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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 ↓

In the business? TVRM has extensive experience working with film production professionals. Our railroad coordinator will act as an arm of your crew, serving not only as the “train hostler”, but also as an extra location manager and production supervisor. They’ll provide coordination between the train and production crews, ensuring absolute safety during filming. TVRM works well with all departments including art, design, and decoration. We have a “can do” work ethic- we understand it’s our job to help get your job done safely and efficiently. Our track record speaks for itself. Let us know if we can be of assistance using the contact button below.

42

Breaking Barriers: Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson

Chadwick Boseman Stars in '42': Jackie Robinson's Historic MLB Journey

“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.

Leatherheads

Clooney's 1920s Football Comedy

George Clooney's Leatherheads: A Tale of 1920s Football and Romance

“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

Love and Drama in the Circus: 'Water for Elephants' Story

“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

Homer Hickam's Rise from Coalwood to NASA in October Sky

“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.

The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James

Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson in an Outlaw's Tale

Cash & Kristofferson as the James Brothers in Their Twilight

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'

Historic Miniseries: The Life of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt

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

Movie poster for “Fool’s Parade”

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

1959's Rail Comedy: Monroe & Co. plus 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.

TVRM IN THE MOVIES: PARTIAL PRODUCTION HISTORY

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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