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« on: February 18, 2003, 01:56:03 PM »

I was travelling in Egypt with my mum when i came across a travel book called the Gringo Trail.  In it they actually go to a town called Aquas Calienties like the town in the movie.  It's in Bolivia i think.  Anyone been there?  Is it the inspiration for the whole town scene?  Do you reckon Leone went there?  A bit random i know but i haven't posted for a few weeks so i'm getting into the swing of things

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2003, 03:22:32 PM »

I don't recall any evidence of Leone visiting Boliva in the biography.

I think the name Agua Caliente (Hot Water) was chosen as it is the place of the final showdown where Indio and gang find themselves metaphorically in hot water.

The actual village is Spain is  Los Albaricoques (The Apricots), the same village was used for the Adio Amigo scene in FOD, and also featured in El Condor, which starrred Lee Van Cleef.

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2003, 05:42:42 AM »

I've been in a village called Aguas Calientes (and not "acquas"), but it's in Peru, not in Bolivia.

It's a village just under the site of Macchu Picchu, known for its thermal waters, where the inca ruler used to relax after a busy day (did any ruler had busy days?Huh?).

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2003, 06:17:50 AM »

ah it was probably peru, both countries are on the gringo trail.  Is it nice, in the book i read it claims the town was amazingly tranquil

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2003, 03:31:31 AM »

there is a god-forsaken village called Aguas Calientes
in the southern part of Arizona. Near the Air Force
proving grounds.

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2003, 03:39:55 AM »

Talking about  village names: in OUTW  the new railway station that had to be built on Gilllīs  ground was called Sweetwater. Where did Leone get the inspiration from?
Now, 5 km west of Almeria city, on the coast, there is
a village called Agua Dulce(!).... guess what that means!
And if you add that  many actors and directors were
boarded there (including Connery for SHALAKO) then the guess is not a difficult one...

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2003, 12:37:14 PM »

I live in Arizona and I've actually been in Agua Caliente.  I've also been in Tucumcari, N.M.  My daughter's softball coach lives on Sweetwater Drive, and Phoenix has an Almeria Drive.

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2003, 02:42:32 PM »

Good point Nighteagle!

There's indeed a village called "Aguadulce", 5 km at the west of the City of Almeria.

Just coincidence?

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2003, 06:07:09 AM »

From Christopher's Frayling's book.

Bernardo Bertolucci, one of the writers of OUATITW chose the name, he picked Sweetwater as it was a name of a town he liked on a map of the U.S. in the Arizona area. It was also chosen for ironc reasons being a remote desert location.

Flagstone is also a reference to Flagstaff Arizona.

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2003, 06:29:41 PM »

Just now noticed this thread... Roll Eyes

Leone does indeed use the names of towns that are geographicly correct.  There is also a White Rocks as well...

No coincidence...

I think I looked this up once trying to figure out when the the train routes were laid doing some research in regaurd to The Good The Bad and The Ugly and all of a sudden I started seeing all of these towns in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona that were all from Leone flicks...

Infact, if I'm not mistaken, I believe that Flagstaff use to be Flagstone back in the 1800's before Arizona became a state...

Anyway...

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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2003, 04:51:54 PM »

In Columbia there is rather a potent brew called Aguacaliente, the label has a bandito on horseback brandishing firearms.
Coincidence??

I have actually got a bottle in my cupboard but havent had the guts to open it yet!

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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2003, 12:55:37 AM »

Flagstone is also a reference to Flagstaff Arizona.

Yes , interesting
 I learnt in the new DVD that Mac Bain ranch was built with wooden planks  let   by Orson Welles who shot at this places before Leone a film called Falstaff from Shakespeare.The same wooden planksare used for middle-age look- coffins for Mac Bain family.
So many comments from the DVD spoke about Flagstone and sometime Flagstaff.... as Falstaff ? Wink  

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