For over 50 years, millions of viewers have seen Rabun County’s mountains, rivers, lakes, hiking trails, wildflowers and inspiring natural beauty in dozens of major feature films, TV shows, commercials, documentaries and more.
To see the list of all the movies filmed in Rabun County go to www.explorerabun.com/film-and-video-wp_-in-the-movies/
To commemorate the Bicentennial the Tiger Drive-In will be hosting a Film Festival 4 Thursdays one in May, June, July, and August. Before each showing of a Rabun County movie, there will be live Blue Grass Music with a big BBQ Spread. Tickets for the events will be $10 and include the music and movie. There will be an additional cost for the food.
Each night will have a different twist and fun so check back often for details.
May 16th – Smokey and the Bandit – 1977 – Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jerry Reed
Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette and his son Little Enos seek a trucker willing to bootleg Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment; Big Enos has sponsored a racer in Atlanta’s Southern Classic and wants to celebrate in style when he wins. They find local legend Bo “Bandit” Darville at a rodeo at Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta and offer him $80,000 to pick up 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana (the closest place it could be legally sold at that time) and bring it back to Atlanta in 28 hours. Bandit takes the bet and recruits his partner Cledus “Snowman” Snow to drive the truck, while Bandit drives a black Pontiac Trans Am bought on an advance from the Burdettes as a “blocker” to divert attention away from the truck and its illegal cargo.
June 23rd – Great Locomotive Chase – 1956 – Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter
It’s the Civil War, and Union spy James J. Andrews is on a top-secret mission: to steal a Confederate train outside of Atlanta and take it back to Union territory in Tennessee, using it to sabotage and destroy Confederate supply routes along the way. But the train’s conductor is on to Andrews and is determined to try his best to throw a wrench in the Union spy’s plans before he delivers the train to his fellow soldiers.
July 18th – Deliverance – 1972 – Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronnie Cox
The film is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by author James Dickey, who has a small role in the film as the sheriff, and who wrote the screenplay (uncredited). The film was a critical success, earning three Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe Award nominations.
Widely acclaimed as a landmark picture, the film is noted for a music scene near the beginning, with one of the city men playing “Dueling Banjos” on guitar with a banjo-strumming country boy.
August 15th – Thunder Road – 1958 – Robert Mitchum
Korean War veteran Lucas Doolin (Robert Mitchum) works in the family moonshine business, delivering the illegal liquor his father distills to clandestine distribution points throughout the South in his souped-up hot rod. However, Lucas has more problems than evading the U.S. Treasury agents (“revenooers”), led by determined newcomer Troy Barrett (Gene Barry).
Lucas is concerned that his younger brother Robin (James Mitchum), who is also his mechanic, will be tempted into following in his footsteps and becoming a moonshine runner. A well-funded outside gangster, Carl Kogan (Jacques Aubuchon), tries to gain control of the independent local moonshine producers and their distribution points and is willing to kill anyone who stands in his way. The stakes rise when an attempt by Kogan to kill Lucas results in the death of a government agent as well as another moonshine driver (Mitchell Ryan).
To see the full list of all the events happening during the Bicentennial celebration year go to www.ExploreRabun.com/Rabun200th/.