Movies with a Southern Setting

All the Kings Men by  All the Kings Men
2006
Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins.Summary:  Willie Stark is an uncorrupted small-town mayor in 1950s Louisiana. He gets picked by the political machine to run as a wild card candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial race. But, when Willie realizes that he is being manipulated, he veers off on his own to become the darling of the electorate's downtrodden and forgotten hicks. Covering the campaign for a local paper is Jack Burden, whose editorial pieces become so admiring of Willie that he's fired. But, when Stark wins, Burden hires onto the new governor's team as a personal aide. Once in office, Governor Stark antagonizes the state legislature, the oil companies, and the moneyed classes with his share-the-wealth promises to the sweaty masses. Legislators become so outraged that they start serious impeachment talk, a move supported by the admired and retired Judge Irwin, who also happens to be Jack's godfather.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
2004
Cicely Tyson, Barbara Chaney, Richard A. Dysart, Katherine Helmond, Michael Murphy, Odetta, Thalmus Rasulala.Summary:  This is the story of the long life of Miss Jane Pittman, who began her life as a slave in the South and who marched for her civil rights in the 20th century at the age of 110.
Big Fish by  Big Fish
2004
General Note:  Special features include: Tim Burton audio commentary ; three character features: "Edward Bloom at large" - take a look at the larger than life world of Edward Bloom, "Amos at the Circus" - Danny DeVito takes viewers through the Calloway Circus, "Fathers and sons" - examines the father and son dynamic ; four featurettes: "Tim Burton: storyteller", "A fairytale world" - the importance of fairytales and myths and how these elements were incorporated into the movie, "Creature features" - the magic of Stan Winston Studios, "The author's journey" - Daniel Wallace's story from page to screen ; Tim Burton trivia quiz.General Note:  Presented in a widescreen format which preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (1.85:1). Credits:  Directed by Tim Burton ; screenplay by John August. Performer:  Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillard, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito. Summary:  William Bloom is a young man who never really knew his now dying father, Edward, outside of the tall tales his dad told him about growing up. During Edward's last days, William and his wife Josephine hold a bedside vigil next to the old man as he recollects elaborate memories of his youth. Still doubting the legends and folklore, William makes a journey to meet a mysterious woman from whom Edward had bought property.
Cold Mountain by  Cold Mountain
2004
General Note:  Special features include: Deleted scenes ; "Words & music of Cold mountain" - Royce Hall special ; "Climbing Cold mountain" documentary ; "A journey to Cold mountain" making-of special ; feature commentary with writer/director Anthony Minghella and editor Walter Murch ; sacred harp history ; storyboard comparisons.General Note:  Presented in a widescreen format which preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (2.35:1) ; enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions.Credits:  Written and directed by Anthony Minghella. Performer:  Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone. Summary:  Inman, a young Confederate soldier who is injured during the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters.