A movie shot in Madison in the spring and summer of 2019 made its theatrical release on Friday, Aug. 13.
“Charming the Hearts of Men” opened nationally in theaters and is available for paid streaming in the United States. The movie, written by Susan DeRose, is set in 1964 during a “politically charged era” and centers around legislation created to empower women.
It stars Kelsey Grammer, who is best known for his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on NBC’s hit show “Cheers” and subsequent spin-off sitcom “Frasier.” It also stars Sean Astin and Anna Friel as Grace Gordon, a “sophisticated women (who) returns to her Southern home town and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination in plentiful.”
Grammer plays the role of Southern Congressman Worth, “who meets Grace Gordon, a woman who has returned home due to the sudden death of her father to find herself in a society with little hope and virtually no power without a male provider and the pair embarks on a mission to change society for the better.”
“Charming the Hearts of Men” filmed for approximately five weeks in the Madison and Morgan County area. The Bennett House, built in 1835, served as the exterior for the plantation setting in the movie. The interior shots took place at the historic Carter-Newton House, built in 1849, on Academy Street. Throughout August 2019, most of the filming took place at those locations. Near the end of filming, scenes were shot on the sidewalk outside of the old Ye Olde Colonial restaurant where Barking Dog Shoes currently resides on the corner of East Washington and Main Street.
Filming also occurred on West Jefferson where several business were transformed into a pawn shop and a diner for the movie and on Morgan County’s 100-Acre Farm. Filming also occurred across from the old Morgan Memorial Hospital and a “juke joint” was constructed on a pasture east of the Nathan Bennett House on Dixie Avenue.
After its release, the movie has scored a 99 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.