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Movies Filmed in Redding and Georgetown, Connecticut  

Movies in Redding

Valley of the Dolls (1967); The Last House on the Left (1971); The Stepford Wives (1975)

Most Recent: A Disney Movie at Putnam Park!
Putnam Park was recently used as a location for a scene in Old Dogs, a Disney film starring John Travolta and Robin Williams.

Mr. Travolta fielded questions from the press about shooting scenes around the state. “The shoot is going wonderfully. The town’s people have been treating us well,” he said. “Each state allows certain opportunities to do movies. This year Connecticut is winning as the most ideal state to film in.”

Two weeks ago, the Disney crew was at the Redding Community Center filming another scene for the movie. Next week (Aug. 20th), the crew is expected to film scenes at the Redding Country Club.

When asked about filming in Redding specifically, Mr. Travolta said Putnam Park is the “perfect location” for the scene which is “pivotal in the movie.”

“There is no better spot for this particular scene,” he said.

Movies in Georgetown

Rachel, Rachel (1968); Other People's Money (1991); Reckless (1995).

1967 Flashback: 'Jest of God' (Rachel, Rachel) is on Location in Georgeotwn's Business Area, August 23, 1967, Wilton Bulletin:

The film makers have been all over Georgetown, putting kids in trees, tacking signs on the funeral home (Bouton's), and cleaning up the Bonner Playhouse cellar. Until this week they worked mostly at night, when traffic was slight and younger children should have been in bed. Kayos Productions has spent two weeks at Bouton's and will get to the Playhouse next week, after which it will depart.

But this Monday morning they came out into braod daylight, setting up in the middle of the business district. They blocked Main St. off with big orange trucks and set up dolly tracks for the camera along the south sidewalk, past Tony's Cafe, an unrented store front, and Sam n' Skip's.

"Bus Depot" signs went up on the eaves and on a utility pole; later a John Wayne movie poster was tacked on the Ark Lodge across the street; suddenly Main Street was "on location".

The crowds that swelled and diminished throughtout Monday & Tuesday were now and then herded gently away.

Several short scenes are being made at the spot, all in sequence in which the lead, Joanne Woodward, gets hit by a Jeep and is taken off in an ambulance. A cluster of about 15 spectators, apparently incapable of boredom, patiently followed the stretcher as it was carried back and forth to the ambulance about 10 to 15 times for one shot in front of Sam n' Skip's Variety, a new news and lunch counter recently opened on Main St.

Rachel, Rachel is a 1968 film which tells the story of a repressed school teacher, living with her mother, who suddenly gets a man in her life.

It stars Joanne Woodward, James Olson, Kate Harrington, Estelle Parsons, Donald Moffat, Terry Kiser, Bernard Barrow and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

The movie was adapted by Stewart Stern from the novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence. It was directed by Paul Newman (Woodward's husband).

About A Jest of God: In this celebrated novel, Margaret Laurence writes with grace, power, and deep compassion about Rachel Cameron, a woman struggling to come to terms with love, with death, with herself and her world. Trapped in a milieu of deceit and pettiness – her own and that of others – Rachel longs for love, and contact with another human being who shares her rebellious spirit. Through her summer affair with Nick Kazlik, a schoolmate from earlier years, she learns at last to reach out to another person and to make herself vulnerable. A Jest of God won the Governor General’s Award for 1966 and was released as the successful film, Rachel, Rachel. The novel stands as a poignant and singularly enduring work by one of the world’s most distinguished authors.

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