The following films
are reported to contain scenes on Staten Island.
in the Grass
Starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty
The story of two Kansas high
school sweethearts growing up in the late 1920s through the stock market crash of 1929. Bud and Deanie
are very much in love, but the pressures of sex in society creates a rift in their relationship. Bud's
father encourages him to leave Deanie to find "another kind of girl" which drives Deanie into madness.
She is committed into an institution while Bud reluctantly obeys his father and enrolls in Yale. The
crash of '29 hits and changes the lives of both their families. Together they learn the harsh lesson of
love and life in the '20s and sadly go their separate ways.
The role of Kansas in the 1920s was
played by Staten Island
Scenes of Kansas and the Loomises' home were shot in the Travis section of Staten Island
4144 Victory Boulevard, Travis, Staten Island
There is a
firehouse on Victory Blvd, nicknamed "Splendor in the Grass"
The shooting locations listed below
have not been verified. Movie credits do not normally list all filming locations, so to compile this list it was
necessary to depend on secondary sources. These sources include: The Archives of the Staten Island Institute of
Arts And Sciences, the Staten Island Advance, the Internet Movie Database, and individual submissions.
Analyze This (1999) Starred Robert Deniro and
Angel Heart (1987) Starred Robert Deniro.
Annie Hall (1977) Starred Woody Allen and Diane
Keaton. Woody Allen shot the car crash scene from Annie Hall in front of Nunzio's ( Need to verify this )
Arizona (1913) Silent short film written and
directed by Augustus E. Thomas. Shot near Fort Wadsworth.
Astronaut's Wife, The (1999) Written and directed
by Rand Ravich and starred Johnny Depp.
Barefoot in the Park (1967) Starred Jane Fonda and
Basket Case 2 ( 1990 )
"Basket Case," the story of a horribly deformed, twisted, mutilated Siamese twin who
lives in a picnic basket and is very angry about it. In Basket Case 2 he lives in the attic of a mansion in
Staten Island. - Filmed in St. George
Birth of a Nation (1915) The ever-controversial
film, both acclaimed for its film making techniques (often making critics' lists of the top 100 films of all
time) and condemned for its racist subject matter, includes scenes in Fox Hills, now Park Hill, Staten Island.
The Biograph film company, owner of a studio in New Brighton, produced the D.W. Griffith film.
Black and White (1999) Starred Robert Downey Jr.
Bob and Tammy's Party to Blow (1996 ) Short comedy
film (14 minutes).
Book of Kings (2002) Short film (19 minutes) with
Staten Island ferry Scenes.
Book of Life, The (1998) Written and directed by
Bright Lights, Big City (1988) Starred Michael J.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Directed by Woody Allen
Cadaverous (2000) Written and directed by Michael
Circle, The (1967) A documentary about drug
rehabilitation written and directed by Mort Rankness.
Combat Shock (1986) Written and directed by Buddy
Denise Calls Up (1995) Written and directed by Hal
Desire (1999) Short film written and directed by
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Starred Madonna,
who also set part of her Papa Don't Preach music video on Victory Boulevard, Staten Island.
Devil's Own, The (1997) Harrison Ford stars as a
police officer from Staten Island.
Donnie Brasco (1997) The film crime story,
starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino featured a scene at the Great Kills marina.
Easy Money (1983) The comedy starring Rodney
Dangerfield and Joe Pesci was shot in Eltingville, Grasmere and New Dorp.
Exposed, a.k.a. Shallow End, The (2004)
Directed by Douglas Keeve and Anthony Nicholich.
Family Secret (2000) Documentary written and
directed by Pola Rapaport.
Family Web, The (1998) Directed by Robert Locke
and written by Timothy Burrows.
Forced Entry, a.k.a. The Last Victim
(1975), Horror drama directed by Jim Sotos.
Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight, The (1971) Based
on a novel by Jimmy Breslin.
Gin and the Rumble Within (2004 ) Written and
directed by George Katt.
Godfather, The (1972) The acclaimed Francis Ford
Coppola film starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. The film's wedding scene at the Corleone compound was shot
with Emerson Hill standing in for Long Island and the baptismal scene was shot at Mt. Loretto. ( The wedding
party scenes were filmed at the Cambria house on Longfellow Avenue on Emerson Hill. The wedding was filmed at
Mt. Loretto. The catering for the cast and crew was by Demyan's Hofbrau.)
Goodfellas (1990) Martin Scorcese's mobster
classic featured scenes around New Springville.
Grace Quigley (1984) Starred Katherine Hepburn and
Nick Nolte and was shot in Willowbrook.
Guru, the Mad Monk (1970) Horror film directed by
He Knows You're Alone (1980) Horror film directed
by Armand Mastroianni. Sedutto's is in it, the Fox theater. Some scenes shot on New Dorp
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) Starred
Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci.
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) Starred Beau Bridges
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Starred
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
Jacob's Ladder (1990) Tim Robbins stars as a
Vietnam veteran in Bellevue Hospital. It was shot at Sea View Hospital.
Jaded (1996) Written and directed by Caryn Krooth.
Jimmy Show, The (2001) Written and directed by
Just Looking (1999) Directed by Jason Alexander.
Joe The King (1999) Written and directed by Frank
Joe Versus The Volcano (1990) Starred Meg Ryan and
Keystone Komedies (1920s) Starred Islander Mabel
Normand, a frequent co-star with Charlie Chaplin, in a series of films shot in St. George.
Kinsey (2004 ) Liam Neeson stars as Alfred Kinsey.
Life of an American Cowboy, The (1908 )
Written by and featuring Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson.
Little Kings (2003 ) Written and directed by
Love the Hard Way (2001 Written and directed by
Love With a Proper Stranger (1963) Starred Steve
McQueen and Natalie Wood.
Mac (1992) Written and directed by John Tuturro
and filmed on New St.
Manhattan Dating Project, The (2001) Documentary
directed by Alexander Van Roon.
Maniac (1980) Horror movie directed by Joe Lustig
and Shot in New Dorp and South Beach.
Mighty Joe Young (1998) The Ron Underwood film
about a giant gorilla on the loose featured scenes at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
Neighbors (1981) Starred John Belushi and Dan
Ackroyd. Filmed in Rosebank and at Sea View Hospital.
No Way Home (1996) Written and directed by Buddy
New York Ripper, The (1982) Italian horror film "Squartatore
di New York, Lo" directed by Lucio Fulci.
Other Girl, The (1916) Comedy directed by Percy
Winter based on the play by Augustus E. Thomas.
Panic in Needle Park (1971) Starred Al Pacino.
Perils of Pauline (1914 ) Nine episodes of the
popular series were shot at Brady's Pond, Grasmere and Scott's Movie Ranch The
man-made Brady's Pond in Grasmere supposedly has an underwater ramp that was used to roll stagecoaches. One is
still there (according to local legend).(a special railway line was built as far as Rosebank)
Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) Starred John
Barrymore and was filmed in Livingston.
Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!, The
(1972) Horror film written and directed by Andy Milligan
Right of Way (1914) Short silent film directed by
Van Dyke Brooke. Clove Lakes Park is used to represent the St. Lawrence River.
Rutles, The (1978) (TV) A Beatles parody with a
Staten Island ferry scene.
Safe Men (1998) Comedy written directed by John
Salvation! (1987) Comedy written and directed by
Saturday Night Fever (1977) Starred John Travolta
and with a scene of a suicide on the Verazzano Bridge.
Scent of a Woman (1992) Starred Al Pacino and
featured scenes from Prince's Bay. The beginning scenes were filmed at an old house on Bay View St. just off
of Amboy Rd.
School of Rock, The (2003) Starred Jack Black and
featured a concert scene in the St. George Theater.
Secret of My Success (1987) Starred Michael J.
Siege, The (1998) Starred Bruce Willis and Denzel
Washington and featured a scene near the Alice Austen House in Rosebank.
Sinking Ship, The (2003) Written and directed by
James Israel, the film is set on the Staten Island Ferry.
Sisters (1973) A reporter for a Staten Island
newspaper witnesses a murder in a St. George apartment building and sets out to find the killer. The
Brian DePalma film was also shot in Grymes Hill, Port Richmond and Dongan Hills.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Starred Barbara
Stanwick and Burt Lancaster.
Splendor in the Grass (1961) Travis (using
the home on the corner of Roswell and Victory ) is used to depict
Kansas of the 1920s in the film starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beattie and directed by Elia Kazan.
Surprises of an Empty Hotel, The (1916) Short
silent film directed by Theodore Marston.
That Kind of Woman (1959) Sophia Loren and Jack
Warden danced on the Staten Island ferry.
Torture Dungeon, a.k.a. Dungeon of Death
(1970) Horror film directed by Andy Milligan.
Two Family House (2000) Written and directed by
Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook
(1996) Documentary about the abuses at the Willowbrook State School with Danny Aiello and Geraldo Rivera.
War of the Worlds
with Tom Cruise. The traffic jam scene is the west shore expressway, and the house he lived in had the
Bayoone Bridge in the background. The same bridge also gets blown up in the movie.
The Weirdo (1968 ) Horror film directed by Andy
Who's That Knocking At My Door (1969) A Martin
Scorcese film starring Harvey Keitel with a scene shot in the St. George ferry terminal.
Wolfen (1981) Horror film starred Albert Finney.
Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation (1917) When New
York is captured by invaders from "Ruthania" the locals fight back. Features scenes with Theodore Roosevelt and
Woodrow Wilson as themselves.
Working Girl (1988) Staten Island is prominently
featured in Mike Nichols' film starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Sigourney Weaver.
Shooting took place in New Brighton and aboard the ferry. (Melannie Griffith's apartment was the building on the
corner of York Avenue and Richmond Terrace)
Film Studios Located on Staten
Fred Scott's Movie Ranch on Sand Lane in South
Beach, "the birthplace of the Western", open from the 1890s to 1914.
Biograph Company opened a studio in New Brighton
in 1906 and a second one that opened briefly in Stapleton around1922.
Stapleton Studios opened at the old Navy Homeport
site for a short period ending in 2003.
Big-screen cowboys and Indians galloped across Fred Scott's movie
ranch in South Beach, which had a frontier main street, a wide selection of stagecoaches and a 56-foot stockade.
The island provided a serviceable stand-in for locations as varied as the Sahara desert and a British cricket
pitch. Soldiers were shot on the plains of Grasmere.
''The Perils of Pauline'' and its even more popular sequel ''The
Exploits of Elaine'' were filmed largely on the island. So was the 1906 blockbuster ''Life of a Cowboy,'' by the
same director, Edwin S. Porter, who made ''The Great Train Robbery.''
''Staten Island seems to be the producer's paradise for exterior
stuff,'' The Staten Islander newspaper observed in 1916. ''Hardly a week passes that we do not see some company