New York Film Locations


Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Dr. William 'Bill' Harford (Tom Cruise) becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and chastising him for dishonesty in not admitting to his own fantasies. This sets him off into unfulfilled encounters with a dead patient's daughter and a hooker. But when he visits a nightclub, where a pianist friend Nick Nightingale is playing, he learns about a secret sexual group and decides to attend one of their congregations. However, he quickly learns he is in well over his head and finds he and his family are threatened.

otsoNY Comments: Although this film is set in New York City, there are only a few fleeting glimpses of the actual city, courtesy of the Second Unit. The Long Island mansions were found in the Home Counties, the Greenwich Village streets were constructed at Pinewood Studio. The exterior of the mansion of Victor Ziegler is the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland on East 37th Street at Madison Avenue in the real New York, although the actual party interior where Dr Bill Harford played by Tom Cruise attends to a guest after she overdoses was filmed at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire, England.

otsoNY Comments: Many of the Greenwich Village street scenes were shot on sets at Pinewood and London streets were dressed to look like those from New York. After leaving the apartment of hooker Domino, Tom Cruise's character is stalked by a sinister man as he walks along Hatton Gardens, where New York-style payphones were installed btw numbers 32 and 38. The stalker is on Worship Street, EC2, just off City Road near Old Street in the City. Berner Street and Eastcastle Street were also stand-ins for Greenwich Village. The interior of Club Sonata, the New York jazz club is Madame JoJo's, Brewer Street, in SoHo, and the Royal Suite of the Lanesborough Hotel, 1 Lanesborough Place, SW1 was the site of the edge pool-game meeting btw Bill and Ziegler, and the final Christmas shopping reconciliation scene was filmed on the ground floor of the famous toyshop Hamley's in London's Regent Street.


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