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Moviemakers stage scenes in Cohasset

Crew and actors for the Disney movie “The Finest Hours” took over the Cohasset Historical Society’s Pratt Building last week — filming an interior scene for the movie about a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue.

The moviemakers also staged a scene on Jerusalem Road, bringing in fake snow at both sites to recreate the wintry nor’easter depicted in the film.

The movie — based on the book of the same title by authors Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman – is scheduled to be released in 2016 and stars Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster.

Filming began in Quincy in September and has moved around the area, including a shoot in Norwell last month.


Picturesque Cohasset has served as a movie set before. Cohasset Common featured prominently in the 1987 film “The Witches of Eastwick,” which featured Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Jack Nicholson.

Scenes from Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin’s 1992 film, “HouseSitter,” also took place in Cohasset. And Parker Posey’s 2011 comedy about a chicken farm — originally called “Sunny Side Up” and later renamed “The Love Guide” — showcased Cohasset spots.

Lynne DeGiacomo, the historical society’s executive director, said “The Finest Hours” crew spent half a day turning the historic Pratt Building into a telephone company and filming actress Holliday Grainger, and about twice as long cleaning up. “They were wonderful,” she said.

Society board member Jim Campbell will talk about the story behind “The Finest Hours” book and movie on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a free lecture at the Pratt Building, 106 South Main St. Light refreshments will be served.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.