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Made in the Ocean State

A Rhode Island movie timeline
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 3, 2006
 Providence Commander (1898)
This short, most likely depicting a Providence military group in a parade in Pittsburgh, might be the earliest filmed recording of anything RI-related.
 The Nation’s Peril (1915)
Navy maneuvers in Newport figure in this silent WWI spy tale.
 Why Providence (1921)
Some hype — long before Buddy Cianci — for RI’s celebrated city.
 Carolina Blues (1944)
Features the jaunty tune “Poor Little Rhode Island.”
 High Society (1956)
Sinatra, Crosby, and Lund vie for Newport socialite Grace Kelly.
Watch the trailer for High Society
 Lolita (1962)
Obsessive tale includes a few scenes in Westerly and Newport.
Watch the trailer for High Socierty
 Festival (1967)
Dylan goes electric, and other scenes from the Newport Folk Fest.
 The Great Gatsby (1974)
Gatsby (Robert Redford) and Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow) frolic by Narragansett Bay.
Watch the trailer for The Great Gatsby
 

Jaws (1975)
No-nonsense Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) drains and compacts a can of ’Gansett.
Watch the trailer for Jaws
Jaws' official Web site

 Providence (1977)
French New Wave icon Alain Resnais directs John Gielgud as a dying writer.
 Heaven’s Gate (1980)
Michael Cimino’s notorious bust includes closing footage of Narragansett Bay.
Watch the trailer for Heaven's Gate
 

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Filmed in Massachusetts after opposition by Little Compton residents.
Watch the trailer for The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick's official Web site

 Mr. North (1988)
Set in the Newport of the late 1920s and shot on location.
Watch the trail for Mr. North
 (It’s a) Complex World (1990)
Cult pic filmed at Lupo’s first Heartbreak Hotel.
 Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Drama revolves around Newport socialite Claus von Bulow.
 

Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Big Blue Bug makes a cameo in the Farrelly brothers’ comedy.
Watch the trailer for Dumb & Dumber

 Federal Hill (1995)
Lots of local footage in Michael Corrente’s Providence tale.
Watch the trailer for Federal Hill
 American Buffalo (1996)
Corrente shoots in Pawtucket, to Cianci’s chagrin.
Watch the trailer for American Buffalo
 Killer: A Journal of Murder (1996)
Stars Warwick native James Woods and filmed at the ACI.
 Amistad (1997)
Extensive local settings, from Jamestown to the State House.
Watch the trailer for Amistad
 Andre the Giant Has a Posse (1997)
The tale of RISD grad Frank Shepard Fairey’s street art icon.
 Meet Joe Black (1998)
Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt get existential on Warwick Neck.
Watch the trailer for Meet Joe Black
Meet Joe Black's official Web site
 Tax Day (1998)
Local director Laura Colella’s homage to Providence.
 

There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Includes scenes shot at the Hot Club and Kennedy Plaza.
Watch the trailer of There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary's official Web site

 Outside Providence (1999)
URI fills in as the fictitious Cornwall Academy.
 Titus Andronicus (2000)
RI actor Nigel Gore stars in the title role.
Watch the trailer for Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus' official Web site
 

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
The featured submarine is berthed at Providence’s Collier Point Park.
Watch the trailer for K-19: The Widowmaker 
K-19: The Widowmaker's official Web site 

 Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)
Wannabe filmmaker strives for cinematic gold.
Watch the trailer for Getting Out of Rhode Island
Getting Out of Rhode Island's official Web site
 

Buddy (2005)
Cherry Arnold depicts Cianci in all his contradictory glory.
Buddy's official Web site

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