Saturday, October 06, 2007

Florida Flicks

It's the weekend -- time to head over to the local movie rental store.

Key Largo : Bogie and Bacall, Edward G. Robinson -- gangsters, Seminoles, and a war veteran gather at a hotel in the Florida keys as a storm approaches.

Sunshine State: Families and communities in transition as developers make big plans for some Florida towns. Filmed on Amelia Island, and features American Beach. Director: John Sayles.

Cocoon: A group of retirees discover the fountain of youth -- and something rather unexpected. Ron Howard directed this lite sci fi comedy filmed on location in St. Petersburg. See how many places you recognize.

Bad Boys: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are buddies in this Miami cops and robbers action film. The sequel, Bad Boys II, didn't get such great reviews ("Whatcha gonna do?") but it did get made into a video game.

The Cocoanuts: The Marx Brothers run a hotel in south Florida in the 1920s land boom. Best line: "You can have any kind of home you want. You can even get stucco. Oh, how you can get stucco."

Vernon, Florida: According to director Errol Morris' website, this "is an odd-ball survey of the inhabitants of a remote swamp-town in the Florida panhandle." Last month, the St. Petersburg Times ran an article about this "swamp-town" : "Dismembered Again."


  1. Here's three more (of many):

    Follow that Dream Elvis shenanigans in Florida(1962). Many location shots.

    Safe at First Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and William Frawley star in what some say is one of the worst sports movies ever produced. Shot in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach (1962).

    Where the Boys Are George Hamilton and Connie Frncis lead an cast of all-time B-list all stars in the definitive Spring Break movie. Shot (and premiered)in Fort Lauderdale (1960)

  2. I also didn't mention

    Reap the Wild Wind (1942, John Wayne, shipwrecks off the Keys)

    The Yearling (1946, Gary Cooper, coming of age on the Florida frontier)

    The Palm Beach Story (1942, Claudette Colbert, romantic comedy)


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