The World's Largest Jaws Collection Resides in PVD

An iconic shark sparks a local man's passion


Jaws was not only the first true summer blockbuster, it is the greatest summer blockbuster. Say what you will about anything that followed in its wake, nothing comes close to a film that scared a nation out of the water. Jaws is the undisputed king of the summertime silver screen, and on a more personal level for us New Englandahs, it’s the perfect New England movie.

Providence’s own Jim Beller agrees with a passion. Thirty-eight years and thousands of items later – check out for a look at his impressive collection – Jim is known throughout the land as the guy for all things Amity Island. He’s also co-author of the book Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard, which details the film’s production from the perspective of the islanders who were a part of it.

Below Jim talks about falling in love with a shark, his massive collection of memorabilia and props, and the film’s connection to the area.

An interview with Jim Beller, Jaws Collector from Tony Pacitti on Vimeo.

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