People worried the movie was going to bomb. Steven Spielberg, then a 27-year-old on his second directing job, insisted on making Jaws on location in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard. But the salt water damaged the four mechanical sharks devised for the movie, and they barely worked. Production stretched from a planned 55 days to an eventual 159 days. Cost overruns brought his budget from $3.5 million to about $10 million. The producers who'd initially bought the rights to Peter Benchley's best-selling thriller said they wouldn't have done it if they'd read the book a second time -- they were so caught up in the excitement they hadn't realized how hard it would be to film.
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