Could Maine be the Hollywood of the east? Okay, maybe we're not as glitzy as the land of film studios out west, but Maine has hosted film crews for some mega-hit movies over the years. These six movies were filmed entirely or partly in Maine.
When Forrest Gump runs across the country, he makes a stop in Port Clyde, Maine at Marshall Point Lighthouse. See it in the clip of his run at the 1:28 mark.
I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.
Jumanji stars the late, great Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, the son of a shoe factory owner who gets trapped in a board game and is later unleashed by the new residents of his childhood home. Parts of the movie were filmed in Maine. You can see Maine's cameo at the 1:15 mark. The exterior of the Parrish Shoe Factory was filmed at Hurd Mill in North Berwick. That mill was converted to affordable senior living housing in 2009.
The live action movie about Casper the friendly ghost and his friend Wendy, played by Christina Ricci, was set in Friendship, Maine but parts were actually filmed in Camden and Rockport.
It only makes sense that a Stephen King book would be brought to life in his home state of Maine. Pet Sematary was filmed mostly in Hancock and Bangor. The famous yellow house with the red roof where most of the story takes place is located at 303 Point Road in Hancock.
The Martin Scorcese directed film 'Shutter Island' is arguably one of Leonardo DiCaprio's most underrated films. The scene where he climbs across rocks and over the ocean was filmed in Acadia National Park.
Message in a Bottle
Beach scenes of Message in a Bottle were filmed at Popham Beach in Phippsburg. According to hookedonhouses.net, the Popham Beach cabin featured in the film required $250,000 in renovations and changes for the film. When filming was over "the owner demanded that everything be returned to its original state," and it cost almost as much to un-renovate it.
Are you a fan of these movies filmed in Maine? Do you know any other Hollywood blockbusters that were filmed in our home state?