I live in Statesboro, Georgia, about 45 minutes from Savannah…so here are a few films that were shot in or near my hometown:
Filmed in Tallulah Gorge, Clayton and Rabun County, DELIVERANCE, starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox and James Dickey, who also wrote the script, enters general release.
GLORY, a story of African-American troops during the Civil War, starring Denzel Washinginton, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick, opens in general release. Portions of the movie had been shot in Savannah and on Jekyll Island
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the best-selling work by John Berendt, only added to the influx of tourists visiting Savannah because of the book. The period golf film The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), directed by Robert Redford, was shot on Savannah streets and in nearby country clubs. Savannah was also the location for such films as The Gingerbread Man (1998), Forces of Nature (1999), The General’s Daughter (1999), and The Gift (2000).
Set in Georgia in 1948, Buster and Billie is released to theaters. It stars Jan Micheal Vincent and Joan Goodfellow as the title characters and was filmed in Statesboro
What about your hometown?
In my hometown they filmed Big Fish, Rustin (an independant film staring Meat Loaf), and some scenes for Cobb and near my hometown they shot parts of Talladega Nights.
The Lost Boys
Brotherhood of Justice
Wild Tigers I Have Known
Someone is Waiting
Gran Turino, about a mile down the street.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Deer Hunter
and many, many recent films, like Adventureland and My Bloody Valentine
My hometown is New York City, so THOUSANDS of films were shot on those “mean streets.” However, that background gives me a keen eye for mistakes in New York movies. To give one example, in the famous car-train high-speed chase sequence in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Popeye Doyle’s speeding car passes my Brooklyn high school TWICE during that scene. And it somehow manages to switch sides of the street as he’s driving along! The montage editing prevents most people from noticing such details, but if you recognize a landmark, you can catch those flubs more easily.
And, of course, because I lived in NYC for so long, I realized that NONE of the street scenes in EYES WIDE SHUT were actually shot in Greenwich Village.
Chris Menges the Oscar-winning cinematographer turned director filmed Second Best in the small town (pop 2,500) in mid Wales where i was brought up; it’s about a postmaster who adopts a boy, starring William Hurt. Chris and the author of the book had some discussions with my dad. A family friend played an adoption worker and had Hurt round for dinner, another female friend got her chest in the film, furniture that is. A pity i wasn’t there to watch the filiming. My chance of Hollywood superstardom went out the window.
Parts of Howards End were filmed in a village nearby too.
Gregory’s Girl was filmed in a town about 20 miles from where I live.
At least 5 films were shot in or near my hometown Yazoo City, MS in MS Delta: 1 Baby Doll (Carroll Baker) by Elia Kazan, 2 Miss Firecracker with Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, and an all star cast 3 Oh Brother Where Art Thou (George Clooney) by Coen Bros 4 The Lady Killers (Tom Hanks) by Coen Bros and 5 My Dog Skip with Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane—quite impressive actually.
I live in Dallas, so lots of films (or pieces of films) get shot here.
The highway chase in the beginning was on 1-35; the OCP building is a matte painting but the first story is the Dallas Public Library.
Born on the Fourth of July:
The college campus scenes were shot at SMU (my alma mater, whoo hoo!); the bar scene was shot at Milo Butterfinger’s on Yale (a high school friend was a waitress).
First film to be allowed to be shot in Dealy Plaza, which to this day looks much like it did back then.
I’ve sat in traffic on LBJ many a time watching a guy with a walker pass me by.
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I’m in Lebanon, PA … we’ve had WITNESS shot in nearby Lancaster County and portions of BOYS FROM BRAZIL. LUCKY NUMBERS (ick!) was filmed in Palmyra (where I work). Some Eddie Murphy film shot footage around the capital building in nearby Harrisburg and some baseball film (with Charlie Sheen, I think) also shot some footage in the Harrisburg Senators’ stadium. I think some of GIRL INTERRUPTED was filmed in the area and the nearby Indiantown Gap Military Reservation stood in for a concentration camp in PLAYING FOR TIME.
Oh, and HAZEL’S PEOPLE was filmed in Lancaster. I auditioned but didn’t get cast.
According to my local newspaper, some of the third Narnia film will be shot in my district.
a crappy movie called Commited which i was part of, got to meet edward burns while he was banging roller girl from boogie nights, oh and the day after tomorrow, the scene where they are crossing over to mexico..i think more but those i was a part of..
In my hometown they shot the film Roxeanne with Steve Martin. Seeing as there are about 10,000 people in my hometown, this was a big deal. Everyone still talks about it. Once I went to do some volunteer work as a teenager at the firefighters station, and they were still talking about how Daryl Hannah isn’t as attractive in real life. Over a decade later. (Small Town)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
DC here, so we’ve had “No Way Out”, “DC Cab”, “G.I. Jane”, “Charlie Wilson’s War” and many others. There was a thriller that featured something like ‘The Department of Precognition’ and they re-did the signage at one of the federal metro stops. The reactions of people were quite funny.
If all the film and TV scenes featuring offices with a view of either the Capitol or the Washington Monument were put together, the DC downtown architecture would have to be pretty damn strange for that to be the case.
“No Way Out” got a huge double laugh from the locals when it finally screened.
First, Kevin Costner is chased into….the Georgetown subway station (which has never existed, and had been a joke in town already, after a long battle and ‘old money’ objections about having it there.)
Then we get to see the subway, and I believe it may have been Boston which stood in for that, because it sure as heck didn’t look like DC’s.
Ah, creative license….
I’m going to list some less obvious ones:
Wim Wenders’s debut feature film The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty Kick was filmed right in my neighborhood. And you all know about Götz Spielmann’s Revanche, right? Filming locations used in Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing and Linklater’s Before Sunrise are all within a couple of minutes’ distance too.
I’m about 45min north of Atlanta. They filmed Remember the Titans at a nearby high school. Right now they’re filming the Halloween sequel in another metro Atlanta suburb.
John Water’s “Cry Baby”
The Men Who Stare at Goats, with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor.
You guys may think you all have plenty of masterpieces shot in your hometown/city/etc, but ya know what I’ve got? Mariah Carey’s Glitter, bitches. FUCK YEAH.
Also, the sequel to Inspector Gadget, Inspector Gadget 2 with that guy who played Harry in 3rd Rock in the Sun was filmed in my city. In fact, some scenes were filmed minutes away from my film school. And I believe some of Fool’s Gold was also filmed in my city.
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Glenn Close was filmed just outside of my home town when I was quite young. My mum took us along to audition as extras but they went a different way with the casting. What an insult when you’ve got Mel Gibson playing the lead.
not a very well made film but a strangely clever cult classic, “The Lost Boys.”
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“The Sound of Music” – as probably most people know was shot in Salzburg and continues to attract lots of American tourists