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These 9 movies and TV shows were set in Maine, though you might not realize it

“The Turning,” a new horror movie that’s a contemporary retelling of Henry James’ classic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw,” opens in theaters this weekend. As part of the modern-day adaptation of a story originally set in 1890s rural England, the setting has been moved to rural Maine — or at least, the Hollywood version of it, since it was actually filmed in Ireland.

Regardless, it’s likely few people would have noticed that this movie was set in Maine if we hadn’t stumbled across that fact while researching other things — especially considering that “The Turning” currently has just a 27 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which does not bode well for its popularity.

But that got us thinking: what other films and TV shows are set in Maine that we didn’t realize were actually set here? Which Maine-set movies managed to slip by without many people noticing they took place here, either because they weren’t actually shot in Maine (as is the case with most Hollywood films), or because they did such a bad job of representing the Pine Tree State that people didn’t even realize Maine was what they were representing.

Here are some of the most famous films and series set in Maine. We bet you didn’t know about at least one of these, if not all of them. And, if you’re curious, many of these films will be screened during the Maine at the Movies Film Festival, which will tour the state as part of the Bicentennial, March 6-15.

Simon Birch (1998)

This tearjerker was based on John Irving’s 1989 novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” which was actually set in New Hampshire. Director Mark Steven Johnson changed the setting

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2020/01/24/arts-culture/these-9-movies-and-tv-shows-were-set-in-maine-though-you-might-not-realize-it/

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