Movies filmed in and around Siesta Key & Sarasota:
Florida films are nearly as old as movie making itself. The state's sunny climate and scenic beauty made Florida a natural destination for early film producers. In fact, the earliest Florida films are 1898 "newsreels" of U.S. troops in Tampa during the Spanish-American War. Before World War I, Jacksonville rivaled Hollywood with more than thirty studios and 1,000 actors and extras.
Johnny Weismuller and the film crew of "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" at Wakulla Springs, 1941. (Left)
Florida continued to be used for many of Hollywood's best movies. The state offered scenic jungles for Tarzan, beautiful beaches for Esther Williams, tropical islands for South Pacific themes, and deep, mysterious springs for the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
When Florida actively began to attract and assist movie companies, the film industry began to grow. Major studios such as Universal, Disney, and MGM moved to the state, boosting production, and by 1995 Florida had become the third largest film-making state in the country. Today, Floridians continue to reap the benefits of this creative and lucrative industry.
Filming Airport '77 in Wakulla Springs (Above)
- Adam Lost His Apple (1965)
Plot: A photographer discovers two shipwrecked women and a man living as nudists on an uninhabited island.
Cast: Mal Arnold, Joan Gordon & Gene Berk.
Directed by Earl Wainwright. Color - 65 min.
- Bail, The (2002)
Cast: Danny Smith, Kevin Jubinville & Brandon Quinn.
Written & Directed by Carl Goldstein
- Color Me Blood Red (1965) ...aka Model Massacre
Plot: An eccentric artist is panned by a well-known critic at his opening for not having a good color sense, so he starts a new series, using his own blood to paint. Soon he is weakened and must find other sources of blood to continue his paintings.
Cast: Gordon Oas-Heim & Candi Conder.
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
- A Flash of Green (1985)
Plot: Centered around a conflict between environmentalists and land developers. Various political and citizen groups vie for the control of Palm City, Florida's last unspoiled bay-front property. A ruthless politician secretly allied with the developers schemes to further his own crooked ends
Cast: Blair Brown, Ed Harris, John Glover & Isa Thomas.
Written by John D. MacDonald.
Partially filmed on Casey Key. Drama/Suspense - 131 mins.
- Forever Mine (1999)
Plot: An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Ray Liotta and Gretchen Mol.
Written and Directed Paul Schrader.
Look for Sarasota's SCAT bus. Filmed mostly in Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg.
- Glory Days (1979)
Plot: Steve Street is about to lead his High school Football team to the City Championship, when he's diagnosed with cancer.
Cast: Jim Fitzpatrick & Larry Brodsky
- Great Expectations (1998)
Plot: A modernization of a Charles Dickens classic story. Updated to modern day New York City and Florida's Gulf Coast in the 1980's SoHo art world, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true it has the ultimate effect of making Estella fall in love with him.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft & Robert De Niro.
Shot around the fishing village of Cortez and the Ringling Mansion.
- Great Wallendas, The (1993)
Plot: The Great Wallendas circus high wire act.
Cast: Lloyd Bridges, Lucinda Bridges, Britt Ekland, and Cathy Rigby.
Writen by Jan Hartman, Directed by Larry Elikann.
- Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952)
Plot: The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.
Cast: Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Emmett Kelly, John Ringling North, James Stewart, Bing Crosby, & Bob Hope. (Bing and Bob were incognito as spectators).
Director, Cecil B. DeMille required all of the actors to perform their own stunts. The Oscar-award-winning movie was filmed at the Barnum and Bailey headquarters in Sarasota.
- Hidden Fears (1993)
Plot: Years after witnessing her husband's murder, a woman finds that her knowledge of the crime has made her the killers' next target.
Cast: Meg Foster, Frederic Forrest, Bever-Leigh Banfield, and Marc Macaulay.
Writen by Stuart Kaminsky, Directed by Jean Bodon
- Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Plot: Ticlaw, a small town in Florida. The only attraction is a safary park. The goverment constructs the Miami freeway, that passes just beside Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit to it. The people at Ticlaw, leaded by it's Mayor, will do anything in order to alter the project.
Cast: Beau Bridges, Hume Cronyn, William Devane, Beverly D'Angelo, Geraldine Page, and Teri Garr.
Written by Edward Clinton, Directed by John Schlesinger.
- Isle of Destiny, The (1920)
A Silent Movie filmed in Black and White on location on Anna Maria Island.
Cast: Paul Gilmore, Hazel Hudson, Frank D. Williams, Helen Pierce, and John Hedges IV.
Written by Mack Arthur, Directed by Tamar Lane.
- Just Cause (1995)
Plot: Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again. Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police.
Cast: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Ed Harris, Daniel J. Travanti, and Ned Beatty.
- Le Matou (1985)... aka The Alley Cat
Plot: Story of a young couple (Dupire and Spaziani) who buy a diner at the encouragement of a mysterious European man, their eccentric friends, and how they're manipulated and then fight back.
Cast: Pierre Beaudry, Serge Dupire, Monique Spaziani, Jean Carmet, Julien Guiomar, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Miguel Fernandes
Sam Stone, & Paul Berval.
Written by Yves Beauchemin, Directed by Jean Beaudin
- On An Island With You (1948)
Plot: A young navy lieutenant is brought in as techninical adviser on a song-dance-and-swim film being made by screen star Rosalind Reynolds. Having once done a number with her - and been kissed at the end - at a Forces show, the young lad somehow believes she should be his girl.
Cast: Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban, Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charisse, and Xavier Cugat
- Out of time (2002)
Plot: Denzel Washington plays a small-town Florida police officer who steals money from an evidence room so he can run away with a lover, who ends up double-crossing him.
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dean Cain, and Eva Mendes.
Written by David Collard, Directed by Carl Franklin
Shot in the tiny fishing village of Cortez, Placida & Boca Grande..
- Palmetto (1998)
...aka Dumme sterben nicht aus
Plot: A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real. Harry Barber is out for some payback to regain the two years he has lost. He is hired to fake the kidnapping of a dying millionaires stepdaughter. He discovers that he is being set up on multiple levels and will soon face a longer prison sentence if he does not prove the truth to the police.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevigny
- Prestige (1932)
Plot: Melvyn Douglas, ordered to command a penal colony in French Indo-China, falls victim to heat, boredom, loneliness; so severe is his decline into alcoholism and despair that not even the arrival of his beloved, Ann Harding, is able to pull him out of it for long.
Cast: Ann Harding, Adolphe Menjou, & Melvyn Douglas.
Written by Harry Hervey, Directed by Tay Garnett.
Filmed in Venice and the banks of the Myakka River. Black & White - 1 hr 13 mins.
- Purple Dragon Dinosaur (1995)
Cast: Jb Barton, Misty Bell, Stefan Poulos, & Mike Blumenthal.
Written & directed by Mike Blumenthal. Black & White.
- Seven Sundays (1995)
...aka Tous les jours dimanche (France)
...aka Tutti i giorni è domenica (Italy)
Plot: The tale of Dodo, a Frenchman who has successfully and charmingly evaded work all his life and Jesus, an Italian musician who winds up in Sarasota in search of a woman who promised to marry him... and, it turns out, at least ten other men.
Cast: Thierry Lhermitte, Maurizio Nichetti, Rod Steiger, Susan Blakely & Molly Ringwald.
Written & directed by Jean Charles Tacchella. Comedy - 102 Minutes.
- Spring Fever (1982) ...aka Sneakers
Plot:Two girls competing in a tennis match suddenly decide to spend 24 hours doing every wild and crazy thing they ever dreamed of. The girls' wacky escapade ends up producing unexpected results. A comedy/drama about hard times in and out of the women's tennis finals.
Cast: Susan Anton, Jessica Walter & Frank Converse
Directed by Joseph L. Scanlan. Comedy - 1 hr 33 mins.
- Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) ...aka 2,000 Maniacs
Plot: The citizens of the southern town lure six Yankee tourists into town where they are to be the reluctant guests for the centennial celebration of the day a band of renegade Union troops decimated the town. The town then participates in a different event for each of the tourists, in which the tourist is dispatched. One couple begins to suspect something and seeks a way to escape.
Cast: Connie Mason, William Kerwin & Jeffrey Allen. Macabre display of violence, gore and mutilation -Color - 83 mins.
- Walkin' on Sunshine: The Movie (1997)
Plot: In space, no one can hear you call for pizza. A hilarious and sexy romp through time and space aboard the derelict satellite repair ship Intrepid Poltroon, The date is October 14, 2056.
Cast: Mike Greenholt, Austin McKinley & Sara Gilbert.
Written by Marcus Alexander Hart, Directed by Misty Bell & Sherrie Dorr. Comedy/Sci-Fi - Color.