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Movies filmed in Massachusetts
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Now that the Oscars have been awarded for the 2013 movies, we look at some of the instances when Hollywood has come to Massachusetts. Photographers on assignment hoped to get a glimpse of a famous face as local scenes were turned into movie sets. In most of the films shown here, almost all of the movie was shot locally. -Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite
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June 29, 1967: Steve McQueen in action during filming of "The Thomas Crown Affair" at Cambridge Cemetery. The scene opened with him staring somberly down at a small headstone. He slowly lifts his head and through dark glasses looks around carefully. Then quickly he turns toward a trash barrel and takes out six heavy bags supposedly loaded with the money from a bank robbery he had masterminded. The movie went through several title possibilities, "Thomas Crown and Company" and "The Crown Caper" before the actual title was chosen.
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June 1967: Steve McQueen and an extra in the film waited for the next scene during the shooting of "The Thomas Crown Affair." Beacon Hill was the setting for art thief Crown's home and the fashionable apartment of Vicky Anderson, insurance investigator, played by Faye Dunaway.
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Oct. 16, 1972: Star Robert Mitchum and director Peter Yates chatted with Boston Police Officer William MacLean during filming of "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" at the Government Center garage. It was the starting day of shooting for the first major Hollywood film ever made in its entirety, interior shots and all, in Boston.
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May 6, 1974: Actor Richard Dreyfuss stepped off a boat after a day of filming "Jaws" on Martha's Vineyard. Directed by 26-year-old Steven Spielberg, it was the story of a great white shark that terrorized a resort community. For two months of shooting, Martha's Vineyard became the fictional Amity, the town in which the events occurred. Despite it being May, the weather this day featured a raw, chilling wind.
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June 2, 1977: The shark for the movie "Jaws II" arrived on Martha's Vineyard for its role in the sequel. Its swimming mechanism can be seen underneath as it entered the water for the first time.
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July 30, 1978: Boston Globe photographer Charlie Dixon played the role of a photographer as an extra in the film "The Brink's Job."
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May 16, 1978: A scene from "The Brink's Job" was filmed at a house on Vernon Street in Medford. Actor Paul Sorvino, who played Jazz Maffie, can be seen in the far right corner of the porch.
Feb. 3, 1982: Paul Newman on the set of "The Verdict" on G street in South Boston. Newman played Frank Galvin, a middle-aged, down-on-his luck Irish Catholic lawyer who took on a powerful Boston hospital in a malpractice suit stemming from the serious injury of a young mother during delivery of a child. In this scene, Newman had just made a call at George's Variety store on G Street.
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March 20, 1993: Tom Cruise ran through the McKean Gate at Harvard University during the filming of "The Firm," a movie based on John Grisham's best-seller of the same name. Cruise received a wild reception by onlookers and accommodated the autograph seekers after the shoot.