Photo Gallery | PHOTOS | Movies Filmed in Central Georgia
Now that filming for “42” has hit full stride, it’s clear Central Georgia has gotten a little starry-eyed. So while we’re awash in the glow of our star turn, let’s take a look back some of the other movies that were filmed in the midstate.
Trouble With the Curve (2012) – Just like it was yesterday (or early March): Clint Eastwood drifted into town across the high plains from La-La Land, but he was no stranger to us here. Locals staked-out Northside Cheers for a peek of the film legend shooting scenes as an aging baseball scout making one more recruiting trip—this time with his daughter, played by Amy Adams. Also stars Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. Due out in September this year.
The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) – Before Dirty Harry and Han Solo made their way to Macon, we had Bingo Long, portrayed with bullish depth by Billy Dee Williams. This story of renegade Negro League ballplayers who strike out on their own was filmed largely in Macon at historic Luther Williams Field. Starring Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones, “Bingo Long” was produced by Motown Records’ Berry Gordy, whose family hailed from nearby Milledgeville.
Wise Blood (1979) – Based on the novel by Milledgeville resident Flannery O’Connor, this movie starred Brad Dourif as a self-proclaimed evangelical for a church of his own invention. It featured locations around Macon like City Hall, the (former) Salvation Army building on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard (with its “Jesus Saves” sign intact) and a beautiful home on Bond Street atop of Coleman Hill. Dourif would go on to voice the iconic—and not necessarily terrifying—horror puppet Chucky.
The Crazies (2010) – Mostly shot around Fort Valley, Perry and Montezuma, this remake of the George Romero (zombie-free) horror classic perfectly captured small town life—if a rage virus were to spread through it and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” “Deadwood”) were our last hope. Macon’s close-up was a sneaky cameo by our landmark Fountain Car Wash.
Something to Talk About (1995) – Perry’s first taste of the big-time came in 1995 when Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid fell for each other in this romantic comedy about horse trainers. Silver screen royalty Gena Rowlands and Robert Duvall also starred, but the oddest part may be that it was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who is best known for his weightier fare like “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” “Chocolat,” and “Cider House Rules.”
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) – Starring Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Cicely Tyson and Chris O’Donnell, this movie has become its own cottage industry for Juliette since film crews converted an abandoned building in its empty downtown into the Whistle Stop Café, the eatery in Fannie Flagg’s novel that serves the titular crispy dish. Folks still flock to the Whistle Stop for fried maters and BBQ (the secret is in the sauce) in our most lasting monument to movie magic.
My Cousin Vinny (1992) – A couple of New Yorkers get stuck in rural Alabama. What could go wrong? Nothing much for this Oscar-winning comedy, filmed in Monticello and Jasper and Putnam Counties. Goodfella Joe Pesci is unevenly matched by the gorgeous Marisa Tomei (who won the Oscar for her performance) as the couple going before a judge played by Herman Munster, er, Fred Gwynne. (Karate Kid Ralph Macchio also got a kick out of his role as the wrongly accused.)
The Rose and the Jackal (1990) – Superman Christopher Reeve turned the Hay House into a fortress of solitude for this TNT TV movie, as a Union soldier who falls for a Confederate aristocrat. The movie also featured a young Atlanta actress Christine Latkin in her debut as Little Rose. Latkin would go on to star in TV’s “Step By Step” as Alicia Lambert and later on “Family Guy” as the voice of fictional news anchor Joyce Kinney.
Bach from the Dead (2012) – This is all you need to know: this low-budget future cult classic midnight movie is about the reanimated Johann Sebastian Bach—resurrected by a failing rap artist, no less—on a bloodlust mission for revenge. That’s a win for our movie AND music history.