The movie, which opened at No. 1 at the box office this past weekend and is based on the bestselling book, is about a troubled woman, Rachel, (Emily Blunt) who becomes concerned when a woman she spies on from the Hudson Line train goes missing.
While the book is set in England, screenwriter Erin Wilson decided to set the film in Westchester because she was inspired by the movies "Unfaithful" and "Falling In Love," both set in Westchester and because of her experiences riding the Hudson Line.
“The train itself is totally unsexy,” Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. “But the river is, and the backyards, and the suburbs – Croton-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry, all these places you look at when you’re coming out of the grayness of the city and you think, ‘Oh my God, I could live there.’ There’s a lot of dreams there.”
Most of the film takes place in Ardsley-on-Hudson, a hamlet of Irvington, which one character derisively calls "a baby-making factory." While set in Ardsley-on-Hudson, much of the movie takes place in the Gedney Farms neighborhood of White Plains, on Macy Avenue.
Station Road Tunnel in Irvington's Spiro Park Neighborhood was where several key scenes were shot. The Irvington Library and Irvington Town Hall were also used for the movie to represent the Irvington Police Station.
Those who want to take Pilates like the characters do should head to Pilates and More in Dobbs Ferry. Characters visit a therapist, whose office is in the Usonia Homes area of Pleasantville.
Rachel is an alcoholic and she hits up two Westchester watering holes: Harper's Bar at 92 Main St. in Dobbs Ferry and the since closed River Roadhouse in Hastings.
The movie is not perfect when it comes to depicting Westchester. Characters get their news from NY1, which is not available in Northern Westchester and the Westchester County Sheriff's Office, which doesn't exist, investigates the disappearance.
Rachel mentions how when she rides the train for her morning commute, she makes sure to get the same seat in the same car everyday- which anyone who has taken the Hudson Line at peak hours is pretty far-fetched.
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