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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - February 2015

Movies Made in Moab:Dark Command
Starring John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon and a young Roy Rogers. One of the most outstanding stunts ever put on film was when Yakima Canutt rigged a wagon going off a cliff into Lake Sherwood. It was Yak, Cliff Lyons, Joe and Bill Yrigoyen as passengers, leaping for their lives as the wagon with horses drops off a trap door. Horses were not injured nor were the stuntmen.






Stunts, Stars And Legends: Phil Culotta

He performed stunts in “Star Trek: Insurrection”, and “Star Trek: Enterprise”.
He won the Stunt Awards (2001) for the best fight sequence in “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Among his stunt resume are “Remo Williams”, “Police Academy III” and any more. He also performed stunts in television series such as “Team Knight Rider”, “Son of the Beach”, “NYPD” and “Grey’s Anatomy”.




Movies Made in Moab: The Canyon (2009)
Starring: Yvonne Strahovski
Story: The story starts with Nick and Lori, a newlywed couple who, after eloping, want to take a mule ride down into the canyon with a guide, Henry. The next day the trio head down into the canyon. After traveling for awhile the guide offers to take them to old petroglyphs which are a half days ride away. They agree.

On the way Henry is bitten twice by rattlesnakes and the two mules flee. They make camp and head back the next day. Henry dies. They bury him. The couple hike and reach a dead end and go the wrong way. So they climb up the rock face to get a signal on Lori’s phone. Nick loses his grip in a crevice and they fall, breaking Lori’s phone. Nick’s leg gets trapped in a crevice. Lori looks for the body of the guide and returns with a knife to cut off Nick’s leg but infection has set in. Lori instead frees Nick’s leg and cauterizes the wound. At nightfall wolves try to attack Lori and Nick but she fights them off with the knife but is unable to fend off the attack of Nick by the wolves. She then performs euthanasia on Nick by suffocating him. She goes into shock as a helicopter rounds the edge of the canyon with her kneeling next to Nick’s body.

If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website:

John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
Mailing address: 50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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