My Cousin Vinny (1992)

The 1992 Joe Pesci comedy “My Cousin Vinny,” while set in rural Alabama, was mostly filmed in small towns around Georgia.  Even with the current tax incentives creating a filming boom in the state of Georgia, “My Cousin Vinny” stands apart for having chosen towns not heavily seen on film.

At the beginning of the film, Bill, played by Ralph Macchio and his friend Stan visit the Sac-O-Suds convenient store, where a crime transpires and sets the story into motion.  The store remains in operation all these years later.

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LOCATION: 54 GA-16, Monticello, GA 31064

Vinny, played by Joe Pesci, and his fiancee Lisa, played by Marisa Tomei, first arrive in town and park in the town square of Monticello, where they debate who blends in best with the locals.

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LOCATION: 214 Forsyth St, Monticello, GA 31064

The courthouse featured throughout the film is the Jasper County Courthouse in Monticello.

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LOCATION: 126 W Greene St, Monticello, GA 31064

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Later in the film, Vinny and Lisa are seen walking past this statue in the middle of the town square in Monticello, near the courthouse.

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The General Putnam Motel and Restaurant where Vinny tries grits was partially destroyed in a fire in 2018.  The property had remained closed for years, but was in the process of being renovated when the fire occurred, with the cause believed to be electrical.  It is unknown if the building will be restored in the wake of the damages.  However, we were able to visit prior to the fire.

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LOCATION: 774 Madison Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024

Vinny and Lisa visit a bar to confront a man who stiffed Lisa on a pool game bet.

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LOCATION: 1 W 1st Ave, Mansfield, GA 30055

The Parker Hotel where Vinny awakens to squealing pigs is the Susie Agnes Hotel in Bishop.

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LOCATION: 5941 Bostwick Rd, Bishop, GA 30621

Lisa runs up the stairs next to this building looking for a suit for Vinny after he falls in the mud.  The arrow painted on the side of the building is still there.  This property is located just a few doors down from the courthouse.

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LOCATION: 8 Towee St, Monticello, GA 31064

If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon roaming the smaller towns of Georgia where the story unfolds.  Even decades later, many of the locations remain relatively unchanged.

The Gift (2000)

In the 2000 Sam Raimi film “The Gift,” Cate Blanchett plays Annie, a gifted psychic who is asked to help find a missing woman.  Annie lives at this home in in Thunderbolt, Georgia, not far from Savannah.  The front yard has since been covered with some shrubs that obscure the front view of the house a bit.

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LOCATION: 3216 Bannon Ave, Thunderbolt, GA 31404

Later in the film, after the woman’s body is found, a trial is held at the Effingham County Superior Court in Springfield, Georgia.

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LOCATION: 901 N Pine St, Springfield, GA 31329