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Jaws 2 Movie Night at Crab Island

Local Showing of Movie Classic with Florida Connections

You don’t need a ticket, but you will need a boat or Sea-Doo to get to the special showing of Jaws 2 at Crab Island this weekend. There will be a free showing of the movie at the popular boaters gathering spot located north of the Marler Bridge at the Destin East Pass.

It’s an appropriate setting since the movie was filmed in the Florida Panhandle. Principal photography for the Jaws 2 movie ended just before Christmas in 1977 on Choctawhatchee Bay near Destin, Fl. The majority of the film was shot on Navarre Beach. 

Additional Jaws 2 interesting tidbits:
  • The sharks for Jaws 2 were known as Bruce Two since the sharks for the original film had been nicknamed “Bruce,” after Steven Spielberg’s lawyer. On set, they were called “Fidel” and “Harold,” the latter after another Beverly Hills attorney.
  • The filming was a boon to the local economy. Navarre’s Holiday Inn “Holidome” was used as the film’s headquarters, with the ground floor converted into production offices and 100 rooms rented out for cast and crew. Jaws 2 cost $30 million to produce, three times more than the original film.
  • The teen hangout scenes were filmed at the original Hog’s Breath Saloon on Okaloosa Island. Hog’s Breath has since relocated to Destin.
  • Many local residents were cast as extras in the movie. Real hammerhead sharks circled the teen actors during the filming of one scene. Because their characters were meant to be in distress, the crew, filming from a distance, did not realize that the actors were genuinely calling for help.

With that said, remember this: just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it really is okay…the chances of being bitten by a shark are one in 11.5 million. 🙂 


Kendra Veach

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