Savannah, Georgia in popular culture

The city of Savannah, Georgia, the largest city and the county seat of Chatham County, Georgia, is frequently mentioned in popular culture. What follows is a list of Savannah, Georgia in popular culture and includes works of literature, music, film, and television.

Savannah was established in 1733 and was the first colonial and state capital of Georgia.[1] It is known as America's first planned city and attracts millions of visitors who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest black Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).[1][2] Today, Savannah's downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the federal government in 1966).[B][1]

Savannah in literatureEdit

The 1994 nonfiction novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (ISBN 0-679-42922-0) by John Berendt (known to locals as "The Book")[3] is set in Savannah, and in 1997 was made into a film, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Savannah resident N.Y.W. Peacocke has completed two books of a trilogy that deal with the war of independence in Georgia, and particularly Savannah. Savannah Spell (ISBN 1-898030-51-0) and Mirror My Soul (ISBN 1-898030-61-8) weave a love triangle around the events of the Revolution in Georgia and Carolina. She more recently, January 25, 2010, completed the Trilogy with publication of Savannah Spell to Yorktown (ISBN 978-1-450575-87-4).

E.L. Doctorow's historical novel, The March (ISBN 0375506713), is about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864 scorched-earth campaign in which he marched 60,000 troops southeastward from Atlanta to Savannah and then northward into the Carolinas during the American Civil War (1861–65).

Chris Fuhrman authored the book The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, which depicted his life as a Catholic schoolboy growing up in Savannah and attending a local parochial school. Fuhrman actually attended Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah and graduated in 1974. He was also a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, where his book was published. Fuhrman died in 1990 of cancer at the age of 30.

Fifth-generation Savannahian Murray Silver is the author of Great Balls of Fire: The Uncensored Story of Jerry Lee Lewis (Morrow, 1981), adapted to the big screen by Orion in 1989 and starring Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder. Silver is also the author of the bestselling Behind the Moss Curtain and Other Great Savannah Stories (Bonaventure, 2002), now in its sixth printing and also the subject of a new motion picture. His latest book, When Elvis Meets the Dalai Lama (Bonaventure, 2005), is a collection of the author's favorite stories about starting out as a rock concert promoter and eventually becoming an assistant to the Dalai Lama.

The novel Velvet by Echo LaVeaux (ISBN 9781530910861) is a paranormal romantic drama set in the historic district of Savannah and features the city as one of its main characters.

Also the book Delirium of the Brave written by Dr. William C. Harris about the Benedictine Military School and Savannah.

Romantic Comedy Mystery novelist Mary Kay Andrews is the author of two books that take place in Savannah, Georgia and its surrounding areas. Savannah Breeze is about Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an "investment counselor" who turns out to be a con man. All that's left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island—an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem. Savannah Blues is her follow-up novel and is about An antiques picker, Weezie Foley combs Savannah's steamy back alleys and garage sales for treasures when she's not dealing with her loopy relatives or her hunky ex-boyfriend. But an unauthorized sneak preview at a sale lands Weezie smack in the middle of magnolia-scented murder, mayhem . . . and more.

The first 2 chapters of the 2011 book Dawn of Sorcerer's, are set in Savannah.

"The Shadow Man" (ISBN 978-1-938296-03-1), by Savannah native and newspaper columnist Dr. Mark Murphy, is a medical thriller about a Savannah surgeon who is framed as a serial killer. The novel made its debut in July, 2012.

Witching Savannah (47North, 2014), a new Urban Fantasy series by J.D. Horn, debuts with The Line (ISBN 1477809732) in February 2014. The Source (Witching Savannah #2) and The Void (Witching Savannah #3) are scheduled for release in July and December 2014.

Karen Kingsbury's novel The Chance is set partially in Savannah. The main characters (high school sweethearts Nolan Cook and Ellie Tucker) place letters under an oak tree at a Savannah park[4] (where they live, before Ellie moves to California) and agree to meet again eleven years later to retrieve and re-read them (in Nolan's case, to reconnect with Ellie, his long-lost love).

Savannah in televisionEdit

The following is based on a list assembled by the Savannah Film Commission [1], as well as the IMDb [2]

1988 ( 1969 The movie) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Keifer Sutherland
Year Title Network
(for TV)
Notes Reference
2016 The Man in the High Castle Amazon Studios In the 10th episode of the second season, entitled "Fallout", Savannah is reported as showing the highest levels of unrest in Nazi-occupied America following the death of Adolf Hitler. The city is set to be razed as a result but the plan is cancelled.
2013 The Haves and the Have Nots OWN Show is set in Savannah; exterior shots are scattered throughout the city.
2009 The Office NBC In the 10th episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office, entitled "Murder," the series characters participated in a role playing game in which they took roles based on fictitious residents of Savannah. The episode originally aired on November 12, 2009. [5]
2009 Ghost Adventures Travel Channel In the 7th episode of season 2, the TV series conducts paranormal investigation at the Moon River Brewing Company. This episode originally aired on July 17, 2009. [6]
2008 Ruby (2008 TV series) Style Network Ruby is a documentary style reality television series on the Style Network that debuted in 2008 in the United States. It follows the life of Ruby Gettinger who lives in Savannah, Georgia as she attempts to lose weight.
2008 Making News: Savannah Style TV Guide Network Sequel to Making News: Texas Style. Reality show features life at the news department shared by WJCL and WTGS in Savannah. First episode aired on June 4, 2008 (2008-06-04) [7]
2007 Southern Haunts PBS Season 1, Episode 3 (entitled "Ghosts of the Low Country") was filmed in Savannah and hosted by Murray Silver. It originally aired on March 16, 2007 (2007-03-16) [8]
2007 Southern Haunts PBS Season 1, Episode 4 (entitled "Ghosts of Savannah") was filmed in Savannah. It originally aired on June 1, 2007 (2007-06-01) [9]
2006 Paula's Party Food Network Paula's Party was one of Paula Deen's shows on the Food Network. The first episodes were filmed in Savannah.
2006 My Celebrity Home Style Network 26 April 2006 (Season 1, Episode 1) Titled Page Davis and 24 May 2006 (Season 1, Episode 5) Titled Desperate Housewives
2005 The Colbert Report Comedy Central District 1 was the first featured in "Better Know a District" segment.
1996 Savannah The WB [10]
1994 Scarlett [11]
1989 The Rose and the Jackal [12]
1989 My Father, My Son [13]
1987 Pals [14]
1983 Solomon Northup's Odyssey [15]
1981 All My Children ABC [16]
1980 East of Eden
1980 When the Circus Came to Town CBS
1979 The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd [17]
1976 Roots: The Next Generations ABC [18]
1979 Orphan Train [19]
1976 Roots ABC twelve-hour mini-series which aired from 23–30 January 1977 [20][21]
1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The Last of the Belles" (1974) [22]

Savannah in filmEdit

The following is based on a list assembled by the Savannah Film Commission [3], as well as the IMDb [4]

Year Title Notes Reference
2019 Lady and the Tramp Starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. A Disney+ movie
2017 Baywatch Starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. filmed on Tybee Island
2016 The Do-Over Starring Adam Sandler and David Spade. A Netflix movie
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Filmed in both Savannah and Tybee Island. Starring Antonio Banderas. (box office #1 film)
2010 The Conspirator Filmed completely in Savannah. The Conspirator is a 2010 historical drama about the trial of Mary Surratt, the only female co-conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be hanged by the United States federal government. It stars Robin Wright Penn, James McAvoy, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, and Toby Kebbell.
2010 The Last Song Filmed in both Savannah and Tybee Island, The Last Song is the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book by the same name. It stars Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, and Liam Hemsworth. The film's storyline follows a troubled teenager, played by Cyrus, and her estranged father, played by Kinnear, as they reconnect with each other through music during a summer in a quiet Southern beach town. [23]
2005 Boogeyman A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life. Starring Barry Watson. [24] (box office #1 film)
2005 Red Thread [25]
2005 Snap Savannah College of Art and Design student film starring actor Bubba Lewis. A young boy must defend his house after his parents are brutally murdered. [26]
2004 95 Miles to Go [27]
2004 Damn Good Dog A profile of University of Georgia mascot Uga [28]
2003 Undertow [29]
2000 Meeting Daddy [30]
2000 The Gift A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared. Starring Cate Blanchett and Katie Holmes. [31]
1999 The Legend of Bagger Vance A disillusioned war veteran, Captain Rannulph Junah, reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, Bagger Vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life. Starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron. [32]
1998 Claudine's Return starring Christina Applegate, it was released as Kiss of Fire on DVD [33]
1998 Forces of Nature Only the last 15 to 20 minutes of the film takes place in Savannah. A soon-to-be-married man encounters an exciting stranger after his plane suffers an accident on takeoff. Starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock. [34] (box office #1 film)
1998 The General's Daughter Portions were filmed on the campus of Savannah State University and a plantation house on the outskirts of Savannah [35]
1997 The Dinner [36]
1997 The Gingerbread Man [37]
1997 Kiss of Fire starring Christina Applegate, it was originally released as Claudine's Return [33]
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Completely filmed in Savannah. Is based on the book by John Berendt by the same name. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation the book of the same name. The film features Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams and Jude Law as Billy Carl Hanson. The Lady Chablis, who was a well known transvestite performer at Savannah's Club One plays herself in the film. An appearance by Uga V, the English bulldog live mascot of the University of Georgia, playing his father, Uga IV. The Uga mascots live in Savannah between football games. Starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. [38]
1996 White Squall [39]
1996 Wild America starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas [40]
1995 Something to Talk About A major scene is created outside the Six Pence pub on Bull Street. Starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid [41]
1994 Forrest Gump The park bench that Forrest is sitting on throughout the film (telling his story to other people waiting for the bus), the famous feather dropping opening sequence, and the ending of the film all take place and were filmed in Savannah. The well known park bench that Forrest sat on is encased in the Historic Society in Savannah. Also, Forrest's house in Alabama was actually purpose built in Savannah. Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinese, and Sally Field. [42](Academy Award for Best Picture)
1994 Now and Then [43]
1993 Camilla [44]
1991 Flight of the Intruder [45]
1991 Cape Fear A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a 14-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. Remake of the 1962 film of the same name, which was also filmed in Savannah. [46] (box office #1 film)
1990 Love Crimes [47]
1989 Glory Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. Parts of the film were shot in Savannah and nearby Jeykll Island. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. [48]
1989 The Judas Project [49]
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing [50]
1981 Tales of Ordinary Madness [51]
1981 There Was a Little Girl [52]
1980 City of the Living Dead
1980 Mother Seton
1980 The Slayer [53]
1980 White Death
1979 Carny [54]
1979 Gold Bug
1979 Hopscotch [55]
1978 The Double McGuffin [56]
1977 The Lincoln Conspiracy [57]
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings [58]
1975 Distance [59]
1975 Gator [60]
1974 The Longest Yard [61] (box office #1 film)
1962 Cape Fear A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. [62]
1957 The Young Don't Cry [63]
1955 View from Pomphey's Head written and directed by Philip Dunne

Savannah in other mediaEdit

Year Title Notes Reference
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Location of the first campaign. Savannah is also the hometown of two of the characters in the game, and is also the setting of the first level.
2012 The Walking Dead (2012 video game) Episodes 4 and 5 of Season 1 are set in Savannah.

See alsoEdit


A.^ Notability for inclusion in this listing is based upon the standards outlined in Wikipedia:Notability.
B.^ Savannah had 24 original squares. Today 21 are still in existence.


  1. ^ a b c "Savannah". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  2. ^ "Savannah Information". Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  3. ^ [ "25 years of ‘Midnight’: ‘The Book’ had an indelible impact on Savannah "] - Bluffon Today, January 14, 2019
  4. ^ Gordonston Park, also shown on maps as Juliette Low Park and sometimes referred to as Brownie Park (Juliette Gordon Low, the park's donor, was involved with Girl Scouts). It is a private park (as referenced in the book; in real life its status as such has been the subject of considerable debate) and is partially bordered by Edgewood Road (in the book Nolan lives on Edgewood, across from the park). The park is roughly one block southwest of Kinzie Avenue (in the book Ellie becomes a single mom and names her daughter Kinzie).
  5. ^ "Murder" on IMDb
  6. ^ "Moon River Brewing Co." on IMDb
  7. ^ "Making News: Savannah Style" on IMDb
  8. ^ "Ghosts of the Low Country" on IMDb
  9. ^ "Ghosts of Savannah" on IMDb
  10. ^ "Savannah" (1996) on IMDb
  11. ^ "Scarlett" (1994) (mini) on IMDb
  12. ^ The Rose and the Jackal (1990) (TV) on IMDb
  13. ^ My Father, My Son (1988) (TV) on IMDb
  14. ^ Pals (1987) (TV) on IMDb
  15. ^ Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984) (TV) on IMDb
  16. ^ "All My Children" (1970) on IMDb
  17. ^ The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980) (TV) on IMDb
  18. ^ "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979) (mini) on IMDb
  19. ^ Orphan Train (1979) (TV) on IMDb
  20. ^ "ROOTS". Retrieved 2007-11-20.
  21. ^ "Roots" (1977) (mini) on IMDb
  22. ^ F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' (1974) (TV) on IMDb
  23. ^ The Last Song (film)
  24. ^ Boogeyman on IMDb
  25. ^ Red Thread (2005) on IMDb
  26. ^ Snap (2005/I) on IMDb
  27. ^ 95 Miles to Go (2004) on IMDb
  28. ^ Damn Good Dog (2004) (V) on IMDb
  29. ^ Undertow (2004) on IMDb
  30. ^ Meeting Daddy (2000) on IMDb
  31. ^ The Gift (2000) on IMDb
  32. ^ The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) on IMDb
  33. ^ a b Claudine's Return (1998) on IMDb
  34. ^ Forces of Nature (1999) on IMDb
  35. ^ The General's Daughter (1999) on IMDb
  36. ^ The Dinner (1997) on IMDb
  37. ^ The Gingerbread Man (1998) on IMDb
  38. ^ Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) on IMDb
  39. ^ White Squall (1996) on IMDb
  40. ^ Wild America (1997) on IMDb
  41. ^ Something to Talk About (1995) on IMDb
  42. ^ Forrest Gump (1994) on IMDb
  43. ^ Now and Then (1995) on IMDb
  44. ^ Camilla (1994) on IMDb
  45. ^ Flight of the Intruder (1991) on IMDb
  46. ^ Cape Fear (1991) on IMDb
  47. ^ Love Crimes (1992) on IMDb
  48. ^ Glory (1989) on IMDb
  49. ^ The Judas Project (1990) on IMDb
  50. ^ The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) on IMDb
  51. ^ Storie di ordinaria follia (1981) on IMDb
  52. ^ There Was a Little Girl (1981) on IMDb
  53. ^ The Slayer (1982) on IMDb
  54. ^ Carny (1980) on IMDb
  55. ^ Hopscotch (1980) on IMDb
  56. ^ The Double McGuffin (1979) on IMDb
  57. ^ The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977) on IMDb
  58. ^ The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) on IMDb
  59. ^ Distance (1975) on IMDb
  60. ^ Gator (1976) on IMDb
  61. ^ The Longest Yard (1974) on IMDb
  62. ^ Cape Fear (1962) on IMDb
  63. ^ "Notes for The Young Don't Cry (1957)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-01-12.