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You yell barracuda everybody says, “Huh? What?” You yell Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the 4th of July.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

On May 2nd, 1974 young Steven Spielberg woke up in his rented log cabin on Martha’s Vineyard, cleared the sleep from his eyes and went out to roll cameras for the first time on Jaws. Thirty-seven years to the day a fat geek in Austin, TX sits down at his computer to write about it.

I know it was a nightmare for Spielberg to film, but it’s a testament to his skill as a storyteller that none of that shows through in the final film. None of the zoning issues, onset bickering or technical problems hindered this film. In fact, Spielberg somehow used all of his problems to his advantage. The slower shooting schedule gave Spielberg and writer Carl Gottlieb an excuse to refine the script, adapt it daily to fit the production. Technical difficulties forced him to write around his inability to show the shark.

Did you know that the original version of the opening had Bruce leaping out of the water with Chrissie in his mouth? What they did instead was 100 times more effective, never seeing the shark in full until Brody does. One of the best images of the film, for me, is when we can barely make out the shark as it glides just below the surface in the estuary, en route to chomp off Ted Grossman’s leg.

There’s incredibly strong character work in this movie and a brilliant visual storytelling technique that I don’t believe Spielberg has ever topped. Pop the movie in today, turn down the sound and watch it with an eye towards visual storytelling and you might be surprised to find things you never noticed before, like how Spielberg builds tension during the Kitner attack by giving the illusion of one take using people walking back and forth in front of the camera to hide the transitions. Each time he does that Spielberg punches in closer to either Brody or what he’s looking at, selling his paranoia that every little thing happening in the water is his shark returning.

Whether the flick is brilliant out of necessity or a happy accident, the result is a film that I’m proud to call my favorite movie ever made.

So, on the 37th anniversary of the first day of production, this crusty seaman raises a glass and toasts an amazing film. Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women!

Thanks to Steve C.! Click to embiggen!

 

 

I’m not done with Jaws stuff. Very shortly I’ll be running a review of the fantastic Making Of book that sees release this summer as well as a giveaway of that very book.

Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic shows a captain foolin’ around with his director… highly illogical!

-Quint
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  • May 2, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    big fish

    by MiserableRainGod

    whoa

  • May 2, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Favorite Movie

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    I still remember the first time I saw JAWS at the theater. Yes, I wanted to make movies ever since, like so many others, and its partially come true after all these years. All because of a shark named Bruce.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    "The fucker's sunk again."

    by UltimaRex

    Still my fave Spielberg quote.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Who's in the mood for fishsticks?

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

  • Wouldnt that be the coolest, most In Your Face move ever? i mean, why let some 2nd tier clown crap all over your movie a few decades down the road and forever tarnish the viewers memory? Why not the original director remake the original movie, esspecially if that movie was THE movie that spawned the whole summer blockbuster craze? It would be mad, brilliant, daring, crazy....and it would forever raise the bar on what to expect from a remake. Make it so, Steven!

  • ....to NOT stop a movie in its tracks. The giant face in the sand dunes in The Mummy ruined an ok movie for me. CGI= Xena Warrior Princess Dragons, Jar Jar Binks, Disco Dance Lightsaber Fight Episode II Yoda...etc..etc.., Even Golum looks sort of cool but he isnt really there and looks like a moving piece of pixelated chewing gum. I would love to see a modern animatronic Bruce using today's technology. Deep Blue Sea had some really nice robot sharks. I can only hope MEG will be CGI free. JAWS also is in my opinion Spielberg's best movie.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore"

    by Clavius

    They really don't and it's such a damn shame. Virtually no money + one big rubber shark + Verna Fields in her pool house + TWO notes played in succession = JAWS, one of THE most perfect films of it's kind ever made. One of the cooler BTS pics. The Shark is STILL working indeed!

  • May 2, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    JAWS: A great, great piece of filmmaking

    by Astronut

    To quote my 16 year-old after watching this for the first time, "They don't make movies like that anymore." He and his brother were laughing on their way out of Transformers 2, by the way.

  • May 2, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for a Jaws 3-D picture!!!!!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • May 2, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Mista....Huuuu--purrr!

    by ZodNotGod

    I assume there is no footage of the behind the scenes stuff, but did the shark roll on the bottom of sea floor? I never understood how the shark moved, was it pulled along with a boat or did it roll on top of the dolly thingy?

  • May 2, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Shark still looks fake. ;->

    by cookepuss

  • May 2, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    "Let

    by ZodNotGod

  • May 2, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    "Let's just shot the fucker."

    by ZodNotGod

    My favorite Spielberg quote.

  • May 2, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I saw this at The Castro on Saturday!

    by Zardoz

    Also one of my all-time favorite films. Such incredible characters and brilliant film-making. It is truly a classic! Watched it on Saturday with a double bill of "Close Encounters". The theater was packed! Lots of first timers. It was great to see the audience reactions, especially since I knew what was going to happen. I love that shot of the shark underwater in the estuary, too. Really frightening! It was almost to much for the woman in front of me who jumped and gasped in terror when she saw the shark about to chomp on the guy's leg. (and the subsequent shot of the single, bloody leg floating underwater drew even more gasps from the audience!) I hadn't seen the film in the theater since a re-release of the film circa '82, so this was a real treat. Everyone loved it! It drew much applause at the end, especially when the shark goes boom! The film still works beautifully and this shark still swims!

  • May 2, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Quint, this is one of my favorite yet.

    by BlaGyver

    Good job on getting this one posted. And you know...Jaws...nothing to say that hasn't been said a million times before.

  • May 2, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    One of the top 3 Spielberg movies ever.

    by Tacom

    The first half set on Amity Island is a good movie, the second half set on the Orca turns "Jaws" into a GREAT movie.

  • May 2, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's my birthday today

    by sonnyfern

    -I'll just consider this my present!

  • May 2, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    One of the few films that was better than the book.

    by Ingeld

    Godfather and the Wizard of Oz also come to mind.

  • May 2, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Spot on Clavius

    by MotherPussBucket

    Verna Fields (Mother Cutter) rarely gets the credit she deserves.

  • May 2, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    NNNYYYYYAAAAAAAaaaaaaaarrrrr!!!!

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Shark still looks fake.

  • May 2, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    cool shorts

    by CT1

    "bro"

  • May 2, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Justed watched Jaws on Netflix

    by Shubniggorath

    First time I'd seen it as an adult. I think I'd donate vital organs for a theater screening, but I will look forward to the BD release... someday... while trying to keep my pancreas.

  • May 2, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    eating osama this very moment

    by Anakin_Piecocker

  • May 2, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    "Still waiting for a Jaws 3-D picture!!!!!"

    by digitalcos

    You mean, kinda like the third one, aka 'Jaws 3-D?

  • May 2, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    GET THE ACTORS OFF THE BOAT! GET THE ACTORS OFF THE BOAT!

    by Yelsaeb

    FUCK THE ACTORS. SAVE THE SOUND DEPARTMENT.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    something interesting I've noticed recently

    by smackfu

    in Spielberg's early films that almost seemed to be a trademark for a while - chaos as a backdrop for dialogue. Where the main character is walking around trying to tell another character something, and there is a ton of chaos going on all around, other people having conversations that almost drown out the main conversation, kids running in and out of the scene, accidents happening, people arguing, all the while the main character navigates this commotion while delivering his lines. It doesn't sound like much, until you really consider the amount of work that went into that 10 seconds of background chaos. Everyone in the scene has something to do, lines to deliver, realistic bickering, moving in and out of the scene, all in one single take.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    that date was also my first birthday

    by durhay

    my first word was NNNYYEEAAARRRGHHHH

  • May 2, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    FUCKING LEGEND MOVIE.

    by ChickenStu

    That is all.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Both mine and my dad's favourite film.

    by alan_poon

    I'd love to take him to Martha's Vineyard someday.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    GREAT MOVIE!

    by The_Skook

    It doesn't fade after all these years at all. I was watching the deleted scenes the other day, and the one where Quint is winding up the boy with the clarinet in the shop is brilliant. No idea why it was cut, but maybe it made Quint seem that much more unsympathetic.

  • There's the mayor and most likely a handful of people who pressured Brody to reopen the beaches, just standing there as Alex's Mom just slaps Brody and blames him. Though in a sense, Brody is a rather strong figure himself. He stands there and takes it, and doesn't start pointing fingers. So it's a give-and-take scene. Though do you ever notice in the film, that almost none of the stupid people in the film die? The two idiots who use the roast to try and catch the shark, they survive. Brody's assistant who always seems to be a little brain-dead and always smiling...they all live to see another day. Even that doofus who responds to Dreyfuss' Tiger-Shark line: 'Uh-whuht?'

  • May 2, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Still my favorite Spielberg flick.

    by Iblis_mage

    Here lies the body of Mary Lee, died at the age of 103, for 15 years she kept her virginity, not a bad record for this vicinity.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. YVETTE VICKERS

    by Uncle Stan

  • May 3, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    They should just make Jaws 18 in 3D

    by nieman

    For a 2015 release

  • May 3, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Estuary Scene

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    I have to agree with Quint on that one. As the shark approaches Grossman and kind of rolls on its side for the attack looks pretty realistic when you watch real footage approach bait on the surface during shark week. Great movie with a pretty shocking death of the Kintner kid that would have never been included had the movie come out a few years ago.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    "SMILE, YOU SON OF A BITCH!"

    by darthderp

    Still one of the most quotable lines EVER. I love how that last gunshit just punctuates it.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    "Gunshit"?!? LMAO!! I meant "gunshot"

    by darthderp

  • May 3, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I still won't go swimming

    by JamesT

    best. movie. ever.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Show me the way to go home...

    by darthderp

  • May 3, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

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

    by mbg98

  • May 3, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Behind the Scened Pic of The Day = 2-3 movies?!?!?

    by BilboRing

    How about something NOT Jaws or Empire Strikes Back??

  • May 3, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Great fucking film.

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    That is all. Ever so often, The Choppah is humbled.

  • Not to take anything away from the young Spielberg, but the editing was brilliant. Not to mention the music of John Williams. This movie was a true A team of talent.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Ever notice how good female editors are on action flicks?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Verna Fields and the late Sally Menke (who cut all of Tarantino's films) both come to mind.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    And it's gone right to my head...

    by darthderp

  • May 3, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    If Spielberg DID remake Jaws himself...

    by OutsideChance

    ...there would be endless scenes of characters agonizing over the violence being perpetrated against nature and the fact that sharks are simply misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. Oh, and the rifle at the end would be replaced by a walkie talkie.

  • Those were some possible casting choices I've heard about. I could maybe buy Bridges as Hooper, but Schieder had the everyman look and Shaw's accent compliments his character - the old, salty sea dog - rather nicely. Just me opinion.

  • Yvette Vickers, is an early Playboy playmate whose credits as a B-movie actress included such cult films as “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman”. She was recently found dead by her neighbours in her home at age 82. Her mumified body appears to have gone undiscovered for months. She was an absolutely stunning and beautifil woman. http://www.grindhousedatabase.com/images/195907_Yvette_Vickers_01.jpg

  • May 3, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

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

    by D.Vader

    This may very well be my favorite movie of all time too. Next to the Star Wars films and Jurassic Park of course.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Christ, we could do a whole talkback on the quotes alone...

    by darthderp

    Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

  • It's a crying shame that the beach at the pond/estuary has eroded to almost nothing. In 2010 they started work replacing the bridge over the estuary with a new cement bridge. I hate that they had to dismantle that movie landmark! Both times I went to Edgartown I went to the wrong docks. The dock where Mrs. Kintner slaps Brody.... I was close but I was at the wrong one. Pissed me off when I found out later. It bugs me so much that I can't rule out the possibility I'll go back for a THIRD visit to correct that error. One of my coworkers was an extra in Jaws 2. And are we EVER gonna get to see THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING? If there is a God....

  • May 3, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "He's in the yaaaaahd not to faaaaahr from the caaaaahr."

    by D.Vader

  • May 3, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    If you still haven't noticed my screen name.....

    by jawsfan

    now would be the time to look. Let Polly do the printing.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    ABOUT EDITING...

    by SK229

    I feel that the practice of watching and cutting for rhythm and being very selective about the feeling of the cuts and even, really, having a philosophy to the cutting is nearly dead except for the very top Hollywood editors. I think this is mostly due to non-linear editing... it just creates a whole different way of learning how to edit where every singe possibility is at your immediate disposal and so its almost like analysis paralysis and instead of spending a lot of time reviewing footage before making decisions, it's GIVE ME A ROUGH CUT YESTERDAY syndrome. You don't want to overanalyze for fear of going crazy, so you just start throwing down to get SOMETHING. I think the way you have to go about the job definitely affects the end result... I even think that staring at high def monitors instead of seeing the actual film itself does something to the affect the cutting, so we wind up with avid fart movies. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I wish movies would slow the fuck down a little bit and let us comprehend what's going on and ride the rhythm of the cuts subconsciously rather than just staring at meaningless cuts driven by nothing more than the caffeine in the edit. Of course, there's no going back, but maybe film or editing schools could teach ways of pulling back and theorizing about why you're going to do what you're about to do before going in and throwing a bunch of shit onto the timeline.

  • Yes, I'm from New England, and yes, we do have a tendency to talk like that. Car is pronounced caah, yard is yaahd. For example; a guy I knew went to paak his caah at Haaavaad and had a haat attack. Get it??

  • May 3, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Forgot to add that Jaws is perfection...

    by SK229

    it really gets better every single time I watch it. It's greatness is pretty much impenetrable at this point and I'd even go so far as to say its highly underrated when we come to those movie 'best of all time' lists that the AFI and everyone else seems to be doing. My favorite movie of all time is Lawrence of Arabia... just behind it on the list used to be Barry Lyndon, Taxi Driver, There Will Be Blood, Alien, Empire Strikes Back, The Godfather... but Jaws will probably be at #2 for me very soon. It's just one of the greatest movies ever made, and might even be the fucking best.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Think my TB just disappeared... but wanted to add...

    by SK229

    again... that Jaws is perfection. Hope this doesn't show up twice, but whatever, I'm typing it again trying to remember what I said. Yeah, Jaws just might be the greatest movie ever made. Every time I watch it, my esteem for it goes up. I'd even go so far as to say it's highly underrated when we get those inevitable 'Best movies of all time' lists the AFI and critics love to do. And this is coming from someone whose favorite movie is Lawrence of Arabia... just behind it are Barry Lyndon, Taxi Driver, There Will Be Blood, Empire Strikes Back, Alien. But I'll be damned if Jaws isn't closing in on my #2 spot. Hell, it just might be the greatest fucking movie ever made.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Fucking of course...

    by SK229

    what the hell is wrong with these things?

  • May 3, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    While I'm here...

    by SK229

    Quint probably won't see this, but I thought it an appropriate place to ask... anyway, QUINT - I went back and read your War of the Worlds set report after your suggestion in The Beaver set report post and I have a question... I'm just curious what the progression was like for you as far as being a writer for this site and telling friends and family you're going by the name of 'Quint'... I imagine at the beginning it was sort of like, "yeah, that's cute, get a real job, kid" and now you get to tell people that Spielberg himself called you Quint and told you a story I'd personally never heard about Robert Shaw not liking that name. That shit has to feel good. Anyway, I just like 'make good' stories like that in the entertainment business and I imagine that what may have started out as a lark has resulted in experiences nobody could have predicted at the start.

  • I'm a Jaws obssessive and I thought I knew every piece of obscure trivia about that movie but that's new to me. Is your source the beard?

  • May 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    uberman, that's the lamest idea EVER!

    by Somerichs

    Jaws is the epitome of lighting in a bottle--every single aspect of the movie came together perfectly to make one of the greatest (and my personal favorite) movies of all time. Spielberg couldn't possibly hope to duplicate those results and I guarantee he wouldn't even dream of trying. I'd like to say there are still some sacred cows in the history of film that will never get remade, but I'm not quite that naive anymore and the day will probably come when Jaws, too, succumbs. It will be sad day, indeed...

  • May 3, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    diamondjoe

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    I think that actually maybe on the 25th anniversary DVD making of section. I have seen some interview with Spielberg where he mentioned that, too. Maybe even on the Bio-channels making of Jaws special that has been on.

  • May 3, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    thanx quint..awesome btspotd

    by scrote

    ...that speech by Shaw about the USS Indianapolis gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. An incredible movie from a storyteller at the top of his game...

  • May 3, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    smakfu..ditto

    by scrote

    I loved that extraneous dialogue stuff...there was a ton of it in CE3K too

  • May 3, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    crusty seaman

    by Michael Guarino

  • May 3, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah Smackfu and Scrote

    by D.Vader

    I noticed a lot of that in The Lost World too.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Excellent Pic, Quint. Planetran...Where Is Bruce Now?

    by Cheif Brody

    The Bruce in the picture above is no more. All 3 versions of the shark were uncerimoniously dumped in the Universal backlot after production ended and they simply rotted to pieces even as JAWS was breaking every box office record summer of '75. The salt water destroyed everything. <p> They did have some "Bruces" on display at Universal Orlando. But they are from JAWS 2 & 3. None of the originals were preserved...and even the ones on display (using that loosely, as they are just in an area of discarded movie props that is visible to the public) are in bad shape. <p> There was one other 4th Bruce shark that was cast from the original Bruce mold in 1976 that now hangs over a junkyard entrance in Sun Valley, Ca...and the only reason it survived this long is it was made of fiberglass...unlike the foam rubber models of the originals used in the movie. <p> Great pic, Quint...my favorite so far. <p> "In Amity...One man CAN make a difference!"

  • those clowns couldn't make a movie even approaching the level of genius in Jaws.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    100% agreed

    by Keegan

    The shot from above as Bruce glides under the overturned boat and we can just see the outline as he opens wide...one of the images burned into my head from this film. That one shot is more scarier then tens of thousands of torture porn dungeons. And this movie is too.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Keegan

    Double comment but I'm just rewatching it...and I love more than anything else in the movie how the pre-scene before Alex gets gobbled up - how it shifts its tone just as easily as a dude saying his dog's name and a stick floating in the surf on the beach. Then if cuts to the underwater POV and you know shit's about to go down. But I've never seen a movie slide as effortlessly from lighthearted, somewhat suspense to BOOM someone's about to get eated. What a brilliant film.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    JAWS making of book?

    by lv_426

    Is it going to be a big comprehensive behemoth like those STAR WARS ones? Also, when are we gonna get a JAWS Blu-ray?

  • May 3, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    lv_426...look up "The JAWS Log" by Carl Gottlieb.

    by Cheif Brody

    Pretty much the premiere first hand account of the making of JAWS...written by the screenwriter, who lived on set, and even had a cameo in the movie. <p> But as for a slickly produced, large hardback coffee table keepsake/collectible edition, like the Star Wars book? Prolly ain't gonna happen. <p> There's a ton of behind the scene pics in "JAWS Log" like the one above...as well as interviews with Joe Alves (the shark's designer) and Bob Mattey (the shark's builder and wrangler). It's a pretty good read...and a treasure trove for JAWS trivia buffs. <p> The tale of using a midget (as Hooper) in a tiny cage to make the shark look larger is a standout. Also, the real Tiger shark ("A Whhhhhhat?") used in the movie was caught down in Sarasota, FL...and brought up to Martha's Vineyard for the filming of the scene (where the writer makes his cameo)... And, yes, it stunk like a motherfucker. They would roll camera, and the second Spielberg yelled "cut" they'd all run away from it. <p> Prolly gonna be the best written account of the behind camera antics and tribulations...from someone who was there.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    remaking Jaws

    by paulloch

    I remember Richard Dreyfuss on Later with Bob Costas 20 years ago. After he did the "the shark is not working/ the shark is working" anectdote. He talked about one time during the shoot, Spielberg talked to him about all the stuff he wish he did, but couldn't, a completely different version of the movie beginning to end, just spooled out of him.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    keegan...the estuary scene...The deleted scenes.

    by Cheif Brody

    There was SO MUCH more shot of the attack on Ted Grossman...with Bruce's head out of the water at one point...and even swimming away with him in his mouth as Ted flailis his arms wildly above the waterline, screaming in pain...(there's a great picture of that image in "The JAWS Log"). <p> But. whether it was Spielberg's genius to ONLY use that one very creepy shot of Bruce under the water, biting down on Grossman's leg from below...and keeping the reveal of the shark a mystery until he leaps up at Brody on the Orca...or they were forced to cut the more graphic attack on Ted because of the ratings board....it works better the way we see it in the final theatrical release. <p> That shot was creepy enough...and gave us just enough of a peek at Bruce to keep us on the edge of our seats. Saving his full head reveal for the main protagonist of the story was a way smarter move.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Gonna need a bigger budget,

    by empty_headed_animal

    Bruce is on the fritz again. Great movie!

  • May 3, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Jesus, great white sharks are scary motherfuckers...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Just looking at that prop gives me the shivers... What a movie. Easily among the top five of all time.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I agree, Planetran...

    by Cheif Brody

    Unfortunately...by the time they realized what an enormous hit they had on their hands with JAWS release...the sharks were nearly just scrap metal rusting away. <p> Everyone thought JAWS was going to be a flop...including Spielberg. No one thought the most expensive (and tempermental) props in the movie would ever be worthy of preserving. <p> The post production, John Williams haunting score and the amazing editing choices made it the classic we know today. Certainly worthy of the Smithsonian.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Alex Kitner WAS Brody's fault

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Brody is the chief of police and he let the Mayor and the local business people pressure him into doing their bidding. He didn't protect the people as he should have. It was only when his son nearly became a victim that Brody finally stood up to the Mayor and took action against the threat. That's what Brody realized when the mother blamed him.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    the shark

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I remember that photo where the crew are in the water with it. I don't care if it is fake, I wouldn't be in the water with that fucking thing. <P> I live on the Atlantic, there are no great whites here but it is one of those things that you just start thinking about when you're swimming two hundred feet out in eighty feet of water, skies are gray and the water is opaque...<P> I was even worse when I lived in California, and i'm relocating to Perth soon where they're even more plentiful.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Exactly, juemad...

    by Cheif Brody

    In the BOOK...the Mayor was being pressured to keep the beaches open, cuz he owed the MOB money...or they were going to kill him. Vaghn even threatened Brody with his job if he closed the beaches down. <p> So....Brody really had no choice but to follow the Mayor's orders. <p> In the MOVIE, they dropped the mob sub-plot (wisely)...and made Brody the newly hired Chief...fresh from the streets of New York City...not accustomed to beach life...and also, deathly afraid of the water. But, more importantly...he was new...and thus didn't feel like he should be stepping on the Mayor's toes so early in his career there. <p> When Mrs. Kintner slapped him, he realized he should have told the Mayor to fuck himself and followed his gut. He blamed himself for that mistake. Once his own boy nearly became chum for the shark...he had the footing to firmly tell Larry that 4th of July was over for Amity. <p> BTW...Both actors who played Mrs. Kintner & Alex were FROM Martha's Vineyard. Lee Fiero is still there, and is the artistic director of a playhose in MV....Jeff Voorhees owns a restaurant (The Wharf Pub) in Massachusetts nearby. Pippit the dog is burried on MV, too. With a gold star for his headstone that reads "Pippit - The Star of JAWS".

  • May 3, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Greatest film ever? Dunno. Best MOVIE ever? HELL YES.

    by 5_day_forecast

    Chemistry of the cast? Unbeatable. Screenplay (end result)? 3-act perfection... especially that 3rd act. Robert Shaw's Quint is still to me the greatest character in film history. I really wish I could erase some movies from my memory, so I could go back and watch them again without knowing every single moment that was coming. What would you give to be in a theater in 1960, and watch Psycho... NOT KNOWING the deal with Norman and his mother? How about "I am your father"? I wish I could go back to that Grossman attack, with the shark having gone almost unseen for most of the film. Just so I could once again catch that glimpse of those teeth coming at Ted's leg under the murky water and think to myself, "Holy tits - that thing is HUGE!"

  • May 4, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    AGAIN: SPIELBERG SHOULD REMAKE JAWS

    by uberman

    Jaws is my favorite movie of all time. I love that movie. I hate remakes as a rule. There are so few that are at the level of the original. That being said, the ultimate FUCK YOU to the entire remake craze would be for Spielberg to do JAWS again with a new script, actors, etc. and do it at the very highest level possible. If he hit it out of the park AGAIN, it would be the mother of all remakes. Yes, JAWS is perfect, but thats not my point. My point is that in our recycled movie world, why not put all the posers to shame once and for all. It would be a HUGE hit-again-and would remind us all what a master filmaker Steven was...and is. And, for the naysayers on this TB, YOU WOULD GO SEE IT despite all your BS.

  • May 4, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Uberman...Aint gonna happen...

    by Cheif Brody

    Spielberg will have nothing to do with a "JAWS" rehash...and could probably care less about giving a "Fuck You" to the Hollywood remake craze. I mean...even if a Spielberg directed "JAWS REDUX"...and it's another smash hit...he's still guilty of the same thing as the "posers" you mentioned. It would accomplish nothing. Remakes and reboots are not gonna go away. <p> The closest yer gonna get to the Spielberg of yore...will be when "Super 8" comes out this June. J.J's love letter to his idol looks to have captured ALL of Spielberg's best elements in one film. Looking at that trailer again...I'm instantly transported back to "JAWS", Close Encounters", "Raiders" and "ET" in my mind. <p> But...fear not..."JAWS" will be remade at some point. Universal owns the rights...and may eventually get greedy enough to cash in. I'll bet they call Steven every year and ask for his blessing...and his assistant tells them "No". <p> Yet...I imagine Universal still has George Clooney (Quint), Zach Galifianakis (Hooper) and Chris Evans (Brody) on speed dial, waiting for the day when the assistant finally says "Yes"...or when Spielberg eventually dies. <p> And all the CGI superpower at ILM will not be able to re-create anything close to surpassing the original's pure genius. FACT.

  • May 4, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Spielberg makes shit books into oscar gold.

    by shutupfanboy

    Did the same with Jurassic Park.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    JAWS has never been equaled

    by m_prevette

    Never has been and likely never will. Absolute brilliance. Perfection. The Beard has never been this good since... DAMN this is still my favorite movie ever...and the reason why is that it is a masterpiece.

  • May 4, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    uberman

    by Keegan

    Completely agree. I wish I could go back to Brody chumming out the back of the Orca, turning around to tell Hooper to come down and do this for a bit, and Bruce's head coming out of the water and seeing the full fucking beast in all it's glory for basically the first real time in the movie...I wish I could see THAT for the first time. People probably very nearly shat themselves. Has a behind the scenes problem ever eventually worked out for the film the way Jaws did? The shark was broken, so as cheif brody said, Spielberg had to make certain artistic choices that, as we all know, eventually ended up making the movie what it is, the biggie being that we don't actually see the shark until the third act. The POV shots, the minimal death scenes with Chrissy and Ted Grossman, it all was because the shark DIDN'T work but it all worked IMMENSELY for the movie as a whole. Can anyone think of any other movie that that happened for?

  • May 4, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Keegan...There is no other "documented" film example available.

    by Cheif Brody

    As was with JAWS, Most film movie props & monsters were thoroughly tested...over and over again BEFORE filming began. The practical giant squid for 20,000 Leagues comes to mind. Tested and tested. The 3 versions of Bruce were all tested as well....in a fresh water tank on the Universal lot, before being shipped to Martha's Vineyard. They all worked brilliantly there. <p> What the builders and testers of Bruce in LA could never have taken into account...was the sheer amount of force their sharks were going to be subjected to once cameras rolled. Being pulled through the water at realistic speeds...with the tides and currents fighting its every movement. Then...there is the salt water itself. No one took into account the especially corrosive nature the salt water would have on Bruce's foam rubber outter shell...and metal frame superstructure. The toll on it was massive...which is why the shark had to be routinely touched up hour by hour...as demonstrated in the photo above. Spielberg himself sometimes overseeing the touch ups...as depicted in the photo above. <p> Even the afore mentioned squid from 20,000 Leagues looked phony as hell when they tried to film it the first time...until Walt Disney himself stopped by the set that day...and recommended they shoot that climactic scene at night...in a driving seabound rainstorm....to help mask the imperfections of the giant prop. A stroke of genius to be sure...But the squid didn't shut the production down...or leave the crew needing to come up with a new plan for how they would shoot the film. <p> JAWS stands alone in the movie world...for a film that was better served by its tempermental star's nature...which forced Spielberg to shift the focus of the film from the shark...to the brilliant human characters that inhabit his film. Truly...it was lightning in a bottle....and it's owed to the little moments in the film that make it a classic. <p> Would we have been treated to the touching scene between Brody and his youngest son, playfully mimicing each other at the dinner table had the shark actually worked properly? <p> My guess is no. Bruce's short comings allowed the film to breath in a way no other "thriller" had done before...or since.

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