Kevin Costner‘s Western drama Let Him Go stars the Yellowstone lead as a grandfather on a mission to save his only grandchild. The thriller, which also stars Diane Lane, tells the story of George (Costner) and Margaret Blackledge (Lane), a couple who set off to track down their grandchild and free him from a dangerous home.
The drama starts off in Montana, but shifts location to Gladstone, North Dakota, when Margaret and George finally track down a lead there that could bring them closer to their grandson, Jimmy. As the couple fights to keep Jimmy safe and bring him home, Let Him Go shows the stunning scenery of the Midwest, which alternates from charming ’60s downtown scenes to vast, open fields.
Where was Let Him Go filmed? And did they really shoot in North Dakota? Here’s what we know.
WAS LET HIM GO FILMED IN GLADSTONE, NORTH DAKOTA?
While Let Him Go takes place partly in North Dakota, production on the film did not take place there. The fields and farmland you see on screen isn’t the American Midwest, but an entirely different country.
WHERE IS LET HIM GO FILMED?
Instead of filming in North Dakota, Let Him Go filmed in Alberta, Canada, according to IMDb. To film some of the movie’s downtown scenes, they shot in Fort Macleod, Alberta. “Fort Macleod was terrific,” Let Him Go location manager Edsel Hilchie told CTV News. “Fort Macleod is always a great place to film. It has a great vibe to it. It has a great look to it. Has a period feel to it. All the brick buildings, and two three-story storefronts.”
LET HIM GO FILMING LOCATIONS:
Aside from Fort Macleod, Let Him Go filmed across Alberta, also stopping in Didsbury and Drumheller. In Didsbury, Let Him Go filmed in JD’s Restaurant and on the street outside. Locals told Mountain View Today that it was “exciting” having a big production in town, and that Costner was kind enough to stop and take photos with fans. The film chose Drumheller for its landscape and scenery, “where buildings and streetscapes were dotted with vintage-look signs and antique cars to replicate 1960’s USA,” The Drumheller Mail reported in 2019. “We knew, looking at places, what we are trying to do is show a road trip from Montana to North Dakota, so we needed mountainous terrain, through the plains to the badlands. Alberta has all of that, and that is why we are here, it has been a fantastic experience,” director Thomas Bezucha told the outlet.
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