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Not Gene Hackman

Not Gene Hackman

May 18, 1980: Mrs. Art Rader, whose home was used as a movie location, relaxes in the star’s chair.

Her two-story, five bedroom San Gabriel Valley home was used in the movie “All Night Long.”

Diane Kanner writes in the July 3, 1980, Los Angeles Times:

When the Art Rader family moved from San Diego six years ago into a traditional white colonial home on a quiet tree-lined street, about the last thing they imagined was that the 54-year-old house would wind up with a feature role in a movie.

But come 1981, when “All Night Long” is released, some 14-17 minutes of the Universal film will be set in their once-uncelebrated dwelling in the San Gabriel Valley. …

It was early this spring when a Universal location scout proposed the home as one of 25 to director Jean-Claude Tramont, readying for his first American movie.

“I chose it for two reasons,” said Tramont from the Rader’s den, converted in the film’s breakfast room for stars Gene Hackman, Diane Ladd and Dennis Quaid. “Although the film is being shot in the Los Angeles area, I wanted to give it a middle-America feeling , avoiding the palm trees. The street could be a street anywhere in America.”

In the romantic comedy, Hackman portrays a middle-management executive struggling through a marriage with Ladd and sharing extramarital partner Barbra Steisand with teenage son Quaid. …

Location shooting often is less costly than building sets on a sound stage, and in this age of television, sets that are fine for the small screen don’t have the detail needed on a 40-foot-wide screen.

The film’s interiors include footage in the living and dining rooms, kitchen, den, master bedroom and daughter Meagan’s bedroom. Outdoors, the front lawn became a location. The family gardener was told not to cut it for two weeks so that Quaid could for the cameras. …

Once shooting began, the family continued to live at home. With Rader at work downtown, Mrs. Rader kept an eye on the children, who adapted like pros. They ceased all activity whenever they heard two bells and saw a red light go on, the signal that the cameras were rolling. …

Gene Hackman and Barbra Streisand in a scene from the 1981 movie “All Night Long.” Credit: CBS.

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