Trivial Pursuits: Films With a North Carolina Connection
Yes, the Oscar buzz culminates at tonight's Academy Awards when the evening's victors take home their coveted statuettes. But did you know that North Carolina has ties to several Oscar-worthy (and not so worthy) movies and celebrities? Test your knowledge of N.C. film trivia! Scroll down to see the answers, but don't cheat!
What N.C. city did legendary film director/producer, Cecil B. DeMille call home as a child?
In what movie did Asheville's Biltmore Estate make its first Hollywood appearance?
Where were scenes from the sci-fi thriller "Brainstorm" (1983) staring Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher filmed locally in 1981?
The movie, "Blood Done Sign My Name," based on the book by Duke professor and N.C. author, Timothy B. Tyson, opened in theaters Feb. 19. What N.C. town is the setting for the movie?
What N.C. landmark was featured in the movie "Forrest Gump" (1994) during Gump's famous run across the U.S.?
What university's campus served as the setting for medical school in the 1994 movie "Patch Adams" staring Robin Williams?
What nearby city's historic downtown business district was the site of filming for "Billy Bathgate" starring Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman?
What man-made lake was the setting for the famous water scene featuring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing"?
What author has seen his books successfully transition to the big screen with settings on the coast of North Carolina?
What Moore County pottery has had its pieces featured in historical dramas such as "The Patriot," "Cold Mountain," "Amistad" and the television miniseries "John Adams"?
What university did Sandra Bullock, Best Actress nominee for her role in "The Blind Side," leave with just three credits shy of graduating to pursue an acting career?
Where was "Bull Durham," proclaimed to be the greatest sports movie ever made, filmed?
"Weekend at Bernies" (1989) was filmed in what popular coastal destination?
Chimney Rock Park was the many mountain settings for what 16th century period piece?
- Though he was born in Massachusetts, DeMille grew up in Washington, N.C. DeMille was one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
2 . "The Swan" (1956) starring Grace Kelly. The film was the last movie Kelly ever made, but since then, Biltmore has been featured in various films, including "The Private Eyes" (1981) "Hannibal" (2001) and "Richie Rich" (1994).
Southern Pines and Pinehurst were the settings of several scenes. Many locals worked on the film as extras.
Oxford, Tyson's hometown. Production on the film took place in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby and Statesville.
Some scenes feature Gump, played by Tom Hanks, running on a road winding up Grandfather Mountain. The curve where the scene was shot is nicknamed "Forrest Gump Curve." Though the shots look as though Hanks is doing the running, his brother is actually in the scene as Hanks' stunt double.
UNC-Chapel Hill. Exteriors of the the campus buildings were featured, as well as an interior scene in Wilson Library. Scenes for the movie were also filmed around Asheville
Hamlet, located in Richmond County.
Lake Lure, located just outside Asheville.
Nicholas Sparks. The author, who is based in N.C., has seen at least seven of his books become films. The following movies were also filmed along the N.C. coast: "Message in a Bottle,"(Wilmington) "A Walk to Remember" (Southport) and "Nights in Rodanthe" (Rodanthe).
Westmoore Pottery. Potters Mary and David Farrell specialize in pottery techniques used between 1750 and 1850.
East Carolina University. Bullock later received an honorary degree from the university.
The 1988 movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon was filmed and set in downtown Durham. The grass on the field had to be touched up with green paint because the movie was filmed during October and November of 1987. The park's bull sign was built for the film, but the Durham Bulls kept it after production completed. The new, old sign is a staple at the Bulls' new stadium.
Southport, most of the beach scenes take place at neighboring Bald Head Island.
"Last of the Mohicans" (1992) was filmed entirely in western N.C. along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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