Anyone who has visited the Lowcountry and the area around Fripp can attest to its natural beauty and landscape. While it normally attracts beachgoers and lovers of all things sand and sea it also attracts another type of person. The filmmaker looking for the perfect setting and backdrop for the next blockbuster in Hollywood. Some of these films have clear Beaufort landmarks in their scenes, while others may be less clear that Beaufort and Fripp are the locations.
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Everything You Need to Know About Fripp Island in the Movies
Fripp Island in Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a classic that just about everyone has seen. You may have heard the silly catchphrase, “life is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get,” and, of course, “run, Forrest, run!” The movie took place in Alabama, but most of the scenes portraying Alabama were filmed in Beaufort and on Fripp. To this day, you can go into places like Gay Seafood or The Fripp Island Volunteer Fire Department and see a picture of a young, smiling Tom Hanks from his own time in the area. While Hanks was already well known for his roles in Big and Sleepless in Seattle, no one expected Forrest Gump to become the classic that it did. It even won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.
You may remember some of the most prominent scenes that were actually filmed in Beaufort! Such as the scene when Forrest goes for a run and finds himself interviewed by reporters crossing over the downtown Woods Memorial bridge. Or maybe you recall the shrimp boat scenes from Gay Seafood. The scenes depicting Vietnam were filmed on Fripp with the help of CGI simulations to create the mountainous backdrop of Vietnam. Residents of Fripp during this time were told to expect “simulated gunfire” and “explosions” while filming the battle scene. Fripp Island’s volunteer fire department was on set during filming in case of emergency. It’s a good thing they were because they had to extinguish a fire at one point!
Another famous moment from the movie Forrest trying his hand at shrimping. The boat used for those scenes was a boat called Miss Sherri, but of course is called “Jenny” in the movie. Many of the scenes involving the boat were filmed in and around Hunting Island, Fripp Island, and Port Royal Landing. If you remember the scene when Forrest jumps from the boat to greet Lt. Dan and crashes the boat, filming this scene actually caused the boat to begin sinking!
Fripp Island in Prince of Tides
Many will remember Nick Nolte’s performance as Tom Wingo in Prince of Tides. Fittingly, Pat Conroy wrote the original book and drew inspiration from Fripp Island as the setting of the story. Pat himself owned a house on Fripp Island for many years. Many attribute Fripp Island’s beautiful beach as the reason it was chosen as the backdrop for the story. The crew wanted a beach that resembled a classic beach setting. Fripp’s long sandy beach and great width at low tide was the perfect match! You can even still find the boat used in a few of the scenes at Gay Seafood on St. Helena, although it has seen a great deal of wear and tear over the years.
Fripp Island in The Jungle Book
Many residents from the early nineties remember the filming of The Jungle Book because of the abundance of exotic animals brought to the island during this time. From elephants to tigers, these creatures created the appearance that they weren’t on Fripp Island at all, but deep in the Indian jungle instead.
Part of what would eventually become the Ocean Creek Course was the setting for the jungle scenes, and, of course, the area looked much different back then. In fact, William S. Murray III who worked on the film says, “they chose to shoot on Fripp Island because we had permission to burn and blow up just about anything as it was all scheduled to be bulldozed anyway to build the golf course.”
Experience Fripp Island Just Like Your Favorite Characters!
These three movies had a great impact on Fripp and its residents back in the day and certainly gave locals something to remember. Create your own memories on Fripp Island! Walk the same paths and enjoy the same views as your favorite actors and movie characters. Fripp Island has a wide variety of rental homes that you can call home during your stay. Whether you choose to stay oceanside, on the marsh, or close to Fripp Island’s golf courses, we know you’ll find just the right space to enjoy your getaway. Browse all our rentals to find the perfect one for you. We look forward to hosting your getaway in the Lowcountry.