In part two of our focus on movie locations, catch up on a classic drama movie or two - and discover some new and interesting parts of the USA at the same time. Our selection of iconic dramas will take you on a virtual tour of some of the most intriguing destinations in the United States.
For many film fans, Fargo, written and directed by Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen, immortalised Minnesota as the land of funny accents, snow-swept landscapes, shady car dealers and duck stamp artists. The film was shot across the state, but few locations capture the Minnesota lifestyle depicted in the movie more than the small resort towns of the Brainerd Lakes area. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy everything from golfing, canoeing, snowmobiling and skiing, the Brainerd area also features year-round fishing on many of its 465 lakes. https://www.exploreminnesota.com/list/10-famous-movies-that-were-filmed-minnesota
Adaptation, Florida’s Paradise Coast
Florida’s Paradise Coast features in the backdrop of box-office success, Adaption. Co-starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. This must-see film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book ‘The Orchid Thief’. The story centres around the arrest of a poacher (Chris Cooper) and Seminole Indians for stealing rare ghost orchids from Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park – this beautiful landscape features prominently. www.paradisecoast.com
Walk The Line, Tennessee
Tennessee is not just renowned for its music, lots of famous films have connections to the Volunteer State, including the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the film tells the story of Cash’s life through the music industry and beyond and features the Tennessee State Prison, the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Memphis, and the Arcade Restaurant. @tnvacation #MadeInTN
Revolutionary Road, Connecticut
Get a tour of Connecticut in this Academy-Award-nominated film that reunited Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. See Fairfield’s idyllic and unspoiled Sasco Beach, as well as other Connecticut towns including Trumbull, Beacon Falls, Bethel, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Shelton and Southport.
Green Book, Louisiana
The 2019 Oscar winner for Best Picture Green Book was largely filmed in Louisiana. Based on the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver for an African-American classical pianist touring across the American South in the 1960s, scenes from the movie were filmed across Southeast Louisiana including locations in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Ascension and Orleans Parishes. Most notably; Clover Grill, The Saenger Theater New Orleans, Orpheum Theater, The Maison Dupuy Hotel, Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, downtown Hammond and Ruby’s Roadhouse. Louisiana also features in other well-known movies including The Princess and The Frog, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood and 12 Years a Slave.
Rushmore, Houston, Texas (Harris County)
Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy-drama Rushmore, is filmed in Texas. The unlikely friendship between Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and Herman Blume (Bill Murray) is restored when Max gives Herman a meaningful gift. Max's father's barbershop, is actually Doug's Barber Shop, and is still decorated much as it is in the film. https://gov.texas.gov/film/trail/dougs-barber-shop