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'Natural Born Killers' probably won't go down in history as the most romantic movie of all time (unless, of course, your idea of romance involves murder or otherwise senseless violence). Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) are a world-famous serial-killing couple who seek vengeance for their rough upbringings. They travel around the United States murdering people at random, sometimes for no reason at all other than to further their image with an already obsessed media.

On the hunt for Mickey and Mallory are an amoral entertainment journalist (Robert Downey, Jr.) who wants to score the "big" interview, a twisted cop (Tom Sizemore) fixated on nabbing the pair, and a prison warden (Tommy Lee Jones) whose ultimate dream is to keep the two murderers under his watch and guard. Some very, very dark comedy results as this cast of misfits interacts.

Penned by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Oliver Stone, the movie is a paranoid, frenetic look at pop culture and how it permeates our everyday lives. Filmed pre-Internet age, it can almost be viewed as prophetic. Almost.
'Natural Born Killers' probably won't go down in history as the most romantic movie of all time (unless, of course, your idea of romance involves murder or otherwise senseless violence). Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) are a world-famous serial-killing couple who seek vengeance for their rough upbringings. They travel around the United States murdering people at random, sometimes for no reason at all other than to further their image with an already obsessed media.

On the hunt for Mickey and Mallory are an amoral entertainment journalist (Robert Downey, Jr.) who wants to score the "big" interview, a twisted cop (Tom Sizemore) fixated on nabbing the pair, and a prison warden (Tommy Lee Jones) whose ultimate dream is to keep the two murderers under his watch and guard. Some very, very dark comedy results as this cast of misfits interacts.

Penned by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Oliver Stone, the movie is a paranoid, frenetic look at pop culture and how it permeates our everyday lives. Filmed pre-Internet age, it can almost be viewed as prophetic. Almost.

Location as Character: The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is where Mickey and Mallory decide to "get married." In true form -- which is to say there's no form at all -- there is no religious figure to conduct the ceremony, there are no guests, and the decision to wed is made spontaneously. Of course, there is also blood and swearing.

WARNING: The NSFW clip below contains foul language



Standing on the bridge, there is an amazing view of the surrounding desert and the Rio Grande, which snakes underneath. Mickey proclaims that God is the only witness to their union, and that's all that matters. He slashes his palm with a knife, then Mallory's, and they clasp hands so the blood intermixes. It then drips into the river below, leading Mallory to say they're "in all the oceans now." Bizarre yet romantic, no?

Historical Significance: The bridge, once called "The Bridge to Nowhere" and locally known as the "Gorge Bridge," is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth-highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was dedicated in September 1965, and is a part of US Route 64. In 1966, the American Institute of Steel Construction (yes, it exists!) awarded the bridge Most Beautiful Steel Bridge in the Long Span category.

Sadly, probably because of the bridge's beauty and captivating views, it has also become a popular suicide location. The state of New Mexico and local governance are considering anti-suicide measures for the bridge.

Fun Facts: Located a few miles from the bridge is the Taos Regional Airport. Supposedly, it's not rare to see a daredevil pilot try to maneuver underneath the bridge and out the other side.

Another way to see the bridge is to take a hot air balloon ride, which goes under the bridge and through the gorge itself.

The bridge has been seen in other movies besides 'Natural Born Killers.' Scenes using the bridge were shot for 'Twins,' 'She's Having a Baby,' 'Wild Hogs' and 'Terminator: Salvation.'

Directions: The bridge is located on US 64, 10 miles west of Taos. Zip: 87571

Visitor Information: It is open year-round, and is a fully walkable pedestrian bridge. There is parking on one side of the bridge, and many vista-gazing spots for those just passing through. Many vendors set up booths for those in search of water, food, or souvenirs.