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Best Movies Set In Tampa Bay Area

January 7, 2011 3:51 PM

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Our city has been set as the backdrop for dozens of great movies, but here’s a list of the best movies filmed on location in the Tampa Bay area.
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A Time To Kill

Where: Tampa
Released: 1996
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This movie, staring Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Matthew McConaughey, brings to life author John Grisham’s 1989 novel about a white lawyer defending a black man accused of murdering white men who raped his young daughter, which gives rise to racist tension in the small Southern community.

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Goodfellas

Where: The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
Released: 1990
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Robert DeNiro, Ray Liiotta, and Joe Pesci star as gangsters in this 1990 film directed by Martin Scorses based on Nicholas Pileggi’s true crime novel Wiseguy. The story starts out in 1955 and unfolds over what’s supposed to be a period of 30 years.

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The Punisher

Where: The Fort DeSoto Park, The Claw Golf Course at the University of South Florida, The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and locations in Downtown Tampa.
Released: 2004
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This feature film adapted from the comic book series of the same name tells the story of Special Agent Frank Castle who goes vigilante when a ruthless bunch of criminals kill his family. Thomas Jane stars as Castle and John Travolta plays the villain.

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Cocoon

Where: St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, The Coliseum, Snell Arcade and other St. Pete locations.
Released: 1985
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Here a group of seniors inadvertently thwart the plans of aliens who return to Earth to retrieve some pod people, or cocoons, they had left behind from a previous trip. In this film directed by Ron Howard, the seniors get to relive their youth but without sacrificing a few lives.

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Edwards Scissorhands

Where: The Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland and The Carpenter’s Run neighborhood in Lutz.
Released: 1990
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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder star in this romantic comedy with a fantasy twist under the direction of Tim Burton. In the film, Depp’s non-human character happens to have scissors for hands and ends up falling for Ryder’s character after being adopted into her family’s home.

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