JAWS – Τhe shark attacks in Martha’s Vineyard Island

JAWS – Τhe shark attacks in Martha’s Vineyard Island

A 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. In the film, a great white shark attacksbeachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody’s wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

The small fishing village Menemsha / Image: crispinhaskins.com
Menemsha village (Jaws 1975)

Principal photography began in May 1974. Steven Spielberg filmed the movie Jaws on Martha’s Vineyard, most notably in the fishing village of Menemsha. The Edgartown on the east coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Many of the streets, stores, and houses of the downtown area made it into the movie.

One location in particular has become famous as Jaws Bridge. The stone quay Roy Scheider ran during the Jaws attack at the bridge is still there and runs perpendicular to the bridge. The beach on the ocean side, called Joseph Sylvia State Beach, was where the rest of the scene was filmed.

Jaws bridge scene
Joseph Sylvia State Beach / Image: by Elizabeth W. via weneedavacation.com

Featured Image: Jaws 1975 / Production company: Zanuck/Brown Company
Universal Pictures / Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Websites: universalpictures.com, massvacation.com

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