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In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The "goofs" section points out that the real Sparta, Mississippi, is too far away from the Mississippi River for the capture of Harvey Oberst to have been carried out by the Sparta Police. However, the real Sparta, MS, is such a tiny town that it does not appear in Rand McNally's "Road Atlas." With the Sparta in the film obviously being a town of some size (having been filmed in and around Sparta, Illinois, pop. near 5,000), it is fair to say that the Sparta in the film was intended to be a fictitious MS town located along or near the Mississippi River across from Arkansas. A Mapquest search shows that Sparta, MS, does not even appear to be an incorporated town. What it was like in 1966 is entirely unknown. The scene in which Harvey is captured takes place on the Mississippi River bridge at Chester, Illinois. This is my favorite film of all time. Some undergraduate acquaintances at the U. of Illinois from the Sparta area said the filming was the talk of the area. A neighbor of mine, originally from Sparta, IL, had many an anecdote about the filming process. I do not know where the cotton plantation scene was filmed, but certainly not in Illinois. If anyone has some stories about the filming of this great movie, please post them.
Run for the Sun (1956)
Spellbinding action - great storyline.
I saw "Run For The Sun" with my grandmother who I talked into taking me to the movies. It was Toledo, Ohio, in 1956, and I was eight years of age. I only had a vague idea of what the film was all about, but in those days there was little chance of embarrassing one's grandmother with movie content. This was a great film. Trevor Howard gives a chilling performance. "Run For The Sun" appeared on television numerous times throughout the 60's, and perhaps into the early 70's, but it has been at least 20 years since I last saw the film. Does anyone know how one might get a DVD or VHS copy of this film? Jane Greer was great, as was Richard Widmark and Peter van Eyck. Jane Greer was quite attractive, and the interplay between her and Widmark was fun to watch. In one scene, the details of which I must omit so as not to reveal a central element of the plot, Widmark said, "The boys must have choked on their brandy when they found out who you were." Greer quickly shot back, "The one who really choked was you." A fine, memorable film it was.