Mobile, Alabama in popular culture
Mobile, Alabama features prominently in baseball lore, with more players in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame than any city except New York and Los Angeles. The list includes Hank Aaron, Ozzie Smith, and Satchel Paige. Singer Jimmy Buffett is another famous Mobilian, as is Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, Inc.
Mobile is occasionally featured in movies and in literature, such as HBO's The Pacific miniseries, the film Driving Miss Daisy and the novel Forrest Gump. Mobile is also the setting for one of the most famous lines of the American Civil War. During the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, Admiral David Farragut is said to have uttered: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Many scenes in director Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind were filmed in Mobile—in the Bankhead Tunnel, in a large hangar at the Brookley Aeroplex (alien mothership arrival) and some exterior shots near the hangar, and in a West Mobile suburb (exteriors at the Neary residence). Nearby Bay Minette stood in for Moorcroft, Wyoming in the rail-station evacuation scene.
Much of the feature films Love Liza (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Hometown Legend (starring Terry O'Quinn), and the TV movie Sacrifice (starring Michael Madsen and Diane Farr) were shot in Mobile.
In the movie Maverick Mrs Annabelle Bransford (played by Jodie Foster) claims that she is from Mobile and has tried very hard to forget the place.
In Con Air Nicolas Cage's character briefly returned to his wife in Mobile in the beginning of the movie.
In a 2010 episode (The Double Blind) of TNT's Leverage the Mobile city council building is featured in an aerial shot. The building is supposed to represent the offices of a medical research company. In the scene the downtown Holiday Inn and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are among the building featured.
The movie Tough Luck was partially filmed in Mobile. The movie starred Armand Assante, Norman Reedus, and Dagmara Dominczyk. The carnival scenes and the restaurant scene were filmed in Mobile. The restaurant scene was filmed in the restaurant The Pillars. The movie was originally to be named Grift but ended up being named Tough Luck and was released straight to video in 2003.
- Mobile native Eugene Walter celebrated Mobile in his fiction and non-fiction. His Love You Good, See You Later (1964) is set in the bayou country near Mobile.
- Henry Miller's essay, "My Dream of Mobile," is in his book, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (New Directions, 1945).
- Early portions of the novel Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford are set in Mobile.
- In Winston Groom's novel Forrest Gump, Forrest's home town is Mobile, as opposed to Greenbow, Alabama in the film.
- Jack Kerley's Carson Ryder crime novels are set in Mobile.
- Gabriel García Márquez's "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" begins at Mobile, where the main character's ship, the Colombian Navy A.R.C Caldas, was undergoing repairs.
- Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye contains a lengthy description of how being raised in Mobile, among other southern cities, informs one's attitudes. "Mobile girls" are ascribed a passage and several characteristics such as being "narrow, tall, and still."
Mobile is mentioned in the following songs:
- "Alabama Gulf Coast" by Sunset Avenue
- "Alabama Sundown" recorded by Dolly Parton, written by Dave Kirby, Danny Morrison
- "Bloody 98" by Blue Mountain
- "Brand New Deal in Mobile" by Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers
- "Crazy Cajun Cake Walk Band" covered by Robert Palmer, written by Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas
- "Guitar Man" by singer/songwriter Jerry Reed covered by Elvis Presley
- "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher
- "Hard Luck Story" by Whiskeytown
- "Jump on It" (remix) by Sir Mix-a-Lot
- "The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West
- "Let It Rock" by Chuck Berry
- "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)" performed by Mel McDaniel, written by Chuck Berry
- "Let's Get This Paper" by Rich Boy
- "Midnight in Montgomery" by Alan Jackson
- "Minyan Man" by Shlock Rock
- "Mobile" by Marcia Ball
- "Mobile" written by R. Wells/D. Holt, performed by Julius La Rosa among others
- "Mobile Bay" by Johnny Cash
- "Mobile Boogie" by The Delmore Brothers covered by Hank Williams, Jr.
- "The New World" by X
- "On Mobile Bay" - by Neil Moret, Charles N. Daniels and Earl C. Jones
- "Out of Alabama" by Cole Deggs & The Lonesome
- "Saxophones" by Jimmy Buffett
- "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" by Bob Dylan
- "The Mobile Line", as performed by Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band
- "The Shake" by Neal McCoy
- "A Southern Thing" by Better Than Ezra
- "Anywhere But Here" by Brice Long, covered by Chris Cagle
- "Stars Fell on Alabama" by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish, recorded by the Guy Lombardo orchestra, Jimmy Buffett, and others.
- "Stars on the Water" written by Rodney Crowell, later performed by Jimmy Buffett
- "Twenty-Nine Miles From Mobile" by Charlie Daniels
- "The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West
Five baseball players from Mobile have entered baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York: Hank Aaron, Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige, and Ozzie Smith. In tribute to the city's baseball history, the stadium for the minor league Mobile BayBears is named for Hank Aaron. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy is also from Mobile and Jon Lieber of the Philadelphia Phillies lives in a suburb of Mobile and attended the University of South Alabama with Luis Gonzales.
Notable football players from Mobile are the first pick in the 2007 NFL draft, JaMarcus Russell, four time Pro Bowl tackle Willie Anderson, three time Pro Bowl tackle Chris Samuels, NFL Quarterback Scott Hunter, Cincinnati Bengal's quarterback AJ McCarron, Los Angeles Rams' linebacker Mark Barron, former Atlanta Falcon dimeback Chevis Jackson, and former Dallas Cowboys running back Sherman Williams. Ken "The Snake" Stabler, is from nearby Foley, Al,. Legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley is also from Mobile.
- Levin, Kevin M., "Mobile Bay", Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Heidler, David S., and Heidler, Jeanne T., eds., W. W. Norton & Company, 2000, ISBN 0-393-04758-X.
- Thurm, Wendy (22 July 2012). "Mobile, Alabama: Birthplace of Hall of Famers". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Levin, p. 1344.
- Heffernan, Virginia (2006-04-05). "Comic shorts, home on the Web; The young stars of a new medium". International Herald Tribune.
Finally, a funny video that deserves more views on YouTube is Leprechaun in Mobile, a local Alabama news segment that seems too hilarious to be real.
- "Red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren". United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.