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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is not afraid of death, but it is afraid of murder. The Winner of the Jaws Making of book announced!

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

I love you guys. Seriously, the outpouring of amazing BTS images and love for this column surrounding the Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard contest was incredible and brought a tear to this little geek’s eye.

A lot of people sent amazing things, family photos going back to the Universal monster days, geek magazine scans and then there was one Jordan Krug who has been collecting movie related proof sheets for years and sent the motherload that won him the great Limited Edition Jaws book!

Krug not only sent amazing stuff from movies like The Hustler, Blade Runner and Rocky, but what won him that book was the sheer amount of amazing shots from The Conversation, one of my all time favorite movies and possibly my favorite Francis Ford Coppola film.

I’m not going to show them all here as I want to save some for later. He even sent shots from scenes that didn’t make it into the film, from whole subplots that were cut. I’ll feature those in the near future, with a little history on what the subplots were and where they fit into the story, but today I’m going to show you guys a series of shots from the most famous scene in the movie.

The Conversation is simply brilliant filmmaking. Coppola was in a groove when he made it, falling in between Godfather and Godfather Part II. Gene Hackman gives one of my favorite performances of his career as Harry Caul, a quiet man whose career is listening in on other people. He's an electronic surveillance expert who keeps everything and everybody at a distance until he's forced to make a choice between being passive or taking action in a matter of life or death.

Warning: If you haven’t seen The Conversation it’s on Netflix Instant so you have no excuse. Go watch it! But do it before looking at these pictures since they do give away one of the most striking moments of the film.

Congrats again to Jordan Krug. Click to slightly embiggen!







Thanks to all who entered. You’ll see some of the entries make their way to the page via this column (starting tomorrow, actually). Everything from Gone With the Wind to The Explorers to Back to the Future 1-3 to The Getaway to Joe Kidd to Every Which Way But Loose to Creature from the Black Lagoon. Like I said, some amazing stuff came in and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic goes into the light!

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  • May 30, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    looked like my toilet this morning

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    fuck did I drink a lot last night

  • May 30, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    looked him up on imdb

    by paulloch

    he's stuck on 99, his last film being Mooseport. 8 years ago. Someone give this guy some work to break 100 movies. Impossible to believe he wasn't even nominated for this role. His singular best.

  • May 30, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Haven't been here in awhile, someone tell me

    by CreasyBear

    is this new awful white-screen, small-font thing a long-lasting technical problem, or is this the new look of AICN, because I'm not interested in it.

  • May 30, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Hackman just ate Chipolte.

    by Mr Soze

    Bloody butthole

  • May 30, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Paul and Creasy

    by Quint

    Paul - He retired. I'm sure there's a demand for him as an actor, but from what I understand he just decided he didn't want to work anymore. Creasy - Not sure what you're talking about. The design changed in December, I think, but hasn't changed much since. My screen doesn't show tiny font, but it's always been black on white here, even before the change over.

  • May 30, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    So cool

    by PatientZer0

    These are the ones I really dig, Quint. Well done sir.

  • May 30, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    Your stuck on a deserted island...What's your three movies???

  • May 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    A very cool film

    by Robstar

    Yeah, The French Connection was a classic, but this thing is ten times more bad-ass. It has one of those subdued 1970's screenplays where you aren't focusing on what is being said, but what isn't said. The scene with Teri Garr is the only time you get a peek into the main character's psyche. And from what i've read, Coppola had agreed to direct The Godfather part two in order to get the cash to make The Conversation.

  • May 30, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Walter Murch should be mentioned in any conversation...

    by justmyluck

    ...regarding THE CONVERSATION.

  • And Tony Scott's Enemy Of The State functions as a kind of pseudo-sequel. A shame Hackman is retired from acting. Like Sean Connery, he went out on a bad, baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad movie, and he deserves one last kick-ass role.

  • May 30, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    That's what won?

    by D.Vader

    I'm surprised. I was hoping for something better. Something more like the Sergeant York BTS from a few days ago.

  • May 30, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    "That's the worse case of diarrhea I've ever seen!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • May 30, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by theheavy

    Nice job quint I love showing these to my dad,.I knew the one I sent was a little out there,..but I still think its a cool pic..for the genre geeks!!

  • Asked is an understatement, really. The first "question" is "You have to do another movie." He says he wouldn't rule it out someday?

  • May 30, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Hackman is the man


    always liked him

  • May 30, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    He didn't post the exact pic yet.

    by JuanSanchez

    I went with pics from The 13th Warrior. SOOOOO under-appreciated

  • May 30, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    As to Hackman - do a voice in a Pixar movie to crack 100.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 31, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    So was he dreaming that scene or it happened for real?

    by KilliK

    any idea? i always assumed that he dreamed it,otherwise it would have been a major plothole for the movie. Oh and its unofficial sequel with Will Smith,Enemy of the State, SUCKS

  • May 31, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Saw this on a double bill with Chinatown

    by Dr Lizardo

    ...and liked this better. I eventually realized Chinatown's charms, but The Conversation still blows me away.

  • May 31, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Quint, I have already seen The Conversation...

    by Ace of Wands

    ...but if I hadn't just because it's on Netflix Instant does not make it a crime not to view it; for instance, I live in the UK which is outside of Netflix's remit and I don't have a US checking account or use credit cards. Is that okay for an excuse? There is a world outside the good old US of A, you know.

  • May 31, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    1974, the year I was born, was a fantastic year for movies. Think back, pilgrims: The Conversation, Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Death Wish, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, That's Entertainment!, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, A Woman Under the Influence, The Parallax View, The Sugarland Express, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Lenny, Harry & Tonto, Murder On the Orient Express, The Longest Yard, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Man with the Golden Gun and The Towering Inferno. Great year for movies.

  • May 31, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I was about 4 or 5 when I saw this...

    by WeylandYutani

    My sitter had a rented copy and brought it over to watch while my parents were out for the evening. Damn she was pretty and... HOLY SHIT THIS FILM SCARED THE LIVING HELL OUT OF ME! I was afraid of toilets for months.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Denty420

    Don't forget Mr Majestyk.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Poltergeist tomorrow?

    by elsewhere

    Also looking forward to The Explorers BTSP.

  • May 31, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Hackman doing voiceover work would be a great idea for a screen return

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He was excellent in Dreamworks' Antz as General Mandible. Plus, VO work doesn't require much of a commitment...just a few hours a day in a comfy recording booth.

  • One of the greatest films EVER youth is no excuse!

  • May 31, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Hackman do the VO work for Lowes? Or at least

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    has done it recently. "Lowes..lets build something together.", is definately his voice. Hey, a nice comfy steady retirement paycheck.

  • May 31, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Really miss Hackman and so does the film industry.

    by moonlightdrive

  • May 31, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Explorers!

    by moonlightdrive

    AND Back to the Future!!!!!!!

  • May 31, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Congratulations to the winner.


    This is a fantastic BTS entry. Well-deserved. I recommend watching The Conversation in a double feature with Night Moves, another great Hackman mystery where his protagonist is clearly out of his element.

  • May 31, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Now that we are through with the formalities, the real question is


    how will genderblender denounce The Conversation as a rape fantasy?

  • May 31, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Amazing movie, amazing performance by Hackman...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    and let us not forget the amazing Teri Garr. And what an ending. Would a Hollywood studio make that film today? Not a chance.

  • May 31, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    The toilet overflow scene is one of more disturbing scenes

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    because it is so simple. A backed-up toilet is something we all can relate to. To see that deep red boil up from the basin and overflow is much more terrifying than a torrent of blood streaming from an elevator, for instance.

  • May 31, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Hackman and Connery - 8 years of loss

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    My 2 favorite actors havent made a movie in 8 years and its a travesty. And its not like they went out on top. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Welcome to Mooseport? They deserve more of a Swansong than those pieces of shit.

  • May 31, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Whoever said this would play well alongside Blow Out is absolutely correct

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Two solitary individuals ruined and haunted by the technology that they thought they could control.

  • May 31, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST



    I'd do it this way: Start off with Blow Up (pictures), then watch The Conversation (sound), and conclude the evening with Blow Out (pictures meet sound).

  • May 31, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    This site makes me sick.


    I cannot sit back and watch the mods willfully and gleefully condone the act of rape by handling out books on the making of the film that incites rape. JAWS, hereto mentioned as RapeFilm, while gloriously rewatchable, is an abomination of humanity. By giving away this book to "the winner", you have now encouraged another rapist to create his own RapeBook about his memories of RapeFilm.

  • May 31, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Enough with Jaws....

    by Chadley BeBay

    its not THAT great. Its GREAT, but not THAT great. Come on get over it

  • May 31, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    chadley bebay


    Seems like you're tired of Jaws, but it's your own fault. CHOPPAH's prescription: Ignore anything about Jaws. You don't have to look. CHOPPED.

  • May 31, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    "He'll kill you if he gets the chance."

    by DickBallsworth

    Harry Caul's dream sequence is worth the price of admission alone.

  • May 31, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    And then there's this:

    by DickBallsworth

  • May 31, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Plus, one of the only Harrison Ford performances where he plays a baddie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I love the scene where Hackman tries to take the pictures back, and Ford really gets in his face about it.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Jaws, Rapefilm.... what the fuck are you talking about?

    by SmokingRobot

    I'm confused. Oh, and Jaws is pretty much a PERFECT MOVIE, btw. And I dislike Spielberg pretty intently, but hey...Jaws is a masterpiece.