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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Movie History

Next time you’re at the movies, keep an eye out for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum! Our facilities and equipment have been in numerous movies, music videos, and documentary films throughout the years. See our list of film and music video credits below ↓

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The Lost Valentine

A Tale of Enduring Love

“The Lost Valentine,” a 2011 Hallmark drama, stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Betty White, and Sean Faris, based on James Michael Pratt’s novel. The film features TV journalist Susan Allison (Hewitt) profiling Caroline Thomas (White), whose husband, a naval aviator, went missing in action during World War II. Susan, initially skeptical about true love, clashes with Caroline’s grandson Lucas (Faris) but gradually forms a bond with them. Caroline’s story of unwavering love and hope, waiting for her husband at the train station each Valentine’s Day for 66 years, profoundly impacts Susan, challenging her own perceptions of love and commitment.

Warm Springs

FDR's Journey in Warm Springs


“Warm Springs,” a 2005 biographical drama, stars Kenneth Branagh as Franklin D. Roosevelt, chronicling his battle with polio and subsequent political resurgence. The film opens with Roosevelt’s life post-polio diagnosis, showcasing his retreat and isolation in Florida. Amidst personal and professional challenges, including an estranged marriage and abandoned presidential plans, Roosevelt’s journey takes a pivotal turn at the invitation to Warm Springs, Georgia. There, inspired by the therapeutic properties of the mineral waters and the strength of fellow polio victims, Roosevelt undergoes significant emotional and physical growth. This transformative experience at Warm Springs lays the foundation for his triumphant return to politics, setting the stage for his leadership during the Great Depression.

The Adventures of Ociee Nash

America's 20th Century Story


“The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” a 2003 adventure drama film directed by Kristen McGary, stars Keith Carradine, Mare Winningham, and Skyler Day. The story follows young Ociee Nash, a spirited girl whose life takes an adventurous turn. Featuring historical figures like Wilbur Wright and Nellie Bly, the film beautifully blends Ociee’s personal journey with notable events and characters from history. As Ociee navigates challenges and discoveries, she encounters diverse individuals who enrich her understanding of the world. This heartwarming film is a celebration of adventure, resilience, and the transformative power of experience.

Our Country

America's 20th Century Story

“Country Music: The Spirit of America,” a 2003 IMAX documentary, co-written and produced by Tom Neff, weaves a rich tapestry of American history through the lens of country music. Co-directed by Neff, Steven Goldmann, and Keith Melton, with a score by Randy Scruggs, the film delves into the United States’ 20th Century narrative, using country music as a vibrant storytelling medium. Also known as “Our Country,” this cinematic journey celebrates the genre’s deep roots and profound impact on American culture, encapsulating pivotal moments and the evolving spirit of the nation.

Mama Flora’s Family

A Tale of Love & Struggle

“Mama Flora’s Family,” a novel by Alex Haley and David Stevens, is a poignant saga spanning from the 1920s to the 1970s. It traces the life of Flora, a black woman from Mississippi, and her descendants. After a young Flora becomes pregnant by Lincoln Flemming, a wealthy man, she faces eviction and the loss of her son. Moving to Stockton, she finds love with Booker Palmer but faces further tragedy. As the story unfolds, it portrays Flora’s resilience in raising her family amidst racial and social turmoil. The narrative follows her son Willie’s struggles in Chicago, her pursuit to reconnect with her estranged son Luke, and her niece Ruthana’s journey. Through wars, societal changes, and personal challenges, Flora’s enduring spirit anchors her family’s story.


Action-Packed Escape Adventure


“Fled,” a 1996 action comedy film, stars Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin as inmates chained together who escape during a chaotic shootout. The plot intertwines their quest for freedom with a complex web involving a mob boss, corrupt officials, and a $5 million heist. As they navigate obstacles and betrayals, the duo uncovers a setup involving a U.S. Marshal working for the mob. The climax unfolds at Stone Mountain, leading to a dramatic showdown and eventual exoneration, as they hand over crucial evidence to the Attorney General.


The Complex Life of a Baseball Legend


“Cobb,” a 1994 film starring Tommy Lee Jones, portrays the troubled life of baseball legend Ty Cobb. Focused on his volatile relationship with ghostwriter Al Stump, it depicts Cobb’s aggressive, racist demeanor and complex personality. The film follows their cross-country journey, revealing Cobb’s harsh treatment of others and his own troubled past. Despite ethical dilemmas, Stump completes a sanitized autobiography, contrasting with the darker reality of Cobb’s life.


Breaking Barriers: Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson

“42” is a 2013 biographical film about Jackie Robinson, the first African American in MLB. Starring Chadwick Boseman, it details Robinson’s challenges and triumphs in breaking baseball’s color barrier. The film, praised for its performances and historical significance, highlights key moments of Robinson’s career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, including overcoming racism and winning the National League pennant. The title refers to Robinson’s jersey number, retired across MLB.


Clooney's 1920s Football Comedy

“Leatherheads” is a 2008 sports comedy directed by George Clooney, who also stars alongside Renée Zellweger and John Krasinski. Set in the 1920s, it follows the story of a professional American football team captain trying to save his team and the sport. The film involves a love triangle, a war hero’s false heroism, and the evolution of football rules. Despite its charming setting and star-studded cast, the film had mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office.

Water for Elephants

A Tale of Love and Struggle in 'Water for Elephants

“Water for Elephants” is a 2011 romantic drama directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz. Based on Sara Gruen’s novel, it tells the story of Jacob, a young man who joins a circus during the Great Depression and falls in love with Marlena, the ringmaster’s wife. The film blends romance, drama, and the harsh realities of circus life, culminating in a climactic showdown and a peaceful later life for Jacob and Marlena.

October Sky: A Dreamer's Journey

Jake Gyllenhaal in Homer Hickam's Inspiring Story

“October Sky,” a 1999 film directed by Joe Johnston and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, depicts Homer Hickam Jr.’s journey from a coal miner’s son in West Virginia to a NASA engineer, inspired by Sputnik 1. The film, based on Hickam’s memoir ‘Rocket Boys,’ was well-received and filmed in East Tennessee, highlighting the pursuit of dreams against all odds. The title, an anagram for ‘Rocket Boys,’ was chosen for its wider appeal.

Christy (TV series)

“Christy,” an American period drama based on Catherine Marshall’s novel, aired on CBS from 1994 to 1995. Starring Kellie Martin as Christy Huddleston, the series is set in 1912 in the Appalachian village of Cutter Gap, Tennessee. It explores the culture clash between Christy, a young teacher, and the villagers’ old-fashioned Scottish-influenced customs and folk medicine beliefs. Featuring Tyne Daly as Quaker missionary Alice Henderson, the show balances romance with cultural exploration. The final cliffhanger episode left viewers speculating about Christy’s romantic decisions, later resolved in subsequent TV movies.

The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James

Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson in an Outlaw's Tale

The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” depicts the final years of the infamous outlaw brothers. Starring Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, it shows Frank as a family man and book lover, and Jesse as a greedy womanizer, following their 15-year criminal legacy.

Eleanor and Franklin

Edward Herrmann & Jane Alexander in 'Eleanor and Franklin'

1976’s “Eleanor and Franklin” miniseries, starring Herrmann and Alexander, chronicles the Roosevelts’ lives from childhood to FDR’s presidency, including his polio battle and Eleanor’s support. Winning 11 Emmys and a Golden Globe, it’s known for historical accuracy.

Fools' Parade

James Stewart in a Redemption Tale from 1935 West Virginia

Fools’ Parade” (1971), set in 1935 West Virginia, follows three ex-convicts aiming to start a business, hindered by corruption. Starring James Stewart and Anne Baxter, it explores redemption and societal reintegration, facing distribution challenges due to Baxter’s performance concerns.

Some Like It Hot

Monroe, Curtis, Lemmon in '59 Comedy with Car 97

Released in 1959, “Some Like It Hot” is a comedic tale directed by Billy Wilder, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The film, renowned for its wit and the classic performances of its leads, also highlights Car 97, known as Clover Colony, adding an authentic touch of the era’s opulent rail travel to the story of two musicians on the run from the mob.


Long Black Train

Josh Turner


“Long Black Train,” written and recorded by Josh Turner, emerged as a significant country music hit following its May 2003 release as the second single and title track from his debut album. The song, notable for spending over 30 weeks on the Billboard country charts, peaked at #13 in early 2004 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2018. Characterized by its mid-tempo beat, acoustic guitar, pedabro and fiddle fills, and a rhythm akin to a steam locomotive, “Long Black Train” employs a funeral train metaphor to convey a message about resisting temptation. Turner revealed the song was inspired by a vision of a long, black train, symbolizing temptation, and the consequential decisions people face regarding it.

You Can't Blame the Train

The Hollanders

In 1991, American Nashville music group The Hollanders covered “You Can’t Blame the Train,” releasing it as a single from their album ‘Family Ties’ on VCA Records. Produced by Dave Burgess, similar to McLean’s original version, this rendition achieved notable success, reaching number 36 on the Cash Box Country Singles chart. The song’s promotion was bolstered by a People’s Choice Award-winning music video featuring the band at a train station and performing on stage. Critically acclaimed, Cash Box highlighted it as an indie feature pick, praising its “electrifying contemporary country flavor,” dynamic sibling harmony, and lyrics that offer a fresh perspective on relationship break-ups.


Eric Church


“Creepin’,” a song by American country music artist Eric Church, was released in July 2012 from his album ‘Chief.’ Co-written with Marv Green, this mid-tempo track evokes the lingering memory of a past lover, metaphorically described as ‘creepin’.’ The song resonated with audiences and critics alike, climbing to number five on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay and number 10 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Additionally, it reached number 56 on the Hot 100. “Creepin'” earned Platinum status in the United States and Gold in Canada, signifying its widespread popularity. The song’s intriguing music video, directed by Peter Zavadil, is set around the 20th century and features a man on a runaway train haunted by a ghostly female figure, adding a visually captivating layer to its haunting theme.


1959 – “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon featuring Car 97 / Clover Colony

1971 – “Fools Parade” with Jimmy Stewart

1976 – “Franklin& Eleanor” with McKenzie Phillips, Jane Alexander, David Huffman and Edward Herrmann

  • 1986 – “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
  • 1994 – “Christy” with Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly
  • 1994 – “COBB” with Tommy Lee Jones
  • 1995 – Levis Strauss commercial (European release)
  • 1996 – “FLED” with Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin
  • 1998 – “Mama Flora’s Family” with Cecily Tyson and Blair Underwood
  • 1999 – “October Sky” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper & Laura Dern
  • 2003 – “Our Country” IMAX with Marty Stuart, Earl Sruggs, Dolly Parton, etc.
  • 2003 – “The Adventures of Ociee Nash” with Keith Carradine & Mare Winningham
  • 2005 – “Warm Springs” (HBO) with Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson, Jane Alexander & Kathy Bates
  • 2006 – “Heavens Fall” with Timothy Hutton, Bill Smitrovich & Leelee Sobieski
  • 2008 – “Leatherheads” with George Clooney, Renée Zellweger & John Krasinski
  • 2010 – Veggietales “A Meaningful Life” – DVD extra feature
  • 2011 – “The Lost Valentine” (CBS/Hallmark) with Betty White & Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • 2011 – “Only In America with Larry the Cable Guy” (History Channel)
  • 2011 – “Water For Elephants” with Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon & Christoph Waltz
  • 2013 – “42” with Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford & Christopher Meloni


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