by Jim Logan
Motion pictures from the silent era to the 21st Century have shot on location in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. See if you can spot landmarks from your favorite flick. Before you ask, Tim Burton’s 1999 film Sleepy Hollow was shot in England. Sorry . . . no Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, and no covered bridge.
The Headless Horseman (1922), a silent version directed by Edward Venturini and starring Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane. Portions are said to have been filmed in what is now Sleepy Hollow. The Old Dutch Church is clearly recognizable.
BUtterfield 8, in which Elizabeth Taylor drives across the original Tappan Zee Bridge. Sorry, Liz, the new bridge which opened in 2017 looks nothing like the old.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962), Jason Evers and Virginia Leith. Filmed in 1959 but not released until 1962. Exterior scenes filmed at Edgemont, a 22-room mansion on Benedict and Prospect Avenues once owned by the Detmer family (destroyed by fire in 1971).
House of Dark Shadows (1970), directed by Dan Curtis and starring Jonathan Frid and Grayson Hall. In 1970 the creator of the Dark Shadows television series, brought his Gothic soap to the big screen. The feature length film House of Dark Shadows was shot largely at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, with additional footage in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where cemetery’s receiving vault made its Hollywood debut as the haunt of the vampire Barnabas Collins. The Headless Horseman isn’t the only specter to haunt the hollow!
Night of Dark Shadows (1971), directed by Dan Curtis, starring David Selby and Grayson Hall. Scenes filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.
Child’s Play (1972), James Mason, Beau Bridges. Scenes filmed at Marymount College in Tarrytown, now a campus of EF Education First.
Reversal of Fortune (1990), starring Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, and Ron Silver. Scenes filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996), starring Whitney Houston and Denzell Washington. Portions filmed on Tarrytown’s Main Street and adjacent side streets.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Portions purportedly filmed in Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Sleepy Hollow. (Editor’s note: for the life of us, we can’t figure out which scene.)
Gloria (1999), this remake of the 1980 film of the same name stars Sharon Stone, Jeremy Northam, and George C. Scott. Filmed partly at Lyndhurst.
Cradle Will Rock (1999), written, produced and directed by Tim Robbins, starring Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan and John Cusak, and Cary Elwes. Filmed partly at Lyndhurst.
The Family Man (2000), directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. Big Ed’s Tires was set in the former Tappan Motors AMC dealership (since remodeled) on the site of the demolished St. Paul’s Methodist Church. 1 New Broadway, intersection of Route 9.
Secret Lives of Dentists (2002). Portions shot inside Tarrytown Music Hall.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003), directed by Mike Newell and starring Julia Roberts. Portions filmed on Tarrytown’s Main Street.
Lord of War (2005), starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Moynahan. Portions filmed in Tarrytown.
Game 6 (2005), portions filmed inside the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The Good Shepherd (2006), directed by Robert DeNiro, starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. You may recognize the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The Rebound (2009), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Portions filmed on streets of Tarrytown, Pocantico Hills (Sleepy Hollow), and inside the Pocantico Hills School.
Henry’s Crime (2010), starring Keanu Reeves, James Caan, and Vera Farmiga. Portions shot around Tarrytown and inside the Tarrytown Music Hall.
Winter’s Tale (2014), starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Eva Marie Saint. Lots of love scenes on the roof of Lyndhurst’s tower!
A Good Marriage (2014), starring Joan Allen, Kristen Connolly, Stephen Lang and Anthony LaPaglia. Based on the novella by Stephen King. Portions shot at a private residence at 429 Bellwood Avenue, Sleepy Hollow and at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.