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Quint wishes Jaws a Happy 35th Birthday! A look back at a classic plus tons of behind the scenes photos!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Today is not only Father’s Day, it is also the birthday of one of the best films ever committed to celluloid and personal favorite movie of all time.

On June 20th, 1975 Jaws was unleashed onto screens across the country in the first ever “wide-release.” Back in those days even giant films were opened regionally, much like today’s “limited releases.” It’s fairly fitting that the 35th anniversary of this film falls on Father’s Day because Jaws is the father of the modern day blockbuster. It was the first film to open in hundreds of theaters simultaneously, it was a giant event picture and ended up becoming the most successful picture of all time. Until Star Wars two years later. But without Jaws there would be no Star Wars. Without the success of a young film student, would Alan Ladd have ever taken a chance on another one, George Lucas? Would Star Wars have had the impact it did on pop culture without the wide-release platform established by Jaws? Of course, like anybody of my generation, I grew up a Star Wars kid. But I was the weird kid that held Jaws in equal esteem… and I had no idea about the business implications, the roads that Jaws opened for Lucas. To me Jaws touched me in very much the same way as Star Wars. Instead of a cantina full of aliens, I was dropped into a completely foreign New England world filled with equally colorful characters. Ben Gardner’s rant as he goes shark hunting, old Harry with his bad hat, every local given a line all added to the wonderful color of this world. Every kid wanted to be Luke Skywalker, but I think most of us wanted Martin Brody to be our dad. He’s a little high-strung, but he’s a good man with the right priorities. I loved seeing an adult given so much character. You see his fear of the ocean. You see his love for his family. We are given time to really explore these emotions before the second half of the film, which takes our characters out of the realm of safety and into the lion’s den, as it were. Brody’s our anchor and one of best leading characters ever put to film precisely for his flaws. Richard Dreyfuss’ Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw’s Quint are perfect opposites. One studies fish, one kills them. One is an intellect, one is a working man and they are constantly at odds, which an off-screen rivalry between Shaw and Dreyfuss actually helped send home on screen. The reason why this triangle works so well is because Brody is constantly the middle of a see-saw… he’s us, the audience. He grounds the world. We follow him out to sea. We get to know Quint and Hooper through his friendship and when we see them bond over shared scars and old fishing stories it feels genuine… and inclusive. All the best films draw you into the world. When Quint delivers his famous Indianapolis speech I felt like I was there, at the table. I felt like Quint was telling ME that story. That’s when the movie fully has me as a viewer. That’s when I suddenly feel scared for our characters, when I feel the gravity of the situation.

Through adversity and chaos came a brilliant picture. Spielberg has called the shooting of Jaws his Vietnam. It was so tough on him that when he had recurring nightmares that he was still shooting the picture. Due to the sea and the mechanical shark there were days where they wouldn’t get one shot. But Spielberg used that for the film’s benefit. If you’ve read any of the early drafts of Jaws you see just how saved they were by circumstances forcing them to explore character and suspense over spectacle. There have been stories of Spielberg and Gottlieb spending whole dinners with the actors talking over their characters, problem-solving around the stupid mechanical shark not working. The results are 100 times better than anything they planned to do. Can you imagine how seeing the shark lunge out of the water with Chrissie, the skinny-dipper, clamped in its jaws in the opening minutes would have undermined the entire feeling of dread and the shocking violence that we ended up with?

Everything came together on this one. Steven Spielberg was firing on all cylinders, operating with the drive of a young man trying to make his mark. John Williams gave the film the perfect heartbeat. Verna Fields gave it the perfect pace. Bill Butler gave it the perfect, real-world look. Every single actor was perfectly cast. Jaws is lightning in a bottle. Spielberg couldn’t make that same movie today even if he still had Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw and Verna Fields. It’s a product of its time that is, in its own way, timeless. It’s entertainment with brains, a summer blockbuster that is anything but hollow. In short, it’s a classic and will live long past its makers. So, with my gushing over, let’s get into some fun stuff. First, check out Quint's original introduction. I love this scene, although I have no idea how Spielberg time-traveled and cast his 10 year old self as the recipient of Quint's taunts...

Over the years I’ve scoured the internet for Jaws stuff. In that time I’ve compiled a ton of behind the scenes images and production stills. After a little recent digging specifically for this article I’ve rounded out that collection and figured I’d just run a ton of nifty Jaws pics. Some of them are really sharp quality, some of them not so much. But if you’re a fan of the movie I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of the below. I’d like to point out a few pages that were crucial in compiling the images… First off, the Jaws Movie Archive has a TON of great stuff. You’ll see some of their watermarked pics below, but those are really just the tip of the iceberg. I also found a ton of stuff at this classic monster forum. Also check out Reel Distraction for a ton of opening day Jaws adverts. Let’s get going!

This is my current computer background:

This one was sent to me a while back from someone on the island when they were shooting. He took this personal picture of the Orca:

So, Happy Birthday, old friend. Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • June 20, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Best film ever made - EASILY.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 20, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Let's hear it for Quint!!

    by RPLocke

    Poor bastard got eaten.

  • June 20, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    And I wanted to be Brody as a kid.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 20, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Keeps Discovery Channel alive..

    by ShogunMaster

    Barely watch it except when Shark Week is on..

  • June 20, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST



  • June 20, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Wow...that clarinet scene

    by Superponte

    was BAD. Thank god they had the sense to go with what ended up being Quints introduction with the chalkboard.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by MegaStiffy

    No CGI!!

  • June 20, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Show me the way to go home.

    by holyguacamole

    I'm tired and I want to go to bed.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    REMAKE YOUR OWN CLASSIC! REMAKE JAWS! It would be a masterstroke and would be the final word on Remakes. JUST DO IT!

  • June 20, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Great pics!

    by HorrorFan81

    Now, we just need THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING to actually come out so we can all see it.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah where's that 10 hour long documentary

    by RPLocke

    Will it ever be out on DVD? Why not just put it out and sell it over a website and just charge for postage?

  • June 20, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Happy birthday JAWS

    by Six Demon Bag

    Haven't aged a day.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Ah, the good ol' days...

    by CellarDweller

    Long before Speilberg was Lucas's bitch by bending over and putting CGI gohpers, pompadoured monkeys and aliens in an Indiana Jones movie. Also before the days when he'd team up with a hack like Michael Bay. I miss you young Stevie.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Happy birthday, ye fair Spanish ladies...

    by Cartagia

    Happy birthday, ye ladies of Spain.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Jaws Doc

    by steveholt

    Wasnt there a Doc called The Shark's Still Working supposed to come out a little while back? What happened to that?

  • June 20, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    doodling the shark in school books

    by bluebottle

    i was so obsessed with this movie as a kid, every schoolbook i owned was filled with my variations of the shark in the poster and whatever i could imagine swimming on top of the water.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's sunglasses

    by The Ringwraith

    Don't have arms, from what I can see. Pretty out-there fashion statement for the time, I'm sure. When you see his clothes from this era, he always looks quite stylish actually - he was bit of slick sophisticate, which would have been unusual (and still is)

  • June 20, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    Quint's Indianapolis story gets me every time. Pure fucking gold.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Saw Jaws

    by Coordinate_System

    <P>back in '75. Don't know what possessed my folks to take a 6 year old kid to see this movie, but to this day I still feel uncomfortable when I watch a nature special featuring Great Whites. Not quite a phobia, but the nervousness is there.</P> <P>Still, I love this movie and I watch it every 4th of July weekend.</P> <P>Also, I would like them to put out a DVD/blu ray version that has the "deleted" scenes as an option to watch within the body of the film. Scenes like Quint in the music shop, or Hooper's description of an ex-girlfriend. Little stuff like that. I think they are good character development moments, and I rather like them.</P>

  • June 20, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Holy cow the clarinet scene is BAD.

    by Ironhelix

    I mean REALLY bad.

  • June 20, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    That's some bad hat Harry

    by Shabado

  • June 20, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    The remake stars Jim Caviezal as Brody.

    by UltraTron

    Daniel Day Lewis is Quint. Shia Beef is hooper. You heard it here first. Personally, I would have cast Zack Galifinakis as Hooper

  • June 20, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Viva Jaws! Viva Spielberg!

    by Proman1984

    The master reigns!

  • June 20, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The Clarinet Scene...

    by mrbeaks

    ... was in the network TV edit. That was the first version of JAWS I saw - and I watched it so often as a kid that it was a little jarring when, years later, I finally watched the theatrical cut. Had no idea the movie was that violent.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Mr. Spielberg, go back to the basics that you pioneered and cast aside the crutch of CGI.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Time for a remake

    by otto maddox

    If they can remake Pirahna then they can remake this

  • June 20, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Jaws and Alien

    by Neosamurai85

    My favorite films growing up. Period.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's Vietnam?

    by Redmond

    Yeah, that's the words of a self satisfied young guy who never actually went to war. Doubt he'd say that now. That beef aside, I remember the clearest moment of Spielberg's genius film sensibilities when I finally got around to actually reading Benchley's book after knowing the movie by heart. I expected something similar, and was shocked at how different it was - adult, darker, murkier, with none of the lighthearted tension that made the movie so memorable. Whether it was Spielberg, the producers, or the legions of writers, but by not shooting the book, they made a great movie.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    The Final Jaws Poster

    by WriteFromLeft

    Quint (or anyone else)--what country released the final poster in your line-up? I don't recall seeing the artwork, which looks impressive, in any of the American one-sheets.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Same here! My dad took me to see it at the drive-in in 75 and I had nightmares for weeks. That is, until he took me to see ALIEN in 79. Mom was most displeased, but those are amazing theatrical memories.

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  • June 20, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I wondered when Quint was gonna do this!

    by D.Vader

    No way he'd let the 35th birthday of JAWS go by without saying SOMETHING!

  • June 20, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I used the Indiannapolis speech as a monologue

    by D.Vader

    For my Directing the Actor class back in college. It was awesome.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Somebody shoulda' mentioned The Blues Brothers turning 30

    by Ronald Raygun

    Thirty years ago The Blues Brothers opened, AND the Vatican just named it a "Catholic classic", whatever that means.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    That shot of JAWS eating the kid on the raft...

    by D.Vader

    That shot where he's coming out of the water, which you never see in the final movie, is just goddamned HORRIFIC.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Easily the greatest movie ever made....

    by CCon99

    Still holds up to this day and it somehow makes it on our family shore house's television every single Memorial Day Weekend since we got our first VCR and later DVD player. Now the real question, will Quint go see Piranha 3D to see the fate of an aged Matt Hooper?

  • June 21, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Smile, you sonofabiKABOOM!!!

    by MediaGold

    Cool article, quint! I watched Jaws for the nth time a few weeks ago but this piece makes me want to dig out the DVD. Hell, I might even check Jaws 2 too.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I Actually Tried To Find That Photo For Years...

    by Rebeck2

    It was in a LIFE magazine that summarized the big stories of 1975. Great fucking picture. I kinda' wish they'd left that shot in the film - as well as the estuary death where the guy is in the shark's mouth and drags Brody's son with him. Love to see that put back in the movie, but unfortunately, from the documentary THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, the elements look in terrible condition - I don't think Spielberg ever completely processed that film. Anyway...what can I say? I saw it in a packed theatre on the first weekend when I was 12 years old. It was like mainlining adrenaline. I walked out of the theatre with a buzz that has never gone away. Spielberg was a legend right then, before he ever did another thing.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Fuck Jaws...

    by SouthSide_2010

    Kiss my ass AND suck my dick.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    It is my favorite movie of all time

    by D.Vader

    If its ever on tv and I'm flipping around and catch it, I can watch that movie no matter what scene its at.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Any reason Jaws isn't on Bluray yet?

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • June 21, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Reminder you can follow me on twitter now

    by JettL1993<P> I've finally decided to go twitter, so as well as posting scoops here, i'll also be twatting them regularly

  • June 21, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    my Mom took me to see this when i was 4 years old!

    by mogwai_democracy

    scared the crap out of me, but i loved it! i still have vivid memories of jumping out of my seat when that guy without the eyeball pops out of that hole in the boat! <br><br>when i came home i started drawing tons of stick figure divers getting eaten by sharks complete with huge scribbled clouds of blood. i didn't stop drawing and that's how i became an artist!<br><br>thanks Mom! thanks Jaws! still one of my favorite movies ever.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Jaws and Alien, I concur

    by Homer Sexual

    Jaws is my favorite movie of all time. I have no idea how many times I've seen it. Alien is equally good, but doesn't quite hit me like Jaws. <p> Terrible shame that a quick cut of Jaws eating the kid on the raft as shown in that photo would have been so sweet!

  • June 21, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Watched em on VHS all summer long...1 & 2

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    Can't beat Bruce!!!

  • June 21, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Great pics btw Quint

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    First I've seen of them.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Great article Quint...and JettL...

    by FrecklesBauer

    ...I don't doubt that you'll be twatting regularly.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    A magical movie, one you can watch again and again, ad infinitum. It truly is cinema perfection. There's just something about it, maybe it's just that every single element - from the acting to the writing to the direction to the score - works to its full potential. You really could make a strong argument for Jaws being the greatest movie ever made. I suppose Casablanca and Godfather fans might have something to say about though. Regardless, Jaws remains to this day a shining example of everything that is true and powerful about the art of film.<p> Great article, Quint. Really enjoyed it.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Beaks, same here with the TV edit...

    by BadMrWonka

    although I did love it when someone was getting bit by the shark, and they'd go "______ Christ!!!"<p>a) if you're getting eaten by a shark, you can say whatever you want, b) so it's OK to say Christ if Jesus isn't in front of it? and c) bloody shark deaths are OK, mild swear words, not so much?<p>always fascinated me...

  • June 21, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I shamed him into it in the AICN Downunder talkback. he realized someone else was going to do it, if he didn't do it first.<p>I think it'll be hilarious when it's shut down in a week, after the 20 people whose work he claims to do all by himself, all threaten litigation. <p>the best part os how schizo he is about WHAT he does. he's writing scripts, then he's supervising visual effects, then he's working with actors, then he's producing, then he seems to be involved in pre-production meetings, scouting locations. it's absolutely hilarious.<p>the only really sad thing is how pathetic his real life must be if this is his only way of getting attention. he's like the kid that throw the basketball over the fence because he can't play. poor kid.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    What would make this anniversary better....

    by jawsfan

    Would be the release of "The Shark Is Still Working" on DVD. Might happen in my lifetime, might not. I'm already 43, so I'm betting I'll die of old age first.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I was always a TAXI DRIVER & DAWN OF THE DEAD kid

    by Continentalop

    More than a Star Wars & Jaws, but Jaws does kick ass.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by JettL1993

    it was actually my dear friend Jerry bruckheimer that convinced me that twitter is a great way to stay intouch with the fans. I had actually been thinking about it for a while because i know sometimes it's hard to find myu scoops in these jumnled talkbacks. If you wish to stay abreast of my projects i suggest you follow me on my twitter <P>

  • June 21, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    My favorite movie is definately Jaws

    by pr0g2west

    Watched this and the Temple of Doom on vhs all throughout my childhood as far as I can remember. I think I can remember one summer where I stayed up almost every night and watched Jaws on a consecutive basis. The movie just seems to get better every time I watch it, it just has a magic to it that makes you realize why you love movies in the first place.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    There was another different scene that introduced QUINT...

    by JonChambers

    I have an early script to JAWS where the first time you see Quint - he's at a movie theater laughing at MOBY DICK!! And also an early shooting schedule that says the film company was going to shoot the shark in a tank AS A MINIATURE! Talk about crazy stuff early on.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Jett's education

    by Shubniggorath

    All those listed jobs he seems to have must require some form of education, which would imply at some point taking an English class where one would be taught spelling. Dude, typo's are one thing, I have some fat clumsy fingers myself, but everything you post (including BOTH of your 'Twats' are riddled with poor spelling. Windows has a built-in spell-checker. SPOILER ALERT if something you type has a red line under it, it's probably misspelled LOL In the interest of full disclosure, it just dinged me on 4 typos, which I corrected. GREAT Jaws story, Quint!

  • June 21, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    I think Jett and Jaka are the same person

    by RPLocke

    They talk almost exactly the same.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I think JettL is an asshole

    by Continentalop

    Actually, I don't think, I know.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    To the NUTCASES who DON'T LIKE CGI ...

    by JonChambers

    Yeah, dorks, lets see them make LORD OF THE RINGS without any computer generated effects (how'd you like Billy Barty to play Gollum??). Or how about doing STAR WARS without the aid of CGI? You'd get some pretty GD cheesey special effects. JURASSIC PARK?--dinosaurs by stop motion, looking like an effect IN EVERY SHOT. Because stop motion Never could achieve Absolute Reality in any film, as neat as it is. TERMINATOR II without CGI?? Would you rather see some actor walking around in a aluminum foil suit & then Superipose the morphing to another person - like it was done in the 1940s? THE MATRIX would look like shit without CGI. TRANSFORMERS would have guys in suits, like Godzilla. THE MIST's monsters as animatronics would have been cruddy & obvious. And AVATAR? It would never have gotten made without CGI. Plus without it, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN wouldn't have the spectacular scale....nor GLADIATOR, TITANIC, THE ABYSS, and HBO's THE PACIFIC. And so would thousands of movies that can't afford armies of extras; or rain and fogs; you'd have smaller sets all-around without CGI (Hollywood without CGI set extension?) CGI is GREAT when it's done right, AND it's virtually undetectable. I don't mean "Oh that's a mile-long spaceship - gotta be CGI" stuff. You nuts have NO IDEA how many thousands of "invisible" CGI effects you've seen and never even detected. Just the cosmetic makeup application's of CGI would make your heads spin; not to mention all the explosions that have been 'sweetened' to much bigger bang with CGI. So clam up with this "No CGI" crap. Because without it, you'd be whining that practically every movie has more cheesey, lousy, fake effects. It's a miracle of technology. And it can beat ANY animatronic or practical onset effect IF it is done by effects people who are real artists, have been given enough time & money to do it well. End of lecture.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by windomearle39

    Can you imagine what it would be like if it was today though?Deep Blue Sea...anyone?

  • June 21, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • June 21, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Who the fuck really needs any of those movies you mentioned? I'll take Jaws over Avatar any day.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks Jon

    by UltraTron

    Just cut and paste that whenever some fucking douchebag disses cg because he heard his older brother say it was ripping him out of it.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    If it wasn't for programs cleaning up and transferring these old movies to DVD, you would still be watching Jaws on your grainy VHS tape.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Jaws is a happy place for sure. And the original mono

    by UltraTron

    is the best i've heard Williams' score. But Avatar has that tree scene. Man that's a cool scene. Avatar has a battle between a guy inside a giant robot vs a guy inside an alien body. I mean that's pretty up there. But you're right. I'll still take jaws. I grew up on a beach and it's just a perfect movie. Even more so now that ILM has completely redone the shark flawlessly digital. It's just terrifying when it's eating quint. I saw most of the footage and it's seamless. Bruce is alive now with more character than ever and it feels right. It's a smooth addition. Don't worry you get the unmolested version included with seamless branching

  • June 21, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    The only cgi in The Abyss is the water tentacle, you tool. Why do you think that movie looks so good?

  • June 21, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    It is a crime that no one has posted,

    by CimmerianWarrior

    "We are going to need a bigger boat" :)!!!!

  • June 21, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe a human being made this film.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Happy birthday Jaws.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Did I say we should be living in tepee's and skinning deer dumbfuck? What does that have to do with CGI effects in films? Way to take the discussion off in a completely different direction. <p> And chambers, didn't you see the story where Nolan had done a practical effect and told the computer guys to match it or do better and while they came close there was still a clear difference, and the only reason they came close to begin with was because they had a practical effect to work off of.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    dude, I've told you repeatedly. don't insult my intelligence and keep up the schtick with me. not only does NO one, believe you. no one is even entertained by the schtick anymore, now that you've gone overboard with it.<p>your lies, while pretty transparent, used to be funny or mildly interesting. then you started claiming to be working on EVERY movie with EVERY studio in EVERY capacity. and why? you had a good thing going. some people actually believed you, and now NO one does. so what's the point?<p>pretty damn sad, kiddo. and your twitter account? you have GOT to be kidding? who wants to follow a lonely kid who is so desperate for attention, that he has either convinced himself that people believe his hilariously outrageous lies (which is a level of self-delusion that usually requires medication) or, worse, DOESN'T CARE THAT NO ONE BELIEVES HIM. do you realize how sad that is?<p>do yourself a favor, kid. drop the schtick, go join a softball team or something. just get a fucking life. trust me, the world outside is really fun, you're gonna love it.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    You're gonna need a bigger talkback....

    by gingerella

    This is the film that started it all. The way you watch movies today, cab be traced back to the release of this film. God Bless RS, RD, RS2, LG, MH et al. God Bless 'em all.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Kintner Boy Scene

    by skeletonjack

    I remember finding that shot of the shark attacking the Kintner boy a few years ago and thinking how creepy it was. I'd love to see more cut stuff from that, are there any more stills etc from it? I assume the actual footage is long gone? Was it cut as it showed too much of the shark too early on, or was too violent????

  • June 21, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    by JohnIan

    One of my favorite scenes comes after the efforts of Quint have all failed. The guy picks up some of Hooper gear and says 'what can you do with this?' And Matt not giving Quint any lip over his belittling.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Mine and my dad's favourite film.

    by alan_poon

    Maybe there are better films than Jaws ( but not many) but my love for this film has never diminished since I first saw it. Would love to visit Martha's Vineyard sometime.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST

    CGI is just a tool.

    by UltimaRex

    If you say "No CGI", someone else can say "No practical effects" and you'd both be wrong. Let the film maker use the right tool for the right job. Or have you all forgotten Toy Story 3 just opened?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    "Take my word for it Charlie, dont look back!"

    by sheepshagger

    The two guys on the pier getting pulled in the water used to excite me like no other when i was 8 years old. What a brilliant BRILLIANT film

  • June 21, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    The Real Jett?

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    I might be wrong, but I think Jettl93 could be Supershadow. Read any script drafts featuring Grando Calrissian lately Jett?

  • June 21, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I want to see the TOY STORY shark scene inserted into JAWS for the special edition.<p> "Howdy! Howdy! Howdy! Look i'm Woody."<p> Probably in the middle of the Indianapolis speech would be perfect...

  • June 21, 2010, 5:11 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'd also like to see the Clarinet scene inserted into DIE HARD, just at the moment where the vault opens.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Jaws is okay but I prefer free willy" George Michael.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Happy birthday, Bruce

    by AsimovLives

    Way you swim forever in the seas of cinema, never to be forgotten.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for this Quint...

    by Pdorwick

  • June 21, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by Le Phantom

    Despite what some studio execs want to take credit for, it was Tom Laughlin who originated the wide release method and used it to sky rocket "Bily Jac" into blockbuster status! Universal just followed his hit making formula...

  • June 21, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Are you guys comparing Jaws with Avatar?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Holy cow. Someone typed "I like Jaws, but Avatar has that tree scene which is up there..." That's the problem with the under 30s today. They wouldn't know quality if it bit them on the ass. Jaws is note perfect in every way - suspense, dialog, characterization, acting, imagination it has everything. Not to mention subtlety. Jaws, A New Hope, ESB and Raiders are the four greatest films of their kind ever made. Nothing else comes close. Certainly not tripe like Jurassic Park.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Wide Release

    by Shoegeezer

    Star Wars opened in 32 theatres, hardly a wide release.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Keep blaming Lucas for Crystal Skullfuck, Spielberg had as much to do with that debacle as Lucas, if not more. keep yourself on denial about that, friend, at your own peril. How i wished it wasn't so, but sadly, it is.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    never noticed the chalkboard before

    by vin_diggler

    Apparently that cartoon shark was not the first one drawn on the board. Since that photo is so clear, you can see the other attempts at drawing a shark before they settled on the one in the film. After 35 years and over two dozen viewings of this film, I still find new things I never noticed before. Thanks Quint.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    FAR more than just a monster movie. I love it. And where

    by Mr Nicholas

    is the Blu Ray? I still want a double discer of that and The Shark Is Still Working.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah that one still is nightmarish

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Good stuff

  • June 21, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The sea shanty "Spanish Ladies" also appears in another movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD. I beleive they use a more historically correct version of that song then the one sang by Quint in JAWS. Though i prefer the JAWS's version myself.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    JAWS is a movie first and a blockbuster second

    by AsimovLives

    Unlike today where the vast majority are blockbusters first and then maybe, maybe they bother to present it into something that might resemble a proper film.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I don't care so much about CG vs Practical effects.

    by RenoNevada2000

    I'll take the 3D characters in JAWS over the cardboard cutouts in AVATAR any day.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    you what really proves Jaws is one of the greatest

    by vin_diggler

    films of all time? Look how much respect it gets in the talkbacks. Just about everyone who has posted on this article has had nothing but good things to say about Jaws. Name another movie on this site that hasn't caused any debates or trolls. It is the perfect movie and almost impossible to point out any flaws.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Seems men of a certain age

    by freekydeeky

    remember Jaws for the masterpiece that it is. My parents took me to see this movie when I was ten, it scared the shit out of me to such a degree that I wouldn't even get a bath for 6 months and stopped me swimming until I was 16. I can also say that I have never been "scared" by any movie since. Nothing can reach me in he same way.<p>Seeing this and Star Wars at age 12 and Alien at age 14 made me the movie nutjob I am today...

  • June 21, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    They don't make actors like Robert Shaw anymore

    by ricarleite2

    Name one. DeNiro? He is a shadow of a good actor nowadays...

  • June 21, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Watched it again last night

    by Shawn F.

    Still the Perfect summer movie. Not a wasted scene in the entire 124 minutes. One caveat (and this is not against the movie): the SD DVD looks awful. Get that damn blu-ray out on the market, Universal!

  • June 21, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    So I missed the "The Shark is Working" doc?

    by CreasyBear

    I remember reading Quint's write-up on it, and saw the trailer, but is it available now or what?

  • June 21, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST


    by m_prevette

    Saw it on opening weekend and have loved it ever since. I guess I've watched it over 100 times. My favorite movie and Spielberg's best. they don't make thrillers like this anymore, they just don't. Nothing matches it's perfection

  • June 21, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Jaws holds a special place in my heart

    by JettL1993

    The shoot were hard but we captured lightning in a bottle on that one, i'm so glad i convinced Speilberg to use a shark as the beast rather then the orginally intended sea crab. Although the sea crab design was later modified into E.T. so the hard work didn't go unused

  • June 21, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by OlafStapledon

    Quint, you've outdone yourself! Excellent article.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    A movie that stand heads and fintails above the rest

    by shutupfanboy

    The movie that me terrified to dive off the diving board in swim class for fear of Jaws pooping out of the water. I saw it again last week and may throw it in this week. Truly an American classic and something that should be re-made or fucked. This needs to be re-released in five years, but no 3D bullshit maybe some digital cleaning due to wear and tear. Probably the greatest horror movie of all time and top five movie of all time.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 21, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Too much talking, not enough chomping.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    TSISW has never been released, I just saw it a while ago at a special screening in Denver. It was supposed to be put out for the, uhm, 35th... What Universal's problem is nobody knows.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The Sam Jackson scene blows Jaws right out of the water.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    (500) DAYS OF JAWS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Jaws: "So ... you're married." <P> Summer: "Yeah. Crazy, huh?" <P> Jaws: *Bites down on compressed gas tank*

  • June 21, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Drink to them legs!

    by TheJudger

    Happy 3five Waterbeast With Teeth,

  • June 21, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Ultratron STOP IT!!!!!!!

    by TheJudger

    I asked you last time you posted this tidbit where the proof was. Becuase in my mind there is only one messed up scene in jaws. The one where he comes around side the boat. the overhead shot, he looked to short, which is wierd as hell, because the shark expertly made in ever other image or bts cap I've seen of it. So why fix what is not broke. Extend the shark with 2d digital hocus pocus of rhtta one scene and theres nothing else to fix. So will you care to explain how you know they cgi'd him up some? Cause I dont believe it.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by TheJudger

    I asked you last time you posted this tidbit- where the proof was. Because in my mind there is only one messed up scene in Jaws. The one where he comes around the side of the orca- the overhead shot, he looked way too short, like his tail was crunched in, which is weird as hell, because the shark was very true to scale in all the bts images I've seen of it. So why fix what is not broke? Extend the his tail in that one scene with 2d digital hocus pocus, and then there's nothing else to fix. So would you care to explain how you know they cgi'd him up some? Cause I dont believe it. does his eyes roll back does his snot area fold up and act like real skin now. What needed changing?

  • June 21, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by TheJudger

    there are very few real men of cinema now. That is one of the things i know is wrong with cinema today, too many pretty boys, and unmen playing real men and everymen roles. It's true as all hell and it sucks.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    a movie that has aged very well

    by Moonwatcher

    And how about some love for Lorraine Gary? The scene where she yells at her kids to "get out of the water?" Priceless. I think I saw it three or four times that first summer, and I can still remember the collective gasp when Ben Gardner's head popped out of the hull. Then there's the one-shot of Brody, Hooper, and the mayor, the dinner table, Hooper crushing his cup, "You're gonna need a bigger boat," the opening credits, Spielberg's voice on the radio, the lucky shots of shooting stars...

  • June 21, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Happy 21st birthday Killer Klowns from Outer

    by Samuel Fulmer


  • June 21, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Happy 15th birthday Congo!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Happy Zero Birthday

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The Day the Clown Cried!

  • June 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Happy 2nd Birthday Wall-E!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Happy Six Month Birthday Avatar!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Happy 18th Birthday Far and Away!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Happy Week and a half birthday A-Team!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Happy Three day birthday Jonah Hex!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Kim Jong Il will go nuclear on his team for sure.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    JettL1993 you are brilliant!

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    "I'm so glad that I persuaded Steven Spielberg to use a shark as the beast and not a giant sea crab that was originally intended. Although the sea crab was reworked into ET so the work didn't all go to waste". That is priceless! Folks, you can't the kind of entertainment Jett provides us with. Jett write your memoirs, I'll be first in line to buy it!

  • June 21, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 21, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by barryallen77

    great friggin movie. love the happy part of the score when the all the towns' fishermen go out hunting the shark

  • June 21, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    "Farewell and adieu, to you Spanish ladies....

    by Tacom

    Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain; For we've received orders for to sail for ole England, But we hope in a short time to see you again. We will rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England; From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues. We hove our ship to with the wind from sou'west, boys We hove our ship to, deep soundings to take; 'Twas forty-five fathoms, with a white sandy bottom, So we squared our main yard and up channel did make. We will rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England; From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues. The first land we sighted was called the Dodman, Next Rame Head off Plymouth, off Portsmouth the Wight; We sailed by Beachy, by Fairlight and Dover, And then we bore up for the South Foreland light. We will rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England; From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues. Then the signal was made for the grand fleet to anchor, And all in the Downs that night for to lie; Let go your shank painter, let go your cat stopper! Haul up your clewgarnets, let tacks and sheets fly! We will rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England; From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues. Now let ev'ry man drink off his full bumper, And let ev'ry man drink off his full glass; We'll drink and be jolly and drown melancholy, And here's to the health of each true-hearted lass. We will rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar all on the salt sea. Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England; From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues."

  • June 21, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Some directors do wonders with CGI (Cameron for decades, Blomkamp most recently), and I'm happy to see where they take that technology. <br> <br> But my favorite Spielberg flicks, and the ones a lot of people would point to as "classics," these rely mostly on practical effects. I think Spielberg has used CGI as a crutch in recent years, with the disappointing INDY 4 being the most glaring example. Maybe everything works better in Spielberg's films when he and the actors can see what they're working with.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    "He's in the yahhhhd

    by kwisatzhaderach

    not too fahhhh from the cahhhhhh."

  • June 21, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Ben Gardner

    by laservillain

    This question has always plagued me about the movie (my favorite film of all time btw): Why does Hooper just tell the Mayor he "had an accident" when he dropped the tooth?! Why doesn't he say, "I saw Ben Gardner's severd head because he was eaten by the shark you dumb f*ck!" Does anyone have an explanation for this???

  • June 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Laservillain-The Head thing

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was a re-shoot that Spielberg did in a friends pool after he previewed the movie and wanted another big scare moment. I guessing the other scene was shot a year or so earlier and they couldn't re-shoot it.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Shit does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Hooper shit himself when the severed head popped out at him. He *literally* shit himself.<p> "had an accident" is a euphemism for involuntary bowel release. There's your explanation.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks Fulmer

    by laservillain

    Too bad of that logistical knot they couldn't fix - it always bugged me that he doesn't mention the head to the mayor, but I understand Spielberg's desire for another scare at that point...

  • June 21, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer is correct

    by vin_diggler

    In the origianl scene, the head popping out was not as shocking. It was more of a "damn he dropped his only proof of a shark" moment. They decided to make the scene less about the tooth and go for a scare instead.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    A touch of romance.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Classic movie. Perfect in every way.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Classic movie. Perfect in every way.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Classic movie. Perfect in every way.

  • June 21, 2010, 10 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'd start writing that homage now if I were you. Don't wait 'til the last minute.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by belasco_house

    Awesome Quint, nice one

  • June 21, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    And everyone talks about Star Wars in regards

    by Samuel Fulmer

    to merchandising, but Bond movies and even Roy Rogers tie-ins were going on years before.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Yeah Jaws is *just about* perfect

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Something has always just personally rubbed me the wrong way about what I consider an annoying habit SS apparently developed very early on: his fetish for having to include 'real local flavor' with non-actors getting face time and even lines. If they could act or fit into scenes it would be fine, but they stand out like sore thumbs and it always takes me right out of the story, and instead makes me think to myself 'Oh look at the odd characters SS found to put in this scene.' Temple of Doom was really bad about this, and it was even in Raiders a bit too. But believe me, it's a minor quibble. Jaws is a great great movie, Shaw's monologue can never be beat, and RD was really on his game, catapulting him right into CE3k.. Good times, good times.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Star Wars owed more to Planet of the Apes than Jaws

    by gruntybear


  • June 21, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    So was Planet of the Apes, Samuel Fulmer

    by D.Vader

    Ooops, gruntybear beat me to it.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    My Jaws Story....

    by DangerDave

    I saw Jaws on HBO when I was about 7. This was back when HBO was on the air about 5 hours a day and showed maybe 3 movies and Jaws seemed to be on infinite repeat. <P> As a kid growing up in Ohio, large bodies of water were as alien to me as the moon. I lived in Eastern Ohio and had yet to see Lake Erie. <P> The film had such a terrifying effect on me that I could not even go into the deep end of the city swimming pool. If I could not see the bottom, I would swim to the side of the pool and jump out. I would go fishing in the Ohio River and be scared of what might be at the end of my line as I pulled that fish closer to shore. I would see pictures of the poster for Jaws and my blood would run cold. <P> When I finally seen the ocean for the first time when I was 19, I still had terror running through me. It was only when I went to Croatia and went snorkeling for the first time was I able to overcome my fears. And still I would have flashed of panic, that I would have suppress to stay in the water. <P> Years later I got my scuba certification and I am a regular diver. I live 30 minutes from the Atlantic and I am in the water almost every other weekend, swimming or surfing, but it still has a grip on me to this day. <P> I know, “Cool Story Bro”.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I saw all the Jaws movies first on VHS except

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Jaws The Revenge. When I was little I liked Jaws 2 the best. I still think it has the better score and some really good suspense moments.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    No film betters 'Jaws'...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...for building tension, in my vry humble opinion. It's so good, in fact, that I use it as a teaching aid when doing creative writing with the kids I teach. They freakin' love it. Happy Birthday, Bruce.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday my favourite movie!

    by Cat_Corporation

    Recently showed this at a private screening for my 30th birthday. A couple of my friends - amazingly - had never seen it before and it was like seeing a film I've seen a million times before for the very first time. It was awesome to hear them laugh and squeal in fright, and to see the movie on the big screen, which I never have before. It was really magical. Thanks to everyone involved for a fantastic, timeless movie! :D

  • June 21, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Didnt John Millius Write That Indianapolis Speech


    One of the best monolouges in history. And my spelling is shit.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    What about all the Deleted scenes?


  • June 21, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Spielberg cameo on pier?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    When they catch the tiger shark (a whaaaattt?), is Spielberg on the pier in those scenes, wearing a floppy sun hat? It sure looks like him.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Deleted Scenes

    by BilboRing

    I heard there was one scene of a 3-way ass rape in the Orca's hull in between the barrel harpoonings.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    You'd love to prove that wouldn't you?

    by Amazing Maurice

    Get your name into the National Geographic?

  • June 21, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Great Jaws Montage

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

  • June 21, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The release and Jaws impact on Star Wars

    by Ryan K.

    Not to dis "Jaws" in any way (one of my all-time favorites--along with "Star Wars") and not to be too pedantic (here?) but I think Quint over simplified how films were released back in the mid-70s in the pre-blockbuster era. "Star Wars" in fact was initially released like most movies still were back then: it did open in most major cities at the same time simultaneous but usually only in one theater per city, and a large one downtown. The idea in those days was to build word of mouth (the whole idea of "opening weekend box office" barely existed back then, movies played for weeks, months even, and were expected to make their money over the long haul, not within 7 days of release). After a few weeks of these "exclusive" engagements, a movie with "legs" would expand to more and more theaters and work its way to smaller regional theaters and the multiplexes which were beginning to pop up. "Jaws" indeed (and "Trial of Billy Jack" as someone pointed out) defied this usual method of release with a huge (at the time) wide opening at hundreds of theaters all across the country at the same time. It didn't hurt that there was tremendous buzz about the movie even back in the pre-internet, three-network TV days. The book had been a HUGE bestseller, and Universal pulled out all the stops with posters, billboards everywhere, and ads. No one over the age of 12 in America in 1975 would have been unaware that a movie called "Jaws" was coming out. As for whether it had anything to do with Lucas getting the "Star Wars" gig: I have to call baloney on that theory. Lucas had already proved he could make a studio big bucks with his enormously successful "American Graffiti." He was extremely bankable because of that picture, much as his buddy Coppola was because of the "Godfather" movies. "Jaws" had nothing to do with Lucas' success or ability to get a directing job. Just wanting to set the record straight, it's no reflection on Quint or the amazing movies all mentioned here.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Re: B&W Kinter leaper pic

    by JAGUART

    Is anyone exactly sure that is not a doctored pic from a magazine from that time? The shark looks superimposed, plus it looks exactly like an image that was popular at the time of the film. I remember this because I had inked that very pose on my canvas school notebook binder, copied from a pic I had, back in 1976 at age 10.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    Lets have the master remake his own film that started the summer blockbuster race! Nothing would be more radical and why not? Do it because you can, Steven!

  • June 21, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    Lets have the master remake his own film that started the summer blockbuster race! Nothing would be more radical and why not? Do it because you can, Steven!

  • June 21, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    What d'ya have there?

    by Amazing Maurice

    A portable shower or a monkey cage?

  • June 21, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Final Deleted Scene

    by BilboRing

    At the end, when they make it back to the beach, Hooper clubs Brody over the head and ass rapes him while screaming "MAN EATER! MAN EATER!" I think it was in good taste that Spielberg cut the scene out.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and CGI

    by Bouncy X

    all of his movies that are considered classics (outside of maybe Jurassic Park) were done before CGI was being used or even existed so of course it seems like he's barely used it. as for Indy 4, it waaaay more practical than people realize. i remember seeing stuff in the making-of that i was positive was CGI and wasn't. my favorite though is seeing people complain over the "fake jungle". you know, the real one they actually filmed in. but oh no, they used a CGI extension instead of a matte painting that would stick out just as much as those used in the 80s so its an evil movie. :p Anyway as for this particular movie, i've never really liked it. It doesn't suck or anything but i guess it just isnt my cup of tea. (and yes i said that partly to ruffle) :)

  • June 21, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Quint Deleted Scene

    by DangerDave

    At the dinner table he sniffs Hooper neck and says "You smell awfully fine there, lets be seamen together" <P> Brody watching in horror and jumps overboard into the mouth of the shark.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Question for Quint

    by Amazing Maurice

    I'm just curious if this has ever been asked or addressed over the years.....<P>About the autopsy scene, Hooper's line "This is what happens" seems to have been recorded at a different time from when the scene was filmed - the sound quality is completely different and line itself makes no sense in context - as if the scene had been hastily re-cut or re-edited.<P>It's always stuck out to me. Although the stangeness of it all makes me love that scene even more.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    I noticed that too. That was the first time I ever noticed a ADR in a movie. <P> Worth investigation.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Speilberg cameo in Duel

    by Samuel Fulmer

    You can actually see his reflection in the phone booth before the Truck hits it. Early 70's Pre-beard Berg.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Weird cut in the autopsy scene

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Yeah I think it was a last second edit right before the film went into release. Sort of like the similar weird cut in Spielberg and Hooper's Poltergeist in the scene between Carol Anne scooting across the kitchen and the Freeling parents going over to talk to their neighbor about strange occurances.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    What's with the Douche spamming Jodan shoes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    If this is a movie site, why not spam with Space Jam DVDs or something.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I always found the poison needle confusing.

    by vin_diggler

    when quint says" your gonna get this needle through his thick skin". He put his thumb on it and you can see it is a very small needle. But when Hooper is in the water and pulls the cork off the end, it looks like a much larger spear head. What happened to the needle?

  • June 21, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Kitner Attack Scene

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    Love those stills of the shark coming out of the water behind the raft. Pretty fucking horrific and violent. That is my favorite attack in the movie because you actually get a quick glimpse of the shark coming up behind the raft. It is really the first time you see anything of the shark. Also love the fountain of blood coming up. Quite terrifying for a PG movie

  • June 21, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Masel Tov, Quint.

    by cookylamoo

    Oh wait, I thought you said JEWS.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    you dont remake a perfect film

    by FleshMachine

    you remake imperfect films.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    You could get a JAWS haircut in my home town

    by BenBraddock

    A local barber saw a quick way to make an extra quid or two... it was basically a jagged fringe, like sharks teeth. They had a photo of a girl with her hair freshly cut in the local rag. JAWS was that now rare breed - a social phenomenon. Nice tribute Quint!

  • June 21, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Jaws Remake: Jaws vs. BP

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Great movie!!...

    by TheNewDirector

    ... for alot of people Jaws is the perfect film, I don't blame them, but for me that goes to Heat by Michael Mann. That is perfection.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    personally i wanted to be han solo...

    by iwasredempted

    ah the good old days of practical effects. back then you actually had to rely on scenes with dialogue and great characterization in between the set pieces to create mood and atmosphere. i think that helped make the practical effects more believable. nowadays that seems to be lost.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I always get tear eyed

    by PedroM

    on the scene between Brody and his son trading faces with each other.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Might as well dig up my LaserDisc

    by PedroM

    and play that special edition that comes with the soundtrack and the book. Anyone else got that??

  • June 21, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Perfection does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    'Perfect' isn't a competition. Both HEAT and JAWS can be perfect films.<p> To me a perfect film is one that couldn't tell its particular story any better. I'd say THE KARATE KID is a perfect film. It tells a modest tale but it tells it perfectly - nothing you'd want to change about that movie. Ditto THE LADYKILLERS by Ealing. Both films suffered remakes, neither needed them.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    yeah..let's get this perfect film debate started...

    by iwasredempted

    my vote goes to, in no particular order...silence of the lambs...empire strikes back...shawshank redemption....casablanca as perfect films. i have others but those are the ones that come to mind first.

  • June 21, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday, JAWS...

    by Lucky13

    My grandmother let me watch it on HBO when I was about 6 yrs old ('86) and it's been my favorite ever since. Before deciding to watch it, I remember asking her if it was one of those 'boring' national geographic type shows... and she said something like "No, I think its a scary movie". Anyway, had to give my 2 cents. I agree that they don't make actors like Shaw anymore. Everyone in Hollywood is a fancy boy now. Although I just watched True Romance on BD last night... Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper's "Sicilian" still gets me. Those two are/were probably representatives of the last generation of truly great actors to carry the Robert Shaw flag. Now we get rappers (and now their children), Ashton Kutcher... and if you're lucky you'll get some Aussie quasi-tough guy like Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman or Sam Worthington. Yikes. And lastly... JAWS on BD please!!! (I wonder if SS is planing to 'clean' up the movie in the same way Lucas did with the original SW trilogy. Getting rid of some obvious mechanical shark moments, etc... that would make fans happy! ; -)

  • June 21, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Lucky13

    Forgot that simple formatting doesn't exist here. Rookie mistake. It looked good in my comment window!

  • June 21, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Cobra Kai.

    by TheNewDirector

    Perfection is subjective to the person who believes it is so. I believe Heat is the greatest film of all time and is perfect, which is of course my opinion, that doesn't mean I think other people should also believe that cause I do. It's in the eye of the beholder.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Perfect Films

    by DangerDave

    Shawshank <P> Jaws <P> Empire <P> Heat <P> Robocop Yeah I said it.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Regarding the first poster...

    by thanatos99999

    The one right in the beginning of the article... For what it's worth , I thought I'll mention that it's a polish version of the poster and the line right above the word "SZCZEKI" (which in polish means "Jaws") on it is somehow hilarious (to me at least:)).It literaly means "Loud American Film":) In polish you can use the word "głośny" ("loud") to describe popular or famous movie (meaning that it's a movie that generates a lot buzz and talk) but still - it's pretty funny to use it here, in a classic horror movie that does generate a bit of loud screams:)And it's a nice example of the way american movie would be adverstised in central Europe in the 70s (the part of Europe under the radar of the Soviet Union) with this mentioning that it is "American" movie (and therefore making sure the crowd will be storming in:))

  • June 21, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    How do I know that Jaws is a perfect film?

    by skimn

    Because there's no fat. It's just over two hours, and tells the tale from beginning to end perfectly. If it was made today, it would be two and a half hours long with a bunch of padded scenes, probably including the affair that was wisely removed from the book.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    On my perfect film list...The Incredibles

    by skimn

    Where the visuals, the theme, the voice acting (who knew "Coach" could be so affecting?), the music..everything came together, and it is my favorite Pixar so far. For a studio thats 11 - 0 so far, thats pretty damn good.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Jaws..the last golden era of film.

    by alienindisguise

    Where for us to see great shots it took excellent dp's and art directors instead of numbnuts behind a keyboard.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    One cast change

    by pilgrim64

    First off Happy 35th Birthday to Jaws. I love this movie but after reading the book, it's my most humble opinion that Brian Dennehy would have made a better Brody than Roy Scheider. Look at his sheriff in First Blood before Stallone escapes and tell me whether you agree or disagree

  • June 21, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X doesn't like jaws. Sad little mind.

    by UltraTron

    And yeah I had the lazerdisc boxset. Now I got the 1080 download which pretty much bests the original mono DVD.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I agree i'd like to see dennehy grab Richard dryfuss

    by UltraTron

    by the back of his head like he does that Ginger in first blood and shake him and say, "that's will pembry!"

  • June 21, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    "You yell barracuda, everyone goes 'Huh? What?'"

    by D.Vader

    "Now, you yell shark... And we've got a panic on our hands on the 4th of July."

  • June 21, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Hooperms weird autopsy line

    by D.Vader

    I believe in a previous JAWS story posted by Quint last year, he addressed that issue, either by gettin the answer through an interview with someone or through a documentary or something. I seem to remember the answer being something like the audio quality of the rest of the line not matching up or something. I'm probably wrong, but either way, I do remember reading the answer here last year.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Hooper's weird autopsy line

    by D.Vader

    I believe in a previous JAWS story posted by Quint last year, he addressed that issue, either by gettin the answer through an interview with someone or through a documentary or something. I seem to remember the answer being something like the audio quality of the rest of the line not matching up or something. I'm probably wrong, but either way, I do remember reading the answer here last year.

  • June 21, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    There is a deleted scene about that. When Quint asks Hooper about the little needle, Hooper pulls out a huge dildo and explains that "I plan on using this to kill the shark." Chief Brody then pulls down his pants and says "Better practice on me first." Quint then drops his pants and rubs chum on his crotch while Hooper violates the Chief.

  • I love Jaws. A classic film, with fantastic characters and acting. Brilliant suspense. Wonderful music. It truly is lightning in a bottle. I was 5 when it came out in theaters. Just the commercials were enough to give me nightmares. I didn't see it until it was re-released in theaters when I was 11. It was worth the wait! An absolutely brilliant film and one of my all time favorites! Happy birthday!

  • June 21, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    First time my Dad ever took me to the cinema

    by Bruce T Shark

    was to see JAWS (I was 6 - he'd already seen it and knew I'd be ok with it). Made us sit near the back on the aisle and told me to watch the film but keep an eye on the audience too. I was 6 and didn't know why you would do that. 5 minutes in and I knew, everyone reacted the same way I did, jumped in the same places, held their breath, laughed. That single film is responsible for my love of all things cinema and to this day I've never seen a better movie. Many years later I took my dad to see Commando! Guess I still owe him on that one.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Too bad we never got the Jaws reunion movie

    by RPLocke

    With Roy and Dreyfuss. Would have been nice. Better than Jaws fucking III.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Great Stuff

    by disastermag

    Wow. This is great stuff. A wonderful review. The comparison with Star Wars is interesting. I would say that Jaws and Close Encounters were the most vivid movie experiences of my childhood. Of course I loved Star Wars, but Jaws in particular seemed like a more "adult" movie, a serious movie about a serious shark.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "This is what happens" line and Alternate search scene

    by ndally

    Spielberg was the ediotor of Empire Magazine a while back and did a "Q&A" from famous people and directors. Bryan Singer asked what was up with the "This is what happens" cut and he says he cut about 20 seconds of dialouge that was exposition and he didn't like that. Spielberg says he applauds Singer for asking that question and that no one has ever asked him that before. So if you have that Empire Magazine the answer is in there's. Also there's a special feature on the 30th anniversary DVD and it shows the scene where hooper and Brody come across Ben Gardners boat but there are two things that's are strange. 1) the scene was being filmed during the daytime and 2) the boat that Hooper and Brody are on is completely different. Does anyone know what was up with that? Obviously they reshot the scene but I wonder why. The special feature on the DVD is from the 70's and they interview Spielberg while he eats and a few other things. Quint have you seen this footage of the Ben Gardner search? Again it was daytime and the boat they were on was an old piece of shit when compared to Hoopers boat that we see in the final film

  • June 21, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    oh Roy and Dreyfuss..

    by Bouncy X

    got the latest Family Guy dvd set and it includes the episode with the Stephen King "trilogy". there's a funny bit there where both Roy and Scheider provide voiceovers then start talking to each other. and yes i dont like Jaws...oh i dont like something everyone else does, stop the presses, someone has their own opinion. :P

  • June 21, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Spelling, grammer. Oops!

    by ndally

    Sorry folks wrote that from my cellphone in a hurry. Pardon the mistakes

  • June 21, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Roy and Scheider?

    by Bouncy X

    of course i meand and Dreyfuss.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    on the topic of the indianapolis speech...

    by woozlewuzzle

    it's somewhat surprising to me that there's never been a film made about that incident. what with the historical significance (atomic bomb connection) and the gruesome fate of those that didn't survive. perhaps out of respect? but if they can make a shitty pearl harbor movie, i can't see why this would be out of bounds.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks ndally!!

    by D.Vader

    So it was Singer who asked, not Quint! I knew it was a big fan of the movie asking someone in an interview! Auugh, where is my copy of that Empire...

  • June 21, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • June 21, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    The Scariest Movie of All Time

    by Wrath4771

    Jaws is still the scariest movie of all time. Don't believe me? ask my generation and the one before it why we don't swim in the ocean.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by iamjoebu It wasn't as bad as the title makes it sound.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I remember Jaws

    by ninefingeredfrodo

    Saw it with my friends opening weekend and it scared the crap out of all of us. Foolishly I saw it a second time thinking that it wouldn't scare me as bad. Wrong. To this day I always look twice before getting into any body of water. Now that's a movie with impact. Happy Anniversary! To those who say it's the perfect movie I agree. The timing and the tension are flawless. The cast superb. No one today can touch Robert Shaw but my favorite RS role was Henry VIII in A Man For All Seasons. Quint gets runner-up. I'll have to find my DVD and watch it tonight.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    thanks iamjoebu

    by woozlewuzzle

    never heard of that one. will have to check it out.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Loved that Quint drank Narragansett Beer.

    by fiester

    Especially since the brewery recently reopened under new operations and is currently putting out some nice lager.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Indianapolis movie

    by iamjoebu

    Yeah, I remember checking it out specifically due to Quint's tale. While not awful at all from what I remember (it's been ten years since I saw it) Shaw's telling was more intense.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Woozlewuzzle there was a tv movie made

    by D.Vader

    I saw it when I was young, and for a longtime there was a rumor that there was going to be a JAWS prequel called Indianapolis that starred a young Quint.

  • June 21, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    mentioning Shawshank and Jaws do not belong in the same sentence

    by gernblanston67

    unless you're saying Jaws was excellent and Shawshank was ok, albeit sappy, sentimental and deliberate. Nowhere near perfect.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The shark is as Hitchcock would say:The Maguffin

    by houndog

    JAWS is actually a tremendous film about responsibility. Brody has a responsibility to the community as its Sheriff, but it doesn't hit home until Mrs. Kintner's speech to him at the docks. That moment he realizes his mistake and what he must do to atone for it. If only we had more films today that would give us good decent heroes, who despite their flaws come through in the end. Wake up Hollywood it doesn't have to be 3-d to resonate with people.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Shut up you nerds!

    by DannyDreams

    Stop saying remake JAWS! Leave it be. Effing nerds always needing a remake. Jaws should NEVER have a remake. Its the most perfect movie ever made.

  • June 21, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    The Robert Shaw-shank Redemption!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 21, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Ok I know i should just ignore..

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    ..should just ignore bilbo dildo-head, but come on, dude, just go on ahead down to whatever gay red-light district is near your ghetto and DO it already. You are clearly fixated. Damn. You're like that dude in Good Morning Vietnam who was all hot for naked pictures of Walter Brennan. Seriously, do you watch ALL movies with your hands down your pants, or just Jaws?

  • June 21, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    one of the best...

    by slickerynodes

    and one of the first i remember seeing on the big screen. the audience was great and we were all sucked in, jumping and squirming and screaming at the same time. truly a shared experience. spielberg's best and the actors did a great job with classic quotable dialogue.<p> "is that $5000 bounty on the shark in cash or check?" "i don't think that's funny, i don't think that's funny at all...i'm sorry.." bitch.<p> plus the mayor's wardrobe rocked. where can i get me an anchor blazer?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    From Brody to Quint....Thank you. That was brilliant

    by Brody77

    Now can we please have the Blu-Ray?

  • June 21, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Just finished reading The JAWS Log

    by Flexfill

    Wow, that is almost as thrilling as the film itself. So much history I was unaware of, and believe it or not I actually saw this in the theater in '75. I was just a little kid, but my parents were very cool about movies. I remember walking past the big marquee and being chilled by the teeth in the sharks mouth. They looked to me like the leaves on a tree, but their menace was not lost on me. That was simply a child's interpretation of the art. The artist really struck fear into us with that image. As I got older and the film was re-issued into theaters between let's say '78-'82 as was the practice in the days before home video, I would go back time and again to see the monster and the masterpiece they wove around him. Happy anniversary Brucie my friend. Thanks Quint. You're the best.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Can we have a tribute talkback for Jaws: The Revenge as well?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I love that movie; I'll bet Spielberg is jealous of it.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by Amazing Maurice

    Thanks for that.<P>The autopsy scene has puzzled me since I was a kid.

  • June 21, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Ndally , to answer your question...

    by Flexfill

    They originally shot the "finding Ben Gardner's boat" scene during the day. It was in a small craft and Carl Gottlieb's character (the newspaper guy)is with them. But Carl fell over the side while filming and Spielberg decided it would be much creepier at night anyway. Carl was also the screenwriter, as he had many functions on this film, and he agreed. They re-shot the whole thing at night with a different boat. Read The JAWS log, cuz it explains everything and it's great.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    To this day, Jaws is the ONLY movie

    by bigsexy75

    that I will stop literally anything to watch on TV. No matter what I'm doing, no matter if it's a midnight start and I have to work the next day. Absolutely love it. And, as far as remakes go, why not re-release the original again in theatres? Don't know about you, but I'd rather do that than see Shia or Ashton or Sam Worthington phone in a half-baked remake.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    side note

    by Flexfill

    They even include photos of Carl falling out of the boat and almost drowning. Dreyfuss and Scheider are seen struggling to get him back in, as Carl is a heavy man. The photo archivist was just snapping away and got the whole thing. No wonder he wrote himself out of the re-shoot. Just imagine the stockpile of BTS photos of Bruce and company Universal has in their vaults. You could do an entire book on those alone.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    That, plus I'm only 35

    by bigsexy75

    so I've never seen it on the big screen.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfuss' new career: Telling people the shark was broke

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    I swear to God not a week goes by without me flipping past AMC or TMC or SPIKETV without seeing a shot of swollen Richard Dreyfuss rambling on about the stupid broken shark robot.<p> FIND A NEW ANECDOTE, PLEASE.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... and cried heavily when Bruce bought the farm. I didn't see him as the villain, poor fishey. Happy Birthday to one of the ten greatest films of all time, and thanks to all involved in it's creation for 35 years of good times.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    "poor fishey" Classic!

    by Flexfill

    still scares me to see B&W photos of it in the water and I don't care if it looks fake, it's fucking creepy

  • June 21, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    The original JAWS is, of course, the best...

    by Ironhelix

    ...but one of the scariest scenes for me was when the kid gets eaten in front of his girlfriend in JAWS 2. The way it drags him to the boat, and the way that he smacks into the side of it before trying to climb out (probably missing his legs) while his girlfriend looks on, paralyzed by horror... THAT shit scared the hell out of me as a kid.

  • June 21, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    jaws is my toy story 3

    by brabon300

    always cry when the shark gets blown to bits

  • June 21, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by ndally

    I'm heading over to amazon to buy it as I type. Thanks for the heads up. Sounds interesting especially given the films dramatic behind the scenes struggles. Thanks again

  • June 21, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    As far as the sequels go

    by Flexfill

    JAWS 2 ain't bad. It's the best companion to the first and still maintains the local color of the town. You can't top JAWS ever, but they had a good director who had come up alonside Spielberg on "Night Gallery." And of course the late great Roy Scheider elevated it.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Yeah it's only $10 bucks

    by Flexfill

    Everyone who loves JAWS will love Carl Gottlieb's The JAWS Log.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Albert B

    by BadMrWonka

  • June 21, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    stupid fat fingers....Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life is perf

    by BadMrWonka

    ditto Shawshank, of course.<p>Out of Sight by Soderburgh<p>Lawrence of Arabia<p> Groundhog Day<p> A Christmas Story<p> (I know, I know, but I have to say it) Tarsem's The Fall...amazing story, amazing acting, and some of the most astounding visuals ever, all with NO CGI. unbelievable.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Wondered why it had been on cable so much recently

    by Jaka

    Great film. Hadn't seen it for at least ten years. Watched it twice recently and enjoyed it more the second time than the first. Scheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss are just so damn perfect.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Relax dude. I was being funny. Sorry to upset the chain of praise for such a life altering, world changing movie. I mean it cures cancer, right? Oh wait, it's just a movie. I loved Jaws as much as the next guy but lighten the hell up. Sheesh. Besides, my posts are funny. I was thinking of the deleted scene when they open up the tiger shark and instead of fish and license plates, a package of dildos spills out and Hooper and Brody take them back to the mother of the dead boy and beat her with them. Besides, the only dumb part of Jaws is when the shark backs up after attacking the boat. Sharks don't swim backwards. Well, sharks don't attack boats, hold vendettas, chew on oxygen tanks, jump onto boats, swim through windows, hang around out of the water while men slip into your mouth, etc. And oxygen tanks do not explode when punctured by anything. So why can't I talk about gay sailor love? It's too stupid? Oh. At least gay sailor love is real.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I'm going to Martha's Vineyard

    by belasco_house

    and I'm gonna yell 'BARRACUDA!' and then "karate" the picket fences and see if anyone reacts and it's gonna be cool

  • June 21, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Huh? What?

    by Flexfill

    you yell shark...

  • June 21, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    As long as Polly does the printing

    by Amazing Maurice

  • June 21, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    How long did it take for Brody and Hooper to get back to shore?

    by RPLocke

    It must have taken them hours.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    great article for a great fuckin movie

    by Kammich

    I was born in '87 so I missed the theatrical run of most of my favorite films, but my dad had a huge affinity for films like American Werewolf and Jaws, and thankfully introduced me to them on VHS when I was 7 or 8 years old. I was immediately hooked on Jaws, and have been ever since(much to the dismay of my sister, who has a deathly fear of sharks despite being a zoologist). to me, Jaws is a perfect example of how all the elements of filmmaking need to come together to achieve such perfection. it obviously has a stellar cast, and Spielberg went on to become arguably the most famous American director out there. but what would the film have been without John Williams' score? or without Verna Fields' editing? Jaws is a perfect storm of a movie. would a remake be incredibly interesting to watch? yes, especially if it were done by Spielberg himself. but why bother? as others have said, even if the cast and crew members were all still alive, it would be impossible to recreate the elements and experiences that made the movie what it is.

  • June 21, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    "At least gay sailor love is real."

    by Kammich

    the hardest i've laughed at a TB comment in quite awhile. nicely done

  • June 21, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    "Jaws touched me"

    by OutlawsDelejos


  • June 21, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Brokeback sailor.

    by RPLocke

  • June 21, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    I got bit by a vampyaa

    by bobbofatz

  • June 21, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Jaws was great

    by bobbofatz

    but Jaws the revenge was so bad it was awesome.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Brody as an outsider

    by Dustoff74

    I always felt a tinge of sadness during the drinking scene. there's 3 men, all in the same boat in more than one sense of the word, and yet there is a shot of Brody as he looks at the camera (at the other two as they talk) and he realizes that he'll never be one of them. He's a city boy, hardened by being a city cop, but not hardened by an experience like the Indianapolis; he's soft, but not comfortably so like Hooper. Even his out of sync thumping to the song reveals he isn't in tune with his companions. that always has been one of the strongest concepts i have taken from this classic. Happy 35th Birthday Bruce- and Jaws!

  • June 21, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    American Werewolf

    by Flexfill

    was also one of those ultimate in theater thrills, especially if you consider what they accomplished with relatively primitive effects at that time. Unfortunately, Landis will always be haunted by his Twilight Zone disaster. Even his then friend Spielberg washed his hands of the man forever. Too bad. John made Animal House, The Blues Bothers, An American Werewolf In London, Thriller and Trading Places. Most guys only get one great one. Coming To America wasn't half bad either.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by mrblonde1

    I'm 33, so I missed JAWS in the theater. I saw it on VHS in the 80's for the first time (and 500 times since) It's my favorite movie - NO QUESTION! Last year the Coolidge theater in Boston ran it and I got to see it on the big screen for the first time with a sold out crowd. it was MAGIC. One of the very best nights of my life. Can't wait for the BluRay & the next JAWSFest.

  • June 21, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    meant The Blues Brothers

    by Flexfill

    and most people don't remember it but Into The Night is one of John Landis' lost masterworks of the 80's, featuring a briefly nude Michelle Pfieffer.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Dustoff74, i feel you dog...

    by iwasredempted

    if the tv is on in the background, that is the scene that makes me pause and stop what i'm doing. i don't interpret the scene as you do though. i never thought of brody as the outsider but that is a great interpretation. it struck me as 3 disparate men having a sort of communion. getting fucked up and finding common ground. beautiful scene.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    forgot to mention...

    by iwasredempted

    if jaws happens to be on cable at the stops me every time. fuck i'm drunk, ha....

  • June 21, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Actually Harry, I think Lucas begat Spielberg

    by OutsideChance

    ...not the other way around. Lucas was already a successful director, with American Graffiti under his belt when Spielberg started filming Jaws. Lucas got to do SW because AG had been so successful.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Love the picture of the guy, just casually on top of the shark

    by Jazzmaverickjim

  • June 22, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    nothing exists for me except for ABC.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    jaws cgi redux

    by The_Cliffster

    jaws will be released on blu ray with cgi walkie talkies in place ofall the fishing rods.......

  • June 22, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    No, the CG Shark will be replaced by Rush Limbaugh

    by RPLocke

  • June 22, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    174th best movie ever made!

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • June 22, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    For those who said Spielberg was a snappy dresser...

    by AsimovLives

    ... it's obvious from that picture that he is imitating how Steve McQueen dressed. Spielbeerg is a huge fan of McQueen, he even wanted him for Quint in Jaws (if i'm not mistaken) and to play the main character in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Many filmmakers want to shot with practical special effects...

    by AsimovLives

    ... but then the CGI lobby starts to pressure both the filmmakers and the studios that pratical effects are messy, they take time, they are more time consuming, they are more expensive and look better. And wear down the filmmakers and specially the studio to change opinion and inthe end go with much more CGI then they inicially wanted. And stuudios are always in a hurry for making the movies. They car emore about meeting deadlines then allow time for the movie to be really well made. And the CGI lobby plays on those urgencies. And while CGI can be faster and much less messy to deal with, they are not cheapper and in many cases it doesn't look better.<br><br>Many filmmakers start with the right intentions, but pressures from lobbies and the studio who wants thing in a hurry ruins them.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi

    by AsimovLives

    I would had guessed your #1 would be GHOST IN THE SHELL, but great choice, anyway.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    At 33, you weren't born when JAWS hit theaters for the first time.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    the JAWS sequels don't exist for me

    by AsimovLives

    I refuse to acknowledge their existence. JAWS is a unique movie, there are no sequels, there are no sequels, there are no sequels, no there aren't.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Don't remake Jaws, rerelease in theaters

    by leo54304

    Rerelease it in theaters and let it climb the money grossing charts. After all, I think I paid $1 to see that movie and imagine all of us going back to see it in the theaters what the gross would be. Plus wouldn't it be great to see it on the big screen, cleaned up visually.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Bella from Twilight needs to meet Bruce

    by leo54304

    Just so she could wake up. I mean has she ever appeared awake in anything she's done?

  • June 22, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint

    by Cheif Brody

    Awesome post. Missed this one over the weekend. A truly fitting tribute to one of the best films of all time.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Big Jaws

    by slickerynodes

    peter has the script ready to go...

  • June 22, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    You are correct...Lucas was directing films before Steven...Steven was cutting his teeth directing episodic TV series (Night Gallery, Marcus Welby, Columbo) while George was tinkering with his first movie version of THX 1138, which he later got a bigger budget (and star) and remade theatrically in 1971...the same year Spielberg made the acclaimed TV movie "Duel" (aka, "Jaws On Wheels"). <p> What Quint was referring to was, Spielberg created the first summer blockbuster, ie, the motion picture release model that still exists today..."Jaws" was the top grossing film of all time for two years before George unleashed his first light saber on the masses, and crushed the "Jaws" box office record. <p> Quint was merely stating that Spielberg begat the summer blockbuster that paved the way for Lucas's own masterpiece's success. <p> Creatively speaking, however...Lucas doesn't hold a candle to Spielberg's genius for telling stories, IMHO.

  • June 23, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Where's the JAWS Prequel?

    by Joe Huber

    They can explain the origins of Bruce and CGI everything and hire loads of bad actors and UP the kill volume. We could see Bruce in his mom's stomach eating his brothers and sisters. Seriously...FUCK Prequels! JAWS is as old as I am (the film anyway a lil bit older cause my mom saw it when she was pregnant with me) JAWS was always familar to me. Never saw it in the theater (would love that!) but I've seen this more than any other movie except maybe Carpenter's Halloween. JAWS, Halloween, Terminator 1&2, Forrest Gump, Alien/Aliens are my favorites. JAWS is a perfect film, actors, direction, suspense, story (much better than the book IMO) even the things that went wrong was perfect cause if they didn't the movie wouldn't have been as great. Now there are some things I question about JAWS. Was the guy who said "Say what?" gay or what? I mean literally, I've always thought this even before I really understood what gay was (funny-ha-ha as Billy Bob would put it). I always wondered about the scene with Hooper and the Mayor too. Realizing the underwater scene was shot later explains that for me. Quint's speech was classic. It added such a layer of depth that rang true. You somehow know that this really happen with the U.S.S Indianapolis (hell I didn't even know history back when I first saw it but I knew his speech was based on reality). Sadly I don't think Speilberg could remake JAWS anywhere near as good. No matter how good he could make the shark look with technology today. He approves of the crap that is BAYFormers, nuff said. I can't imagine a cast who could pull it off. Hooper, Quint and Brody were all MEN. The only real men in Hollywood these days are Pacino, DeNiro and a few others but they would look silly as hell on a boat and way out of character for those guys.

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  • June 23, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I was a Jaws kid...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    Summer of 1975 and my old man takes his 10 year old son to see Jaws. It scared me shitless....nightmares, the whole bit....but I begged him to take me again the next weekend, and he did. This film has never fallen out of my top 3 of all time.

  • June 24, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Marshal & Joecooler

    by Rebeck2

    Marshal - I'm right there with you. I kept going back to see it again and my friends wouldn't go anymore. It was like crack. The movie burned itself into the back of my retina and has been playing on a loop for 35 years. Joecooler - It's even more interesting than you think. I found out in the documentary that the Indianapolis story had only just been declassified the year before - it wasn't in the book - so 90% of the public had never heard the story and found out about it by watching JAWS.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    JAWS still kicks ass. God help anyone who dares to "re-imagine"

    by ZodNotGod

    Some smart asses might make fun of the shark, but seriously, it still looks creepy as fuck! I'd hate to see that thing coming at me, even if its fake. Anyone please answer, the one black and white pic of the shark getting ready to eat the Kitner boy, that real? It looks like a cut shot perhaps, or just a still of a shot that was never taken...Anyone know? The cousin and I always played JAWS. His Dad had an old broken down tow truck that sat out in his yard and we used that as the Orca, the cable being the fishing line used to catch the shark. We had all kinds of fun on that damn truck. Of course we always fought over who was going to be Brody, neither of us wanted to die and get eaten or swim away and hide like Hooper. Brody was da man, gun and all.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I was (STILL AM) a Star Wars kid....

    by ZodNotGod

    But I'm too stupid to be that greedy- I love Jaws and Star Wars long time.

  • June 24, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Before 1975, things sucked at the movies.

    by ZodNotGod

    What's hard to believe is that there were no such thing as the summer movie season.... JAWS and Star WArs sort of invented the whole concept. so what did you people do for fun back then?

  • June 24, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Quints other intro

    by ZodNotGod

    I remember reading about a proposed introduction for Quint. He would be in a theater watching "Moby Dick" and cackling wildly at all the mahem. Director John Huston or maybe Gregory Peck said no due to the context of the scene making fun of the movie.

  • June 25, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    JAWS : the first 'event' movie of my youth...

    by Cervantes still evokes great summer memories for me, and remains as re-watchable as ever.<P>It would be nice if the Blueray release showed the iconic original poster art though...rather than the poor imitation that graced the DVD release!<P>That exceptional image was iconic, and really set the tone before seeing it.<P>In fact, there should have been a law that ONLY original poster art should have been used on ALL those new-fangled DVD thingys when they first came out!

  • June 26, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Happy 35 Bruce

    by newkie brown

    Jaws was the highest high of my film-going childhood, and more than any film since was responsible for changing my perception of what the movies were. Since 1975, I've been a total geek. <p> I remember the night I saw it with my Dad (in a little fleapit cinema called the 'Rex' in Sheffield) like it was yesterday. I think for a lot of kids my age, Star Wars was the movie that took them somewhere else. For me, it was always Jaws. Happy 35, Bruce!

  • June 26, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Jaws

    by MG2112

    I first saw this movie in a drive-in while on vacation with my parents in Fort Lauderdale. It scared the s*&! out of me. The next morning our plans to go to the beach were thwarted as the beach was closed due to a shark sighting. I took me over five years after this experience to gain back the courage necessary to reenter the ocean. Despite this addition to my childhood trauma inventory, Jaws sparked an interest for me in sharks that took many years to be replaced. I remember reading everything I could about sharks in general and specifically anything about the movie Jaws. A few years ago, I purchased a DVD copy and I must say now, as I did after the purchase, the extraordinary story-telling aspect of Jaws makes this an almost ageless classic. Happy 35th Jaws!

  • June 28, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Why the enthusiasm for a remake?

    by thegreatwhatzit

    JAWS cruised on suggestion; anything today wouldn't yield to the imagination, it would be a rotten confection of CGI technology.

  • July 21, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST

    The Ballad Of Bruce The Shark...

    by BenGardnersBoat

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Mennen