5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Sweet Home Alabama'

Just how big of a Melanie Carmichael fan are you?

It's no secret that Southerners love Sweet Home Alabamalines from the film remind us of quips heard around our dinner tables, and the scenery looks like home. It's the kind of movie where you know every line by heart, and the plot still never gets old. The film celebrated its 20th birthday in 2022, debuting September 27, 2002. In honor of this beloved time capsule of life down South, we've rounded up a few behind-the-scenes tidbits from the making of Sweet Home Alabama. Alabamians are quick to tell you it was filmed in Georgia (as are Peach State residents), but do you know all there is to know about this Southern favorite? Here are five facts about this film that will make you love it even more (if that's even possible). 

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Five Facts About 'Sweet Home Alabama'

  1. It is illegal to land a plane on Lake Peachtree. According to IMDb, the movie's cast found out after receiving a $300 ticket for landing Jake's plane on it.  
  2. The jaw-dropping hand-blown glass known in the film as "Deep South Glass" is work from the company Simon Pearce, based in Vermont. The company says each piece of "lightning glass" required a team of five glassblowers.
  3. Get your tissues ready because the coon dog cemetery depicted in the film is a real place. The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery in Tuscumbia, Alabama, has become the resting place for beloved coon dogs since 1937.
  4. According to IMDb, the producer, Stokely Chaffin, was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and insisted her screenwriter, C. Jay Cox, visit Alabama before writing the screenplay. Probably a good call—the South is one of those places you must see for yourself.
  5. Sweet Home Alabama was the first production to film in Tiffany's since Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). It's a special place—for a special movie.
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