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5 Famous Movies Filmed on Martha’s Vineyard

Movies filmed on Martha's Vineyard
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Martha’s Vineyard may be well known for its beautiful beaches and quaint island appeal. However, many movie producers also regard it as a premier location to capture the charm and sophistication that radiates from the island.

While it may come across as a quiet retreat, the iconic landscapes and landmarks of Martha’s Vineyard have played a key role in a number of films. Here is a look at 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard!


The most well-known movie filmed on Martha’s Vineyard is likely the 1974 classic, Jaws. The hugely successful Jaws helped coin the term “summer blockbuster” and launched the career of Steven Spielberg. It also helped put Martha’s Vineyard on the map as a premier tourist destination.

Spielberg cast many island natives in the movie. Martha’s Vineyard locals Christopher Rebello was selected to play Chief Brody’s oldest son, Michael Brody; Jay Mello was cast as the younger son, Sean Brody; and Lee Fierro was chosen to play Mrs. Kintner. Numerous other residents were cast as extras throughout the film.

Jaws II and Jaws: The Revenge

Scenes from the films Jaws II and Jaws: The Revenge were also filmed on Martha’s Vineyard. In Jaws II, Chief Brody must battle another mega shark that torments quiet Amity Island. In the third installment of this movie franchise, Chief Brody’s widow must overcome a shark she believes is targeting her family for revenge.


The 1995 remake of Sabrina starring Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear and Julia Ormond featured iconic scenes on Martha’s Vineyard. As the characters Linus and Sabrina try to avoid the upcoming nuptials of Linus’ brother, David, they spend time enjoying the sights of the island.

Stuck on You

The 2003 film Stuck on You is a tale of conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor played by Matt Damon and Craig Kinnear. The brothers’ wild adventures take them from their home on Oak Bluffs to Hollywood so Walt can pursue an acting career. Stuck on You was directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly who have been known to frequent the island.

Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

These 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard represent the mainstream cinema, however the island is also known for showcasing various independent films courtesy of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The organization was developed in 2001 by a group of friends looking for more thought provoking films.

This annual event will be held March 17-20, 2016. There is also a summer series at several local venues which features live music before the show.

These Hollywood blockbusters represent 5 famous movies filmed on Martha’s Vineyard. All these movies filmed over the years have led to Martha’s Vineyard being a great destination for celebrity sightings: Ted Dansen, Michael J Fox, and Tony Shalhoub of Monk fame are all frequently spotted on the island. Sandpiper Rentals even has the former home of Patricia Neal on offer as a vacation rental for your next visit!

While these films do a wonderful job of highlighting the many unique offerings of Martha’s Vineyard, they are no substitute for experiencing it yourself.

When you get the urge to enjoy the beauty and charm of this magnificent island, be sure to make your accommodations with Sandpiper Rentals. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a non-stop adventure, our unique homes offer something that will make your stay truly extraordinary. From cozy to colossal, in the mix or on the fly, Sandpiper will ensure your trip is unforgettable.

Plan a Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

Ralf / Martha's Vineyard / Flickr
Ralf / Martha’s Vineyard / Flickr

Summer is fast approaching which means it’s a great time to start planning your Martha’s Vineyard vacation! Let Sandpiper Rentals help you make the most of your time on Martha’s Vineyard and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Start Your Martha’s Vineyard Vacation on a Ferry

First of all, enjoy a scenic ferry ride from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to Martha’s Vineyard. The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard. They offer low fares along with convenient times and frequent departures to get you to your destination on time. Steamship Authority has ferries that go to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole several times during the day, allowing you to find a time that works when going from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard and back. The trip lasts about 45 minutes and you can enjoy free Wi-Fi while on a Steamship Authority ferry.

Restaurants to Enjoy

The ferry lands at Vineyard Haven which has several great restaurants to try. These top restaurants include the Copper Wok, the Black Dog Tavern and the Little House Café. The Black Dog Tavern has a great view of the ferries coming in and out while providing an excellent atmosphere to dine.

Touring Martha’s Vineyard

One way to travel around the island is to rent a bike to ride. Wheel Happy rents a variety of bikes and will deliver them to your rental house on the island. If you’re looking for maps and places to ride, Wheel Happy will provide you with information on where to ride and everything you’ll need. This is a great way to travel around Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’re looking for a car to rent while you’re on Martha’s Vineyard, Sun n’ Fun rents cars, convertibles, Jeeps and vans so you can get anywhere you want on the island. Located in Oak Bluffs, Sun n’ Fun will pick you up in the car of your choice and even offers child seats. The staff will also provide you with knowledge and information on where to go.

Lighthouses and Hiking on Martha’s Vineyard

Enjoy time outside by visiting one of the many great lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard including the Gay Head Lighthouse, the East Chop Lighthouse and the Edgartown Lighthouse. Make sure to go hiking at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary which features some of the best outdoor trails on Martha’s Vineyard.

Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard

Grab your bathing suit and a towel and relax at one of the renowned beaches. The South Beach in Edgartown is a large public beach that has great surf. State Beach is located between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and is great for children. Aquinnah Beach has scenic cliffs and wonderful scenery that is worth a visit.

Golfing on Martha’s Vineyard

For the golfers, there are two courses open to the public on Martha’s Vineyard, Farm Neck Golf Club and Mink Meadows Golf Club. Grab your clubs and head out to the links. If you’re on vacation, rentals are available and the pro shops have anything you might need.

When planning your dream Martha’s Vineyard vacation, let Sandpiper Rentals help you find the ideal vacation property. We have several properties located throughout the island that are sure to complete your Martha’s Vineyard vacation.


Ferry Tickets Sold Out


If you missed our blog post about vacation rentals that come with ferry tickets, this is a HUGE reminder. If you’re trying to travel during the peak season, especially August, you may find that the dates you’d like to travel are completely,  unequivocally,  comprehensively SOLD OUT.

Now, don’t panic! We have over 30 beautiful vacation rentals with very thoughtful owners. Many are a part of Steamship Authority‘s Head Start program where they can make summer reservations before the general public. The owners know that there are experienced renters that wait with bated breath for the moment it turns 12AM January 13th to book their ferry tickets. These owners have done the work for you. They have transferable round trip ferry tickets that you can use when you book with them.

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