SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Historical Society, in partnership with the St. Johns County Public Library System, the Castillo de San Marcos of the National Park Service, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre has planned two events to commemorate the cinematic adventure, Illegally Yours, filmed here in 1987.
A special free screening of Illegally Yours begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public.
The sponsors invite residents and visitors to come to the screening and see St. Augustine as it was in 1987. It has been just over 30 years since the production company of Dino DeLaurentiis invaded St. Augustine in January 1987, led by the likes of Peter Bogdanovich and Rob Lowe.
Four months were spent filming Illegally Yours, the story of Richard Dice, a guy down on his luck who ends up doing jury duty during the murder trial of his childhood crush, played by movie veteran Colleen Camp. Richard, as the storyline goes, will be inspired to prove his love innocent, and being a Peter Bogdanovich film, it will be a madcap experience that finds the cast members running all over scenic downtown St. Augustine in search of incriminating evidence and solid alibis.
Illegally Yours made its presence felt on a daily basis during one of St. Augustine’s coldest winters. The film was set at Christmas time, so the City of St. Augustine left Christmas decorations up through April which left many a tourist wondering what time of year it was. Another highlight was the modification of the Castillo de San Marcos as a millionaire’s residence, and the garden party atmosphere of filming with hundreds of local extras that took place at the Castillo. The crew spent over three weeks at the Castillo filming scenes that take up just over 15 minutes of screen time.
Viewers will see how, through movie magic, downtown city streets can be rearranged, three buildings can be used to create the County Courthouse, and a person really can be in two places at once. As an added bonus, the film provides rare visual evidence that once upon a time, there really were sand dunes on Porpoise Point. Porpoise Point is now a neighborhood community visible from the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge that links St. Augustine to Vilano Beach on State Road A1A north of the city.
Locals and visitors tend to assign the word “history” to something that is too far away to relate to, or even remember, in St. Augustine which was founded in 1565. The St. Augustine Historical Society has a message for all of us: We make history every day, and sometimes we get the Hollywood Treatment!
To learn more about these events, and/or to share your own story and photos about the filming of Illegally Yours, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or, look out for updates on twitter: @IllegallyUrsSTA