'Our Souls at Night' - filmed in Colorado Springs - coming soon to Netflix

By Jen Mulson Updated: August 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm • Published: August 9, 2017 0
photo - Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on set of the Netflix film "Our Souls at Night." Photo credit: Kerry Brown/Netflix
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on set of the Netflix film "Our Souls at Night." Photo credit: Kerry Brown/Netflix

The long wait is over.

The Netflix movie "Our Souls at Night," filmed in Old Colorado City and starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, is set for release on the digital streaming platform and in select theaters Sept. 29.

Filming captured the attention of Colorado Springs residents for two months last fall when location scouts chose several areas, including a west-side neighborhood, for the movie based on a 2015 novel by the late Colorado author Kent Haruf. Shooting also took place in Denver, Florence and Eleven Mile State Park in Lake George.

Redford and Fonda were reunited on screen for the fourth time as a widower and widow in the tiny fictional town of Holt, Colo., who begin a secret friendship that eventually turns romantic.

The film, directed by Ritesh Batra, also stars Bruce Dern and Judy Greer. It will be available online at netflix.com/oursoulsatnight. A teaser can be seen online at goo.gl/4h4NyP.

Crowds gathered in September in front of the two residences on West Pikes Peak Avenue used as the homes of the two main characters in the film. Folks waited hours to get a fleeting peek at the two Hollywood screen legends. Fonda periodically strolled across the street to chat with fans and sign autographs, while Redford remained more taciturn.

Extras on the set reported that the two old friends were "very flirtatious" with each other. During the 1967 film "Barefoot in the Park," one of their first movies together, Fonda had a huge crush on Redford and looked forward to the love scenes. Redford, however, wasn't on the same page - he's not a fan of doing love scenes.

During filming, Fonda stayed at The Broadmoor while Redford bunked elsewhere. As a young actor, he and a friend reportedly damaged a room at the famous hotel and were banned from returning.

Not everybody was pleased to hear that Fonda would film in Colorado, though. Folks still upset about the infamous 1972 photos during the Vietnam War that earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane" left caustic comments on Gazette.com and The Gazette Facebook page.

Movie extras reported that guards were on the set every day because of death threats against Fonda, and at least one angry person in Florence placed a sign in the back of a pickup that said, "Go home, Hanoi Jane," and moved the truck to different locations around town, according to Florence City Manager Mike Patterson.

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