Zoom in on Bedford
Aftermath of filming movies in town
Over the past few decades, Bedford has been a coveted film location thanks to its picturesque landscapes and small-town vibe. Blockbusters such as Marathon Man and Valley of the Dolls boast scenery that you may recognize, and if you’re watching old classics like Analyze This or Fatal Attraction, you may do a double take when you catch glimpses of our hometown.
However, John Farr, president of the Friends of Bedford Playhouse, notes: “Bedford got concerned about the number of movies being shot up here and its impact on the residents. In 2003, the town passed an amendment making it more challenging to film in Bedford.”
The upside, Farr noted, is that by limiting Bedford’s cameos, we are preserving the beauty and serenity that drew many of us here in the first place.
After working on films in Bedford, actors Michael Douglas and Glenn Close both decided to make the move to our neck of the woods with Close filming The Great Gilly Hopkins in Bedford last summer. Susan Sarandon made her home in Pound Ridge years before she enjoyed a short commute to our own Sunnyfield Farm where she filmed scenes from Stepmom with Julia Roberts in 1998.
Farr explains that “whether actors and other film people discover Bedford on a shoot or some other way, what draws them here is the privacy.”
The seclusion and woodland charm offered by the winding back roads you see in 1981’s Rich and Famous are ideal for both a film location and a hometown.