Western Mass has played host to quite a few film productions over the years. The first time I saw a movie filmed was Malice in 1992. I was in junior high when they filmed at the Lord Jeffrey Amherst Inn. If I remember correctly the scene consisted of Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman consisted of very exciting entrances and exits. However, it was the first time in almost 20 years that Hollywood had visited Hampshire County, so we were excited.
It was not however the first time the Lord Jeff had been featured on screen. In 1969 a TV movie called Silent Night, Lonely Night used it as the primary location. They also filmed throughout downtown Amherst. My parents had just moved to New Salem when filming began and remembered seeing them film outside a restaurant near the General Store on 202.
Soon after that was the filming of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Anyone living in Northampton around that time probably has a story about seeing Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor around town. Nobody really talks about Mike Nichols’ other locally filmed movie Carnal Knowledge. Perhaps because it was so controversial at the time or maybe the glamour had just worn off a bit.
Since then Annette Benning had dreams about the Quabbin, Tobey McQuire hung out at a state hospital, Mel Gibson walked up and down the courthouse steps in Northampton, Kate Winslet bought groceries in Shelburne Falls, and Sam Elliott killed the bigfoot on Sachem’s Head.
Not all movies have been particularly notable or successful. Some in this list I’m not even sure really were filmed here. I compiled it from several sources with varying degrees of knowledge of the area. They are listed in chronological order except for ones for which I couldn’t find a trailer and those I have no specific info about. You can also filter them by town and filming location.
I’ll be adding descriptions of more of the films over time as I get around to watching them or find out more about them. Perhaps at some point I’ll add some current photos of the locations. For now you can check out some behind the scenes and scouting photos I took while working as the Location Manager on “The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot” in 2017.
I’ve included the most recent availability on streaming services and cable but those constantly change so don’t quote me on it. Also, if you feel like buying the film on the iTunes a small amount will go to support this site with no extra cost to you.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any anecdotes or photos of the filming of the other movies.