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Joel and Ethan Coen

Brothers Ethan Coen (left) and Joel Coen at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles in 2016, cast Nebraskans in their new film.

Just less than $1 million was spent in western Nebraska last month by the production of the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

The filming of the western by the acclaimed, quirky brothers, set to be released on Netflix next year, took place in the Scottsbluff area from Sept. 8-27. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was shot in New Mexico and Colorado before coming to Nebraska to film in an area near the Oregon Trail.

Many communities in the region are looking forward to record sales and lodging tax reports for September, according to a release from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the Nebraska Film Office and the City of Scottsbluff Economic Development Office.

The production housed its cast and crew in hotels, motels, rental houses and apartments. It also rented staging areas, ranchland and office space and hired local actors, veterinarians and wranglers to assist in the production.


Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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