Movies Filmed in Arkansas


The motion picture industry first discovered Arkansas as a filming location in 1926 with Universal’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The state has been home territory to a range of movies ever since. Perhaps the best-known movie location in Arkansas is the Old
Mill in North Little Rock. The authentic reproduction of an 1880s grist mill,
the structure’s claim to fame is appearing in the opening sequences of the 1939
blockbuster, “Gone With the Wind.”


The most recent movie filmed here, ”Mud”, wrapped up
production at the end of 2011 and features Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. Many films Sling Bladehave been shot here from
major motion pictures, like “Sling Blade
made by Arkansas-native Billy Bob Thornton ( which earned him an Academy Award
for Best Writing) to television shows such as “The Blue and The Gray.”


Many other notable movies have been filmed in the state. Charles B.
Pierce, a native of Texarkana, based his Legend of Boggy Creek films on a local
legend of the state called the Fouke Monster. In the 1970s the film  “Bloody Mama” , directed by Roger Corman,
starred Shelly Winters, Bruce Dern, and a 26-year-old Robert De Niro. Featured
in the film is the 34-room Cowdrey Mansion in Yellville now the Red Raven Inn
Bed and Breakfast. After making this film Corman returned to The Natural State
to shoot “Boxcar Bertha” in 1972. According to some sources, “Boxcar
is said to be Martin Scorsese’s first Hollywood film.


Director King Vidor received an Academy Award Best Director
nomination for “Hallelujah” in 1930. It was recently named one of the “25
important motion pictures” when added to the National Film Registry of the
Library of Congress.
And that is just the beginning! A list of more movies with Arkansas ties can be found here. 


Some inventions that revolutionized the motion picture
industry had their beginnings in Arkansas too. In 1912, Freeman Owens a Pine Bluff
native, was awarded the first of several patents which helped formulate what is
today’s modern film industry. Some of his inventions include an improved
version of motion picture cameras and projectors, slow motion for motion
picture cameras and projectors in 1920, and perhaps most importantly, Phonofilm
– the first synchronized sound and film apparatus in 1923.

Photos are of stills of Matthew McConaughey in “Mud”, Billy Bob Thorton in “Sling Blade” and a scene from “Boxcar Bertha”.






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