian--not to suggest this has anything to do with history.
As I too, am in Nuevo Mexico, I was watching with interest. While the little mining town of Absolution has no historical place in New Mexico, it is referenced that the federal marshal was going to take Jake and Percy to Santa Fe. Were they in Arizona, they would have likely been taken to Tucson or Phoenix.

Gold was historically mined (with limited success) in various spots around the state, most notably in the mountains east of Albuquerque.

I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, but perhaps not as much as I had hoped. My wife, who is not a fan of westerns at all, was not all that impressed.

I really liked that it had an authentically "western" feeling to it and that townsfolk and Native Americans reacted much as I imagine they probably would have in real life.
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