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Caddyshack a 1980 classic that endures

Caddyshack a 1980 classic that endures

We are film buffs at and we see the bulk of our movies during the hot summer months, when we long for a cool, dark place to nap..we mean enjoy cinematic fare.

With that in mind, we saw a recent list by Florida Travel +Life of their top ten Florida based movies. We share theirs and our own. Please send us your list!

Ten Florida Movies—Florida Travel + Life

  1. Key Largo-1948—Bogie. Checkmate.
  2. Easy to Love– 1953 Esther Williams and Florida perfect together.
  3. Where the Boys are– 1960. Until Fort Lauderdale said ‘enough is enough’ and now the boys and girls are in Panama City.
  4. Stranger Than Paradise– Strange choice but culminates in Melbourne, Florida.
  5. Cocoon—1985—Wilford Brimley was 51 when he made this film. That’s not a typo.
  6. The Birdcage-1996—We miss Robin Williams.
  7. Scarface-1983—The movie that really super charged our friend Steven Bauer’s career.
  8. The Right Stuff-1983—Great book, great movie.
  9. Truman Show-1998—Seaside, Florida featured in this Jim Carrey vehicle.
  10. Magic Mike-2012—Hey it’s their list, not ours.

Our List:

  1. Porky’s (1981) A raunchy high school comedy filmed partly near the Everglades.
  2. Caddyshack (1980)—One of the classic comedies. We miss Ted Knight. Filmed in Davie.
  3. Apollo 13 (1995)—Space Coast classic, featuring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise.
  4. Boynton Beach Club (2005)-filmed in our neighboring city and featuring the ageless Dyan Cannon and Brenda Vaccaro.
  5. Cool Hand Luke (1967)—The former proprietor of Boston’s on the Beach was inspired by this classic Paul Newman movie to add an egg eating contest at the restaurant on Labor Day. Enough said. The prison was inspired by the Tavares Road Prison in Tavares, Florida.
  6. Bad Boys II (2003)—The producers blew up a house on A1A in Delray and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were spotted all over town. The finale uses special effects to simulate Delray with mountains. We look good with mountains.
  7. Jaws 3-D (1983) Based in Sea World and featuring Dennis Quaid. Not a classic, but campy in all the right spots.
  8. In Her Shoes (2005)—This movie starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine was filmed partly in Delray Beach and nearby locales and the cast and crew wandered around the city. Ms. MacLaine loved taking her dog to the Sundy House and Ms. Diaz spent lots of time on the beach, including some time with her then beau Justin Timberlake.
  9. Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise (1987)—This sequel to the ’84 classic has the nerds from Lamba Lamba Lambda traveling to Fort Lauderdale for a fraternity convention. Hilarity ensues.
  10. Ulee’s Gold (1997)—This small gem of a film tells the story of a bee keeper played by Peter Fonda. To gain authenticity, the filmmakers used the Lanier family, a third-generation beekeeping family in Wewahitchka, Florida as consultants.

Did we miss any? Send us your favorites.


  1. Bob Buoniconti says

    Speaking of movies will the Ipic theatre ever be built in Delray?

    • Jeff Perlman says

      Hi Bob: I sure hope so. It’s become a lightning rod, so we’ll see. We will be weighing in on IPIC very shortly.

  2. Diane Colonna says

    How about Body Heat (1981 Lake Worth) and Cape Fear (1991 Hollywood)

    • Jeff Perlman says

      Body Heat too risqué. Cape Fear too scary. Nice try, we’ll give you a free ticket to Revenge of the Nerds.

  3. Ron Hoggard says

    Absence of Malice (1981) Paul Newman and Sally Field in Miami and Coral Gables

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