Anyone who has been to Vermont knows that the scenery is so stunning that it should be in the movies. Well, here are 9 films that got it right when choosing to film on location in the Green Mountain State. From Academy Awards and Golden Globes to world famous actors and directors, these locations were perfect for these box office hits.
1. Baby Boom
Baby Boom, the 1987 hit romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, was filmed in Manchester. After inheriting her cousin's 6-month-old daughter and moving from the city to rural Vermont, Keaton finds success by selling homemade applesauce from fresh and local ingredients. It sounds like many of the local Vermont success stories we still see today!
While the story supposedly takes place in Connecticut, the infamous exterior shots of the home were filmed in East Corinth, Vermont. This box office hit starring Michael Keaton, Wynona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis has become a cult classic and after receiving many prestigious awards; the legacy lives on with attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Japan.
3. Before I Sleep
The plot revolves around Eugene Devlin, a once famous and now reclusive poet, who searches through his past, looking for redemption and peace. The director chose to shoot scenes at The Frost Place, the museum and former home of late American poet Robert Frost. They explained their reasons for filming at The Frost Place by saying that "The Frost Place was an exciting natural step because our main character is a poet and has many similarities to Frost, there's so much art and creativity in this area."
4. The Four Seasons
This 1981 smash hit filmed its winter season at the Stowehof Inn, in Stowe. The infamous moose head thrown in the fireplace still hangs on the wall, as well as many pictures of the cast during shooting. Produced on a budget of $6.5 million, the film grossed $50,427,646, The Four Seasons was nominated for: Best Picture-Comedy Golden Globe (Martin Bregman), Nominee: Best Actor-Comedy Golden Globe (Alan Alda),
Nominee: Best Actress-Comedy Golden Globe (Carol Burnett),
Nominee: Best Screenplay Golden Globe (Alan Alda),
Nominee: Best Original Comedy Screenplay Writers Guild of America (Alan Alda).
5. Funny Farm
Funny Farm is a 1988 American film starring Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith. The film was adapted from a 1985 comedic novel of the same name by Jay Cronley and was filmed on location in Vermont, mostly in Townshend.
6. Me, Myself & Irene
The Farley Brother's 2000 dark comedy about multiple personality disorder starring Jim Carrey features shots filmed in Middlebury, Burlington and Waterbury, with a cameo of the Ben & Jerry's factory. The film had the biggest opening on the weekend of June 23, 2000 making US $24.2 million in its opening weekend. The film earned $90,570,999 in the United States, and a further $58,700,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $149,270,999.
7. Ethan Frome
The stark Northeast Kingdom landscape of Peacham provides a dramatic backdrop for an adaptation of Edith Wharton's tale about an unfortunate farmer played by Liam Neeson.
8. The Spitfire Grill
The town of Peacham once again takes the spotlight and provides the perfect setting in this movie about a girl who recently discharged from prison finds work in a small New England town.
9. Cider House Rules
Even though the story is set in Maine, Cider House Rules was filmed just about everywhere in New England, including the Scott Farm Apple Orchard in Brattleboro and the train station in Bellows Falls. This 1999 film starring Tobey McGuire, Charlize Theron, and Michael Caine won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with four other nominations at the 72nd Academy Awards.
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