Springfield serves as movie set SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

September 23, 1993|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Sykesville gets a tiny taste of Tinseltown this week with the filming of an as-yet-untitled movie at Springfield Hospital Center. The flick stars Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton and John Lithgow.

Filming is being done in the Lane Building on Springfield's grounds.

"It was picked because the facility was vacant and has been vacant for a while," said David Linck, unit publicist for Morgan Creek Productions.

"We're here because we needed a mental health facility."

Morgan Creek Productions is run by James Robinson, who is the producer of the movie and a Maryland native. Director Bruce Beresford is well-known for directing the Academy Award-winning "Driving Miss Daisy."

The film is set in a New England community and involves a couple who have been murdered -- leaving their young, autistic son as the only witness. Mr. Dreyfuss plays the therapist who treats the child, and Ms. Hamilton is his wife.

Mr. Lithgow has a smaller role as another therapist.

Although Ms. Hamilton, who starred in the CBS TV series "Beauty and the Beast" and both "Terminator" movies, is not with the cast and crew in Sykesville, Mr. Dreyfuss and Mr. Lithgow are present on the closed set.

Mr. Dreyfuss has starred in such critically acclaimed films as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Goodbye Girl." He has also been in the popular films "Jaws," "Stakeout" and "What About Bob?"

Mr. Lithgow has acted in well-known plays and films including "The World According to Garp," "Ricochet" and "Harry and the Hendersons."

The movie is scheduled for release by Warner Brothers in early 1994.

The cast and crew will be in Sykesville for a week before heading to the Eastern Shore for more filming. Mr. Linck said the scenes filmed inside the Lane Building do not call for local extras.

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