When Hollywood came to Knoxville: A look at some of the movies shot around East Tennessee

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal signs autographs for Amanda Shoopman, left, Kelli Shoopman, and Kristen Wright before the southern premiere of Universal Pictures' 'October Sky' on Feb.16, 1999, at Regal Cinemas West Town Mall 9. Gyllenhaal, a 18-year-old Columbia University freshman, played the film's main character, Homer Hickam. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)

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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal signs autographs for Amanda Shoopman, left, Kelli Shoopman, and Kristen Wright before the southern premiere of Universal Pictures' "October Sky" on Feb.16, 1999, at Regal Cinemas West Town Mall 9. Gyllenhaal, a 18-year-old Columbia University freshman, played the film's main character, Homer Hickam. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)

With the Oscars looming on Sunday, here's a look back at some of the movies shot in and around Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Based on the novel A Death In the Family by Knoxville author James Agee, the 1963 film All the Way Home brought star Jean Simmons to Knoxville for the tale of a young boy and his mother dealing with the death of his father.

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1965's The Fool Killer starred Anthony Perkins, just two years after his breakout role in Psycho, and is based off a book of the same name by Helen Eustis.

Lana Wood also had a role in the movie, the story of a young boy on the run after leaving home due to the harsh treatment from his parents.

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1970's A Walk In the Spring Rain , based on the Rachel Maddux novel of the same name, brought two of Hollywood's biggest names to East Tennessee: Anthony Quinn and Ingrid Bergman.

The movie tells the story of Quinn's and Bergman's characters affair, and the consequences it means for their families.

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The 1973 film Lolly-Madonna XXX told the tale of two families in Tennessee whose feud escalates.

It starred Jeff Bridges, Rod Steiger and Gary Busey, and was based off the Sue Grafton novel The Lolly-Madonna War.

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Homer Hickam's autobiography Rocket Boys: A Memoir was the basis for the 1999 film October Sky, which was filmed in many different areas of East Tennessee.

The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern and Chris Cooper in what has since been cited as Gyllenhaal's breakout role. In fact, he was still a student at Columbia University at the time.

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Comments » 9

Digger writes:

If I'm not mistaken, King Kong 2 was filmed near (if not in) Knoxville. Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek's "The River" was also filmed near here. And John Tuturo's "Box of Moonlihgt" was filmed all over Knoxville.

cobragolfer writes:

How about "Burning Rage" starring Barbara Mandrell and Tom Wopat... filmed in Lake City.

Jethrobodine4 writes:

Box of Moonlight is a light hearted film worth seeing as they filmed throughout Knoxville.

strider762 writes:

Don't forget one of my favorites, Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, and shot near Morristown, TN. Precursor to "Army of Darkness" one of the finest movies ever filmed.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

"The Curse" directed by South Knoxville native David Keith has to be the worse movie ever made. If you are a Tennessee fan, you might like it, as every started turning ORANGE after being afflicted with the "CURSE", a Meteor that lands on David's farm in Tellico Plains. Best drive in picture ever made.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Seems like the knoxville.com staff didn't do any research when writing the article. Missed alot of movies filmed around here. I guess they gathered for a 1 hour lunch and wrote up something real quick.

Axemanagain writes:

in response to Jethrobodine4:

Box of Moonlight is a light hearted film worth seeing as they filmed throughout Knoxville.

With an appearance by Gene Patterson and the late Kristin Hoke.

Galaxie500XL writes:

"The Heart is Deceitful Above All things"

Oddly enough, a movie that referenced Knoxville directly, Thunder Road, was mostly shot in Asheville, North Carolina.

willphill#241787 writes:

How about " The River." Shot in Rogersville in the 80s. Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek.

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