Top 15 Movies Filmed in Vermont by US Box Office 

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Lights, Camera, Action: Explore the Movie Magic in Vermont!

Lights, camera, action! Are you ready for a magical journey into the world of movies in the picturesque state of Vermont? Buckle up, my fellow movie buff, because we’re about to embark on an adventure that will leave you starstruck and craving for more. Discover the hidden gems that serve as the backdrop for some of your favorite films, right here in the heart of Vermont.

Key takeaways:

  • Vermont’s breathtaking landscapes have attracted countless filmmakers over the years.
  • Visiting movie filming locations can add a dash of excitement and intrigue to your travel itinerary.
  • Exploring these sites can offer a unique perspective and a chance to reenact iconic scenes.
  • Experience the thrill of stepping into the shoes of your favorite movie characters.
  • Capture Instagram-worthy moments and recreate iconic scenes at these filming locations.
  • Explore the vibrant communities that have embraced their place in cinematic history.

Imagine strolling through the charming streets of Vermont, knowing that some of your beloved movie moments were captured right where you stand. Whether you’re a fan of romantic comedies, gripping dramas, or pulse-pounding action flicks, there’s something for everyone in the Green Mountain State.

From quaint villages to rolling hills, Vermont’s natural beauty has enticed filmmakers from far and wide. The state is like an enchanting canvas, awaiting the touch of a director’s vision to bring stories to life.

As you visit these filming locations, you’ll be able to see firsthand how these captivating settings were transformed into iconic movie scenes.

Soak in the magic of “The Cider House Rules,” filmed against the stunning backdrop of St. Johnsbury. Transport yourself into the world of independent spirits with “Me, Myself & Irene,” shot in the charming town of Wilmington.

And don’t forget to channel your inner adventurer as you explore the landscapes that served as the mystical kingdom of Asgard in the Marvel blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Visiting movie filming locations adds a whole new dimension to your travel experience. It’s like stepping into a parallel universe where reality intertwines with the fictional world of your favorite films.

As you wander through these sites, you’ll find yourself reliving those cinematic moments, accompanied by a tingling sense of nostalgia.

Imagine standing on the exact spot where your favorite character made you laugh or shed a tear. It’s like connecting with the magic of these movies on a deeper level. Plus, think of the envy-inducing stories you’ll have to share with your friends and family when you return!

But the excitement doesn’t end there. When you visit these filming locations, you become a part of a larger community that cherishes the influence of cinema.

Local businesses, like cozy cafes or charming inns, often embrace their cinematic ties, offering movie-themed menus or special promotions. It’s a delightful way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere and bask in the glory of the big screen.

So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to embark on an adventure like no other in the vibrant state of Vermont. Explore the movie magic hidden within its borders, and unlock a world of enchantment that will leave you awestruck and brimming with stories to tell. Lights, camera, action… your cinematic journey awaits!

Lights, Camera, Explore! Unveil the Movie Magic in Vermont and create memories that could rival the silver screen!

What Lies Beneath – US Box Office: USD$155,464,351

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto, James Remar, Victoria Bidewell, and Diana Scarwid

Release Date: July 21, 2000

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA; D.A.R. State Park – 6750 State Route 17 W., Addison, Vermont, USA; Royce Hall – 340 Royce Drive, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Playa Vista, California, USA

Main Plot: A university research scientist named Norman Spencer is becoming increasingly worried about his wife, Claire. This retired concert cellist was recently in a serious car accident and just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman’s stepdaughter) to college. Claire was injured in an accident a year ago. Currently, Claire reports seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water, hearing voices, and experiencing other unsettling occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home. Claire, growing more terrified, believes the phenomenon has something to do with the neighbors, especially since the wife has vanished mysteriously. Claire begins therapy at her husband’s urging and shares her belief that a ghost is haunting the house. Claire uses an ouija board and her best friend Jody to try and uncover the truth about What Lies Beneath.

Famous quotes:

Claire Spencer: “I want you to answer one question. Did you have anything to do with her disappearance?”

Norman: “Yes. I had an affair with her. And when I tried to break it off… she became unstable. She came out here to the house. She threatened to kill herself… or you. I didn’t think she’d go through with any of it. But then she… She disappeared.”

Norman: “Claire, I don’t know how to apologize to you for what I’ve done. But if you give me another chance, I promise you, I’ll spend the rest of my life making you glad that you did. Please.”

Norman: “I’m going to have the police check on the house while I’m gone.

Claire Spencer: Oh great! “Could you check in on my wife? She’s hearing voices!” Yeah, wait until that gets around.”

Sequel: What Lies Beneath 2018

Fun Facts about What Lies Beneath:

  • In an interview, Michelle Pfeiffer said that she used Drew Barrymore’s technique of projecting fear to aid in character development.
  • Five versions of the bathroom set were built to film various portions of the same scene multiple times on different coasts.
  • Only daytime scenes were filmed at the fictional home. After filming, it was demolished because it didn’t adhere to regional building regulations.

Wolf – US Box Office: USD$65,002,597

Director:  Mike Nichols

Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, and Eileen Atkins

Release Date: June 17, 1994

Filming Locations: Buel’s Gore, Vermont, USA; General William J. Fox Airfield – 4555 W. Avenue G, Lancaster, California, USA; Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Sony Pictures Studios – 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Main Plot: Laura is the attractive but estranged daughter of Raymond Alden. She is drawn to Will Randall, a subordinate who just recently ended his marriage to Charlotte. Will is unique because of the bite he received from a wolf that appeared to be dead. As a result, Will is now energized, his senses are sharper, and he has developed a thirst for blood. He consults Dr. Vijay Alezais, who provides him with a protective amulet in exchange for a bite from him. This will prevent him from changing into a werewolf. Although he declines, Will accepts the amulet as a gift. Will and Laura keep meeting, but Will’s rival Stewart Swinton, who has feelings for Laura, tries to get the two of them into a fight. This will be made more difficult by the police’s involvement because they believe Will killed his wife.

Famous quotes:

Doctor: “In Vermont? I don’t think so, Will.”

Will Randall: “You weren’t there, Ralph.”

Doctor: “Are you sure it wasn’t a Husky or a German Shepherd? And after all, it was night, wasn’t it? It was dark out.”

Will Randall: “Full moon. And to answer your question, it was a wolf. It was staring straight at me, you don’t confuse a dog with a wolf.”
Doctor: “I see, whatever you say. You know, it’s funny, this isn’t the first Rabies shot I have given in the last few months. My wife’s sister-in-law up in Onianca, a raccoon chased her up onto her porch and bit her in the ass.”

Sequel: Wolf 2021

Fun Facts about Wolf:

  • Screenwriter and associate producers Jim Harrison and Jack Nicholson had been attempting to get this movie made for twelve years.
  • Director Mike Nichols provided the line heard off-camera in the scene. Where Will Randall discovers that all of his senses are acute while in his office building.
  • In his new book, Christopher Plummer admitted that he became immersed in his character while filming a scene. He didn’t just pretend to slap Michelle Pfeiffer across the face; instead, he did it.

Sucker Punch – US Box Office: USD$36,392,502

Director: Zack Snyder

Main Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, and Oscar Isaac

Release Date: March 25, 2011

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Canada; Vancouver Film Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Main Plot: An action fantasy that takes place in a young girl’s vivid imagination and serves as the ultimate diversion from her grim reality. The lines between what is real and what is imagined are muddled by her incredible adventures. Babydoll has been imprisoned against her will, but she still has the choice to live. She persuades Rocket, Blondie, Amber, and the reticent Sweet Pea to band together to flee their horrifying fate at the hands of their captors, Blue, Madam Gorski, and the High Roller. With a virtual arsenal at their disposal, the girls fight fantastical battles under Babydoll’s leadership against everything from samurais to serpents. They must decide together what they are willing to give up to survive. But if they are successful, their incredible journey will set them free with the aid of a Wise Man.

Famous quotes:

Baby Doll: “I’m saying you go home, go to your family. You tell your mom what Rocket said, make her happy. Go out and live a normal life. Love, be free, you have to live for all of us now.”

Sweet Pea: “Baby, no, you can’t…”

Baby Doll: “Yes, Sweet Pea, you’re the strongest. You’re the only one of us who ever had a chance out there. You’re going home and leaving, that’s how we win. It’s okay, it’s better this way. Now listen, I’m gonna walk out there and when they come after me, you go, okay?”

Sweet Pea: “There’s gotta be another way.”

Baby Doll: “No, this is right. This was never my story, it’s yours. Now don’t screw it up, okay?”

Sequel: Sucker Punch 2018; Sucker Punch 2013

Fun Facts about Sucker Punch:

  • Three songs that Emily Browning performed are included in the movie. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Asleep, which plays while Babydoll is sobbing in the bathroom, and Yoav’s song Where is My Mind?.
  • Even though she plays the main role, Emily Browning doesn’t speak until about eighteen minutes into the movie.
  • For the role, Emily Browning had her hair dyed platinum blonde. However, the dye broke her hair, which required a very short pixie cut after the filming.

Baby Boom – US Box Office: USD$26,712,476

Director: Charles Shyer

Main Cast: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy, Michelle Kennedy, Sam Wanamaker, and James Spader

Release Date: October 30, 1987

Filming Locations: Weston, Vermont, USA; Manchester, Vermont, USA; Peru, Vermont, USA; 375 Park Avenue & E 52nd Street, New York City, New York, USA; LA High Memorial Park, 4625 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: When J.C. Wiatt, a prosperous businesswoman in New York known as the “tiger lady,” hears about an inheritance from a distant relative, she immediately assumes it will be money. Well, it’s a baby girl, not money. She initially refuses until the woman who delivers the baby has to catch a flight. J.C. presently has a bothersome baby girl. Her boyfriend breaks up with her because he doesn’t like the idea of a baby living with them. J.C. has had enough and brings her to a family willing to adopt her. While walking away, she hears the baby crying and must turn around. The infant has grown too dependent on her and won’t let her go. Later, her child causes trouble, and she is fired. She now has her sights set on an old two-story cottage in Vermont to escape the New York lifestyle. She finds that the house requires more assistance than anticipated. One snowy day, she makes applesauce because she’s bored.

Famous quotes:

Doctor Jeff Cooper: “You know… you kind of remind me of a bull terrier of some kind.”

J.C. Wiatt: “Yeah, I bet you say that to all the girls.”

J.C. Wiatt: “Now look. There is nothing in the world to get uptight about. We are two summa cum laudes. We can handle one little baby for eight hours.”

J.C. Wiatt: “If it wasn’t for me, you’d be selling shirts at Barney’s, you little pisher!”

Doctor Jeff Cooper: “You and I are probably the only two people under 60 in Hadleyville County so we might as well make the best of it.”

Sequel: Baby Boom 1988

Fun Facts about Baby Boom:

  • The Dance Hall scenes were filmed in Manchester, Vermont’s Grange Hall. In Peru, Vermont, the Hopgood’s store was filmed.
  • Michelle Kennedy and Kristina Kennedy, two 17-month-old twin babies, were cast as the infant Elizabeth Wiatt. Then, in the next TV series Baby Boom (1988), they played the kid again.
  • One of many collaborations between Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers, a married couple at the time.

Funny Farm – US Box Office: USD$25,537,221

Director: George Roy Hill

Main Cast: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O’Morrison, Joseph Maher, Jack Gilpin, Caris Corfman, and William Severs

Release Date: June 3, 1988

Filming Locations: Windsor, Vermont, USA; Grafton, Vermont, USA; Townshend, Vermont, USA; Reading, Vermont, USA; Apthorp Apartments – 2211 Broadway, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Main Plot: A couple leaves the city for the country. Still, their picture-perfect new hometown is slightly different from what they had anticipated. When Andy and Elizabeth purchase a farm in Vermont, they have no idea what problems will arise. To write the Great American Novel in the peace and quiet of the countryside, Andy quit his job as a sports journalist. But there isn’t much quiet or vacation from when the moving truck carrying their furniture goes missing. The town and its oddball inhabitants, including a crazy mailman and a body buried in the garden, divert Andy’s attention. His attempt at a novel is, at best, mediocre. When Elizabeth decides to write a children’s book, he feels threatened. Can the Farmers endure both the villagers and one another?

Famous quotes:

Andy Farmer: “We came to Redbud filled with hopes and dreams of a better life. And basically, we’ve seen those hopes and dreams crushed and battered before our very eyes.”

Elizabeth Farmer: “What’s going on, Andy…? You’re sinking into a pit of self-pity, defeatism, and alcohol… and you’re enjoying it!”

Elizabeth Farmer: “When they say hardwood floors, what they really mean is hard, wood floors.”

Reporter: “Hey Andy, what’s the book gonna be about, anyway?”

Andy Farmer: “About 300 pages, Harry.”

Fun Facts about Funny Farm:

  • An extra from Windsor High School, where a fair amount of the filming is done, was the child who stole the street sign at the beginning of the movie. He is now a neighborhood police officer.
  • This is, according to Chevy Chase, the favorite of his own films.
  • The Farmers’ vintage vehicle was a 1955 MG TF 1500 convertible in English dark green.

Thank You for Smoking – US Box Office: USD$24,793,509

Director: Jason Reitman

Main Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden, Eric Haberman, Mary Jo Smith, and Todd Louiso

Release Date: April 14, 2006 

Filming Locations: The Prince – 3198 W 7th St, Los Angeles, California, USA; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA; Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Main Plot: Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies Nick Naylor is the organization’s main lobbyist and spokesperson. He has a gift for public speaking and creates clever justifications to support the cigarette industry under the most trying circumstances. His closest friends are Bobby Jay Bliss, who runs the SAFETY advisory group for the gun industry, and Polly Bailey, who works for the Moderation Council in the alcohol industry. They frequently congregate in a bar and refer to themselves as the M.O.D. Squad, also known as the Merchants of Death, argues over which industry has killed the most people. Senator Ortolan Finisterre of Vermont, who supports using a skull and crossbones on cigarette packs in the Senate, is Nick’s biggest foe. Joey Naylor and Nick’s son live with his mother and can spend time with his father while he is away on business. Nick’s life is turned upside down when the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays him by divulging secrets he shared in bed with her. Nick is skilled at what he does to pay the mortgage, though.

Famous quotes:

Nick Naylor: “OK, let’s say that you’re defending chocolate, and I’m defending vanilla. Now if I were to say to you: ‘Vanilla is the best flavor ice-cream’, you’d say…”

Joey Naylor: “No, chocolate is.”

Nick Naylor: “Exactly, but you can’t win that argument… so, I’ll ask you: so you think chocolate is the end all and be all of ice-cream, do you?”

Joey Naylor: “It’s the best ice-cream, I wouldn’t order any other.”

Nick Naylor: “Oh! So it’s all chocolate for you is it?”

Fun Facts about Thank You for Smoking:

  • The film’s title is displayed on a sign placed on B.R.’s (J.K. Simmons) desk.
  • Sam Elliott’s personal Winchester Model 1894, which Elliott had brought with him, was the weapon that Lutch pointed at Nick.
  • All of Rob Lowe’s scenes were shot in a single day.

Super Troopers – US Box Office: USD$18,492,362

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Main Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, André Vippolis, Joey Kern, Geoffrey Arend, Erik Stolhanske, and Steve Lemme

Release Date: February 15, 2002 

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Newburgh, New York, USA; Beacon, New York, USA; Fishkill, New York, USA; NY Route 117, Pleasantville, New York, USA

Main Plot: Vermont’s Spurberry is a small community 50 miles from the nearest interstate. The town may not have a lot of residents. Still, it does have two police departments: the serious local police and the jovial highway patrol. Even though the state budget for the highway department is in danger of being completely cut, the department’s small staff of officers still finds ways to have fun while working. Whether it be by tricking speeders, making out with German tourists, or picking fights at the neighborhood fast food restaurant, now they have a chance to investigate a real crime that is taking place on their tiny section of highway. Although there is tension between the local police and the highway police, the latter is aware that the former is up to something but cannot identify what.

Famous quotes:

Foster: “Do I look like a cat to you boy? Am I jumpin’ around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree? Am I drinking milk from a saucer? DO YOU SEE ME EATING MICE?”

Farva: “Who can say “meow” the most? You guys are really crazy, hey look out for these guys.”

Farva: “Hell I can say meow. I can say moo, for twenty bucks I’ll call the guy a chickenfucker.”

Captain O’Hagan: “If you were my son, Mac, I would’ve smothered you by now.”

Mac: “Smothered me in gravy you big dirty man.”

Sequel: Super Troopers 2; Super Troopers 3: Winter Soldiers

Fun Facts about Super Troopers:

  • The troopers’ eyes were made to appear red in the scene where they smoked marijuana while watching the Johnny Chimpo cartoon by the makeup artist blowing menthol into their faces.
  • The catering service that supported this movie’s entire production fully participated in the high drama captured on camera.
  • A lime is taped into Farva’s mouth as he is restrained by handcuffs to the bathroom toilet.

The Survivor – US Box Office: USD$14,000,000

Director: Michael Ritchie

Main Cast: Walter Matthau, Robin Williams, Jerry Reed, James Wainwright, Kristen Vigard, Annie McEnroe, and Anne Pitoniak

Release Date: June 22, 1983

Filming Locations: Fairlee, Vermont, USA; South Lake Tahoe, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Main Plot: After a run-in with a robber who turns out to be a hitman with a vendetta against the two, two strangers who lost their jobs forge an unlikely friendship. Donald Quinella and Sonny Paluso are two unfortunate people. They recently lost their jobs; Donald was let go by his boss’s parrot, and Sonny’s gas station was destroyed by a bomb. But when they stop a robber from robbing a bar that day, they save lives and are hailed as heroes. Sadly, Jack (the robber) escapes. When he recognizes Donald’s face on the television, he decides to pursue them. Donald, meanwhile, develops a fascination with firearms and departs for the mountains to join a survivalist group.

Famous quotes:

Donald: “You shot my gun god damn it! You’re not supposed to shoot a person’s gun! Oh, now that pisses me off! You know how much one of these costs?”

Sonny Paluso: “You think Wes is God, don’t you.”

Donald Quinelle: “No, not God, Just an ordinary man. Maybe a little ahead of his time, but just an ordinary man.”

Sonny Paluso: “Wes is an asshole.”

Donald Quinelle: “Blasphemy! Oh, you’ll smoke a turd in hell for that!”

Fun Facts about The Survivor:

  • Actor Walter Matthau and director Michael Ritchie collaborated on the second of three films. 
  • When the West Was Wet was the name of the pornographic movie that Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthaudaughter )’s was watching.
  • Jimmy Hoffa was the name of the well-known person who hitman Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) was said to have killed.

The Spitfire Grill – US Box Office: USD$12,658,486

Director: Lee David Zlotoff

Main Cast: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton, Kieran Mulroney, Gailard Sartain, and John M. Jackson

Release Date: September 6, 1996 

Filming Locations: Peacham, Vermont, USA; St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA

Main Plot: This critically acclaimed drama about a young woman stars Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist). Percy Talbott (Alison Elliott) visits a Maine town for a fresh start after being let out of prison. When she gets there, she discovers employment at a restaurant run by the grumpy Hannah (Ellen Burstyn). She also makes friends with Shelby (Marcia Gay Harden), a waitress, and starts dating Joe, a charming local (Kieran Mulroney). Shelby’s husband (Will Patton) questions Hannah’s motives when she gets sick, and Percy decides to help her sell the restaurant. Percy brings change to the small town, inspiring growth in some people while stirring resentment and fear in others.

Famous quotes:

Shelby Goddard: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Or somewhere in that vicinity.”

Percy, Shelby Goddard: “You can say that twice and mean it.”

Nahum Goddard: “Who do you think is gonna keep an eye on her?”

Sheriff Walsh: “Well, if she’s working at the Spitfire, I’d guess everyone.”

Hannah Ferguson: “Until I forget my name or start drooling at the mouth, I’ll thank you to let me make my own decisions.”

Fun Facts about The Spitfire Grill:

  • A historical Christian film produced by The Sacred Heart League, Inc. to support the study and treatment of autoimmune disease.
  • When Naham calls the county court to find out what she was found guilty of, Percy informs a group of customers that she served time in prison for manslaughter.
  • Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future and Taxi is the real-life brother of Sam Lloyd Sr., who played Meeshack Boggs.

Spellbound – US Box Office: USD$7,000,000

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Main Cast:

Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery, and Norman Lloyd

Release Date: December 28, 1945 

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Alta Lodge – 10230 E. Little Cottonwood Road, Alta, Utah, USA; Penn Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; Cooper Ranch, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: Beautiful and smart young psychoanalyst Constance Peterson is well known at the Green Manors mental hospital in Vermont for being quite distant from the romantic advances of her fellow medical professionals. She only cares about her work. Elderly Dr. Murchison, the institution’s leader, is unceremoniously retiring. The board had determined that he needed to retire because he had experienced a bout of nervous exhaustion from overwork. The well-known young doctor Edwardes, who has written a highly regarded book about guilt complexes, will take his place. Between Dr. Edwardes and Dr. Peterson, there is an instant attraction. However, some disturbing things start to happen. He has an odd and inappropriate reaction to Dr. Peterson drawing the outline of a potential swimming pool on a linen napkin during dinner on the first night.

Famous quotes:

Dr. Alex Brulov: “Good night and sweet dreams… which we’ll analyze at breakfast.”

Dr. Alex Brulov: “Women make the best psychoanalysts until they fall in love. After that they make the best patients.”

Dr. Alex Brulov: ‘My dear girl, you can not keep bumping your head against reality and saying it is not there.”

John Ballantine: “That Freud stuff’s a bunch of hooey.”

Dr. Alex Brulov: “Oh, you are a fine one to talk to! You have a guilt complex and amnesia and you don’t know if you are coming or going from somewhere, but Freud is hooey! *This* you know! Hmph! Wiseguy.”

Fun Facts about Spellbound:

  • Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman’s characters, John Ballantyne and Dr Petersen, were covered in cornflakes during the skiing scene.
  • This film was described by Sir Alfred Hitchcock as “just another manhunt wrapped in pseudo-psychoanalysis.”
  • The twenty-minute Dali dream sequence was originally intended to run only two. Josef von Sternberg originally intended to direct it, but William Cameron Menzies was ultimately chosen.

White Christmas – US Box Office: USD$928,298

Director:  Michael Curtiz

Main Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, and John Brascia

Release Date: November 18, 1955

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; 20th Century Fox Studios – 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Beverly Hills, Culver City, CA, USA

Main Plot: Wallace & Davis, composed of Bob and Phil, is a well-known Broadway act. During World War II, Bob and Phil met while serving in the same platoon under the leadership of the tough-talking but kind-hearted Major General Thomas F. Waverly. Bob was already a well-known solo performer at the time, but Phil used the fact that he had saved Bob’s life to persuade Bob to include the then-unknown Phil in his act. Phil wants Bob to loosen up, even if only to get Bob out of his constant hair, but Bob is all work and knows that dating showgirls is not the way to a lasting romantic life. They encounter The Haynes Sisters, Betty and Judy, an upcoming club act, and the sisters of another platoon member while traveling just before Christmas. Betty is the headstrong one, and Judy does whatever it takes to give them a competitive edge.

Famous quotes:

Phil Davis: “I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that’s forty-five minutes, and I’d at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.”

Bob Wallace: “You don’t expect me to get serious with the kind of characters you and Rita have been throwing at me, do you?”

Phil Davis: “Well, there’ve been some nice girls, too, you know.”

Bob Wallace: “Oh yeah, yeah. Like that nuclear scientist we just met out in the hall.”
Phil Davis: “All right, they didn’t go to college. They didn’t go to Smith.”

Fun Facts about White Christmas:

  • Although their shoes matched, Judy’s heels were higher to try to make them equal heights for their song numbers because she was shorter than Betty.
  • A real TV camera (a vintage RCA monochrome model) with a genuine call sign is used in the Ed Harrison Show scene.
  • As the drunk Santa Claus at the start of Miracle on 34th Street, Percy Helton, who plays the railroad conductor, also makes an appearance (1947).

The Wizard of Loneliness – US Box Office: USD$144,566

Director:  Jenny Bowen

Main Cast: Lukas Haas, Lea Thompson, Alan Wright, Steve Hendrickson, Dylan Baker, Jeffrey Dreisbach, and Anne Pitoniak

Release Date: March 3, 1990

Filming Locations: Bristol, Vermont, USA

Main Plot: Young Wendall (Lukas Haas) is relocated to Vermont to live with his aunt and uncle. After his father enlists in the military during World War II due to his mother’s unexpected passing. To reside under his aunt Sybil’s supervision (Lea Thompson), he begins to think he has superpowers because he is lonely and depressed. A “dead” man then appears. The irate young Wendall imagines himself as a wizard with magical abilities in these new and strange surroundings and plans a daring escape. On the other hand, Wendall finds himself feeling more at home as he warms up to his eccentric relatives.

Fun Facts about The Wizard of Loneliness:

  • In Bristol, Alan Wright practiced medicine for many years.
  • There are only a few parking spots available, making parking in Bristol, Vermont, a difficult task.
  • The 8.5×11 pieces of paper that the cast and crew carried around while filming the movie read WIZARD in black with a red square below them and a black number inside. Any vehicle with this sign would not receive a ticket from the police.

Spinning Into Butter – US Box Office: USD$8,064

Director: Mark Brokaw

Main Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Richardson, Victor Rasuk, Jake M. Smith, Becky Ann Baker, Daniel Eric Gold, and Richard Riehle

Release Date: March 27, 2009 

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Drew University – 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, New Jersey, USA; Madison, New Jersey, USA; Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; Governors Island, New York Harbor, New York City, New York, USA

Main Plot: A hate crime on a college campus in New England forces the dean of the institution to confront her own racial and prejudiced feelings. While upholding her administration’s politically correct policies. While working as a teacher in Lancaster, Sarah Daniels was deeply biased against black people in particular. She accepts a job at Belmont College and decides to move to Belmont, Vermont, hoping the town will be all white. She keeps her past private. But when Simon Brick, an African-American student, is the victim of a hate crime, she quickly realizes that not only will her past come back to haunt her. But she will also be expected to serve as the liaison for minorities and to come up with a 10-point list of bullet points to end racism.

Fun Facts about Spinning Into Butter :

  • The debut of Betsy Beutler and Michelle Beck.
  • Whitsett Hill Films and Norman Twain Productions are production companies.
  • Drama is the movie’s genre.

The Trouble with Harry

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Main Cast: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, and Royal Dano

Release Date: October 3, 1955 

Filming Locations: Morrisville, Vermont, USA; Barre, Vermont, USA; Craftsbury Common, Vermont, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot:  A dead, well-dressed man lies in a meadow clearing in the hills above a small Vermont town. Captain Albert Wiles thinks he accidentally shot Harry Worp while hunting rabbits after discovering the body and learning Harry’s name from the man’s identification. Captain Wiles wants to conceal the body to handle the situation more effectively than informing the authorities. Most people who come across Harry. While he is dead, don’t appear to know him, care about him, or even notice that he is dead, as Captain Wiles observes while in the nearby forest. Ivy Gravely, a spinster, is the only person to see Captain Wiles there. She promises to uphold the Captain’s secrecy regarding Harry. The only person who knows Harry and is relieved that he is dead is Jennifer Rogers, a young single mother whom Captain Wiles also secretly sees.

Famous quotes:

Sam Marlowe: “You’re beautiful. Wonderful! You’re the most wonderful, beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I’d like to paint you.”

Jennifer Rogers: “Was there something else you wanted, Mr. – Marlow, isn’t it?”

Sam Marlowe: “You certainly are a lovely woman. I’d like to paint you nude.”

Jennifer Rogers: “Some other time, Mr. Marlow. I was about to make Arnie some lemonade.”

Sam Marlowe: “Stands to reason they can’t touch you for it.”

Fun Facts about The Trouble with Harry :

  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock made this film to test how audiences would respond to a non-star-driven film. 
  • Rainfall in Vermont made it difficult to film on location there. The local high school gym served as the backdrop for many exterior scenes. 
  • This was one of Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite among his films.

Dark Victory

Director: Edmund Goulding

Main Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, and Cora Witherspoon

Release Date: April 22, 1939

Filming Locations: Vermont, USA; Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA; San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA; Stage 1, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios – 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA; Stage 11, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios – 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA

Main Plot: The 23-year-old wealthy sportswoman Judith Traherne suffers from excruciating headaches and double vision. Her family doctor, Dr. Parsons, persuades her to visit a renowned specialist with her best friend, Ann King. Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses Judy with a fatal glioma brain tumor following a physical examination, and he performs an immediate operation to remove the cancer. She has less than six months to live, according to the results of the biopic examination, but Dr. Steele and Ann don’t tell Judy this. Dr. Steele and Judy also fall in love and decide to marry and relocate to Vermont. But when Judy discovers the correspondence from the lab, she becomes extremely depressed and begins to drink. She also leads a promiscuous lifestyle. Later, she realizes she should spend her final hours with her lover.

Famous quotes:

Judith: “Why don’t you tell me? Why *didn’t* Can you tell me?”

Judith: “Well I, I think I’ll have a large order of *prognosis negative*!”

Ann King: “What do you mean?”

Judith: “You know, monsieur, s’il vous plaît. ‘Prognosis negative’. You know what ‘prognosis negative’ means, doctor? Explain to her, or have you? It means a few months of pretending you’re well, then blindness, then.”

Ann King: “Wait, Judith, we can’t talk in here.”

Fun Facts about Dark Victory:

  • Bette Davis claims that Edmund Goulding worked on the script and added the character of Ann. Judith’s best friend, to prevent Judith from ever having to berate herself for her tragedy.
  • This was Bette Davis’ third nomination for an Oscar in the previous five years and second in five straight nominations.
  • In a 1971 interview with Dick Cavett, Bette Davis stated that the film’s production took four weeks.

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