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Here’s today’s Behind the Scenes Pic. Don’t know what that bastard shark will do with it. Might eat it, I ‘spose.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! There’s not a whole helluva lot of Behind the Scenes pics from my favorite movie, JAWS, that I didn’t run in the Happy 35th Birthday article (click here if you missed it) and there are even fewer that haven’t seen the light of day. What I’m presenting here will be, to the best of my knowledge, the very first time this shot has even seen publication. This pic came to me via J. Michael Roddy, all around JAWS fanatic and producer of THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING doc. He received the picture from the daughter of make-up man Harry Buchman. Naturally, the focus is always on the shark, but Harry was around doing his job, too, as we can witness in this shot where he’s touching up Robert Shaw’s Quint before a take as a wet-suited Spielberg looks on. I know I nerd out on Jaws a lot, but look at Shaw’s costuming. Even here it feels used, worn, yet iconic. Maybe not so iconic to people who don’t obsess over this film, granted, but it’s a small detail that jumped out to me when I looked at the picture. Here it is (click for a bigger version):

A reader by the name of Craig Crane color-corrected this older, faded photo for you folks, so here's the retouched pic for your viewing pleasure!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is gonna make fists with its toes! See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing

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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Click to get a bigger boat.

    by cookylamoo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Jaws-required viewing before any trip to the beach

    by SoylentMean

    Especially if it's a family trip and younger kids are going as well. It's good to teach kids that Nature is always trying to eat them.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    1st time I saw Jaws

    by NippleEffect

    was at the drive in. This was when it came out.<p> Sitting shotgun, the speaker was on my side<p> When Brody's chuming the water and the shark comes up right next to him<br> Suddenly I'm in the back seat and just about crapped my pants<p> Good times, good times

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Shaw was a god

    by Sparhawk38

    This movie is a prime example of casting elevating the material. Not that the script wasn't good, but Scheider, Dreyfus and Shaw were unreal. The most boring character was Brody but Scheider knocked it out of the park.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Fists with toes?

    by lochkray

    Hmmm. Okay, I'm putting money down on Die Hard for tomorrow. Anybody else got a better guess?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Excellent Pic!!!

    by Fletch Gannon

    Great movie which doesn't require any reworking or mucking up! No CGI enhancements required! I have no prob with CGI and I wonder why others do but JAWS is JAWS with all of its FLAWS! The shark may look fake to some now but it will always work for me! Whether it is a mechanical shark, or Harryhausen staccato moving skeletons, or a CGI created environment, a great story with interesting characters is what makes a great movie...and JAWS has both!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Jesus, was Spielberg really that young?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    He look's like Shaw's son. If this were a caption competition he'd be saying "But Dad, I don't wanna hear about the time you caught that ten foot Marlin again".

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Next BTS photo will be

    by Flexfill

    Wrath of Khan

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Flexfill

    it should be though

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by Flexfill

    he's using so much stuff from '82... he shouldn't switch to Die Hard '88 now

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Spielberg in a wetsuit...

    by pills_26

    Worth the price of admission. Didn't recognise him without cap and beard.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    of course it's Die Hard.

    by Sailor Rip

    Shaw needed make up? I hope he just ate some ribs and that guy is wiping up sauce. Shaw don't fuck with no dry rub.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Jaws = Overrated

    by jimmy_009

    Sorry it's true. Doesn't hold up in terms of being "scary". Well acted, some great scenes, but it's been elevated to a status it just doesn't deserve.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    sorry it's not true

    by mr. smith

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    What a classic movie.

    by Sailor Rip

    And just think when these guys were making it(I forget which one said it in an interview, something about "that stupid shark movie)they had no idea it would be the first blockbuster and remain to this day a movie milestone. <p> Think about it. You're making a movie about a big shark eating people. Typical syfy shit. Yet they made a film that is a .............I can't even describe what a triumph it is.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Wet the reel!

    by Amazing Maurice

    And get behind me!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I'll drink to your leg for that shot.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Robert Shaw

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Probably my favorite actor along with Eli Wallach. You should show a photo of him as Bond badguy Red Grant.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Color-Corrected Photo

    by deacon27

    Thought you guys might like to see this in its original color:

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Saw Force 10 from Navarone

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    so good. 'youre the man who blew us in greece'

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Is that Dreyfuss with his back to camera...?

    by Stale Elvis

    That's Hooper's hat right?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Spielberg showed great adaptability

    by leo54304

    When the movie was being drawn up, the shark was to get a fair amount of screen time. Visually you can why, that creature was HUGE!! It had the ability to turn its head, lips pull back to reveal the massive teeth, rise out of the water quickly. For its time it was a mechanical marvel. Annnnd of course after building it, the shark didn't work. So with a major piece of the movie not available, Spielberg showed great genius and on the dime turned visually how the movie was to be scene. Using the periods when the shark was working he showed enough of the shark to help see just how terrifying the beast was.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Shaw suggested everyone try and get in on gross

    by leo54304

    He has such a good feeling how much money the movie was going to make he told the cast to ask for part of the gross. Guess he did it over dinner and a lot of wine. Everyone told he had to much to drink and laughed it off. Source for this was interview with Lorraine Gary. Who by the way, was a hottie in the movie. Any wife who asks her husband if he wants to get drunk and fool around is ok in my book.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    check this out:

    by mortsleam

    One of my favorite paintings from a website I designed. I don't usually post links and shit, but in this case, it's definitely related to the article. Enjoy. <p>I can't enough BTS. This stuff is keeping me coming back every day. I haven't done that since the LOTR days...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Whoa, whoa, whoa!!!!

    by lochkray

    Jaws overrated? Elevated to a status it doesn't deserve? What the fuck? I can usually accept somebody who has an opinion the opposite of my own, but to say "Jaws is overrated?" What kind of dumb ass, stupid, punk, dipshit, fuckhead with no knowledge or comprehension of quality cinema are you? How dimwitted would you have to be to call one of the most perfect movies of all time.......I'm sorry. Let's try this again. Please, Jimmy 009, could you tell me what you consider to be a "great" classic horror movie, that deserves to be reveared? Perhaps a better comprehension of your tastes might make it easier for me to understand your position.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST



    Wins cunt of the day ...... Fuck off you little toad.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Is Steve wearing a wetsuit and jeans?!?!

    by Royston Lodge


  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Jennifer_Eccles

    Jaws has aged well for a film that,if you watch it outside of its heritage,has not aged well.But thats the secret of great film-making!Spielberg sold us on it and we bought it it!FTW! That said,this picture is as dull as ditchwater!Great series but this one disappoints but thats what you get when you set it up as a 'BTS' big event! Still rather see it than not though..cheers!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Is that the day John Lennon visited the set?

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I bet you like Deep Blue Sea you fucking pussy. Go suck on your daddy's dick and blow cum bubbles in your sister's face you homo prick. There, I'm finished.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009: Depends on context.

    by Royston Lodge

    I never saw Jaws in its first run. In fact, I never saw Jaws until only a few years ago.<p> I also didn't find it particularly scary or memorable. Some good acting, some good scenes, but that's it.<p> HOWEVER!<p> I saw Jaws AFTER the world had already experienced over 30 YEARS of blockbuster, big-event, fx-driven action movies. My brain is unconsciously comparing it to movies like Alien, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator, Blade Runner, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., etc, etc, etc...<p> When it came out, audiences had never seen this sort of stuff before.<p> It's like calling Metropolis overrated because there's no sound. It's like calling Citizen Kane overrated because it's in black & white. It's like calling the original King Kong overrated because the ape isn't realistic enough.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    He's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes.

    by Kal Reeve

    Shaw is legend.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Look at your reactions to someone that...

    by jimmy_009

    ...thinks this is a really good movie, but not the epic classic everyone else does. Seriously, to those people that flipped out and went ballistic, examine your fucking life, because you have ----serious---- issues.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    On Context

    by cgh123

    Doesn't matter when it came out or what other movies you compare it to. Jaws is one of the best horror movies, best summer popcorn movies, one of THE BEST MOVIES ever made. Ditto Metropolis, Citizen Kane and King Kong. No context necessary -- all masterpieces!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Anyone see the Shaw/Wallach Shark movie?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    The Deep i think it was called, preetty good.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    The funny think about the "aged" shark effects...

    by Grammaton Cleric that it was the first time I can remember seeing a great white on tv/film. To me; all the real documentary footage on Shark Week looks "fake". Jaws is what my young brain burned into itself as THE image of a great white shark.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Deep had the unfortunate luck of not being Jaws

    by leo54304

    When the Deep was released, everyone was still on the Jaws high and the Deep suffered because of it. It stands on its own I think as a 70s summer flick. Shaw was still in grizzled, seen-everything character. Jacqueline Bisset was in her prime and god was she hot!! Nick Nolte still was leading man material (Take a look at Nick from the movie and today. Not pretty). Not a bad summer movie at all.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    You got city hands, Mr Hooper.

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Been countin money all yer life! What a movie...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Image all of us will remember til we die:

    by leo54304

    Hooper in the cage disorentiated after the initial attack. Shakes his head and looks up at how wide the bars are on the cage. Camera pans to show his face in absolute horror. Camera cuts to what he sees: the shark larger sized than the cage with mouth big enough to swallow him whole coming for him. If you look at the beasts eyes I swear I see a malovent gleam in them.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Just swallow Hooper

    by leo54304

    Guess we know whether Quint likes his women to spit or swallow.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    JAWS is fucking classic.

    by Stifler's Mom

    It could open next Friday and still make a goldmine.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Scariest Movie Ever

    by Wrath4771

    Because there are still generations of us that won't swim in the ocean.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is wearing top half of scuba suit

    by leo54304

    Look at all the crew wearing waterproof jackets. Spielberg probally wearing suit so others will know him as the director(?). Could be wrong, just a guess. But it sure looks funny.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Hahaha same here, I saw JAWS for the first time at the drive-in, also sitting shotgun. Seven years old and peeing myself when Ben's head & empty eye socket lurches out of that hole in his boat. Good times :D Today's "scary" movies are for kids compared to that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST



    Move along .... the opinions of Cunts don't count.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    "You were on the Indianapolis?"

    by Billyeveryteen

    Fucking great. Just fucking great.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Finally! A Jaws BTS!

    by Yelsaeb

    God I love Jaws.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Just keeping you on your toes!!!!

    by TheJudger

    oh wait wrong movie. I love me some cat's eye.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's Holocaust Hoax

    by StevenSpielbergIsTrulyEvil

    The only "suit" I want to see Spielberg in is a prison jumpsuit for creating the massive Holocaust hoax documentary "The Last Days". (Oscar winner, 1999) It features a lying jewess who claims to have shit diamonds for a year and a half while in Auschwitz, along with a black guy who lies about being in Dachau, and 2 women who claim to have escaped from inside a fucking gas chamber.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I wasn't scared. Sorry.

    by Royston Lodge

    Maybe you simply need to see it when you're a kid.<p> Here's an interesting point though: How many scary movies are there that you would even ALLOW a child to watch? I'd let a kid watch Jaws, but I doubt there are many other scary movies I'd let a kid watch.<p> I think I was simply too old and jaded when I saw it for the first time.<p> "Yeah, so, what, the shark eats people? And? That's what sharks DO! That's not scary. Now, homicidal maniacs or space aliens or homicidal space aliens, THAT'S scary!" - My Subconscious Speaking, I think.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Great pic.

    by Gwynplaine

    Thanks Quint. Now, like TakinScorpiocalls said, please a picture of Shaw as Red Grant or one of him as The Sheriff in Robin and Marian.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Let's put it this way, you go up to ten people at random and ask them to name a movie about a shark.35 years on, the shark still works.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Anything becomes overrated...

    by Orionsangels

    When they elevate it to a godly level. That the film can never live up too. Many who built it up that level are being fueled by nostalgia. Happy memories of youth. Those who are younger seeing it today, might think. It's a good movie, but not that good. Stop making such a fuss over it. I'm tired of the way it's being overhyped. That's not me saying that. I'm 37. I think the movie deserves all the praise in the world!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Great color correction, Craig!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is showing the crew his penis

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    And saying, "This wetsuit is so tight, you can tell that I'm circumsized."

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Picture of the day reminds me of the TNT station

    by RPLocke

    Let's show ID4 500 times! Wooo!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Where's the pic of Tommy Chong Sunbathing..

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    With Richard Dryfuss?

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Sharks do eat humans in a horrible way:

    by leo54304

    While they're alive, being shredded by hundreds of teeth, being tossed and shaken like a rag doll. Oh yeah and you never lose consciousness. Just ask survivors of a shark (or any predator) attack is like and guess what? Its damn scary because you're awake the whole time. If jaws doesn't do it for you Royston thats fine. But that movies effect on the american psyche is something that still lingers because it touched 2 deep fears: the dark ocean and being taken by an unseen monster.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Another good man vs best movie:

    by leo54304

    The ghost and the darkness (1996). Val Kilmer and Michael Douglass take on a pair of maneating lions terrorizing a railroad being built in late 1800s. Not great but is worth seeing at least once.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Back in the day, Jaws, The Exorcist

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    The Omen, Night Of The Living Dead, The Birds and Halloween, Evil Dead were all scary as shit upon first viewing. <p> If you picked these movies up for the first time after Hollywood has bombarded your brain with excessive CGI "(pretty live action cartoons) and putrid remakes for the majority of your life...I'm sorry.... <p> BUT YOU MISSED OUT!!!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Exorcist story I heard

    by leo54304

    Writer at entertainment weekly in his column wrote how as a kid he wanted to see the exorcist. Obviously his parents wouldn't take him and back when it was released, if you couldn't see a movie in the theatre you had to wait til it was on tv. His older sisters knew how much he wanted to see it but couldn't. So in elder sibling cruelty they told him congress passed a law that because the movie was so scary it would never be allowed on tv. Naturally he was heartbroken and his sisters day was made.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Shark attacks on humans are rare. Fatalities are incredibly rare. I love Jaws but how many sharks needlessly died because of morons killing them because of the film? You seem intelligent, don't bring yourself down with this "sharks are deadly" bullshit.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    FACT - Deep Blue Sea >>>> Jaws

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Deep Blue Sea >>>> Jaws<p> That's what I'd be saying if I was fucking insane.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Wasn't scared by Jaws either

    by RPLocke

    I rarely ever get scared by movies though. Or TV shows. Why, cause I'm watching actors on a screen. I'm not really there no matter how hard they try it. I don't get scared easily at movies. I night jump, but that's only cause the music is too loud.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Since JAWS AND JAWS 2

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    I was pleasantly surprised with Deep Blue Sea. That movie took the shark insanity up a notch, especially when that one stopped dead in he tracks and retreated when he recognized Tommy Jane pulling out the shotgun.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    BP you are right about the fatalities

    by leo54304

    but I have read some stories of the survivors and some have similiar experiences. Now only a few of them have that happen (fortunately). If you want a good read on man and predator, read any of Peter Capsticks books starting with Death in the Long Grass. Thanks for correcting me BP. Sometimes I get a bit hotheaded.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    See now, I think Exorcist and The Omen are scary.

    by Royston Lodge

    Like Jaws, I didn't see The Exorcist or The Omen until later in life. And yet, I still thought they were scary.<p> Maybe I just like supernatural horror? Maybe it's cuz the scary bits involved children?<p> And yet, I thought The Amityville Horror was ridiculous.<p> Who knows? Maybe I'm just an odd duck.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Wheres MEG


    they were going to adapt it a while back...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    For the record, I didn't think the shark looked fake.

    by Royston Lodge

    It just wasn't scary, that's all.<p> I was told I wouldn't want to go swimming at the beach after seeing Jaws cuz it's so scary!<p> ;-)

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Omen worked I thought because

    by leo54304

    a mixture of the subject matter as you mentioned, the music, atomsphere, strong cast and the feeling of impending doom. The ending was shot perfectly although you could see it coming (And this before we knew that sequels were coming). And the way people died with the music pounding. Good, scary stuff.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Manzilla you know of MEG?

    by leo54304

    Was just about to post about that. Book was so good first half but then lost steam and turned into that godzilla remake. Disney bought movie rights to it when it came out and hasn't done anything with it. Rumor was David Duchovney was up for lead but as you know nothing has been done.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Maybe if the shark had ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... screamed "your mother sucks cock in hell, Hooper!"<p> Now THAT would have been a plot twist!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Craig Crane

    by the power of Grayskull

    Nice work, buddy. Good job.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I'll never put on a life jacket again

    by FunnierThanYou

    great actor and playwriter. one of the greatest scenes in film history is the Indianapolis story.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Robert Shaw is my Anakin Skywalker

    by OutsideChance

    Seriously. I was about 12 when Star Wars came out and, for the life of me, until the goddamn prequels, whenever I pictured what Luke's dad must have looked like before becoming Vader I pictured Robert Shaw: a big, Scottish, swashbuckling badass... not that whiny emo pussy Lucas ended up casting.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Show Me The Way To Go Home

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    I'm tired and I wanna go to bed...well I had a little drink about an hour ago and it got right to my head...wherever I may roam...on land or sea or foam...well you'll always hear me singing this me the way to go home

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    the U.S.S. Indianapolis story is AMAZING...Shaw just destroys that scene... "Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, chief. It was comin' back, from the island of Tinian Delady, just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know, you know that when you're in the water, chief? You tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. Well, we didn't know. `Cause our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. Huh huh. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin'. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it's... kinda like `ol squares in battle like a, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark nearest man and then he'd start poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin' and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin' they all come in and rip you to pieces. Y'know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don't know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin' chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, bosom's mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well... he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He'd a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb."

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I wonder did quint see "Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.

    by TheJudger

    or any of you for that matter when it aired on one of th elocal stations back in 1991. I did. It was pretty fucking good for a tv movie. At least thats the memory. I can't remember, but i thnk it was one of those made for tv shows that took place over two weeks. Instead of seeing it all in one night. I remmber one crazy fuck kept diving down under the water to drink it, thinking it was purer or something at the bottom. Another guy wont wake up so the guy tied next to him shakes him, and sure enough his bodys half gone from the waist down. This was my second favorite tv movies next to the one where the airplanes roof came off while they were still in the air.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    JAWS is a perfect movie

    by D.Vader

    I don't see how anyone can argue against it.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    It's a anti-shark cage.

    by Droogie Alex

    You go in the cage. Cage goes in the water. Shark's in the water, OUR shark...............

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Jaws is like the Wizard of Oz - with teeth

    by reagon

    Spielberg had an innate ability to create something that electrified every part of your brain. Calling Jaws a horror movie to me does it an injustice. It is an exhilirating experience, even to those who aren't scared by a shark. Those scenes with the barrels and the John Williams score and the Orca shooting through the ocean! Fantastic. I saw this movie when I was 5 at our local twin cinema. When my son was 5, I let him watch it on TV and he was hooked just like I was. He drew sharks for the next 2 years and slept with a stuffed great white.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Tiger Shark!

    by reagon

    A Wha?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Jaws scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

    by Spazatronik_2000


  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Jaws ruined garlic bread for me.

    by Autodidact

    As a little kid I bit into a really juicy piece of garlic bread while Jaws was on the VCR, at the exact moment where the shark bites Quint in half. I couldn't eat garlic bread for years because it was associated with the inescapable image of my mouth full of blood.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST


    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    That... is beautiful. Robert Shaw as Anakin Skywalker, thank you because i will too picture that whenever i watch the OT!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Every Robert Shaw character

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    felt like a creation, not just a performance. Like it was an entire mastepierce that was within the bigger movie world. Mr. Blue from Pelham, Grant from From Russia with Love, the king from A Man For All Seasons, Quint, and how often he was a supporting character or heavy and yet somehow made himself the main character to watch.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Nice Job on the Color Correction...

    by KingKirby

    Just wanted to say so.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    The Indianapolis story...

    by terminaldogma01

    Always gives me chills when I watch Jaws.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Anti-Shark cage...

    by UrbanSamurai

    You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.... Farewell and adieu to you fair spanish ladies...“ Gawd, how I love this movie...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    And BTW @TakingScorpiosCalls

    by UrbanSamurai

    I totally agree. Even in “From Russia With Love“ Grant was totally fleshed out, even though we never hear him speak!! Even more so with Quint, easily one of my favourite movie characters. And I think has the best entrance in a movie EVER (screeching over the chalkboard with shark sketch on it). No need to mention the USS Indianapolis speech...just..beyond...awesome!!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    So, Jaws is an overrated movie, eh?

    by sam jacksons wig

    Hmmmmmmm. It is difficult to think of a response to that statement, but I shall try my best.<br><br>GO AND FUCK YOURSELF! <br><br> Jaws created the modern blockbuster as we know it- the summer event movie. Without it and its influence there would be no tentpole movies, and how we view cinema would have changed radically. <br><br> It is also that most elusive of creatures- a summer tentpole blockbuster movie with a brain; well thought out, with each scene ramping up the tension until the (literally) explosive finale.<br><br> It is perfectly acted by all of the primarys- Lorraine Gary as the pissed off worried wife, Murray Hamilton- what WASN'T to like about his sleazeball mayor Vaugn????, and then the PERFECT three of Dreyfuss, Scheider and Shaw. The Indianapolis scene STILL gives me goosebumps watching it- it is delivered so chillingly and just...... dead, that a true cinema lover will find themselves holding their breaths whilst watching.<br><br> This is what cinema was meant for. Iconic scenes -" It's a 20 footer..." "25...three tons of him...", " It doesn't make any sense when you pay a guy like you to watch sharks. Hooper: Well, uh, it doesn't make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island either. Brody: It's only an island if you look at it from the water. Hooper: That makes a lot of sense."<br><br> And who GIVES A FUCK if the shark is rubber????? In the end, its not about the shark- its about mans determination and stupidity to try and control something way beyond them, and its about relationships.<br><br> WHAT A PERFECT MOVIE.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    And as a special treat.....the indianapolis...

    by sam jacksons wig

    You were on the Indianapolis? Brody: What happened? Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us... he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    nice work on the retouch

    by BendersShinyAss

    inception sucks

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by carbonehead88

    Great pic Quint but is it me or is Spielberg doing his best Abbie Hoffman impersonation in this pic.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Quint reminds me of my da's mate.

    by alan_poon

    He was a fisherman and they both had that same walk. He was a nice man but because he reminded me of Quint I could never talk to him as I was in total awe of him.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Great photo. And nice retouching.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Excelent colour correction job

    by AsimovLives

    Looks like the photo was taken yesterday. Very good job.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    there is always one or two haters in a Jaws TB

    by vin_diggler

    Don't get too upset about it. Most likely they are much too young to realize the impact this film had on us. I actually feel sorry for them. They missed out on a time when Spielberg actually put his heart and soul in the films he was creating.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Riddle Me This?????

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Here is a question. Why is it that there has NEVER been a decent shark movie since Jaws? Jaws 2, was only OK. 3 and "The Revenge" were shit. Deep Blue Sea was only average. Why is it that despite possibly THE BEST movie monster available and all mans in-built psychosis about being where these animals hang out, nobody has ever managed to make a shark movie that even comes close to Jaws???<p> Why is that? What the hell are they doing wrong?<p> And there are 3 more shark movies coming out. Dark Tide with Halle Berry, and 2 Australian movies, The Reef, and Bait 3D. You can guarantee they will not even get close!<p> And Hollywood is so unable to work out how to "do sharks" that they haven't attempted Jaws 5, even though they sequelize and remake everything. And MEG remains locked in Dev. Hell after Del Toro tried to produce it.<p> Why can't they get sharks working on the screen?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I'll give Royston credit

    by gooseud

    Its not often you hear someone in a TB say about a classic "This movie wasnt for me, but I get it, it just wasnt personally MY cup of tea". Bravo, sir, such even handedness is rare, usually its Jimmy-style "This movie BLOWS, if you disagree your a sheep!!" type trolling without any accompanying reasons why (and given the chance, Jimmy was unable to come up with any reason why the movie actually sucks).

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    I'm ashamed to say

    by DirkD13"

    That for years I preferred Jaws 2. I attribute this to the fact that as a kid I related alot more to the fact that it was mainly kids who were in mortal peril. The scene where the girl who has been taking care of Sean is swallowed whole still creeps me out to this day. Of course now I am a grown man and my filmic tastes have been refined, I am proud to admit that the original shits me up good! Love it.<p>Have you seen the deleted scene where Quint starts singing over a poor kid trying to play an instrument? It's a classic Quint moment that should've been included but was cut for some reason.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Too true, sir, too true. <br><br> I remeber going to see this at the cinema with my mom and dad, and leaving absolutely scared fucking stiff! It had been raining that night and I was walking bug-eyed through a puddle and my mom shouted "Shark!!"<br><br> I nearly shit my pants and PHYSICALLY jumped into the air to get out of the puddle. NOW THAT'S FUCKING GOOD CINEMA!!!!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Anyone who doesn't like a movie and explains why coherently and objectively is fine in my book. Not everyone has to like everything, so, as you say- not a problem. But trolling cunts like that stupid idiot Jimmy 009 who have no ideea what cinema is or is about make me retch.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    to answer your question Dude_gimme_tabs

    by vin_diggler

    I believe there are many reasons no shark movie has "worked" since Jaws. First the obvious, any shark movie will always be compared to Jaws, so right off the bat it is screwed. Second would be the limitations of a water setting. Since you can't take the shark out of water, how many new ways can you right a story around people trying not to get eaten while swimming? I give credit to Deep Blue Sea here since they managed to get around this slightly by flooding the labritory and ,in a sense, bring the shark into the human environment. Another thing is we are alot more educated on sharks since 1975. We now know that sharks are not the "killing machines" that Hooper famously claimed in the film. Alot of the mystery of sharks is gone and they are not as frightening now. The only real option would be to remake Jaws (which I believe would be a mistake), but that would be the only way to possibly make lightning strike twice. IMHO.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    "Slow ahead, I can go slow ahead...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...come down here and chum some of this shit." * shark appears* iconic scene.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    More like it they are too dumb to appreciate JAWS. Age is no excuse, it's not like JAWS is some obscure italian art-house movie made in the 1950s, it's a blockbuster, and the daddy of them all, the one that wrote the first chapters of the book. either they are truly retard fucks who can't understand a good movie when they see one, or they are just punk-ass trolls who think that dissing some well beloeved classic makes them look cool and street and against the man, yo! Fuck those clowns.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by AsimovLives

    Not only iconic and scary, but also funny like hell. Which, of course, is followed by the iconic and most famous line from the whole movie: "We are going to need a bigger boat".

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Well, to answer your question, i think the reaspon is that all the shark movies made after JAWS try too hard to imitate it, to follow formula. The other reason is that they are made, right form the begining, as an atempt to copy JAWS. They are not honest movies, but atempts at cashing in, which means they are already half-defeated from the get go. Then there's the fact most of them are made by hacks and unimaginative jorneymen filmmakers. And then, last of all, they suffer on the characterization department, because of them can't bother to present real characters that resemble real people, but more like typos and cliches. Funny enough, it looks the americans and westerns in general (just look at the italian exploitation stuff)have a lot of problem making engaging and truly entertaining exploitation, while the japanese exel at that to the point theycna even put artistic merit in the most pure of exploitation stuff. Maybe the japanese take pride evne the exploitation stuff they do, while europeans and americans only see them as easy cash-ins, evne if made by big studios with fat budgets and well know stars.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    And DEEP BLUE SEA is a piece of shit

    by AsimovLives

    Fuck, that movie pissed me off! Typical retard fucking shit made by fucking untalented fuck-ass Renny Harlin. That fucking shit was my most hated hack until Michelle Bay emerged on the scene.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    There was another shark movie

    by lochkray

    It was pretty good. What the hell was it called? Had two divers stuck out in the ocean by themselves. Based on a true story. It wasn't anywhere near Jaws level greatness (dont know if i'd put it above or below Deep Blue - probably below, because Deep Blue was stupid as hell and equally entertaining).

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    your talking about Open Water

    by vin_diggler

    and comparing that to Jaws is like comparing Gorillas in the Mist to Planet of the Apes.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Right! Open Water.

    by lochkray

    And just imagine Sigorney Weaver delivering the line "damned dirty apes!" It could have worked.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    FYI, the 3 upcomign shark movies are: <p> 1) Bait 3D. Australian movie about a freak tsunami trapping a group of shoppers in a flooded coastal supermarket, along with a tiger shark! Directed by Russell Mulcahy, of Highlander fame. <p> 2) The Reef - Also an Australian movie. Backpackers trapped on a capsized yacht on the great barrier reef are menaced by a large Great White. <p> 3) Dark Tide - Halle Berry spends a lot of time in a bikini as a shark diver who narrowly escapes with her life after a Great White attack off Guadalope island. She has to find a way to get her nerve back on a filming trip to capture footgae of the same sharks a few years later, but all does not go to plan.<p> Serious potential for awfulness here, but the Aussies did OK with Rogue and Dark Water so there may be a glimmer of hope.<p>

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Unscientific ways a movie is a classic:

    by leo54304

    Still enjoy it after multiple views, satisfying ending, memorable quotes (And just look at the number on this thread), characters that are believable and you either care about or hate, after viewing it you feel like you just saw an old friend.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Salsa Shark!

    by Royston Lodge

    Man goes into cage. Cage goes into salsa. Shark's in the salsa. Our shark. We're gonna need a bigger boat!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Shark beat Quint

    by leo54304

    Quint was so much like Ahab in Moby Dick and shared his fate. All of Quints experience, tricks and will weren't enough against the shark. You knew Quint was beat when he asked Hooper about the shark cage (As someone noted earlier). Thing is, Quint never showed fear even after they saw how big the shark was. Remember his line:25, with 3 good tons on 'em. He really should have added: lads, we're fucked.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Nobody mentioned the kid on the inflatable raft

    by leo54304

    Shark cam up from behind and took him. Shot of kids raft, blood gushing like start of Beverly Hillbillies. And just a glimpse of the size of the shark as it rolled over eclipsing everything else in the shot. People panicking, screaming, trying to get out the water. The baby by itself crying, the mom of the boy calling his sons name. Scene finally ending with torn raft washing ashore at the sheriffs feet.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Mayor Vaughns miniature anchors jacket

    by leo54304

    Now thats 70s styling. Isn't amazing the stuff we wore back then? I mean my moms summer wardrobe and fashion sense was the same as Lorraine Garys character.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    "Chief, I see you brought your rubbers!!"

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    leo54304: Big deal. That happens at my cottage...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...ALL THE TIME!<p> It just means one extra burger for the rest of us.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I have seen it all now..

    by jason2304

    Someone bitching about Jaws...Wow.Thats sadly the way people are now. I have a friend who's about 23 or so. Didnt like "Rocky", Wont watch "Dirty Harry" cause he thinks the fucking effects are old. Thought "Jaws" sucked. And the one that really makes me sick....He loved Rob Zombie's Halloween flicks. Oh yeah and the Nightmare remake.....Wow. Only cool flick he admits to enjoying is T2, and thats just beacause he's a bodybuilder and we all pretty much worship at Schwarzenegger's feet.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Dirty Harry has fx?

    by Royston Lodge

    Squibs and explosions are "too old"?<p> What the fuck does he want from a cop movie?!<p> Don't answer that. I bet I can guess...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Now THAT'S a movie that deserves a reboot!

    by Royston Lodge

    Could you imagine a remake of F/X in the age of CGI?<p> Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!!<p> Fuck, I loved that movie when I was a kid.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    The Ballad Of Bruce The Shark

    by BenGardnersBoat

    For all Jaws fans out there... Enjoy!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    That is SO going on my iPod.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Alex Kintner! Look at your fingers!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    You're beginning to prune!<p> Now die!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The Jaws Log

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Read Carl Gottlieb's Jaws Log. They did a 30th anniversary edition a couple years back. It's a must for Jaws fans.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Their fathers

    by Abominable Snowcone

    are gonna wish they never met their mothers

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    JAWS isn't scary when you watch it.

    by ColonelFatheart

    But it sure is terrifying when you're at the beach. <p>Shit, when I was a kid I'd get all scared about swimming pools and bathtubs. <p>It's an archetypal, primal fear.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Royston, your follow up to my post was good

    by leo54304

    Very original. Hey can I have a burger too? Just kidding. Again, thanks for your post.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Teacher to Alex Kintners brother:

    by leo54304

    Why isn't your homework done young man? Alexs brother: A shark ate my brother

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    $5000 will buy a lot of roast

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I love the water

    by MegaStiffy

    Just not in the water

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Deep Blue Sea was good till the end...

    by Homer Sexual

    Apparently LLCoolJ has a clause saying he can't get killed in any horror movie, so the same mega shark that tore people to bits in a split second couldn't manage to kill CoolJ after like a minute of chewiing on him, he was barely hurt. Almost ruins the whole entire movie for me.

  • "Shark Beast" is fun and exciting but it's not a movie, and "Open Water" didn't exploit the situation enough. It is weird, though, that no one can even come up with a half-decent shark move... it's all campy nonsense now

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    If something

    by ObiBen

    Jaws is underrated. Lots of people think it's just a monster movie. Either they don't remember it properly, either they are clueless about cinema.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    It doesn't matter that the shark looks "fake"...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I buy the shark because the movie is so well made and the story is so well told and acted. You really think a CGI "remastered" shark leaping out of the water and onto the deck of Quint's boat is going to look any less preposterous? As for not being "scary"... I never really though of Jaws as a "horror" movie per se... the first hour feels a bit like one, but once they get out to see, it suddenly turns into an seagoing adventure movie, and I think that's much of what sets Jaws apart from the usual formula of monster movies. The scares are still perfect BOO moments though, pure cinema. Whattaya want, Shark Torture Porn like Deep Blue Sea? UGH!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Ahem. "Sea"

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    The spell checker is hear to stay.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    How about a Shark vs Zombie pic?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Keep em coming

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's fashion sense was really terrible!!!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    A wetsuit shirt with those jeans!?! Hideous!!!