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Productions With West Virginia Storyline Elements



FILMOGRAPHY — West Virginia Storyline Elements
(Many studio and independent films and television productions have featured West Virginia storyline elements, fictional and non-fictional. A partial list is provided below. Notations indicate whether the production also shot on location in West Virginia.)

A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001, Universal Pictures)
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer
Storyline: Fact-based account on Bluefield (Mercer County) native John Nash, Jr., recipient of 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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A KILLING AFFAIR (1986, Hemdale Film Corporation)
Director: David Saperstein
Cast: Peter Weller, Kathy Baker, John Glover, Bill Smitrovich
Storyline: Fictional drama about a widow who takes in a drifter she believes killed her husband.

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ACT OF VENGEANCE (1986, Warner Bros.)
Director: John Mackenzie
Cast: Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn
Storyline: Fact-based account on the corruption that occurred during the United Mine Workers 1969 presidential elections.

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GOODBYE, MISS 4TH OF JULY (1998, Walt Disney Pictures)
Director: George Miller
Cast: Louis Gossett, Jr., Chris Sarandon, Chynna Phillips, Conchata Ferrell
Storyline: Made-for-TV fictional drama set in a small West Virginia town centering around a family that takes a stand against racism.

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HAWKINS (1973-74, CBS)
Director: Jeff Corey
Cast: James Stewart, Strother Martin
Storyline: The court cases of slow-talking West Virginia attorney Billy Jim Hawkins (Stewart).

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JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION (2009, ABC)
Director: Brian Smith
Cast: Jamie Oliver
WV Locations: (Huntington, Barboursville, Milton, Cabell County; Charleston, Kanawha County; Hurricane, Putnam County; Ceredo, Kenova, Wayne County)
Storyline: The U.K.'s renowned chef, Jamie Oliver, travels to America – first stop, Huntington – to challenge American families and communities to rally together to adopt healthier lifestyles by changing the way they eat at home, at work, and at school.

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MATEWAN (1987, Artisan Entertainment)
Director: John Sayles
Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn
WV Locations: Filmed entirely in Thurmond and New River Gorge regions (Fayette County)
Storyline: Fictionalized retelling of events that led up to a vicious 1920 battle between striking miners and union busting private detectives.

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THE MILLERSON CASE (1947, Columbia Pictures)
Director: George Archainbaud
Cast: Warner Baxter, Nancy Saunders, Clem Bevans, Griff Barnett
Storyline: Fictional drama (the 8th film of Columbia's "Crime Doctor" series) set in the Blue Ridge Mountains during a typhoid epidemic break-out.

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THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (2002, Sony Pictures)
Director: Mark Pellington
Cast: Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Will Patton
Storyline: Set in the real town of Point Pleasant (Mason County) and based on legendary accounts of strange events with ties to a moth-like creature.

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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955, MGM)
Director: Charles Laughton
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Peter Graves
Writer: Davis Grubb (Moundsville, Marshall County native)
WV Locations: Moundsville (Marshall County), Sistersville (Tyler County), New Martinsville (Wetzel)
Storyline: Fictional drama based on the Davis Grubb novel — a false preacher ingratiates himself with a dead man's family to find where he hid the money from a robbery.

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OCTOBER SKY (1999, Universal Pictures)
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen
Storyline: Fact-based account on Coalwood (McDowell County) native and author Homer Hickam's book "Rocket Boys".

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PATCH ADAMS (1998, Universal Pictures)
Director: Tom Shadyac
Cast: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Storyline: Fact-based account on Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, a holistic doctor who founded Gesundheit! Institute in Hillsboro (Pocahontas County).

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SAVING SHILOH (2006, Utopia Pictures, Warner Bros.)
Director: Sandy Tung
Cast: Scott Wilson, Gerald McRaney, Jason Dolley, Ann Dowd
Storyline: Set in the real towns of Shiloh and Friendly (Tyler County), 6th-grader Marty and his family attempt to help Shiloh's previous owner, Judd Travers, redeem himself after a near-fatal truck accident.

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SHILOH (1996, Utopia Pictures, Warner Bros.)
Director: Dale 'Chip' Rosenbloom
Cast: Scott Wilson, Blake Heron, Bonnie Bartlett, Rod Steiger
Storyline: Set in the real towns of Shiloh and Friendly, the story of how young Marty rescues Shiloh closely mirrors an actual event in which Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (author of the book of the same title) and her husband found an abused stray dog near Middle Island Creek in the tiny community of Shiloh.

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SHILOH 2: SHILOH SEASON (1999, Utopia Pictures, Warner Bros.)
Director: Sandy Tung
Cast: Zachery Browne, Scott Wilson, Michael Moriarty, Ann Dowd
Storyline: Set in the real towns of Shiloh and Friendly (Tyler County), 12-year old Marty adopts Shiloh, a beagle who was mistreated by his previous owner.

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30 DAYS (2005, FX Network)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Episode: Muslims and America (Season 1)
WV Locations: Charleston (Kanawha County)
Storyline: A Christian from Charleston moves to Dearborn, Michigan, to live in a large Muslim community for 30 days.

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30 DAYS (2007, FX Network)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Episode: Working in a Coal Mine (Season 3)
WV Locations: Wyoming County; Kanawha County
Storyline: Spurlock, the show's creator and executive producer, returns to his home state to reside with a coal miner and his family and work as an underground coal miner for 30 days.

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TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE (2006, First Look International)
Director: D.B. Sweeney
Cast: John C. McGinley, D.B. Sweeney, Ed Harris, Moira Kelly
Storyline: Three Marshall University fans travel to Florida to watch The Thundering Herd play Texas for the national championship.

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WE ARE MARSHALL (2006, Warner Bros.)
Director: McG
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, David Strathairn, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, Ian McShane, Kate Mara, Arlen Escarpeta, Robert Patrick
WV Locations: Huntington (Cabell County), Kenova (Wayne County)
Storyline: True story about the worst air tragedy in the history of collegiate athletics, "We Are Marshall" documents the fateful night of November 14, 1970, when 75 members of the Marshall University football team, coaches, university staff, community members, and flight crew were killed in a plane crash while traveling back to Huntington after a game in North Carolina. As those left behind struggled to cope with the devastating loss of their loved ones, the grieving families found hope and strength in the leadership of Jack Lengyel, a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall's football program and, in the process, helped to heal a community.

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WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! (2003, DreamWorks LLC)
Director: Robert Luketic
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes
WV Locations: Fayetteville (Fayette County), Grandview (Raleigh County), along Kanawha River/London Locks (Kanawha County)
Storyline: Fictional story set in the real town of Frazier's Bottom (Putnam County) — a small-town girl wins a date with a male celebrity through a contest.

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