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Quint gets an early look at the JAWS documentary, THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING!!

Published at: April 9, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a look at the long-in-the-works in-depth documentary on JAWS called THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING. I’ve been quite clear about my love of JAWS in all my time here on the site, even picking my handle from it. It’s my favorite film and has been since childhood. When people say they’ve seen a movie 100 times, that’s usually a figure of speech meaning they've seen something a lot. When you really think about it, that’s an incredible amount of time to dedicate to a single movie. If you have a two hour movie and you watch it 24 hours on repeat, you’d have to have it spinning for over 8 days to watch it that many times. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve seen JAWS upwards of 200 times. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I went through a phase when I was a kid where I’d watch JAWS every single day. I had a tape that my mom made for me off of HBO that had JAWS and something else on it… Might have been SUPERMAN. I’m pretty sure it was. Sometimes I’d watch SUPERMAN after JAWS ended, sometimes not, but I went through a summer where I watched JAWS every day without fail for 3 months. It was a favorite in my household, my step-dad quoted it all the time, usually slurring one of the mayor’s lines after a few cocktails. “My kids… were-on-that-beach-too!” It’s a film that doesn’t get old for me. It’s a masterpiece born out of hardship. Every frame of that film tells the story, every line of dialog is perfect, every movement of the camera or angle chosen is furthering the story, every cut that Verna Fields (editor) made was timed masterfully. As entertaining and fantastic as the movie is, the story behind the movie is equally enthralling. That’s where this documentary comes in. It was put together by a bunch of fans, some of them even bigger JAWS nuts than I am. You have Erik Hollander, J. Michael Roddy (or “The King” as he likes to call himself), James Gelet and Jake Gove. They contacted me when they first started making the doc, having gotten Roy Scheider and many of the supporting cast and crew. I posted some stories about the documentary and behind the scenes I hooked them up with some of the guest interviews.

I met them all face to face when I went to Jawsfest in Martha’s Vineyard in 2005. They were shooting like crazy there, but I somehow missed my chance to plant myself in front of the camera and waste precious tape with my boring fanboy drooling. I honestly think I was too distracted actually being in Amity… it still looked the fucking same! I was able to get a rough cut of the documentary and here are my thoughts. Of course, I’m totally 100% the target audience for this documentary, but that also makes me a tougher critic than you might expect. I’ve seen so much of the behind the scenes, read Carl Gottlieb’s JAWS LOG and Edith Blake’s Making Of book… I’ve sought out so much, seen every documentary, read all the interviews I could. Would there be anything new for me? These guys made a film any JAWS fan will be fascinated with. For one thing, they have interviews with everybody. Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Roy Scheider (who also narrates the documentary), Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Jeffrey Kramer (Deputy Hendricks), Carl Gottlieb, Bill Butler (cinematographer), David Brown and Richard Zanuck (producers) and just about every living face you see in the film.

The real kicker is the producers of this documentary got a huge amount of never before seen behind the scenes stills and footage. Stuff I’ve never seen, stuff that hardly anybody has ever seen… these are home movies shot by locals on the island, stills from the crew, stills from god knows who… That’s the biggest draw for JAWS nerds like me. But the interviews are great, too. None of them feel like “Oh, God… I guess I’ll talk about JAWS one more time…” Richard Dreyfuss in particular is hilarious, but Spielberg is energetic, his eyes dancing as he tells his horror stories. Also interviewed are well known movie makers influenced by the movie, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Bryan Singer, Patrick Read Johnson, Eduardo Sanchez, Eli Roth and Greg Nicotero. It’s great watching these guys geek out on JAWS. My personal favorite interviews are rather small. It’s not Spielberg, it’s not Dreyfuss… I’ve seen them talk about JAWS and in Spielberg’s case, I’ve heard him talk JAWS with my own ears. My two favorite aspects of the documentary focused on two guys: Percy Rodrigues and Roger Kastel. Percy Rodrigues was the voice of the trailer, also a character actor… but just seeing him talk about how the trailer campaign was thought up, hearing that voice, now shaking a little with age, but as strong as ever, tell a JAWS story made me smile. “It’s as if God created the devil… and gave him… jaws…” So good! Roger Kastel was the artist who painted the poster (which originated as the paperback cover art), that iconic image that was surely a huge part of the success of the film. I think he also created that beautiful EMPIRE STRIKES BACK one-sheet, the GONE WITH THE WIND style. Just hearing his account on how the poster was created, seeing his reference photographs flipping past the screen until you see the exact one that was used for the art… it stopped my heart, actually. Seeing the original photo, which he recreated in the painting so accurately that the photo reference was instantly recognizable. Those are the kinds of people you never hear about and they’re great in this. THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING doesn’t just follow the making of JAWS, but also the release, the impact it had, the wake following, we see the Oscars when JAWS was nominated (but Spielberg wasn’t), we follow the merchandising and iteven spends a little time going into the sequels, spending the most time on JAWS 2, but even that doesn't take up much screen time. Right now, the documentary is not perfect. It’s 3 hours long. Needlessly 3 hours long. The filmmakers take a giant detour around halfway through and make an hour of the film a documentary on Jawsfest. This section is out of place and significantly less interesting. It’s like watching the best, in-depth documentary on the original STAR TREK series and then have it halt to a stop so TREKKIES can play, then for the last 30 minutes goes back to talking about the show again. In and of itself, the Jawsfest stuff isn't bad, but my strong advice is that this should be chopped out and made a special feature on the inevitable DVD. Right now, it’s acting as a stone around the documentary’s neck. No one will release a 3 hour documentary, especially when there’s such an easy, out of place chunk that can be removed. The beginning and the end of the documentary are incredibly strong and if they pull 95% of the Jawsfest stuff, then they’ll have without a doubt the hands down definitive documentary on JAWS. Every aspect is covered, anything you could possibly want to know about this movie, including some great Robert Shaw discussion by all the main cast members. I’m sure this will be released, hopefully significantly shorter, on DVD at some point. It’s too good to stay out of JAWS geeks hands. In the meantime, you can see tons of clips from the interviews on the official site of the documentary. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SITE AND GIVE THOSE CLIPS A WATCH!!!. If they make the cuts I mentioned, this will be the template for anyone wanting to make an in-depth documentary on a classic film. I know there’s one in the works for AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON called BEWARE THE MOON. I can see this becoming a fad, these fan-made documentaries and that only means good news for us movie geeks. So, go visit that site, take a look around and hopefully we’ll be hearing news of this documentary being picked up. I’ll keep you folks updated as I hear the news.

-Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • April 9, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    First

    by MrGeef

    Yeee Haww

  • April 9, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST

    JAWS: The Greatest Spielberg movie ever!!!

    by FilmFanatik

    I love Schindler's List & Saving Private Ryan, but Jaws does it for me. I hope this documentary makes it onto a future dvd release. :D

  • April 9, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    My favourtite by a mile

    by Boba Fat

    When I was a kid I wanted to stow away on the Orca so bad. I've seen it a lot, can't beat 200 though. But I have made the trip to Martha's Vineyard. And here's my question. I know Quint's hut was a build but was it buiit in Menemsha? Looked like the same place to me but haven't been able to confirm it. My copy of The Jaws Log has gone AWOL. The island could do with a Jaws guide Quint?

  • April 9, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Third...check this out...Jaws by Bunnies!

    by MrGeef

    http://www.angryalien.com/0804/jawsbunnies.asp

  • April 9, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Boba

    by Quint

    Yeah, it was Menemsha where Quint's shack was built and torn down. There's a little hill you can go up and you'll be in the exact spot, overlooking the docks, that the camera set up in the flick to get that shot of the Orca leaving Amity. Check out my Jawsfest coverage, with tons of pics, here:<BR><BR>http://tinyurl.com/3yj52m<BR><BR>

  • April 9, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks

    by Boba Fat

    I thought so but I guessed that it was built at the end of marina as you drive in so I got a bit confused. It looks more bulit up in the film as the Orca leaves than it did on my visit last year.<p> I'm serious about an island guide though. A CD you listen to as you drive around all the locations was my geeky idea. Imagine it narrated by Schneider with Williams music inbetween but they really seem to play the Jaws connection down. I got my "Menemsha Fisheries" t-shirt though.

  • April 9, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Jaws really is momumental

    by kwisatzhaderach

    can't wait to see this doc

  • April 9, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Moth - A Jaws Parody

    by garyploski

    I was affected by Jaws like everyone else that saw it. Happily it was positive experience. For a while now I've been following TSISW and find myself really stoked to see things are looking good. With that said, my friends and I took the idea of Jaws and applied it to a Moth. Take a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3Xg08vvg

  • April 9, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Will this be doc where Speilberg admits

    by emeraldboy

    that during the making of this he took drugs? according to biskind he did. the berg says he didnt. I am course talking about Perscription drugs. uppers, downers and sleeping pills. Will all that be in the bearded one's memoirs, that is the even of the autumn along with the trailer for Indy 4. Thats right the trailer for indy 4 is due to bow in nov.

  • April 9, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Heard stories of this from a relative

    by theBigE

    I've got a distant relative who claimed to be there for most of the filming. He was 18 that summer, just out of high school, and hung around for a lot of the movie shoot. Now, I don't know him well, he's only married to a second cousin, but he's the right age and from Massachusetts, and his stories of "Jaws" are fascinating. If he can make this story sound great, I can't wait for the documentary!

  • April 9, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I watched it for 10 years solid...

    by wazza

    24 hours a day and then watched Close encounters and Star Wars at the same time. Which IS a lot.

  • April 9, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Like many of the 70's kidz TB'ers...

    by KillaKane

    Jaws made a huge impact on me way back in the mid 70's, it's testament to Spielberg's talent and 'Mother Cutter's ' skills (in what was a pretty rough shoot by all accounts)that it still stands up to this day as one of the all time great thrillers. There was talk of re-doing some of the more exposed shots of 'Bruce' with CGI (the only minor flaw of the original imho)if matched flawlessly with the original it would make for a great return to the big screen, where the potency of Jaws shocks best!

  • April 9, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    Good stuff Quint

    by Darth Thoth

    This doc sounds amazing.

  • April 9, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    When I was a kid...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...I watched 'Beetlejuice' almost every day. *sigh* Good ol' times...

  • April 9, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Quint, Verna Fields made one fuck up ...

    by Blarney-Man

    During Matt Hooper's autopsy of the remains there is an ugly cut. I think it's when he lifts up the severed up and says "severed in mid-thorax". It's really jarring as the dialogue and picture are out of sync and it always throws me. Also, when Brody and Hooper discover that Ben Gardner adrift boat they whine to the mayor they found a 6 inch tooth but frustratingly lost it ... and ignore the fact they also found Ben Gardner's severed head in a boat just offshore. That is a huge error in the storyline, but hey it's still a masterpiece.

  • April 9, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    *that should have been severed arm

    by Blarney-Man

    I hate making typos. I can never read back my posts without finding 2 or 3 I want to correct. Oh well.

  • April 9, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Btw, am I the only one who doesn't get Harry's new gif?

    by Blarney-Man

    What movie is that spoofing?

  • April 9, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I just want to see the cut scene

    by I Dunno

    Where the shark is dragging the leg guy past Mike and the guy is reaching out to him, screaming. That was cut for content but I've never seen it. <p>As for the mistakes the poster above addressed, That was a running joke with me and my friends. Like if we got a particularly nasty looking order of nachos..."This is what happens...". That was a clumsy cut but what can you do if you don't have full coverage. And I think they added the head in later, which is why they never mentioned it to the Mayor.</p>

  • April 9, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    courage & stupidity

    by AllieJamison

    Great to read Quint's passionate thoughts. mmmhhhh...isn't there that little feature called courage & stupidity about the making of JAWS? I wanna see that, too.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting for this thing

    by 1derWoman

    It seems like it's taking forever for this documentary to come out. It's easily my most favorite movie of all time. It's one of those I love to watch even on foreign language channels. That just cracks me up. I'm not sure why, exactly, Orca didn't make the impact it should have, as a strong echo, even. I remember the movie, tho I only saw it the once. The ending (must have) made an impression. Hrm.. I wonder if I could find it.. on dvd?

  • April 9, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    The CGI in Deep Blue Sea made the Jaws CGI

    by I Dunno

    look like crap. Because real ichthyologists know that water offers no resistance to sharks and they can move at lightning speeds and swim backwards.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Blarney-Man RE: Harry animation

    by Osmosis Jones

    That's a reference to Night Of The Hunter (1955) with Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters (that's Harry as Shelley).

  • April 9, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I Dunno RE: deleted scene

    by Osmosis Jones

    What? That scene's clearly in the making-of on the 25th anniversary DVD.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    should be called IF THE SHARK HAD WORKED!

    by 2ndprize

    ..and then shown how terrible of a movie it would have become, if the mechanical shark hadn't been unreliable. which is the scariest part of the movie for me, that you dont see the shark very often..it also keeps the movie a bit less dated, cause if the shark had worked it would be super corny today, i thank the film gods for that broken shark. less is more! if you dont believe me watch the star wars prequels!

  • April 9, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    As we all the movie was collapsing around spielberg

    by emeraldboy

    this caused him endless sleepless nights and depression. He used perscription drugs to get him through the movie. Jaws also was the first movie where spielberg took the credit for turning the movie but we all that was really the editor. But it happened again in close enounters. which was written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins. Spielberg took the credit for that too claiming they only wrote the scene where the kid disappears and half wrote the scene with the toys. Robbins and Barwood went to the screen writers guild and later on it wound up in court, where the judge sided with barwood and robbins. Recently the same thing happened with Amistad, where Dr. Robin Chase -Ribeaux claimed that Spielberg had lifted her book for the movie without asking. Historians and academics and members of the republican party will be eyeing the lincoln biopic very carefully.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Jaws vs Raiders vs E.T. vs Indy 4 (I mean Raiders 4...)

    by performingmonkey

    So which is the best 'Berg flick of them all? Jaws, Raiders and E.T. are all PERFECT movies. No other movie of his is perfect IMO.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Why does the berg hate doing DVD commentries

    by emeraldboy

    I have never understood this really. it is almost as if he doesnt like talking about his early career. Which is possibly why he re-did ET. bastard.

  • April 9, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    he rather let the movie

    by THE KNIGHT

    Speak for itself...

  • April 9, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I still don't swim in the sea due to Jaws

    by DirkD13"

    Thanks Mr. Spielberg! This really is cool news, now somebody do the definitive documentary of Die Hard and the world will be complete.

  • April 9, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    JAWS is one of the top 3 best Spielberg films EVER!

    by Tacom

    I don't care what else you put in the top 3 , E.T. Schindler's List, Raiders, whatever, but on a list of Spielberg movies Jaws should always be in the top 3! The first half of the movie on Amity Island is a good, but the second with just the three(Brody, Hooper and Quint) on the Orca hunting the shark is what makes Jaws a truly great movie. In the first half Spielberg kind of indulging in all these kind of cute, stylized, Hitchcockian tricks with the editing and camera. When he's out working on the water where the conditions are tough he's forced to stop fooling around and just tell the story, and he does it BRILLIANTLY.

  • April 9, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    In 1975 I was 10 years old...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...and there was no such thing as home video. I saw Jaws once at the drive-in and had to wait another few years after that for the re-release to see it again. Of course we did have soundtracks back then, and that was the way I got to relive the movie (aside from drawing a lot of disturbing, bloody pictures of people being eaten alive in the surf, which led to a lot of parent-teacher meetings at school and talk of Psychiatry) . I listened to that score every day, day-in-day-out, using our living room couch to stand in as the Orca as I pretended- with my sister or anyone else I could get to join me- to be besieged by the monster shark. I became so familiar with that score that to this day, whenever I watch Jaws, the music almost overpowers the visuals. It's just so vividly recognizeable to me. This was my experience with many beloved movies from the '70's: Star Wars, Close Encounters, Alien (in fact, I knew Alien inside and out, shot-by-shot, long before I even saw it, thanks to the score and to "movie books" or "photo novels", which existed in the days before home video for people to be able to take home the complete visual experience of a film). Today I still love sharks in a huge way (and from a much more "conservationist" point-of-view, I might add). I even have a tattoo of a shark. It's my "scar" to paraphrase both David Fincher and the crew of the Orca. Yes, with its "real world" terrors and "this could really happen" sense of immediacy, not to mention the first instance of child mortality I had ever seen in a movie ("...My boy's dead...I just wanted you to know that...") I think it's accurate to say that Jaws did, in fact, scar me...FOR LIFE!

  • April 9, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    So are we enacting a TB ban on Quint or not?

    by chrth

    Here's what he told Shia: "Aw, no man, don’t worry about it. Don’t read Talkbacks. Anything you read in Talkbacks is garbage. Don’t even read the Talkbacks."

  • April 9, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Awesome! Can't wait to see this documentary finally

    by Proman1984

    Released!

  • April 9, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Quint

    by Frijole

    I could listen to people talk about JAWS all day... but does this really go into that much more depth than the doc on the 30th Anniversary DVD. I mean, aside from the Roth/Singer/Smith etc... fanboy-ing and the JAWSFEST stuff... is there really that much more new info on the movie itself?

  • April 9, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Never heard of it..

    by ShogunMaster

    Is 'Jaws' a movie or something?

  • April 9, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    When I was in college...

    by Garbageman33

    ...I watched Hot Dog:The Movie every day for my last five semesters. But I only jerked off to Shannon Tweed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the other days I jerked off to that hot hitchhiker chick.

  • April 9, 2007, noon CST

    C'mon Quint...

    by MCVamp

    A few people have posted above too...IS there an answer in your Jaws-saturated brain to the question of: What happened to "This is what happens...?" Was it cut for content or is there a five-second chunk of negative forever lost to time?

  • April 9, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Damn you Bruce the Shark!

    by dundundles

    Damn you Bruce the Shark!

  • April 9, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    This is what happens

    by Quint

    I don't think the cut is necessarily wrong, I just think they changed a line of dialog, so when Dreyfuss says, "And this is what happens..." it's a totally canned ADR line that feels removed from the scene. I don't know... to me that just adds on to the charm of the movie... like the guys on the dock trying to hook the shark with the pot roast? "This is my wife's holiday roooasssstttt." I knew something was different about that even as a kid and later found out they were locals who were cast and they couldn't act very well, so they were later redubbed. That kind of shit just makes me love the movie more.<BR><BR>God, all this has totally gotten me in the mood to watch Jaws again.

  • April 9, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I was about to ask about the "this is what happens"line

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I never got that. He never says just WHAT happens. Or what makes it happen. Or whatever.

  • April 9, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by Jak0lantern01

    I disagree with that "And this is what happens..." line. It just doesn't fit the scene or the dialog. I almost looks like it was spliced in to show a nasty shot of that arm. Great stuff, though. Jaws is Hollywood at some of its best and had something that Hollywood is seriously lacking today: a soul. Funny thing is, Scheider for years seemed to was to dis-associate himself from these films, but he seems to be very involved in a lot of Jaws event-type things these days. He should just dust off the badge, the old six-shooter, and break out that classic Scheider attitude and do one more. I know......

  • April 9, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Re: Ugly cut autopsy scene

    by JAGUART

    "This is what happens"...I've always felt that the off-cut nature of that quick scene added to its creepiness. But I can understand how it would pull someone out of the film.

  • April 9, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I just watched the JAWS doc this weekend

    by Nordling

    Someone needs to make a short film about the food fight. I'm looking forward to this new doc but the one on the 30th Anniversary disc is pretty damn good in its own right.

  • April 9, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    by Mogwai Democracy

  • April 9, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    "Little seekin'... little tenderizin'... down you go."

    by Mogwai Democracy

    This film had a massive impact on me. My mom took me to see this in the theatres when I was 5 years old! Thanks Mom! I still have a vivid memory of me and the entire theatre jumping out of our seats when that guys head appears out of that hole in the boat underwater!! After that, I filled every piece of paper I could get my hands on with drawings of stick figure divers getting torn to pieces by sharks. This doc is long overdue & I'm glad they got everyone on board for it. Looking forward to it!

  • April 9, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    WE MUST KNOW WHAT THIS COVERS...

    by Frijole

    that isn't on the VERY in-depth DVD doc. (Again, aside from the FEST stuff and the kudos and chats with other directors).

  • April 9, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    My Jaws story

    by quentintarantado

    I remember watching Jaws and deciding monster movies just ain't my thing (of course immediately after I was taken to watch Jaws 2, Orca, The Bear, and so on). But my REAL Jaws memory was at the Academy awards, when this really dumb flick called "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" kept winning awards over my favorite film, Jaws. Bummer. For the first time, I learned what an Oscar was, thanks to Jaws.

  • April 9, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I'm confused

    by quadrupletree

    Didn't this come out already?? I remember reading about this Jaws documentary like.. years ago. Was that a different Jaws documentary?? This is pretty cool either way but when the hell is it going to be on Netflix?

  • April 9, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Not mentioning the severed head

    by Dr. Frankenstein

    IIRC the reason they wouldn't have mentioned the severed head was that the scene in which they found it was added later as an extra "scare" moment by Spielberg. Quint would know. he knows everything about JAWS

  • April 9, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Why do I get the feeling...

    by MCVamp

    That the only reason Hollywood hasn't remade "Jaws" is because of the threat of Spielberg's wrath? I don't mean respect, I mean fear. Otherwise, we'd have Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, and Brian Cox going after a CGI shark.

  • April 9, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    i hope Dreyfus gets to tell the titular anecdote

    by HypeEndsHere

    seventeen times within in this film. i'm not sure if anyone knows that they had a lame shark.

  • April 9, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Ironic, I just watched this DVD yesterday.

    by CreasyBear

    The shot composition Spielberg gets out of cameras on a cramped boat is amazing. (I just have to keep overlooking the noticeable changes in waves-calm-waves-calm between shots, and ignore the weird daylight changes.)

  • April 9, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Indianapolis speech

    by MRupprecht

    I read an interview with John "Red Dawn" Milius where he takes credit for writing movie-Quint's speech about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I also seem to remember something about a drunk Robert Shaw improvising it. What's the final verdict? It's been said before, but I wish we could get a producer to front the money for a big screen version of "In Harms Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis". There was a made-for-TV movie and a short History Channel documentary. But that story needs a big budget and a masteful director to reach a larger audience. Read the book, it's spectacular.

  • April 9, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Man, Susan Blackline hasn't aged well...

    by blackmantis

    ...I know that was 30 some years ago, but I can't believe that's the same woman. Check out her interview on the website.

  • April 9, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Locals in the Film

    by NHRonin

    There is a guy in Wilmington, MA who runs a sub shop named Big Joe's (which is also his name....it's right next to the commuter train station...if he's still there and alive). I met him about five years ago and we talked about the film. He was in mostly cut scenes and was thrilled that the DVD release had them; told me he got a nice residual check for the DVDs. He was one of the guys who goes out in the boats trying to collect the bounty. I believe Big Joe was the one with the silver hard hat on. I hope he is still alive and they interviewed him...a very colorful character. By the way, Jaws is also my favorite movie. If it's on TV, I have to stop whatever I'm doing and watch even though I have the DVD.

  • April 9, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Jaws in HD on UHD this weekend...

    by Zardoz

    That's right, Jaws will be shown in HD on Universal HD starting this Sat, the 14th. Start your DVR's Jaws fans! (And I'm DEFINITELY one of 'em!) I had my mom read me excerpts from the book when I was 5 and didn't actually see the movie until it was re-released in theaters in the early 80's. But man, did it scare the crap out of me! I couldn't get in a SWIMMING POOL without thinking I was gonna be attacked by a Great White! Probably my favorite Spielberg movie and I luvs me sum Spielberg moobies!

  • April 9, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    3 More Hours of Jaws Stuff?

    by Cheif Brody

    Count me in! How's this for a Jaws geek: Summer of '75 I was 10 years old...I saw Jaws 16 times that summer...sometimes in back to back viewings. My mom helped me sneak a cassette recorder into the theater so I could record the entire movie...I'd doze off to it every night...I loved hearing the audience's scream when Ben Gardner's head pops out of that boat! I wore out two needles on my record player listening to John Williams amazing score on the original soundtrack album. I built my own fake shark out of chicken wire and canvas...with tin teeth...and empty milk cartons inside to keep it afloat. I'd take it down to the beach and scare tourists with it...usually pretending it was attacking me! When the first version of the Jaws attraction at Universal Studios Orlando was being built, me and a buddy snuck onto the property to sneak a peek at the new Bruce's being hoisted into place...the ride was later scaled back to the ride they now have, when (go figure) it turned out the sharks were not up to the rigorous tasks the designers had originally envisioned. I've lost count of how many times I've seen Jaws over the years...I know if I accidently stumble across it while channel surfing...I set the remote down. I quote the movie at least once a week...I love when someone asks me if I can do something ("I can do anything....I'm the Chief of Police") or to make a toast ("Here's to swimmin' with bow legged women"). I have a lovely framed picture of Hooper, Quint and Brody looking at me through the jaws of a shark right now...and the gorgeous movie poster on the wall behind me. Thank God that shark never worked, because it made Jaws about the people who inhabited that island...and the three men thrown together to kill it. When you ask someone what Jaws was about...and they answer...a shark...they missed the point. It was about the characters, who through sheer cinematic magic, became real living people BECAUSE the shark was so fin-nicky (pardon the pun). If they had blown the budget (which was already blown before the shark began acting up) and got a reliable working shark...I fear what Jaws would have become. I thank Steven Spielberg for all he brought to such a problem plagued film...to turn what could have been a monumental disaster for Universal into one of the most cherished movies of all time...the movie that CREATED the summer blockbuster...the movie that woke up this 10 year old boy to the power of cinema...Just...thanks. 3 more hours of Jaws stuff? I wish it was 4. (Just not Jaws 4)!! Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies...Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain.

  • April 9, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    To MrFan ONLY

    by MrFacety

    I Reposted the script you asked me for. Its on Triggerstreet. Go to where it says browse screenplays. Its called ONEWAY. I wrote it three years ago. Unlike some flicks about cars, I deliver the goods. Other aintitcoolers can just ignore this post. This is not shameless promotion. I was called out by MrFan.

  • April 10, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    You're Gonna Need a Bigger Talkback....

    by Brody77

    The more I hear, the more I read on myspace, I have to see this doc. Love Jaws with a passion, nothing can sour it for me (even Jaws 4) and these guys have done something I couldn't even have dreamed of. Cannot wait

  • April 10, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Interview with Eli Roth?

    by blacklodgebob

    Eli Roth shouldn't even be allowed to see jaws, let alone give an interview about it.

  • April 10, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Well it's not as cool as living in Martha's Vineyard...

    by Frijole

    But I live in Pensacola. Jaws II was filmed on the beaches here and in Destin and Panama City. I still get a rush seeing local landmarks in background shots. My band teacher was the band leader at the party at the beginning etc... A few bars down the coast still have tons of Jaws II memoribilia up in recognition. Yeah, I know it isn't the original... but at least it was the best of the sequels. :)

  • April 10, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Jaws 4

    by Boba Fat

    "The breath on that thing!" Sir Michael Caine we salute you.

  • April 10, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I like the fact that...

    by Frijole

    In Jaws 3, all those people are eating seafood in the underwater restaurant as the wonders of the sea swim by them. Do they really sell seafood at Sea World?

  • April 10, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Here's a good AICN-esque review of CEOT3K

    by Lou Stools

    http://playgroundsandplanets.blogspot.com/ I should know...I wrote it.

  • April 10, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I HATE Jaws

    by johnnykool

    I hate movies involving underwater scenes and shit where people are eaten by sharks/squids/dolphins or drown. But the way you wrote this article makes me want to watch the documentary. Damn you, Quint!

  • April 10, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I walked out of the theater...

    by Blanket-Man

    JAWS was one of the first movies my Dad took me to back in the day. So with the theater all dark, and the first scene with the skinny-dipper at night playing on the screen and Williams' terrifying DEH-deh DEH-deh thumping through the speakers, I was so scared I begged dear ol' Dad to take me outta there. And he did, leaving my brothers in the theater to torture me over my scared-ee-cat-ness for decades to come. How sad is it that JAWS is still the only flick I've ever walked out on?!?

  • April 10, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Glad I'm not the only one who compulsively watched

    by durhay

    movies repeatedly in my youth. I think my last jag was watching American Graffiti repeatedly in college.

  • April 10, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Sadly, my two "most watched" movies...

    by Frijole

    are probably "The Pirate Movie" and "Grease 2". I know... that's terrible... But I watched both movies at least 2 or 3 times a week when I was 7-8. *shiver*

  • April 10, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    The Pirate Movie?

    by Lou Stools

    Wasn't that the one with Kristy McNichol? She used to give me the prepubescent hots in that one. Man, what a waste of wood. At least it wasn't wasted on Olivia Newton John in Xanadu. Ah, early 80s HBO...

  • April 10, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Yep, that's the one.

    by Frijole

    Keep pumpin'... BLOWIN'...

  • April 10, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Re: Have You Ever Thought...

    by Cheif Brody

    I didn't have to think...I just watched Deep Blue Sea. It made long for the days of Bruce's clunky mechanical movements. Or even Rod and Valerie Taylor's stunning underwater photpgraphy of the REAL great whites in Jaws. Deep Blue Sea's sharks "worked"...ate up Samuel L Jackson terrifically! Problem is...I didn't give a SHIT about Sameul L Jackson's character. That's where every "shark" movie these days has Jaws to aspire to...making the movie about the people AROUND the shark(s)...as the terifying Open Water did a few years ago. But that had more to do with the isolation and the desperation than the finned creatures nipping at their feet. I'm sure the makers of Deep Blue Sea were confident their sharks would blow the shark from Jaws out of the water (Smile you son of a bitch)...but...the PEOPLE in Deep Blue Sea were as fake as old Bruce was back in 1975.

  • April 10, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    FX were more fun back in the day

    by I Dunno

    I remember reading about Poltergeist and how they had to make a shot where the house implodes and is swallowed into the ground. They built this miniature house that took them days to make and put a huge vacuum under it. If they fucked up, they would have had to build the whole thing over again. Figuring out crazy ways to give the director what he wants sounds like it was fun. Rendering it on a box, not so much.

  • April 10, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    3 Hours! Just Don't Let the Weinstein's Have the Doc...

    by Luvs269er

    ...Harvey will cut it into 3 separate films and DVDs! Glad to still see someone genuinely obsessed with film. Good on ya, Quint!

  • April 10, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    And I like ORCA.

    by Frijole

    Fun movie.

  • April 10, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Widescreen only

    by Logan_1973

    I cringe seeing this gem played on TV in fullscreen. You cannot appreciate this film unless it's in WS. Awesome stuff.

  • April 10, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST

    The Jaws Documentary drinking game

    by ArcadianDS

    Everytime someone says that the shark stopped working in salt water, take a drink.

  • April 10, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    DirkD13

    by WolfmanNards

    Right on, man. Die hard is perhaps the greatest action movie of all time.

  • April 10, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    What about Rexford Metz?

    by BV

    The man single-handedly saved the ending of the film by being in the right place at the right time.

  • April 11, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    To be remade with Dakota Fanning as Bruce

    by performingmonkey

  • April 11, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Here's to Swimming with Bow-legged Women...

    by singsingjohnny

    Quint, I hear you about this movie. I also watched this movie EVERY day when I was a kid...it's far and away my favorite movie ever. I could watch this movie ANYTIME and that to me is the true gauge of one's favorite movie. I even saw JAWS 3-D in the theater (yikes)...I remember the door INTO the theater was a huge papier-mache shark head, pretty much exactly like the one depicted on the original poster. Sure, the movie sucked (no offense to anyone if you like it, I just didn't) but I'm glad I can say I saw at least ONE JAWS movie on the big screen. I was so happy when McFarlane Toys put out the playset featuring the Orca and the Great White a few years back. I even got a t-shirt for Christmas this year featuring the chalkboard shark drawing from the town hall scene in the original film. It's cool to see so many fans still out there and I'm glad this movie continues to get the attention it deserves. Thanks for the heads-up on this, I can't wait! All this talk about JAWS is making me want to watch it as well...

  • April 11, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Fox is remaking

    by emeraldboy

    the day the earth stood still!! let me see so, this being fox. Fox news is invovled. Alien comes down to earth. Bill O' reilly tells america it is under attack and anne coulter says that they should get the robot gort and use it as a weapon to destroy all liberals. Pat Robertson tries to convert Klatu the alien(played by jude law cause hollywood thinks he looks like Micheal Rennie) into a born again christian and member of Republican Party it fails and Klatu delivers a big speech about peace and war and so forth, which is carried on Fox news. Alien is then taken to Gitmo. The dumb-struck looking president. The important word there is dumb. Says we shouldnt be afraid of aliens. Then orders the pentagon to find out where this alien comes from. Alien is sent back to this home planet badly beaten up. Pentagon officials deny torture. End of the movie, the aliens get a speech about democracy from Witless leader. then just as everything seems fine planet is destroyed by a nasa funded pentagon made rocket. Which will set things up for a sequel, in which the aliens rid america of its witless leader. The american left see its chance and elects Moore as president of the United States.

  • April 11, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    American Werewolf

    by geech

    and just where are the details of this one??? I want in!! Someone better be talking about that little flap of skin that is just flapping on Jack's neck during his first visit back.

  • April 11, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    HEY! I ACTUALLY LIKED JAWS 3-D!

    by Jak0lantern01

    I dunno, a borderline guilty pleasure of mine (perhaps not so guilty). Hey, it beats Michael Caine being taken out by the shark's bad breath.....

  • April 11, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    BV

    by one9deuce

    Rexford Metz? What are you talking about?

  • April 11, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine vs. JAWS...duhduh....duhduh...

    by singsingjohnny

    Hilarious Jak! Yeah, JAWS 3-D is a guilty pleasure, I meant no offense...I just like the first one so much that it really set the bar astronomically high! ;-)

  • April 11, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I agree Quint

    by Gr8Shotz

    Jaws is in my top 5 movies of all time. Although I haven't seen it 200 times, I still absolutely love the film. Looking forward to this documentary.

  • April 12, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    I thought that these guys were crooks

    by Joe Smith

    I read somewhere that Michael Roddy stole Edith Blake's personal negatives of the Jaws production and Eric Hollander chainsawed the Orca II. But they repented because they are Christians or some junk like that. I've been hearing a lot of dirt about the producers of this flick.

  • April 12, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST

    JAWS 3-D was so bad

    by NHRonin

    I took one of the easiest girls I knew to see it on a date and it sucked so bad she made me immediately bring her home when it was done. I'm not sure if she ever talked to me again.

  • April 13, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    one9deuce

    by BV

    Guess you'll have to wait for the movie.

  • April 13, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Lost Jaws Footage

    by marc

    My memories about the lost Terry Grossman footage was brought back when I saw a dvd documentary on laserdisk. I wish they could create an alternate with all of the extended footage all spliced into a complete film. I also remember ABC's first telecast of Star Wars with alot of extra footage put in but where is it? As a true JAWS fan (all scale models,70's shark attack mags, building my own Orca and using star wars toys as the crew,sneaking into the movies and watching all shows till 12am)I need something new for my JAWS fix but please don't let them make a remake.

  • April 13, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2: The Novel

    by marc

    Jaws 2 wasn't bad except for a really, really fake looking shark. Why couldn't Jeannot Szwarc see how fake his footage was and reshoot or hide the shark. The kids story sucked and lacked as actors since I believe they were locals. But some of the scenes were masterful. The water skier being rundown,beach shooting,dead killer whale were nice scenes. The novel,if you read,it was very well written and totally different than the movie. The original JAWS should of put some emphasis on the mayors motivation to keep the beaches open. Pressure from investors and the mob. It all comes down to the buck,even back in 1920 or whenever the real shark attacks happened that cause the New Jersey resort owners and investors to get the presidents attention to kill the shark that was killing tourists. In case any of you were wondering, JAWS really did happen in real life back in the 1900's So I strongly wished they could of filmed JAWS 2 to be more like the book with all the mob killings and real life reactions to such an event.

  • April 14, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Marq22...

    by Cheif Brody

    Spielberg was wise to delete two ridiculous storylines from Benchley's terrific novel. The mob connection forcing Mayor Vaughn to keep the beaches open....and Hooper's sex scene with Brody's wife. Even as an 11 year old (I saw the MOVIE before I read the book), I realized these were "fluff" story elements generated to sell more books. Spielberg knew he had a giant shark EATING people...he didn't need the "mob" to generate more tension...he simply made the tiny island's business owners and his own political aspirations drive his greed for $$$ for allowing those beaches to remain open. This isn't NYC...this is a tiny New England resort!! What's the Mafia doin there? Needless plot filler and Spielberg saw it right away. The reason Hooper dies in the book is directly related to his hotel romp with the Chief's wife. That was payback for what he had done. With that storyline in the movie deleted...Hooper gets to swim to safety. It would have been a really different movie had Spielberg gone THAT direction. Then he added the finally kicker...the shark exploding at the end with Brody's crack shot from the crow's nest. When I got to the final page of Benchley's book....with the shark uncerimoniously sinking to the bottom of the sea, as if it simply "ran out of steam" as it approached Brody...I felt so let down. Benchley himself has said the exploding shark thing was ridiculous...that compressed air cannot explode...but nonetheless...he credited Spielberg for giving his story an amazing and memorable ending. Much better than the shark simply "giving up". I think Spielberg put PLENTY of real life reactions to the shark problem...with Alex Kintner's mom slapping the Chief's face...when she should have been slapping the Mayor's face...and all those business owners crowded into that conference room begging..."Are-you-going-to-close-the-beaches?"...We didn't NEED the "mob" to do that. Amity, as you know, means "friendship".

  • April 17, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    original Star Wars broadcast

    by m2298

    in 1984 had no extra footage (beleve me, I was looking for it), just some brief 'making of' filler and celebrity salutes to the film.

  • Jan. 25, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    When is this going to be released?

    by eggart

    I'm waiting to see it.

  • Jan. 26, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it's been 2 years, wazzup?

    by orcus

  • July 9, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    It has shown at festivals. We need some feedback.

    by jawsfan

    How about a little Festival audience feedback?