Franklin to go Hollywood for a night

Published 8:55 am Saturday, April 18, 2009

FRANKLIN—The movie Deuce Coupe made its world premier on May 1, 1992, in Franklin. And now — 17 years later — it is making a return engagement.

In late 1989 and early 1990s, Franklin was the main location shoot for a film set in the 1960s.

On May 1, you can return to that simpler, happier time as the Downtown Franklin Association brings “Deuce Coupe, the Movie” to a jumbo-screen at Barrett’s Landing.

Prior to the start of the movie, there will be a car show on the side street.

For a $10 fee, a car show exhibitor can enter a vehicle in the show and receive entry to the movie. The fee also will entitle them to a commemorative dash plate and seating in the show exhibitor preferred seating area. Vintage cars from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are preferred.

Music will be provided by DJ Wayne Cooke who will be “spinning” favorite tunes of the ’50s and ’60s for a “sock hop.” The car show and sock hop festivities begin at 6 p.m.

The movie will begin at 8:45 PM. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy watching our “local stars” under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, too.

Admission for the movie is $3 per person.

Several Franklin residents appear as extras in the movie. And, of course, the Deuce Coupe is seen “cruising” Main Street as well as some of the neighborhoods in the vicinity.

Both the producer, Robert Sloat ,and the director, Mark Deimel, from Los Angeles, will fly in for this historic event. Also appearing will be R. Pickett Bugg, who played Big Al in the movie. All three will be available to sign autographs and take photos with the movie-goers.

There will be a limited number of collector T-shirts available for purchase at $15 each.

In case of rain, the DFA has reserved the National Guard Armory.

Victor Story, DFA president, has been in contact with many of the production staff as well as some of the actors in the movie.

When making plans to bring the movie here, it was discovered that many of the DFA board members had not seen the movie. A “Deuce Coupe” preview-party was held at the home of Taylor and Anne Williams for board members — the collective thought was this would be a treat to show to our community.