TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia — When celebrities like John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, and Miley Cyrus spend time on Tybee Island, it’s big news. Yet, their privacy is respected.
As expected, however, the quiet hum of excitement permeates across Tybee Island when big movie studios bring production teams and big budgets on island. The beauty and eclectic character of Tybee beach are showcased. Then the buzz swells to phenomenal levels during film promotions, movie releases and showings, drawing attention and more resort vacationers to Tybee Island beaches and the laid back vibe that endears international travelers.
The Conspirator (2010). In the American Film Company‘s Civil War movie, Fort Pulaski National Monument (National Park Service) near Tybee Island, and the Landmark Savannah Historic District are movie locations. The film was directed by Robert Redford. Stars include James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, and Tom Wilkinson.
The Last Song (2009). Georgia’s Tybee Island braced for Miley Cyrus and the teenage-theme movie shoot of Disney’s The Last Song. Upon beginning production in Tybee Island, Georgia and nearby Savannah, The Last Song became the first movie to be set primarily in Tybee Island. From Times-Herald: “Filmed on Tybee Island and at the Georgia Aquarium, The Last Song is a coming-of-age drama film written by Nicholas Sparks and starring Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston and Liam Hemsworth.”
The Georgia coast, five miles of beach, and close proximity to Savannah are considered key. The film production team was on-island for five months. “While the movie didn’t specify Tybee as its locale, the stars made sure the world knew where they filmed. Miley Cyrus tweeted about Savannah and Tybee on Twitter. The stars themselves raved about Tybee as well in television interviews,” writes TheCoastalSource.com. As of August 2010, The Last Song pulled in almost 63 million dollars at the box office. The movie is available on DVD.
The General’s Daughter (1999), starring John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Woods, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton and Daniel von Bargen, in this military mystery based on a best-selling book by Nelson Demille, John Travolta plays a military undercover detective called in to investigate the gruesome death of the daughter of the base commander. Several scenes were filmed in Savannah and on Tybee Island, including a location at The Crab Shack, a well-known restaurant on the way to Tybee Island. It was filmed in part at Wormsloe Plantation, Tybee Island and Savannah and grosses 102 million dollars in general release.
The Gingerbread Man (1998), starring Kenneth Branagh, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah, and Robert Duvall. Based on a story by John Grisham and directed by Robert Altman. Robert Downy Jr., a Savannah defense attorney adopts a high risk client; Great aerial shots of the marsh on Tybee. Many scenes were shot in Savannah and on Tybee Island. British dramatic actor, Branagh, is cast as a Savannah lawyer.
Kiss of Fire (1998), filmed on Tybee Island. Claudine’s Return, starring Christina Applegate.
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980), starring Dennis Weaver. Filmed at Ft. Pulaski. In 1865, Maryland physician Samuel Mudd (Weaver) became inadvertently linked to the murder of President Abraham Lincoln when he treated the broken leg of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Framed as Booth’s co-conspirator, Mudd was sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor and suffered years of cruelty and hardship at a notorious penal colony.
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