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Shenandoah National Park is a stunning area just over an hour from Washington D.C. and just outside of Richmond. The thousands of acres run through part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park runs in a line stretching through several towns along the way. It is not a wonder that this naturally beautiful area has made an appearance in a few films throughout the years. Perhaps the most well-known movie that used Shenandoah National Park as a filming location is the comedy 'Evan Almighty. With a cast that includes lovable celebrities such as Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman, there are many scenes throughout the movie that feature areas of the park. The movie was a huge success, and as of 2007, it was the most expensive film that had ever been filmed in the state of Virginia.
The park was chosen to be featured in the film due to the fact that it is untouched nature that is far enough away from tourists. It was thought that the area looked ancient and biblical enough to work well with the theme of the movie. The movie also features other areas of Richmond, such as the Hotel John Marshall.
Shenandoah National Park was also used in both documentaries and short films. In 2015, a short film called 'Gone Into the Clearing' was filmed in the area about a young man who is attempting to escape from society. Notable documentaries that have been made about the park include 'Family Camping Through the Forty-eight States' as well as 'Touring America’s National Parks'.
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