Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction taught men everywhere to keep their eyes from wandering. Alex Forrest is the Evelyn Draper of the 80s in this update of Play Misty For Me (1971) who will not be IGNORED.  She will cause your car insurance rate to spike, she will ignite an Amber alert, and she can make a mean rabbit stew.  And while I like both endings, the bathtub brawl was the better choice.   

Fatal Attraction was filmed in Ossining, Bedford, Mount Kisco, Rye, Valhalla and New York, NY

Location: Dan & Alex Meet
Address: 324 E 57th Street, New York, NY   Mr. Chow

Location: The Gallagher Apartment Building
Address: 817 West End Avenue, New York, NY

When Dan escorts Beth and Ellen to the car for their weekend getaway, they are actually across the street at the other end of the block.  You can see the 800 address on the canopy...

I'm not sure why the light is turned upside down...

Beth and Ellen take off going north on West End Avenue, but when they cut to the car, they are actually headed south.  It's kind of difficult to make out the hill in the photo...

When Dan is almost hit by a car, you can see 820 West End Avenue in the background...

Location: Robbins & Hart Building
Address: 10 E 53rd Street, New York, NY

Location: Dan & Alex's Lunch Date
Address: 28 E 70th Street, New York, NY

Many thanks to Paul H for finding this location.

At the time of filming, this was La Goulue, a French Bistro that has served New Yorkers for over three decades.  It later moved to 746 Madison Avenue but has since closed and looking to reopen at another location soon... 

Thought the window, you can see the entryway of 33 E 70th Street...

You can get a quick glimpse of some the other buildings just above the curtain by their table...

This is also where Bernie brought his lunch date in  Weekend At Bernie's (1989)

Location: Alex Forrest's Apartment Building
Address: 17 Little 12th Street, New York, NY

Thanks to a commenter below, I was informed that the exterior of Alex's Apartment Building was on Little 12th Street and not on Hudson Street as previously believed. 

According to IMDB, the interiors of Alex's apartment is located at 675 Hudson Street, New York, NY

The elevator is believed to be at 400 East 14th Street, New York, NY

Location: The Subway Station
Address: 6th Avenue & 50th Street, New York, NY

Dan and Alex walk past Radio City Music Hall before heading underground.  The marquee can be seen of the left as they head down the steps...

A payphone is still there!

Location: The Gallagher House Exterior
Address: 135 Mianus River Road, Bedford NY

Big thanks to Paul H for finding this location.

You can see a glimpse of the red house next door on the far left...

Location: The Gallagher House Interior & Backyard
Address: 227 Guard Hill Road, Mount Kisco, NY

Once again, thanks to Paul H for tracking this down.

You can see the red shed out the kitchen window...

Location: AVIS Rental Car 
Address: 225 E 43rd Street, New York, NY

The United Nations Headquarters can be seen in the background...

Location: The Mount Kisco Police Station
Address: 104 E Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY   

Thanks to Paul H for finding this location.

Location: The Elementary School
Address: 325 W Patent Road, Mount Kisco, NY   Rippowam Cisqua School

Back in June, another commenter informed me that the school used in the film was The Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford.  When I went to check it out, it didn't seem to match up.  It turns out it was at The Rippowam Cisqua School, but the one located in Mount Kisco.

Location: Beth Searches for Ellen 
Address: near 137 Main Street, Ossining, NY

Beth combs the main drag...

Beth almost turns the pedestrians into street pizza here.  This is just before 137 Main Street.

Location: The Amusement Park
Address: 1 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 

Playland is an amusement park not far from where I grew up.  Alex takes Ellen on The Dragon Coaster.  The movie Big (1988), the music video for Mariah Carey - Fantasy (1995) and the teen soap Swans Crossing (1992) were also filmed here.

Location: Beth's Car Accident
Address: Main Street and Moger Avenue, Mt. Kisco, NY

Location: The Hospital
Address: 100 Woods Rd, Valhalla, NY   Westchester Medical Center

Locations Visited: December 2015, January 2016, November 2016, June 2017

Still Need To Locate:

Beth's Parent's House


  1. The school where Glenn Close abducts the daughter is the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York. How do I know this? My aunt worked in administration at the time the movie was filmed.

    1. Thanks so much for the info! I had a feeling I was off on the school I visited. I will try and check it out this weekend.

  2. Alex's apartment, hard to find, the address above was off by a few blocks...


    1. Wow, thanks for the correction. I thought it looked a little too different. Next time I am down that way I will check it out.

    2. I have the DVD and on it is behind the scenes footage. They said alex's apartment had three different locations. The exterior, interior and elevator were all different locations, making it hard to know the actual building of her apartment.

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  4. Wonderful. This movie i's incredibLe and I enjoyed your blog. It amazes me the way they use the outside of a house and the inside of a different house. U can't say I understand that. Might explain why in one scene there is a stained glass door and in another there isnt. That has to make filming so much more difficult. In other movis such as Hysterical BlindNess I found they used 2 different locations for the inside and outside of the bar Ollies. I just can't wrap my head around it.

    1. Thanks! I always find it interesting when they use different locations from several towns to create one town, or in this case two different houses.

  5. Thanks, I'm loving your posts. Keep them up. I'll have to check out all these locations next time I'm in the US.

  6. Do you know where Dan's office was located?.

  7. When Beth's mother answers the phone, they seem to be on the coast near the ocean. But Bedford, NY is not on the coast. And Beth's line when describing the house to Dan was "It's right down the street from my parents."

    This does not make sense.