Where Was Cry Macho Filmed? Clint Eastwood Western’s Filming Locations Explained



  • Cry Macho’s captivating backgrounds and Western drama make viewers wonder where the movie was filmed, as its visuals of real-world locations are breathtaking.
  • The principal photography for Cry Macho began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the cast and crew stayed for almost two weeks and filmed in locations like the famous Church Street Cafe.
  • Filming also took place in Socorro County, New Mexico, including scenes near the New Mexico Tech campus and in the small town of Lemitar. The production later moved to Belen, where part of the Main Street was shut down for filming.



The captivating backgrounds in Cry Macho‘s compelling Western drama make it hard not to wonder where the movie was filmed. Based on Richard Nash’s 1975 novel, Cry Macho follows the journey of a former rodeo star who takes the responsibility of bringing a young boy home to his father from his alcoholic mother. Little does he realize that he will find redemption in his pursuit of taking the boy home and teaching him several crucial lessons along the way.

Cry Macho‘s storyline is held together by the strength of its cast members and Clint Eastwood’s directorial forte. However, in addition to that, the movie also fascinates with its breathtaking visuals of several real-world locations. Since the picturesque backdrops in Cry Macho evoke curiosity about where it was filmed, here is a complete breakdown of all the filming locations where the Clint Eastwood movie was shot.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Clint Eastwood and the Cry Macho poster

The principal photography for Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho first ensued in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 4, 2020. Cry Macho‘s cast and crew stayed in Albuquerque for almost two weeks before wrapping up the movie’s filming in the location on November 16, 2020. During the movie’s filming in Albuquerque, Clint Eastwood was spotted in the city’s famous Church Street Cafe (via Church Street Cafe on Facebook), which was reportedly one of the shooting locations. Given how Albuquerque has previously offered the perfect setting for many renowned movies and shows like Breaking Bad, Stranger Things, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, it is not surprising that it was chosen as a filming location for Cry Macho.

Socorro County, New Mexico

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho

In Socorro County, New Mexico, Cry Macho‘s filming took place from November 16 to November 30, 2020. According to reports (via abq journal), while some scenes from the movie were filmed near Socorro County’s New Mexico Tech campus, others were shot in the interiors and exteriors of a Lemitar. Polvadera, an unincorporated area in Socorro, also served as a filming location for Cry Macho and was reportedly transformed into the small town in the movie where Miko and Rafa meet Marta for the first time.

Belen, New Mexico

Mike and Rafo walking down the road in Cry Macho

After Cry Macho‘s filming in Socorro County was concluded on November 30, 2020, the movie’s cast and crew moved to Belen in December. As per reports (via Krqe news), part of the Main Street in Belen was shut down for a day for Cry Macho‘s filming, and a local restaurant, Montaño’s Family Restaurant was also turned into a set. During their stay in New Mexico, Cry Macho‘s production team reportedly (via New Mexico Economic Development Department) employed close to 250 crew members, 10 supporting cast members, and 600 background and extras from the U.S. state.

Sources: Church Street Cafe on Facebook, abq journal, Krqe news, New Mexico Economic Development Department