Horseshoe Lake B&B used as movie set

HUGHES – If you go see “The Client” this spring, you may see a familiar sight—the Snowden House in Hughes will be featured in some of the movie’s pivotal scenes.

Although the film, based on the novel by John Grisham, centers around New Orleans, some scenes were shot at the Horseshoe Lake bed and breakfast/restaurant last month, according to Polly Brown.

She said the experience was “very, very pleasant” for her and other family members who run the facility.

Snowden House will look a little different in the movies, as set designers added and removed plants including “a great deal” of Spanish moss which was used to drape the trees around the grounds so it would look lie Louisiana.

Except for one scene inside the house, all the filming for the movie was done outside.

Some permanent changes to the property were made, including a boathouse and new pier. Brown explained that prior to the filming, Snowden House only had a small dock.

Brown said neither she nor any family members got to be in the movie because all the scenes centered around the two stars, Susan Sarandon and 11-year-old Brad Renfro, and “a few mafia characters.”

She said they didn’t meet any of the stars, except for Renfro, who made friends with her grandson, Warner Brown, age 10.
However, the director, Joel Schumacher, and the British cinematographer, Tony Pierce Roberts, stayed at Snowden House for about a week with their assistant.

Brown said they were “delightful” and “very interesting.”

Mosquitos were a problem because they were attracted by the huge lights used during the nighttime filming. “They had lots of very powerful lights and they drew every bug and mosquito in eastern Arkansas,” Brown said.

The cast and crew covered themselves with Off and Avon’s Skin-So-Soft and continued filming, however.

Brown watched some of the filming, but not all, in part due to the odd times at which the movie was shot. Filming began about 5:30 p.m. with a break for lunch at midnight, and then continued until about 5 a.m.

Although there may be some mention of Snowden House in the movie’s credits, Brown is not counting on any recognition.
She does hope the added local publicity given the property due to its “feature role” will attract customers.

Brown and her family lease Snowden House from the Snowden family in Memphis and have been managing it as a bed and breakfast/restaurant for three years.