Waxahachie: The Little Movie Town That Could

Field210Using PowerPoint images and film clips in a fun-filled presentation lasting about an hour, nationally known film critic Larry Ratliff focuses on the amazing number and quality of movies shot in and around Waxahachie, TX, located about 45 minutes south of Dallas.

First and foremost, of course, are the Academy Award winners:  “Places in the Heart,” “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Tender Mercies,” which won Best Actress Oscars for Sally Field and Geraldine Page and a Best Actor golden statuette for Robert Duvall.

But there’s so much more to know. Scientists and developers may have abandoned the Supercollider, but Jean-Claude Van Damme made his reprise as a super-soldier there in “Universal Soldier:  The Return.”

And then there’s the little matter of “Bonnie and Clyde.”

For availability and speaking fees, call 214-364-7364 or email lrratliff@verizon.net.

(Sally Field photo from "Places in the Heart" courtesy:  Sony Pictures.)  

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