The Best Movie to Take Place in the State of Iowa
I don't know about you, but when I think of movies about Iowa, my Brain IMMEDIATELY goes to Field of Dreams. Still being fairly new to Iowa, I still haven't visited the movie site over near Dyersville (I plan to this summer), but I did watch the movie for the first time a couple of years ago. I thought I would hate it because it's a movie about sports, but I actually kind of loved it, and I won't even pretend I didn't bawl like a giant baby during that final scene.
With Field of Dreams being so popular here in Iowa, I automatically assumed it would be the winner in Iowa for Thrillist's new list, "The Best Movie That Takes Place in Every State." I was wrong. Before we get into that, though, we need to know exactly how the list was put together. The article states:
"We tried to select movies that took place mainly in a given state, which meant road trip classics (Easy Rider or Thelma and Louise come to mind) won't show up anywhere. We also picked films that represent a state's place in the nation's collective consciousness."
So what's the winner for Iowa? It's actually the 1962 musical The Music Man. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never seen the movie, so I obviously didn't know that it had ties to Iowa. Here's why the movie was selected:
"This pick is not an endorsement of the Midwestern musical's sweeping diss track, "Iowa Stubborn." We firmly believe all humble do-gooders would fall for the marching band-themed con of one Harold Hill (Robert Preston). But this is an endorsement of every toe-tapping number in Meredith Willson's classic score, the dance scenes set across a run-of-the-mill town, Shirley Jones's Marian (a librarian who finally gets the time of day), and barbershop quartet singing, an art that will and should never die."
Although the movie wasn't actually filmed here in Iowa (it was actually done on a set in California), the fake town of River City is based off of the real town of Mason City.
So, there you have it! The Music Man beats out Field of Dreams. Who would've thought? You can check out the winners for all 50 states HERE.