3 Movies with the Main Filming Location in Mississippi

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Mississippi is getting many fans from most filmmakers who wish to feature the beautiful state in their movies!

Mississippi is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the north by Tennessee; to the east by Alabama; to the south by the Gulf of Mexico; southwest by Louisiana; and northwest Arkansas. The Mississippi River primarily defines Mississippi's western boundary. The populous and most significant state in the United States in Mississippi, the 32nd largest state. In 2018, Greater Jackson had an estimated population of 580,166, making it the state's most populous metropolitan area. Jackson is the state's capital and largest city.

Mississippi became the 20th state of being admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817. Mississippi was the top cotton-producing state by 1860, and slaves made up 55% of the state's population. Mississippi seceded from the Union on March 23, 1861, and was one of the original Confederate States, which had the most slaves in the nation. After the Civil War, it was restored to the Union on February 23, 1870.

With all those being said, filmmakers featured Mississippi in some of their movies, including:

Free State of Jones (2016)

The Free State of Jones is about a former Confederate deserter who returns to Mississippi and leads a rebellious group of deserters and women against the corrupt local government. It tells the story of Newt Knight, a farmer who takes part in an armed rebellion against the Confederacy. As a result of Knight's efforts, Jones County, Mississippi, seceded from the Confederacy, becoming the Free State of Jones. Even after the War, Knight continued to be a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance.

This film is based on the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. The film was written and directed by Gary Ross and stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, and Keri Russell.

Film Location:

  • Jones County, Mississippi, USA
  • Mississippi, USA

The Help (2011)

The Help was set in Mississippi in the 1960s; Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer. But she soon upsets everyone when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, Aibileen (Davis), is the first to open up - to the dismay of her close-knit black community. Despite Skeeter and Aibileen's lifelong friendships hanging in the balance, the two continue their collaboration, and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are formed, and a new sisterhood is created, but not before everyone in town has something to say when unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times.

Filming locations:

  • Greenwood, Mississippi, USA
  • Jackson, Mississippi, USA
  • Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

My Dog Skip (2000)

My Dog Skip is about a shy boy who struggles to make friends in 1942 in Yazoo City, Mississippi until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. As a shy youngster in Mississippi in the 1940s, Skip helps him come out of his shell. Skip becomes well known and loved in the community and enriches the life of Willie as he grows into manhood. This movie was inspired by Willie Morris' best-selling memoir of his life in Mississippi.

Filming locations:

  • Canton, Mississippi, USA
  • Mendenhall, Mississippi, USA
  • Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
  • Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Bonus: More movies filmed in Mississippi:

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
  • Biloxi Blues (1988)
  • Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
  • Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003)

Do you know more movies that were filmed in Mississippi? Be generous enough to share them with us in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_of_Jones_(film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124037/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Help_(film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Dog_Skip_(film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156812/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

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