Did you know that over 85 movies have been shot in Savannah since 1915, and 10 Academy Awards have gone to those films? For the last 100 years, Hollywood has recognized Savannah to be the perfect backdrop for filming. From silent movies to the original Cape Fear (1962), The Longest Yard (1974), the TV miniseries Roots (1977),Glory (1989), Forrest Gump, Something To Talk About and Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil (1990’s) to The Conspirator and The Last Song (2009), plus the aptly named Savannah, filmed in 2011, are just a few.
While my husband, Chris, and I were in Savannah recently, we decided to take the Savannah Movie Tour. The 90 minute narrated tour heads out on a luxury climate-controlled, twenty-four passenger minibus. Along the way we visited many movie locations up close and view movie clips on LCD screens inside the minibus while passing the same locations.
The tour guide was kind enough to pass out a list of all the movies he was going to talk about on the tour, so we were able to follow along.
On the tour, we passed the Mercer-Williams House, the reportedly haunted building that featured in the novel and movie adaptation Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, as well as the timelessly charming Six Pence Pub, a venue that played a starring role alongside Julia Roberts in the 1995 romcom Something to Talk About.
We also passed by the spot where Tom Hanks played Forrest Gump and muttered his now-famous ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ quote.
We also got to see the locations where Robert Redford, Will Smith and Charlize Theron pounded the pavements in Legend of Bagger Vance at Madison Square, and visit the street where John Travolta walked in the 1999 murder-mystery The General’s Daughter.
After exploring the movie sites of Savannah, we finished our tour at Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop, a location for several films including The General’s Daughter and The Sum of All Fears. We all got some ice cream (at our own expense) for the ride back to the Savannah Visitor Center, which is where the tour starts and ends.
The Savannah Visitor Center, which is located at 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. They also offer Hotel pickup for an additional $5 cash per party payable to the driver.
The tour costs $29 per person and if you enjoy movies, you will enjoy this tour.