It's Back: Jaws Celebrates Return to Island After 25 Years

In 1974, Universal Studios sent a new young director to the Island to make a movie about a big shark terrorizing a little town. The plan was to spend five weeks and 3.5 million dollars. The reality was a film shoot that stretched to over five months and a cost overrun to more than 8 million dollars.

The director was Steven Spielberg, the movie was Jaws, and the bottom line was history. Three Academy Awards. The first movie to earn $100 million from American audiences. The first to be released on more than 450 screens at once.

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Who but the Jaws Company Would Build an Orca Designed Not to Float but to Head for the Bottom?

Boats since the beginning of time have been built to float, or at least that’s the object, but Universal Studios (which of late does the unusual) has built a boat to sink. It sounds a bit odd, and frankly it looks a bit odd.

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Keeping It Simple on the Water, Hauling Traps and Filling Pots
It's hard to miss Wayne Iacono as he sails out of Menemsha harbor.
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Edgartown Cinemas Reopens for Holiday Weekend
The Main street miniplex reopens Friday with Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II, and Jaws on Sunday night.
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Jaws' Quint Action Figure Announced
Accessories include two tiny Narragansett Beer cans (one crushed) and an arsenal of weapons and headgear.
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Art Meets Reality at Jaws Retrospective
Louisa Hufstader
An art show at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown this week pays a unique 45th-anniversary tribute to the lasting impact of Jaws.
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Jaws Exhibit Whets the Art Appetite
Louisa Hufstader
From July 4 through July 10, a new group show at the art gallery pays tribute to Jaws production designer Joe Alves.
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A Brave Audience Watches Jaws on the Water
Landry Harlan
They came by foot, by dinghy, by kayak and paddleboard for a free outdoor screening of Jaws in Owen Park.
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Jaws in Retrospect
In the words of the movies, Jaws has “wrapped,” struck its sets and stolen away in mammoth trucks. Filming of Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Jaws, was started by Universal Studios on the Island May 2, and for the rest of the summer caravans of trucks moved about the Island like nomads, shooting here or there - mostly there - and out at sea where no one could really get a good look at what was happening.
 
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Forty Years Later, Jaws Is Sharp as Ever
Alex Elvin
Forty years after its release, Jaws remains a treasured part of Island history. A look back on the summer Hollywood filmmakers descended on the Island and struggled against all odds to make a realistic-looking movie about a giant shark with a taste for human flesh.
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