Indian Cliffs Ranch Part 6 — Courage Under Fire


Battlefield Panorama

Battlefield Panorama

In 1996 a rather famous film was made here at Indian Cliffs Ranch.  In that film, the ranch because Iraq during Gulf War I.  The movie starred Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Matt Damon.  It was titled Courage Under Fire.  Many of the props used in Courage Under Fire were left behind, and are now full-fledged tourist attractions here at the Indian Cliffs Ranch.

Iraqi heavy armor

Iraqi heavy armor

Well, not all the hardware here started life as movie props.  At some point this was a very real Bell UH-1 Huey:

 

Bell UH-1 Huey

Bell UH-1 Huey

Other “helicopter” props are obviously meant to be seen only from a distance:

Fake helicopter

Fake helicopter

Courage Under Fire is far from the only film ever shot here at Indian Cliffs.  I’ve already mentioned Resurrection with Ellen Burstyn, but here’s a more obscure entry.  The Cadillac pictured below was used in a roll-over scene from the 1998 made-for-television film On the Border:

"On the Border" Cadillac

“On the Border” Cadillac

So, how about a new film titledCourage on the Border While Under Fire“:

Cadillac used in the 1998 motion picture "On the Border"

“Courage on the Border While Under Fire” starring Denzel Ryan and Meg Washington

But it’s the war hardware that I find more interesting.  So, I’ll leave you with this last taste of Indian Cliffs Ranch and Cattleman’s Steakhouse with a Fun Photo Friday gallery of more movie props from Courage Under Fire:

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3 responses to “Indian Cliffs Ranch Part 6 — Courage Under Fire

  1. Paul S

    I enjoyed your photographs. This is certainly one of the more unusual Meg Ryan film locations.

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