Galveston might not be the most popular city and location for filming a Hollywood movie, yet the island has been the backdrop for a variety of genre films over the years. Lots of TV movies, miniseries, and documentaries have been filmed on Galveston Island as well as full feature films.
1996 The Road to Galveston– Jordan Roosevelt, (Cicely Tyson) at 65, found herself alone, destitute, and depressed. Up against the wall, she took heart from the suggestion of a friend, a blind woman who was a nurse: enter a foster care program in which one takes care of patients in their own home. The patients she cares for are Alzheimer’s sufferers, and she shares her home with three other women in advanced stages of the disease, one (Gayle) wheelchair bound.
1996 The Evening Star– She’s back-and as delightfully feisty as ever! The generations grow, but life still spins around Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) like a cyclone: her rebellious granddaughter wants to run off with Mr. Wrong; a snooty rival has come up with new ways to meddle in Aurora’s life; her longtime spinster housekeeper is ready to ditch domestic work for the domestic bliss of matrimony; her great-grandson is like a poison pill; and her shrink is more than eager to cross the line separating client relationships and romantic entanglement. Welcome back Aurora. We’ve missed you.
2011 The Tree of Life– The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
1989 Night Game– A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins.
2017 Mustang Island-After his girlfriend dumps him at a New Year’s Eve party, Bill and his friends drive to an off-season beach town to win her back.
Not only has Galveston been the backdrop of these films but is the birthplace or childhood home to several famous people.
King Wallis Vidor a survivor of the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston Texas was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter whose career spanned nearly seven decades. He was honored by Galvestonians in 2009 with a tree sculpture at his childhood home 1702 Winnie St, depicting the Tinman and Toto to honor his works as director of The Wizard of Oz!
Tina Knowles was born Celestine Ann Beyincé in Galveston, Texas, in 1954,the youngest of seven children. She married Mathew Knowles on January 5, 1980 in Galveston, Texas. Knowles opened the salon Headliners, located in Houston Texas in 1990. This salon went on to become one of the most famous hair businesses in Houston. As costume designer for Destiny’s Child, Tina quickly rose to prominence, creating outfits for the member of Destiny’s child that each member wore on-stage and to events in the early days of her daughter’s career, when money was limited.
Bill Engvall was born in Galveston, Texas. Engvall attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, intending to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a teacher. Engvall left college without graduating and worked a series of jobs, including tour guide at Inner Space Caverns, and disc jockey in a Dallas, Texas nightclub. It was while working as club DJ he first ventured into stand up comedy at amateur and open mic nights around Dallas.