Hollywood does Flatbush: Tom Hanks, Spielberg in the neighborhood

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HANKS A LOT: Tom Hanks ponders life’s great mysteries.
THE COORDINATES: Part of the Cold War spy thriller apparently takes place at a period-appropriate Ditmas Avenue and E. 17th Street.
HANKS AGAIN: Tom Hanks is not only ready for his close-up — he’s getting it.
JURASSIC DARK: Steven Spielberg is incognito in a dapper hat and purple shades.
PEANUT GALLERY: Neighbors crowd in to get a glimpse — and a photo — of the bold-face names on the block.

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg paid a visit to Flatbush on Tuesday to shoot scenes for the movie “Saint James Place,” a thriller about the Cold War.

The film follows Hanks’s character, a lawyer, as he negotiates the release of an American pilot who has been shot down while flying a spy plane over the Soviet Union.

The shoot included an old-timey Chrysler with a veritable film studio mounted onto it and Hanks riding passenger. The scenes took place in the Ditmas Park Historic District and, not wanting to allow in a whiff of the modern era, the crew affixed antique-looking-but-geographically-accurate street signs to a lamppost at E. 17th Street and Ditmas Avenue.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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