Films Based on Novels Which Were Shot in NC, but not set in NC

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1.
Billy Bathgate (1991)
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In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ Not relevant. Set in NYC and NJ.
Some scenes shot in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
2.
Rambling Rose (1991)
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Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution... (112 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ Not relevant. Set in Georgia, but filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
3.
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
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A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ Not relevant. Novel set in Cape Cod and Iowa.
Filmed in NC and SC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
4.
Alan & Naomi (1992)
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Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis. (96 mins.)
“ Not relevant. A children's/teen novel set in NYC.
Some filming in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
5.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Not relevant. Novel set in upstate New York, but filmed in many NC locations. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
6.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Novel not set in NC, but some filming there, including Biltmore Estates. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
7.
The Road to Wellville (1994)
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A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early 20th century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg. (118 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Not relevant. Novel set in Michigan.
Scenes shot in NC (including Orton Plantation). ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
8.
Lolita (1997)
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A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Not relevant. Set mainly in New England towns.
Some scenes filmed in NC (Orton Plantation). ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
9.
Patch Adams (1998)
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The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos. (115 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ Not set in NC.
Biltmore Estates and UNC Chapel Hill campus used. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
10.
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story... (127 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ No relevant. Not set in NC (novel or film). ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
11.
The Green Mile (1999)
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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Most of King's novels are set in Maine, but this one was set in Louisiana. Some scenes filmed in NC (Blowing Rock). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120689/trivia ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
12.
Hannibal (2001)
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Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Not relevant. Used the Biltmore Estate in Ashland, NC for some scenes. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
13.
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
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A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Care
“ Set in Savannah, Georgia (IMDB).
Filmed in NC and SC, though. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
14.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
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After years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the "Ya-Yas", her mother's girlhood friends. (116 mins.)
Director: Callie Khouri
“ Apparently set in Louisiana.
Was filmed in North Carolina, though. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
15.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
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The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. (122 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ Not relevant.
Filmed one scene at Biltmore in NC. See "Being There" film. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
16.
Bloodworth (2010)
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A man who left home 40 years earlier to become a country singer returns home to the tattered remains of his broken family and a grandson who is desperately trying to escape the family curse. (105 mins.)
“ No. The novel is set in Tennessee.
Was filmed in North Carolina, though. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
17.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother... (114 mins.)
“ set in South Carolina (novel and film)
Note: Connection to The Help ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
18.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ no connection to nc, other than some filming at Biltmore Estate ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
19.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
“ Not relevant. Novel set in Georgia and Tennessee.
Some scenes shot in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
20.
Marie (1985)
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A woman is determined to reveal the truth about an insidious political corruption. In doing so she risks her safety, career and reputation but will not stop asking questions until the truth is known. (112 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ Not relevant. Book set in Tennessee. Not filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
21.
Year of the Dragon (1985)
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A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders. (134 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ Not relevant. Set in NYC - Chinatown.
NYC Chinatown sets were shot in NC, though. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
22.
The Bedroom Window (1987)
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Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together... (112 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ Not set in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
23.
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
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In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility. (109 mins.)
“ Not set in NC, but filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
24.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
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In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war? (135 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Not relevant.
Only final scene shot in NC (Lake James). ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
25.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Not strongly tied to NC in terms of setting.
Some shots in NC (Winston-Salem). ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
26.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
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A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen King
“ Based on Stephen King short story "Truck"
King's novels usually set in fictional Maine towns. Films often seem ambiguous in terms of setting - anywhere, U.S.
Filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
27.
Firestarter (1984)
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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. (114 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
“ King's novels usually set in fictional Maine towns. Films often seem ambiguous in terms of setting - anywhere, U.S.
Filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
28.
Cat's Eye (1985)
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A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror. (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ King's novels usually set in fictional Maine towns. Films often seem ambiguous in terms of setting - anywhere, U.S.
Filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD
 
29.
Silver Bullet (1985)
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A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ King's novels usually set in fictional Maine towns. Films often seem ambiguous in terms of setting - anywhere, U.S.
Filmed in NC. ” - WilliamHartPhD