The dilemma of the producers Frank Marshall
and Kathleen Kennedy
was finding someone who would consent to having their beautiful home partially destroyed. They located the Ridder mansion on the north shore of Long Island. The house belonged to the family for which the Knight-Ridder news syndicate had been named. As the house was on the market at the time, they consented to have several key sequences shot there. During the course of filming, the house was virtually destroyed and re-built from scratch. During the filming, Mrs. Ridder was reportedly stunned at the sight of the old family home in a semi-demolished state, but was convinced by director Richard Benjamin to appear in one of the movie's final sequences once the place was restored to original condition.