It's not every day that Hollywood comes knocking. For Mount Dora that day came in 1981 when the film "Honky Tonk Freeway" hit theaters and downtown was doused in Milk of Magnesia pink to assume the fictional roll of Ticlaw, a small Central Florida town.
The comedy featured popular stars of that decade including Beau Bridges, Beverly D'Angelo, Terry Garr, and William Devane. The film was a box office bomb and pulled from theaters after the first week. At the time, it was one of the biggest box office flops in history. Its only claim to fame was being nominated for a Golden Razzie for Worst Original Song.
The good news is that due to its limited exposure, Mount Dora is still due its fifteen minutes of fame while locals can tell countless stories of their experiences as extras on the set and watching the water-skiing elephant on Lake Dora. Hollywood, the door remains open.
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