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Most People Don’t Know These 11 Movies Were Filmed In Maine

Last week we talked about famous people who live in Maine. Unfortunately, lots of these people started out in Maine, but quickly moved on to New York City or Hollywood to really allow their careers to take off. The more I thought about it, the more I thought Maine was deserving of more credit! So, here’s a list of 11 movies filmed in Maine. Some were more successful than others, but all of them immortalized our state on the big screen.

1. In the Bedroom: Belfast, Owls Head, Old Orchard Beach, Camden, Rockland, Rockport, Trevett, Wiscasset, 2001


One of my favorite films, this movie gets Maine exactly right. Both set and entirely filmed in Maine, even the title is a reference to our state’s favorite career. Know what that reference is? Tell us in the comments!

2. Forrest Gump: Marshal Point Light, 1994


Forrest’s epic run across the country has him pounding the pavement to Marshal Point Light in Port Clyde. The film has grossed about $557 million, which is incredible compared to the $55 million it took to make it.

3. The Preacher’s Wife: Portland, 1996


Directed by Penny Marshall and starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, parts of this flick were filmed in Portland. It wasn’t met with great reviews, but it’s worth a watch to remember the talent that is Houston. This film grossed about $48 million, only $8 million more than the cost to make it.

4. Pet Sematary: Bangor, Bucksport, Hancock, Ellsworth and Acadia, 1989


This Stephen King masterpiece might be the mot well-known movie filmed in Maine. With on-set locations throughout the state, watching it is like watching a tourism video. If Maine tourism videos included the scariest scenes of all time. Pet Sematary grossed about $57 million and cost roughly $11 million to make.

5. Carousel: Boothbay Harbor, Augusta, Camden, Newcastle, 1956


A film adaptation of the stage production, this film didn’t do as well as its soundtrack did at the time of release. Another fun fact? Shirley Jones was only 4 years older than the actress who played her 15-year-old daughter!

6. Jumanji: Kennebunk, North Berwick, 1995


One of the best characters played by the late, great Robin Williams, Alan Parrish is released from the board game when two children begin playing with it. The exterior of the Parrish shoe factory was filmed at the Hurd Mill in North Berwick, Maine. The building was once a prosperous mill that made wool products, but had been empty for many years.

7. The Cider House Rules: Mount Desert Island, Bass Harbor, 2000


While the fictional town of St. Cloud in Maine is not actually IN Maine, parts of the movie were indeed filmed here on the coast. Wonder if Charlize Theron had a lobster roll while here! Despite the fact that the entire movie was not filmed here, I’m sure at least a few of you tuck your kids in by saying, “Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”

8. Casper: Rockport, 1995


Starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci, the majority of “Casper” is set in Friendship, but was filmed in nearby Rockport due to its “more authentic” feel according to the crew.

9. Message in a Bottle: Bath, New Harbor, Portland, Phippsburg, 1999


Fun fact about this one! The hometown of Costner’s character, Garrett, is Popham Beach. The crew identified a seasonal home that was perfect for the film and undertook over $250,000 of renovations to make it work for the movie. But, at the close of filming, the owner requested that it be restored to its original, pre-film state, which cost the crew almost as much!

10. Shutter Island: Bar Harbor, 2010


This Martin Scorsese directed film starred a very believable Leonardo DiCaprio as a federal marshal. The scene where he climbs across rocks over the ocean was filmed at Acadia National Park.

11. Head Above Water: Phippsburg, 1996


This film, starring Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz, is an oldie, but goodie. And, most importantly, it’s film almost entirely in Phippsburg. The movie is based on a Norwegian film in which the main female character is topless for at least half of her time on-screen. That wasn’t exactly the case here in the USA.

Do you live near any of these filming spots? Or, even better, were you there with the film crews? Tell us about it in the comments! Then, share with your friends from away who think nothing exciting has ever happens in Vacationland!

Michelle
Michelle has lived in many places, but counts Maine as one of the best. In addition to the smell of ocean water in the air on rainy days in Portland, she loves puppies, photography, funny people, the Maine Red Claws, traveling, fresh tomatoes, Cambodia and filling out forms. For questions, comments and inquiries please email: mstarin@onlyinyourstate.com.