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Steven Spielberg and Quint have an epic chat all about JAWS as it approaches its 36th Anniversary!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Let me set the stage for this. I put out my feelers out a couple months back with some people at Dreamworks (with much help from mega publicist Deb Wuliger) about getting Steven Spielberg on the phone to talk Jaws, the idea being we could time it to its pending anniversary.

That was the pitch, but that was all cover. I really just wanted to talk to the director of my favorite movie of all time ABOUT my favorite movie of all time. I’m sure my ruse was as transparent as clean plate glass window (I don’t hide my geekiness very well), but the kind souls around Spielberg allowed my request to make it to him and I heard back an enthusiastic yes right before Memorial Day weekend.

We were going to schedule a time between then and June 20th, which was the latest the interview could go up as that was the anniversary of the release of Jaws in 1975, but as of Thursday afternoon I hadn’t heard anything back.

I went to the Alamo’s Super 8 marathon, which included a surprise screening of Super 8, followed by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Scanners and John Carpenter’s The Thing and when I got home at nearly 4am I checked my email to find out Spielberg had an opening in his schedule for 12:30pm my time the next morning.

Of course I had to watch Jaws while compiling a list of questions, so that gave me a little more than 4 hours of sleep before the interview.

I went in not knowing how much time I had with Spielberg… it could have been 5 minutes or 50, I had no idea… but I was bound and determined to milk my time for as much as humanly possible.

When the words, “Eric, I’m transferring you to Steven Spielberg’s office. Please hold a moment” hit my ears I won’t lie… my nerves were on end. Could I somehow not be Chris Farley in this scenario? Was that even possible?

But, like my brief encounter with the man on the set of War of the Worlds, once the conversation began the nerves went away and I was just excited to have the opportunity to talk with Steven Spielberg about Jaws.

Now, we cover a few other things as well. The conversation occasionally splinters off to his other films, including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T. and Close Encounters, but Jaws is the focus.

Let’s dive into this thing, shall we? Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

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Quint: How’s it going, sir?

Steven Spielberg: Hey, Eric. How ya’ doing?

Quint: It’s going well. How’re you?

Steven Spielberg: Good! So, what’s up? Well, I know what’s up with you. I read all your stuff.

Quint: Well, I watch all your movies, so we’re even.

Steven Spielberg: Last time we talked was a long time ago, it was on the (War of the Worlds) set (You can read about that visit here and here). You did the Indy thing, too. I remember that. (Referring to this not-quite set visit gathering of geeks during the filming of Indiana Jones 4).

Quint: Yeah, the War of the Worlds set visit was the big one for me. That’s where I had my big geek out.

Steven Spielberg: (laughs) Well, I geek out, too. So don’t think it’s just you!

Quint: Of course you do. I loved that when we met on the set the first things we talked about were Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brien. Their influence can be felt in your films and your movies were almost gateway drugs to discovering more about their work for me.

Steven Spielberg: Well, I’m glad you’re amongst us, making us remember that every decade there’s a new trend and one trend owes legions to its predecessors.

Quint: Especially now it must be hitting you dead center seeing how your very specific visual style is being replicated by the next generation of filmmakers. I mean, JJ Abrams’ Super 8 is obviously a loving tribute to your films, down to a very specific look.

Steven Spielberg: JJ was raised in those decades of movies that all of my colleagues made and continue to make. So, JJ (was brought up in) the same way I was raised, by a decade of filmmakers who I am beholden to. So, it all comes out in the laundry.

Quint: I really appreciate you taking the time to look back at Jaws with me….

Steven Spielberg: Sure, sure.

Quint: Obviously the movie means a lot to me and going through that new making of book, Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard, it really did strike me just how important it was that you made the personality Amity that of Martha’s Vineyard. It makes Amity feel like a real town. So, I was wondering if we could talk a little bit about how you pulled so many locals into the movie and how much of that was a creative choice and how much of that was political to help you ease the troubled waters of filming on location.

Steven Spielberg: Well, I didn’t know anything about politics in those days. I was just trying to find as much naturalism to play against the basic size of the shark. I didn’t want this film to be a mythological tale and if everybody played as big as the shark weighed and measured nobody would have believed the shark was real if the people hadn’t been as real.

So, I looked to the community of Martha’s Vineyard, and also off into the Boston area, to find local people that would make the audience feel that the story was truly happening not in Hollywood, but on a fictitious island called Amity.



Quint: That was also your reasoning for wanting to actually shoot on the ocean as well, right?

Steven Spielberg: Right, exactly, because if I made the movie in a tank it would have had that same mythological feel that the Spencer Tracy film, The Old Man and the Sea, has.

Quint: Or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. When you see Kirk Douglas fighting a giant squid, as awesome as that is, you know they shot that on a backlot somewhere.

Steven Spielberg: Yeah, exactly. I was naïve about the ocean, basically. I was pretty naïve about mother nature and the hubris of a filmmaker who thinks he can conquer the elements was foolhardy, but I was too young to know I was being foolhardy when I demanded that we shoot the film in the Atlantic Ocean and not in a North Hollywood tank.

But had I to do it all over again I would have gone back to the sea because it was the only way for the audience to feel that these three men were cast adrift with a great white shark hunting them.



Quint: I think the real key to the fear that you put into the world populace, the fear of swimming, is the fact that it’s so obviously not just in a pool somewhere. Those creatures actually live and hunt in those waters and almost everybody has been swimming in the ocean, so there’s an easy access to that base fear.

Steven Spielberg: Right, right.

Quint: Even if the average filmgoer doesn’t know how movies are made, there’s something in their brain that clicks, that registers when something is real and sees the difference.

Steven Spielberg: That’s so true.

Quint: I know it was a headache, but I would hope looking back on it now you could say all the aggravation and stress was worth it.

Steven Spielberg: It was worth it because, for number one, Close Encounters, which was a film I had written and a film nobody seemed to want to make, everybody seemed to want it right after Jaws was a hit. So, the first thing Jaws did for me was it allowed a studio, namely Columbia, to greenlight Close Encounters. For number two, it gave me final cut for the rest of my career. But what I really owe to Jaws was creating in me a great deal of humility, about tempering my imagination with just sort of the facts of life.



That movie was more than just a filmmaking and eventually a filmgoers experience, that movie was all about human relationships both in front of and behind the scenes because people started to lose their noodles as we spent weeks and then many months on Martha’s Vineyard and then, later, in the Pacific Ocean around Catalina. It took its toll. It feels like half my work was talking people off the ledge, when cast and crew had no idea when we’d ever leave Martha’s Vineyard, when people could return to their wives and families and real lives. They kept turning to me saying, “When are you going to finish the movie?” I kept saying, “Ask Mother Nature! I don’t know! Ask the tides!”

What was going down was not human error, it was just the conditions at sea that made it untenable to really be doing what we were somehow doing. Everything on land went normal! Everything I shot on any form of land went like a normal movie. I actually was on schedule for the first part of the picture. I mistakenly blew all my cover; the scenes I could have held back in case there was a mechanical problem with the shark, in case there was a bad day at sea and we couldn’t shoot because of the height of the waves or the strength of the wind. I foolishly didn’t have enough cover to be able to go back to the shore to keep shooting the shore portions of Jaws and that was completely my fault and no one else’s.

So, when we were shut out many days because of mechanical problems and weather problems, all we could do was wait and bounce up and down on the waves and watch each other vomiting over the side.

Quint: Correct me if I’m wrong here, but you also used that time to come up with some creative workarounds and to flesh out the script, right.





Steven Spielberg: Yeah, it’s true. The shark not working was a godsend. It made me become more like Alfred Hitchcock than like Ray Harryhausen in the sense that Ray Harryhausen in his day could do anything he wanted because he had control of his art. When I didn’t have control of my shark it made me kind of rewrite the whole script without the shark. Therefore, in many people’s opinions the film was more effective than the way the script actually offered up the shark in at least a dozen more scenes that today is history.

Quint: Losing that creative thinking is something that worries me today when I see so many filmmakers using CG as a crutch. I worry that we lose some of give and take that often times forces creativity. I don’t know if you think about that at all now…

Steven Spielberg: I think that CG is a tool that often becomes a weapon of self-destruction. I certainly have done my share of CG since I was at the forefront of the revolution as a producer of YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, that had the first CG shot ever, and then JURASSIC PARK that the first CG characters ever. Jim Cameron in-between did brilliant CG work on THE ABYSS and then T2…

I’ve actually suffered from the wealth of riches that CG can give a filmmaker to almost over use the technology to get everything out of our brains and on to the screen when sometimes what’s fun is being denied your best ideas and then you’ve got to fall back on a compromise, which often turns out to be an even better idea. I fall victim to that, too.

Quint: I have to say that to this day, for whatever reason… perhaps the combination of the digital effects and Stan Winston’s dinosaurs, but when I watch Jurassic Park I don’t see the CG.

Steven Spielberg: That’s a testament to Dennis Muren, to Phil Tippett and to Stan Winston because the blend between… I mean, 65% of the first Jurassic Park is Stan Winston. I believe there’s only between 58 and 60 digital shots in the whole movie. That’s it. The sequel, that I directed, there were four times more digital shots than that.

In the first film it was actually Stan Winston actually working together with Dennis Muren putting their heads together to try to figure out how to make these blends from mechanical full-sized puppeteering to the digital wider shots.

Quint: Not to diverge too much into Jurassic Park, but there’s something to the personality of the dinosaurs as well. Look at the Raptor scene in the kitchen, for instance. The Raptors have a very stop motion quality, they remind me a lot of Ray Harryhausen’s creatures.



Steven Spielberg: What Ray Harryhausen did, and Ray’s always been a humongous influence on my work and I was so honored to be able to show Ray Harryhausen the very first digital shot that Dennis Muren cranked out as a test. Ray happened to be visiting me that day and I said, “Ray, do you want to see a CG dinosaur?” He said, “Sure,” so he went over to the art department where I was prepping Jurassic Park and I put on the three-quarter inch cassette into the big machine and Ray and I watched the Gallimimus (scene). They were all just rendered as skeletons, they had not been fleshed, but the movement was so smooth that I just got to watch Ray Harryhausen’s face watching the natural evolution from his art to the new era of digital characters.

Harryhausen embraced it immediately as a positive. He wasn’t sad to see the paradigm shift; he was a jubilant as you can imagine a young boy would be. I saw the child in him at that moment, which was for me one of the greatest moments of my life; looking into his eyes as he was watching what Dennis Muren had created.

Quint: I can imagine, man.

Steven Spielberg: What was I talking about before I went into my Ray Harryhausen fugue state? What I was saying was I was inspired by Ray Harryhausen because a lot of Ray Harryhausen’s characters stalked the humans. They just kind of like stalked them and they got into these frozen poses of real frightening imagery. I remembered that and so did Dennis Muren and so did Phil Tippett who really helped Dennis create dinosaurs that were natural and not cinematic.

I always brought the guys back to Ray Harryhausen because he was the one whose characters did such a scary job stalking all the humans in those big tableaus.



Quint: If you’re able to give a personality to your creatures that gets you 9/10ths of the way there. Once there’s a personality there it doesn’t feel like an effect.

Steven Spielberg: Right.

Quint: But let’s go back to Jaws. We have to talk about the casting of your leads. You must have sweated that a little bit because if the chemistry between your Quint, Brody and Hooper was flat then the whole second half of your movie doesn’t work.



Steven Spielberg: That’s true. Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view. First I went to Lee Marvin and he said no. Then I went to Sterling Hayden and he said no. Then finally David Brown, who had just worked with Robert Shaw on The Sting, and said “What about Robert Shaw?” I said, “David, you’re a genius!” And Robert said yes. That was a simple story, although it took six months to cast Quint.



And I went to several actors before Roy Scheider. They didn’t turn me down, I just had decided they were not right for the part. I tested dozens of possible Brodys. I don’t want to mention any names because many of them are still with us.

But I was at a party at Andre Eastman’s house and I met Roy Scheider for the first time. He walked over to me and I was literally sitting on a couch with a Coca-Cola in my hand fretting over Jaws, that I wasn’t able to get this shark movie cast, and Roy sat down and introduced himself. Of course, I had loved him so much in The French Connection and then in The Seven Ups. Roy actually said to me, “You have such a glum look on your face. What’s the matter?” I said, “Aw, I’m having trouble casting my picture.” He actually said, “Who have you gone out to?” I named a few names and looked at me and said, “What about me?!?” He actually said, “What about ME?!?” in only the way Roy could do that, with his voice kind of cracking the way it does when he hits that high note.

I looked at him and said, “You’re right! What about you? Will you make my movie?” Without even asking for a script he said, “Of course! If you want me, I’ll do it!” And we actually agreed at a party that he would play Brody… that night… at Andre Eastman’s house. And then he read the script and loved it, which was good because he could have read the script and thrown it back in my face. But he loved it.

And Richard Dreyfuss was my first choice. Richard Dreyfuss and Lorraine Gary were both my first choices and they said yes when I asked, so that was all good.

Quint: What’s great about the three leads of Jaws… it’s such a perfect product of its time. Those were guys who were both leading men and character actors. They still exist today, but it’s much rarer to find that combination. It was much more common to see character actors getting to top the bill in the ‘70s and, again, with those guys in the lead the movie automatically has kind of reality, so you buy the shark. That’s something I’ve noticed you’ve done on a lot of your movies, you cast really interesting people in your lead roles.

Steven Spielberg: Well, people who are at least touchstones to the human race, that anybody can identify with and say, “That could be me.” That’s all I look for in a movie that I go to see as an audience. Is there any character in the film that I can identify with; that I can experience these events through their eyes. That’s all I’m looking (for), somebody I can believe in.

Harrison Ford, who is iconic now, was so full of vulnerabilities in both Star Wars as Han Solo as well as then casting him as Indiana Jones, even though he was a big hero with a whip and a resolve to achieve all of us could identify with him. He wasn’t so out of reach that nobody could believe they never could become him.

Quint: You also beat the shit out of him in that first movie! (laughs)

Steven Spielberg: Yeah, exactly! That also helps the audience say that within some of the campiness of some of these set pieces there’s a great deal of character reality going on in the way he’s being batted around by the bad guys!



Quint: I’ve read that this is one of your favorite scenes in Jaws… The Indianapolis Speech in Jaws floors me every single time I watch the movie. If I even hear Robert Shaw start that speech I’m zoned in and nothing else exists in the universe, you know? So, do you remember shooting that scene? What was the vibe on the set? Was it weighty?



Steven Spielberg: We shot it twice. The first time we attempted to shoot it Robert came over to me and said, “You know, Steven, all three of these characters have been drinking and I think I could do a much better job in this speech if you let me actually have a few drinks before I do the speech.” And I unwisely gave him permission.

He went into the Whitefoot, which was a big sort of support boat that we always took our lunch breaks on and all the bathrooms were on that boat, it was a big tug boat, and he went into the hold with my script girl Charlsie Bryant and I guess he had more than a few drinks because two crew members actually had to carry him onto the Orca and help him into his chair. I had two cameras on the scene and we never got through the scene, he was just too far gone. So, I wrapped the company at about 11 o’clock in the morning and Robert was taken back to his house on Martha’s Vineyard.

At about 2 o’clock in the morning my phone rings and it’s Robert. He had a complete blackout and had no memory of what had gone down that day. He said, “Steven, tell me I didn’t embarrass you.” He was very sweet, but he was panic-stricken. He said, “Steven, please tell me I didn’t embarrass you. What happened? Are you going to give me a chance to do it again?” I said, “Yes, the second you’re ready we’ll do it again.”

The next morning he came to the set, he was ready at 7:30 out of make-up and it was like watching Olivier on stage. We did it in probably four takes.

Quint: It’s an electrifying moment. And one thing that I notice, if I’m ever able to break my attention away from Shaw himself, is just how spellbound Dreyfuss looks in that scene. That’s not acting. I can clearly tell that he’s enraptured by the performance he’s watching, just as much as I am.

Steven Spielberg: I think we were all watching a great performance and the actors on camera were watching a great performance; Roy and Richard. Richard was in all the shots because Roy was in a cutaway in a separate part of the cabin of the boat, but obviously on Richard’s face… you can see Matt Hooper in character, but you can also see Richard Dreyfuss in complete awe and admiration of this great actor.



Quint: It’s one of my favorite scenes in the history of cinema.

Steven Spielberg: I owe three people a lot for this speech. You’ve heard all this, but you’ve probably never heard it from me. There’s a lot of apocryphal reporting about who did what on Jaws and I’ve heard it for the last three decades, but the fact is the speech was conceived by Howard Sackler, who was an uncredited writer, didn’t want a credit and didn’t arbitrate for one, but he’s the guy that broke the back of the script before we ever got to Martha’s Vineyard to shoot the movie.

I hired later Carl Gottlieb to come onto the island, who was a friend of mine, to punch up the script, but Howard conceived of the Indianapolis speech. I had never heard of the Indianapolis before Howard, who wrote the script at the Bel Air Hotel and I was with him a couple times a week reading pages and discussing them.

Howard one day said, “Quint needs some motivation to show all of us what made him the way he is and I think it’s this Indianapolis incident.” I said, “Howard, what’s that?” And he explained the whole incident of the Indianapolis and the Atomic Bomb being delivered and on its way back it was sunk by a submarine and sharks surrounded the helpless sailors who had been cast adrift and it was just a horrendous piece of World War II history. Howard didn’t write a long speech, he probably wrote about three-quarters of a page.

But then, when I showed the script to my friend John Milius, John said “Can I take a crack at this speech?” and John wrote a 10 page monologue, that was absolutely brilliant, but out-sized for the Jaws I was making! (laughs) But it was brilliant and then Robert Shaw took the speech and Robert did the cut down. Robert himself was a fine writer, who had written the play The Man in the Glass Booth. Robert took a crack at the speech and he brought it down to five pages. So, that was sort of the evolution just of that speech.

Quint: I’d love to read the 10 page Milius version.

Steven Spielberg: I don’t think it exists. I know I don’t have it. I’ve been asked for it, everybody has been wanting to see it and John doesn’t have it because in those days we didn’t have computers, we didn’t have hard drives, it was just on pieces of paper!

I remember just saying, “Hey, this is a movie! Somebody someday should do a movie just about the Indianapolis.”

But the other lucky thing about the shark not working was that we all did have a chance to hone the script and do improvisations and then Carl Gottlieb took the improvisations that I tape recorded and transcribed them, then he structured scenes and then we’d all collaborate with Carl on cutting the scenes down, making them short enough to still put into the movie and let the movie have its own narrative pace.

But Carl made great contributions to the movie. I brought him to Martha’s Vineyard to do comedy punch-up work because he’s a very funny guy, a very funny writer, and he wound up really staying there a long, long time helping all of us with all of the scenes, so Carl did deserve his credit and did great work on Jaws. I’m very beholden to Carl for sticking it out as long as he did with us because that was a lonely island for everybody making that movie over many months.

Quint: Your filmmaking style at that time is very recognizable. It seemed with both Duel and Jaws you’re developing a very iconic style that we started talking about at the beginning of the interview. You used a lot of split-diopter shots, had a lot of overlapping dialogue… it was a very naturalistic style. What is it that drew you to that kind of technique?



Steven Spielberg: That technique for me was always just the way I always observed people having conversations in daily life. I always wondered why movies couldn’t have more naturalism in them; why scenes couldn’t be hybrid scenes between the documentary and the drama.

Robert Altman, of course, made it a fine art: background conversations and foreground conversations and even some midground conversations. Altman probably reached his nexus with that with Nashville, which I think is the best movie Altman made. And I was very influenced, I think, by Altman’s MASH. There’s naturalism in that and yet it’s such a bizarre comedy at the same time. It was realistic because it was about the Korean War, but then it was zany and madcap and he was able to temper all that in a kind of pseudo-documentary style.

I did not want to do a pseudo-documentary style for Jaws ‘cause I wanted Jaws to be a big, slick commercial looking movie, but I needed something to offset the surreality of the shark. The more natural I could make the performances in the foreground I thought the more people would swallow the weight and size of that great white.

Quint: Here’s another thing, though. When you…

Steven Spielberg: Oh, and by the way… Let me say one more thing, Quint.

Quint: Sure, sure.

Steven Spielberg: The more fake the shark looked in the water, at least to the crew watching it being hauled behind a speedboat, the more my anxiety told me to heighten the naturalism of the performances.

Quint: Here’s the thing… what makes horror movies scary… Jaws is always described as a horror movie, but I see it as more of a men on a mission/adventure story…

Steven Spielberg: I agree with you.

Quint: Good, I’m not the only one! But what makes tension work, be it in a thriller or horror film, is when you care for the people in jeopardy. If you’re scared of losing somebody you like then the filmmaker has you. I mean, Quint’s death is so inevitable from the very beginning, the whole Ahab parallel of one’s obsession getting the best of him, but you don’t want him to go. You’re scared when Hooper goes in the water. Hell, you’re scared when Alex Kintner goes into the water and we’ve spent all of 30 seconds with him.

Steven Spielberg: Right, right.

Quint: That naturalistic approach and your casting absolutely worked. You relate to the people in danger. It’s not just sexy supermodels in bikinis wading into the surf, it’s a kid that could be your nephew.

Steven Spielberg: And yet Quint, who is a bigger than life character required a bigger than life death scene, so I was able to mythologize a character like Quint where that death would have been an earned one, you know what I’m saying?



Quint: Absolutely. I never doubted it once and it really freaked me out as a kid. It was two things: when he spits up that bright red blood and when we next see the shark he has bits of Quint hanging off his teeth.

Steven Spielberg: Exactly! Exactly because sharks don’t have toothpicks! There was a lot of raw chicken that contributed to that sequence.

Quint: Now, they must have asked you to come back for Jaws 2…

Steven Spielberg: Yeah, of course. Of course. And Jaws 3. I was done, I was done with the ocean. I would have done the sequel if I hadn’t had such a horrible time at sea on the first film. I would have absolutely jumped at the chance to own the sequel because I knew that when I was walking away from the sequel I was walking away from a huge piece of my life that I had helped to create, but it wasn’t a hard decision to walk way from it. I just could not imagine going back out to the ocean and sitting in a boat for 9 months. I just couldn’t imagine it.

So, I was happy and relieved not to have made the movie, but also I wasn’t happy with the sequel and I realized I had let a franchise go that I could have made a good contribution to.

Quint: Do you have any idea what you would have done with a sequel?

Steven Spielberg: No, no idea at all, but I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday, which I will tell you someday because I don’t want it in print.

Quint: Okay.

Steven Spielberg: But I’ll tell you my scene some day. Every time I think of this scene I think, “Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?” and I have to immediately stop myself and immediately pull myself back down to Earth.

Quint: I will turn this digital recorder off right now.

Steven Spielberg: I’ll tell you some day. We don’t talk enough, we’re going to have to talk more. I’ll tell you some day.

Quint: Alright, just remember that!

Steven Spielberg: I will! I won’t forget it! I promise, I promise!

Quint: Is there a Jaws Blu-Ray in the works?

Steven Spielberg: Yes, there is. Yes, there is. I’ve already seen some of it. I don’t have a date yet, but there’s a Blu-Ray absolutely in the works.

Quint: I can’t wait, man. I love that the last DVD release actually had the original mono soundtrack on it as well. I wasn’t a fan of the remixed 5.1 sound… the splashing sounded canned and the gunshots were changed…



Steven Spielberg: Oh, I know. I totally understand that. (In the future) there’s going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show.

If 1941 comes on Blu-Ray I’m not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-Ray will bring the wires out, that are guiding the airplanes down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and with all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.

Quint: I’m in total agreement with you. I wish you could talk George (Lucas) into doing the same thing!



Steven Spielberg: Well, I can’t!

Quint: (laughs) Yeah, I don’t think anybody can!

Steven Spielberg: George goes his own way and I respect him for it, but my new philosophy about this is to let sleeping dogs lie.

Quint: That’s great news for film geeks. Anybody who appreciates film, that's like music to their ears.

Steven Spielberg: When people ask me which E.T. they should look at, I always tell them to look at the original 1982 E.T. If you notice, when we did put out E.T. we put out two E.T.s. We put out the digitally enhanced version with the additional scenes and for no extra money, in the same package, we put out the original ‘82 version. I always tell people to go back to the ’82 version.

Quint: Having the option is the big deal for me. Using the Star Wars example, I don’t think there’d be an outcry if we could watch a nice transfer of the original versions. We’d be like, “George can do what he wants and I’ll watch it… but you know maybe the fans would like the option of watching the movie they fell in love with, too.”

Steven Spielberg: Yeah. And I think the other good thing is that they understand when they see a movie and they suddenly see something that could have been done much better today and could have been corrected in the DVD/Blu-Ray transfer, they really appreciate seeing the strings attached.

If somebody put out George Pal’s War of the Worlds and took the strings off the machines I’d be very upset. When that machine crashes in downtown Hollywood, and you see the strings going from taut to slack, that’s the thing that allows me to both understand this movie is scaring the hell out of me and at the same time this movie is a creation of the human race.

That little taut-to-slack moment of those wires on that wingtip makes the original George Pal War of the Worlds work for me. It embraces my fears and it also alleviates them in the same breath.



Quint: I notice you don’t do commentaries on your films. Is there a reason for that?

Steven Spielberg: Well, because if I do commentaries it takes you out of the movie. It just takes you totally out of the movie because you’re not really watching a movie, you’re listening to a radio show. So, I’ve just never believed in doing commentaries because once people start one of my movies I want them to get into the film. I don’t want to knock down the fourth wall for them and take them into the handbook of how I did it because I just think it breaks the illusion.

Quint: Now, I’ve heard a story that I wanted to run by you. I have no idea if it’s true, but an effects friend of mine told me about a special screening of E.T. for Ronald Reagan. Have you heard this story?



Steven Spielberg: I was there!

Quint: The story I heard is that when Reagan saw it he started talking about how close to reality it was and he was quickly ushered out of the room. Is that true?

Steven Spielberg: No, he wasn’t ushered out of the room. He was the President of the United States! Nobody could usher Ronald Reagan out of the room! It was in the White House screening room and Reagan got up to thank me for bringing the film to show the President, the First Lady and all of their guests, which included Sandra Day O’Connor in her first week of as a Justice of the Supreme Court, and it included some astronauts… I think Neil Armstrong was there, I’m not 100% certain, but it was an amazing, amazing evening.

He just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, “I wanted to thank you for bringing E.T. to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie,” and then he looked around the room and said, “And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.”

And he said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.

The room did laugh and then later on I’ll never forget my conversation with the President. He pulled me aside, he said… and I can’t do Reagan. I wish I could do that breathy, wonderful voice of his… And Nancy Reagan was standing right next to him and the President said to me, “I only have one criticism about your movie,” and I said “What’s that?” He said, “How long were the end credits?” I said, “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe three, three and a half minutes?” He said, “In my day, when I was an actor, our end credits were maybe 15 seconds long.”

He said, “Why don’t you let everybody get a credit… three and a half, four minutes, that’s fine, but only show that inside the industry, but throughout the rest of the country reduce your credits to 15 seconds at the end?” Nancy Reagan turned to him and said, “Oh, Ronny, they can’t do that. You know that.” And he went, “Oh, yes, yes. I suppose.” (laughs) That was the extent of my conversation about that . That was his only criticism, he felt the end credits were too long!



Quint: So, do you think he actually let something slip there?

Steven Spielberg: I don’t think he let something slip there, no. I think he delivered a joke without smiling, without a little bit of a twinkle behind the joke. I think the joke landed because everybody laughed, but because I’m a little bit of a Ufologist I was hoping that there was something more to the joke than met my eye. I’m sorry to say I think he was simply trying to tell a joke.

Quint: Cool, man. I think that’s about all I got.

Steven Spielberg: Okay! When can I read this?

Quint: It’ll be posted as soon as I can possibly get it ready.

Steven Spielberg: I can’t wait, I can’t wait!

Quint: Before I let you go, I do want to say that you need to quit beating up so much on Temple of Doom. I love that movie.

Steven Spielberg: You know, sometimes I can’t help myself. But the greatest thing about Temple of Doom was I met Kate Capshaw and I have seven children. We’ve been married for almost 20 years and that was my win on that movie.

Quint: I met Kate very briefly at the War of the Worlds premiere in New York and I made sure to tell her “I know you probably don’t get it enough, but you’re great in Temple of Doom.”

Steven Spielberg: You’re sweet. By the way, she is great in Temple of Doom and I’m very, very lucky to have found my life partner.

Quint: I love that movie because it’s so dramatically different from Raiders. The tone is different, you go from a suave villain in Belloq to a flashy villain in Mola Ram…

Steven Spielberg: Right. Here’s the thing… for all the fans of Temple of Doom who think I beat up too much on it, those fans who beat up on George Lucas 24/7 at the drop of any fedora, I would just say please give George credit. He’s the one that made it dark, he’s the one that decided on the story and on the concept. For all those who love Temple of Doom, you’ve gotta give George credit.

Quint: I’ll absolutely give George credit for that.



Steven Spielberg: Okay, good!

Quint: Thank you so much, sir.

Steven Spielberg: Thanks. It was good talking to you again. Don’t be such a stranger!

Quint: Whenever, man. I could talk your ear off 24/7.

Steven Spielberg: I could talk to you the same way. I really appreciate this.

Quint: No worries.



I’m not going to lie, there was a little dead space and some fumbling that I edited out when he started off the conversation with “I read all your stuff.” I’m sure he was just being nice, but fuck me if that didn’t throw me for a loop for a few seconds.

I had the time of my life conducting this chat and I hope you guys enjoyed it, too. I loved that E.T. Reagan screening story, I loved hearing the definitive word on the Indianapolis Speech and I loved his newfound philosophy on tinkering with his older films.

A massive thanks to Deb Wuliger, Kristin Stark and everyone in Spielberg’s office for making this happen. And, of course, to Mr. Spielberg himself for setting aside nearly an hour of his surely hectic schedule to look back at Jaws with a nerd like me. Happy 36th Birthday, Jaws!

Now I pack for a trip to LA where I’ll be bringing you some coverage of the Hero Complex Film Festival, including a Warren Beatty Q&A for Dick Tracy, Richard Donner for Superman 1 and 2 and some other goodies.

Next interview you’ll see from me is an AICN Legends interview with another one of my favorite directors, Mr. John Carpenter. Stay tuned!

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  • June 6, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Actually Cool News

    by Rex Carsalot

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this - thank you.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    So, eleven hundred men went into the talkback;

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    316 men come out, the trolls took the rest, June the 7th, 2011. Anyway, we delivered the CHOP.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by Bruhn

    What is his opinion about "Skull"? He must hate this movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Except for the loving Reagan anecdote...

    by justmyluck

    ... it was a good interview: albeit with a "Spielberg EPK discussion' feel. Spielberg dropped a sequence for JAWS, where a background of sailboat sails would start rocking slowly, one, then two, and so on - then more furiously - as a visual of the shark's approach before an attack - I wonder if that was the secret scene he was thinking of. Again, sorry, I just cannot give Reagan a pass.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Such a cool guy, great interview!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Hope Super 8 has some of that old time Spielbergian adventure in it. Oh and Tintin, good choice Mr Spielberg! Can't wait for that!

  • June 6, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Great interview Yaaaaay!!!!

    by heyscot

    I can't wait for the next Spielberg flick to come out!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Did anyone else...

    by justmyluck

    Get a scareware link from I.P. when refreshing this TB page? It happened twice and I had to turn JavaScript off to make it go away.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    It's cool to find that a film legend is human.

    by Arvin Clay

    Thanks for this. I couldn't have asked for a better read first thing in the morning!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Nice one Quint

    by obi12kenobi

    That certainly was an epic interview

  • June 6, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Incredible - Thanks for this Quint.

    by moody by nature

    I can't imagine just how amazing it must've been to have had those few minutes to pick the brains of the man who pretty much shaped my childhood love of movies. Having it focused on Jaws must've been a blessing of sorts for you, because how in the world would you have ever dragged yourself away from the phone if you'd had free reign to talk about anything and everything?! I know I wouldn't have wanted to hang up!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Thank you Quint for finally confirming the Reagan story!

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Those quotes will now go off and find a permanent home on a billion conspiracy websites all across the internet. Pretty awesome that Reagan was such an extra-terrestrial enthusiast though...what a weirdo.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I watch Jaws and Raiders once a week.

    by reni

    Thanks Quint & thank you Steven.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Life in the silo just got brighter.


    Gonna read this and let it soak into me like an aged cheese and fine wine.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by ATARI

    That last pic is a keeper!!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Jaws forever...

    by aint_it_cruel?

    Fantastic interview.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Excellent interview!

    by Sunhawk7

    I remember being in the audience when Jaws opened and not being able to get it out of my head afterwards. Not because it was the most thrilling adventure story I'd ever seen but how much the characters carried the narrative and made something far out so believable...but also Spielberg introduced me to a form of "filmmaking grammer" that just clicked inside of me. This was how you told stories with cameras and editing. I remember spending the rest of the summer with my Super 8mm camera imitating all the things I'd seen him do. For the first time, Spielberg really helped me "get it", and brought about a whole new awareness of the language of film and appreciation of the others that did the same for him. Thanks a lot, Steven.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Any time someone talks Jaws, I'm there.

    by micturatingbenjamin

    Good interview! :) Spielburg still sounds like he loves doing what he's doing. I guess it shows on the screen. Super 8? I might see it. I want a kickass alien adventure movie. MB

  • June 6, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Awesome job Quint!

    by krod

    That was great. Flat out great.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint...

    by Sean1701

    Thanks for the article, great win for AICN. Question: besides Jaws, did Mr. Spielberg indicate any other films of his that will be on Blu-Ray?

  • June 6, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Please give Mr. Spielberg a black box!!!

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    AICN would probably collapse in on itself just like the Freeling household if that were ever to happen. Unless he's already here and undercover with some innocuous Walter B type moniker that is. JettL perhaps?

  • June 6, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Indianapolis does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I remember just saying, “Hey, this is a movie! Somebody someday should do a movie just about the Indianapolis.” Steven Spielberg - on the off chance you happen to be reading this then take a look in the mirror! YOU my man are the perfect director for this. On the other side of the Atlantic right now Ridley Scott is returning to the film that made him. But in a 'leftfield' way. You could return to the movie that made you... again in a very cool and intriguing way. John Milius could have first crack at the screenplay. Perhaps your MUNICH actor Daniel Craig could play the Quint character (if you wanted to include Quint to tie it to JAWS). And as you say in the interview you already have a great shark sequence, which you might be able to incorporate. No one does 'tension' in big screen blockbusters quite as well as you do, and the story of the Indianapolis could yield some of the most tense nail-biting moments in movie history if done right. MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Still the greatest in cinema!

    by john_nada

    What a cracking interview and nice to see such great honesty and obvious love (still!) of the language of cinema....wires and all. Quint, great interview for all us minions who can only bow down to the genius of cinema's greatest director.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Fantastic interview, Quint.

    by Prydie

    Please make it your mission to become good buddies with Speilberg. If only to glean more stories of his grand career.

  • They had something on their website saying it was coming for Christmas but have since taken it down.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    And I'd love to hear what his idea was for that scene

    by JGer

  • June 6, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Best interview on this site in a long time.

    by alienindisguise

    Nice work Quint and much respect to Spielberg for taking the time to talk with you. I'd love to see a dvd of you guys just talking about movies and I wouldn't care it was 5 discs long filled to blu ray capacity!

  • June 6, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    "I'll tell you someday"

    by Bobo_Vision

    That's awesome. Quint and Spielberg are forming a relationship. It was said in the last talkback...and I echo it...I hope Quint and Spielberg become close and forge a professional and personal relationship.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Great interview, and bring the original cut of 1941 to blu-ray

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • June 6, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Jaws 2 is actually preaty good

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And after seeing Lost World, I'm glad Spielberg skipped it.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    very interesting interview

    by Rupee88

    And good for Quint that he got to interview one of his idols. He seemed to do a good job. Spielberg is definitely pretty schmoozy but that's Hollywood for you. And good info in this interview.

  • Did I miss it? Last night, swear to God, I had a dream that I met Michael Biehn and I told him I can't wait to read his interview on AICN. He then looked at me weird and walked away.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Single best article on AICN. Ever.


    You gave Choppah goosebumps.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Awesome job Quint

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You're really knocking it out of the park these days. Spielberg, Carpenter and Donner! I wish I could be at the Superman screening with Donner but your coverage is the next best thing. <p> Kudos on bringing up Temple of Doom. It's the best Indy sequel by far, the last half hour still stands up today as astonishingly imaginative, breathlessly exciting cinema. I saw it in 1984 at a friend's birthday party and it still stands today as one of the great experiences of my life, 10 was the perfect age to be in the summer of '84. Looking forward to Spielberg's two new pictures later this year, and then Lincoln next year...

  • June 6, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by IceMonkey

    Reagan was an actor before he was a politician. It's cool to hear he was into the movie. Why would you need to "give Reagan a pass" anyway? What do his politics have to do with anything that Spielberg mentioned in this interview?

  • June 6, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Is forthcoming. It's another good one (a whopping 2 hours), but Carpenter first. Not a bad run recently, eh? In one three week period I interviewed John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg and Nicolas Cage. Starting to think this ain't such a bad gig. heh.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    That's high praise from a talkback icon such as yourself. Glad you guys are digging the interview!

  • June 6, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yep, Quint definitely said Biehn was on the way too.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Great stuff

    by Iahael

    Now this is the sort of thing that both exemplifies what this site is good at, and points out where some of its current weaknesses are. Thank you, Quint, great interview! T.'.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Spielberg Jaws Vs Benchley Jaws

    by Mark Watson

    Thanks for awesome interview Quint. Jaws is and always will be my favourite movie of all time. I hope no-one tries to remake it (why mess with perfection). But i have to say im intrigued but the idea of seeing a more faithful adaption of Benchleys novel. A slightly more darker adult affair. I know it'll never happen but just saying. QUINT: Jeff Bridges/ Nick Nolte/ Mel Gibson BRODY: Michael Fassbender/ Daniel Craig/ Jason Isaacs Hooper: Matt Damon/ Thoughts??????

  • June 6, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I'd throw Michael Shannon in the Quint list if I had to, but let's not say the "R-word" too loud. Who knows who's listening?

  • June 6, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST



    I would love to see another interview about the lesser known films in his oeuvre. As much as I love to hear about JAWS (those stories never really get old after hearing them countless times) I would love to hear about Empire of the Sun or 1941 or his thoughts on The Color Purple. The Terminal, Hook, AI, The Sugarland Express. Amazing Stories. His output as producer of Gremlins, Goonies, etc etc. Baby steps, I know.

  • Quint you should have a weekly column "Talking With Spielberg" did anyone know what's up with that line of dialogue

  • June 6, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Bryan Singer's Jaws

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Gandolf as Quint, Hugh Jackman as Brody, Kate Bosworth as Hooper, and Kevin Spacey as the Shark. Special cameo appearance by Brian Cox as Harry.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    If this is received as well as it seems to be, I think an argument for a regular series of interviews would be really strong.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Great interview

    by HagCeli

    I think Reagan wasn't joking.

  • June 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Michael Shannon

    by Mark Watson

    Like it dude, thats why you're the QUINT!!! Totally agree with the R word but cant help but feel we're gonna get a suck-fest syfy channel direct to cable "R" someday sandwiched between Sharktopus and Sharks of Venice. God help us all!!!!!!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Great Interview

    by Bill Anderson

    This is one of if not the best interview with Steven Spielberg. The best part is that Quint nailed it for us by asking the questions we'd like to ask him using the same enthusiasm and awe we have for him and his films.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Awesome interview

    by impetus

    Both of you brought a lot to this one! Thanks Quint and Steven!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Biggest Spielberg "Universe" question

    by Samuel Fulmer

    What the hell happened to Marcus Brody between Raiders and Last Crusade? He went from being a highly competent "mentor" character to a total buffoon.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    In regards to Temple of Doom

    by Samuel Fulmer

    In other words Lucas input 1984 (Make Temple of Doom dark) good, Lucas input 2008 (Make CGI gophers and Monkeys) bad.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Mr. Spielberg if you're reading this...Thank You!

    by edaz

    Thank you for your contributions to cinema and the ways in which you have inspired me. Thank you!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, Biehn?!?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I can't wait. That he has to do DTV is a fucking crime. I've seen videos of him on youtube doing comic cons and intros (as well as that one where he passes out from being headlocked) and he's a class act.<P> I know the interview is already done, but wow, there are some places to go there... Coffey was a great character, hope there is some Johnny Ringo stuff in there too. Did you ask him about his role in 'Grease'? Should mention his appearances in Bill Paxton's music videos too..

  • I thought for sure you would ask about Williams. Alot of Spielbergs success came as a result of collaborating with the greatest composer put on this earth. This is definatley the best interview youve done

  • June 6, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by Sean1701

    Is better than most people think. The scene where Granny Wendy says "Hello boy" to Peter at the top of the stairs still gives me goosebumps.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    If anyone were to revisit Jaws, it would need to be The Berg.

    by D Ropaela

    Even if it wasn't the Indianapolis story, or even a story about the Brody family. Spielberg doing Jaws in another locale, with another set of characters, would be an amazing way to bring everything full circle. Nice work, Quint. I loved reading about The Berg's Altman-esque approach to the acting and dialogue. The naturalistic, 70s style that informs Jaws isn't discussed enough.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is Spielberg's best movie

    by Spandau Belly

    I love that film! It's the best high-budget b-movie ever. I like that it's pure pulp with no subtext, just fun adventure.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    So does he say up front

    by Samuel Fulmer

    No questions about Poltergeist will be taken.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Hook has one of John Williams best scores

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'll give it that. A lot of interesting ideas, not executed very well.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Best article since the Behind the scenes pic of the day conception

    by stillsberry

  • June 6, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Quint I wish good things for you


    Stop fucking around and just be speilberg's go-to bio guy. Woody Allen has Eric lax. Welles had bogdonovich. Eastwood has Schickel. Spielberg is wide open baby. Make it so.

  • The build up, tension, fantastic camerawork and elaborate set pieces that look effortless and natural on the screen.....and yes some overlapping dialogue (mid-and foreground) too!

  • I know the making of Indiana Jones book is good, but I''d love to see a dissection of all things Raiders the way Jaws has been done over and over. I like Jaws better but Im starting to feel that I know 85% of what I need to know regarding it whereas Raiders has a ton of questions I'd like answered. Id really like to see a fanboy interview of Spielberg regarding all things Raiders

  • June 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Great interview!

    by coosawatchie

    Jaws is pretty much the perfect movie IMO. I remember seeing it at age 10 in the summer of '75 and being haunted by it ever since. I'm busy as hell today but so glad I took time to read this interview. Oh, and yes -Spielberg needs to make that Indianapolis movie! Maybe after he gets this Tintingasm out of his system he can make another actual movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Choppy: Good call on Quint being The Berg's biographer.

    by D Ropaela

    It needs to happen. Quint, do you think you'd be up for it? It would be an amazing project. One of a lifetime. You'd be the geeks' very own Boswell.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Marvellous stuff, Quint, and congratulations.

    by Laserbrain

    It must have been a real thrill. Colour me green. And thanks for sticking up for Temple. It's phenomenally well-directed from an action movie standpoint; Spielberg can and should take some pride on it at that level, irrespective of the film's narrative problems.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I respect the candid nature of this interview

    by Samuel Fulmer

    A lot of the time Speilberg gives the same responses over and over again, but that's mostly because he's asked the same crap over and over again. It was nice to see some different questions thrown his way, especially the ones about digitally enchancing older films. Hopefully in the future (maybe around the time of Tintin or some catalog blu-ray release??), Quint can get another interview. It would be interesting to hear him talk about some of this late 80's/90's films (the Empire of the Sun-Private Ryan era).

  • Fantastic scene. I just wanted to say that here in case Spiels was perusing the talkback. My teacher actually knew Spiels back in the day, Joan Darling. She directed the famous episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show "Chuckles Bits the Dust", and also the episode of "Amazing Stories" with a young Seth Green who, along with his brother, is tormented by a babysitter with magic powers. She told us a story that took place in LA right after "1941" was released. They were driving down some road and Spielberg pulled up next to them in his convertible. She asked Spiels how he was doing, and with a big goofy grin on his face he yelled out "WE BOMBED!" before speeding away. Heheheh. I loved that image.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Chicken and Chop

    by Quint

    Would I be up for it? I hear Winston Zeddemore in my ear right now. "You say YES!" At the very least I'm going to campaign for more film-specific interviews here. We'll see how they take it.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I agree with Reagan

    by Samuel Fulmer

    End Credits should be 15 seconds not 15 minutes, unless of course it's the end credits to Strange Brew!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    D. Vader


    I love that episode of Amazing Stories..It's one of the few I can remember watching.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Quint, most excellent job you give good phone dude!

    by Dark Doom

    Very well done sir, it is nice to read an interview with a guy who made movies I rode my bike to when I was a wee little one.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Smart approach, Quint. Good luck.

    by D Ropaela

    Maybe one day you'll have enough for a book that way. Regardless, this is fine work in its own right.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Major Geek out moment

    by vee dagama

    Now this is why i love movies! And more specifically: Mr Spielberg movies. I'm sure he will be glancing over these talkbacks so here's another one from me Mr Spielberg: thank you for the feeling, the sense of adventure and the truly fantastic hours i spent in the theatre with your movies. And Quint, a big thumbs up from a movielover. You are the saving grace of this site. I'm dead jealous of you but on the other hand , you earn it!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Out-froggin'-STANDING interview there Quint.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    That was an absolute pleasure to read. Spielberg is one of the all-time greats, and it was refreshing to get some cool, NEW information about a film that has been absolutely dissected to the bone over the last three decades. Fucking professional sir. I say this with the full knowledge that I would have been in total Farley mode as soon has I heard his voice on the line. "Uhhh...'member in Jaws, when that shark eats that girl in the beginning? That was AWESOME."

  • June 6, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    A great interview that wasn't too Joesph Mcbride

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But also not a blabbering fanboy who can't talk about anything other than fanboy crap. There was an interview on here a couple of years ago with a director who very rarely gives interviews that was just a total missed opportunity. The interviewer talked more about himself and his own personal tastes than they did the person they interviewed.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I still can't believe Quint got to talk to Spiels

    by D.Vader


  • June 6, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Exactly because sharks don’t have toothpicks! There was a lot of raw chicken that contributed to that sequence." Haha! A nice bit of off-the-cuff humor. This was a really great interview. ps. Make that INDIANAPOLIS movie!!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai may be on to something with the Ridley analogy


    The Indianapolis story is right up Spielberg's alley these days.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Thank You!

    by Michael

    To Quint and Steven Spielberg for making this interview happen. I owe my obsession and love for film to the early films of Spielberg. Raiders was the first film of his that I saw in theaters and it blew me away to a degree that no other film ever has, ever in my life. I saw CE3K on tv later and loved it and there was a mall near our house that had a demo of one of the old giant projection tv's and they ran the 3rd act of JAWS on a loop on the vcr and I spent one whole summer standing there watching it over and over and over again. It only played the part starting when they go out on the boat all the way to the credits. It's funny now, but for the longest time when I was little, I didn't know there WAS more to that film. It was years later when I saw the whole thing on the ABC night at the movies that I saw the whole film and was amazed all over again. I'm going to Super8 on Friday, not just for a new JJ film but in a lot of ways for an OLD Spielberg film too. I don't care what the man does now or for the rest of his career, his early films have earned him a pass to whatever he likes. Thank you, Mr. Spielberg, for making me believe.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom had a lot more logic jumps than the other 3

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    made it seem really childish. Though I do enjoy it.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Is this a parallel AICN?

    by imagin78

    Where did the vulgarity and hate and juvenile humor of the talkbacks go? I must be dreaming.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST



    Spielberg is The Great Uniter. And the ONLY mortal The Choppah swears his allegiance to.

  • Thanks for finally making it happen, Quint. *BRAIN EXPLODES*

  • June 6, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    It's not a dream imagin78...

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Quint knows how to bring it.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    This is the biggest thing to hit AICN since JJ Abrams!

    by D.Vader

  • June 6, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Oh, and great interview.

    by imagin78

    Would love it if you could ask The Beard about some of his many potential future projects like Interstellar and Indy 5. Wouldn't mind hearing his thoughts on remakes as well. Glad that his versions of Oldboy and Harvey fell through.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The Jaws autopsy cut

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Bryan Singer actually got the answer on that one a couple of years back in a special issue of Empire edited by Spielberg. It had something to do with cutting dialogue out. The same thing happened with that awkward cut in Poltergeist where the Freelings go over to their neighbors house after Carol Anne slides on the floor. The Poltergeist cut supposedly had to do with some cut line about Pizza Hut pizza where the dad says he doesn't like it.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by Ditko

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    by Ditko

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    by Ditko

  • June 6, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    ooops, sorry about that up there

    by Ditko

    I mean, wasn´t Tron first?

  • June 6, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by heyscot

    Soooo cool you got to interview the legendary Spielberg! Any time you can pick his brain is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. His films are events in my life--I remember when I saw Close Encounters, Jaws (scared the SHIT out of me), ET, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan--hell, when I saw War of the Worlds with my girlfriend and she almost peed her pants I knew I was going to marry her.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Great interview!

    by lola0813

    I got a little emotional reading it.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Question about the print of CE3K screened in Austin...

    by ufoclub1977

    Did it have the aerial view shadow over the truck shot? Just curious about what his personal print would have. And nice scoring the interview!

  • I really am amazed how much flak ToD gets from people. In regards to being based on the older serials, it feels moreso llike them than Raiders, which felt like a Serial...yet not. But in ToD, it feels easier to pick out where the cliffhangers would be placed for you to come back next week to see the continuing adventures of Indiana Jones! It's really weird, but I was freaked out by Poltergeist and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, yet I had no problems with people 'feeding you snakes before ripping your heart out and lowering you into a hot pit.' I guess since I was half-Chinese, I kind of saw a bit of myself in Short Round. That was also somewhat like those adventure serials where there was a kid who tagged along. Though Ke Huy Quan I felt did a good job, like when Indy smacks him under the Kali influence, and there's that great expression of pain and hurt on Short Round's face.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Quint knocked it out of the park.

    by Nordling

    I would have Chris Farley'd that thing to death. I'd love to talk to him about E.T. sometime. Great, great work. And yeah, more specific film/director interviews would be awesome.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    It did have the shadow and it had the shoving-the-plants-through-the-window scene, but not the inside-the-space-ship stuff.

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaah that would have made my heart melt if I heard him tell me that! *BRAIN EXPLODES*

  • June 6, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Pure Awesomeness, Quint...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    Excellent interview! You've a great rapport with the man, and asked all the right questions. This is about as close to a Jaws commentary as we need. Bravo!


  • June 6, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Spielberg confims the truth about Temple of Doom...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    That it's more a Lucas movie than a Spielberg one. With Crusade and Skull, in an attempt at 'atonement', being the other way around. And since TOD is awesome and the other two shit, as the Berg says, quit 'hating on George 24/7 at the drop of a hat'.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    your "..heart melt.." d. vader?


    lets keep it heterosexual in here, ok people. Never mind. I'll handle all the manly stuff. You guys take a break. So how much of JAWS was NOT about raping? .5%? Less? You didn't ask this Quint? genderblender needs to confirm these things. She still hasn't twattered me.

  • Just reading Spielberg talk about his movies inspires me!

  • June 6, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    re: Benchley TV Movie remake

    by Jawsphobia

    Okay, I like the idea of a version of the book, even though I feel the book still exists and we are free to read that again and fine-tune our mind's eye version of it. If someone went ahead with a "Peter Benchley's Jaws" people may tune in for the train wreck appeal. I like the idea of Mel Gibson as Quint. Chances are he could actually do a good Shaw. If I had to take the assignment of adapting a TV movie of Jaws, I would make a point of avoiding duplication with anything that is in the movie. I would stress, in terms of screen time, anything that is NOT in the movie. Obviously in this version, it is mostly people doing harm to each other, the affair between Hooper and Ellen for example. I'm not even sure I would try to make the shark attacks scary. I'd keep them mostly off screen. Why bother trying to ape a great movie? There would be no point in just being more graphic. We've already seen sharks tear Sam jackson apart in tug-of-war in Deep Blue Sea. For me the political stuff is interesting. I'd have to read the novel again. Humans as predators would have to be stressed.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Man, I got a little teary there at the end of the interview

    by D.Vader

    Quint is such a fellow film geek that I can't help but live this moment vicariously through him. And when Spielberg says "don't be such a stranger!" at the end, I have to hope he meant it and we'll get to enjoy another conversation down the line! What a truly wondrous thing to be able to communicate with one of your heroes.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Jaws turns 36 the day before I turn 37

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    God, I'm getting old.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Jaws 2

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    I truly wonder what it would have been like. Spielberg doesn't fare too well with sequels generally, so I'm surprised how he said that, if it wasn't for the torturous shooting conditions, that he would have been up for it and sort of regrets not doing it now. But then again, he could do no wrong with this type of material in the late 70's/ early 80's. Imagine what his career would have been like if he'd done a Jaws sequel (a good one) in 1978/9, as his follow up to Close Encounters, instead of the big bomb (relatively speaking) that was 1941. It's always interesting to imagine an alternate career for different directors based on the films they COULD have made, but didn't, for various reasons.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    check imdb or boxofficemojo with correct spelling

    by Jawsphobia

    5/22/08 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Par. $317,101,119 4,264 $100,137,835 4,260 12/23/05 Munich Uni. $47,403,685 1,498 $4,152,260 532 6/29/05 War of the Worlds Par. $234,280,354 3,910 $64,878,725 3,908 6/18/04 The Terminal DW $77,872,883 2,914 $19,053,199 2,811 12/25/02 Catch Me If You Can DW $164,615,351 3,225 $30,053,627 3,156 6/21/02 Minority Report Fox $132,072,926 3,001 $35,677,125 3,001 6/29/01 A.I. Artificial Intelligence WB $78,616,689 3,242 $29,352,630 3,242 7/24/98 Saving Private Ryan DW $216,540,909 2,807 $30,576,104 2,463 12/10/97 Amistad DW $44,229,441 1,019 $4,573,523 322 5/23/97 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Uni. $229,086,679 3,565 $72,132,785 3,281 12/15/93 Schindler's List Uni. $96,065,768 1,389 $656,636 25 6/11/93 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 2,566 $47,026,828 2,404 12/11/91 Hook TriS $119,654,823 2,254 $13,522,535 2,197 12/22/89 Always Uni. $43,858,790 1,206 $3,713,480 1,016 5/24/89 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Par. $197,171,806 2,327 $29,355,021 2,327 12/11/87 Empire of the Sun WB $22,238,696 673 $1,314,509 225 12/20/85 The Color Purple WB $98,467,863 1,109 $1,710,333 192 5/23/84 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Par. $179,870,271 1,687 $25,337,110 1,687 6/11/82 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1,778 $11,835,389 1,103 6/12/81 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $242,374,454 1,078 $8,305,823 1,078 12/14/79 1941 Uni. $31,755,742 - $2,701,898 325 11/16/77 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Col. $132,088,635 650 $5,379,460 272 6/20/75 Jaws Uni. $260,000,000 675 $7,061,513 409 3/31/74 The Sugarland Express Uni. $7,500,000 - n/a -

  • June 6, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    by CT1

    Yeah I must say this is a very great piece for AICN, and is very well done. And congratulations on being part of such an amazing opportunity to talk to a true artist of his craft, to be able interact with somebody who embodies the very definition of success, that's really special, thank you for posting it. Luckily, you didn't have to worry about nerves or not getting something great or anything, because Spielberg is also the very definition of being a charmer, and is great at talking and interviews and making stories about his life and experiences interesting and entertaining (coincidentally enough). He's also a master of showmanship, in respect to interviews and human interaction, and really understands and respects the art of it. I also always enjoy watching behind-the-scenes featurettes with Spielberg, because his enthusiasm and energy really show when he's making films. He seems like a little boy, eager and excited, versus the contrast of, say, oh I don't know, a Christopher Nolan, who is more calm and bland and unemotional and cold and calculating, but you can still feel the more mature version of the phenomenon and see the satisfaction in his cold dark frosty eyes as he watches a semi-truck flip down a street or he's throwing 4 guys tethered together out of a skyscraper or has 2 guys fighting in a giant rotating corridor or has a bus pull out of a building perfectly into line with buses already going down the street hey maybe he liked fucking bribed the guy who owns the schoolbus lot or got a bunch of guys to infiltrate and drive the buses or some shit I mean it's not ENTIRELY COMPLETELY out of the realm of reality and possibility, maybe a little "far-fetched". Also, Spielberg's style is expressed in his outerwear too, like in Ashton Kutcher sized trucker hats and "ball hugging hairy leg" shorts, versus Nolan's generic drab sterile lifeless suit jacket uniform look. I prefer to think of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull like Robocop 3, like I don't really consider it real or part of the universe but it doesn't not exist either does that make sense

  • June 6, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    How is this not a LEGENDS interview?

    by blackwood

    It is legendary, interviewing a legend, about a legendian film. Anyway, great. Great-great. Thanks.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    How This Genius...

    by Rebeck2

    Has remained such an incredibly nice guy all these years is one of the seven wonders of Hollywood. Great interview. You did yourself proud, Quint. I think Spielberg will always respond positively to good old-fashioned geeking.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Peter Benchley Jaws TV movie remake = The Shining mini series

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    ie. CRAP. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Soapfart, Your Name Is So Accurate

    by Rebeck2

  • June 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    great interview Quint !

    by Jawsphobia

    It's been a while since I've visited the site and felt inclined to post. I worry that it's not clear I meant to reply directly to a specific poster here who spelled Steven as Stephen. I also have to watch for those witty "ironic" types questioning who Spielberg is. One thing I wondered about is if Spielberg is rooting for The Shark Is Still Working to get more widely seen. I'd love to see that doc though I can't make any of the festivals.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Sorry CHOPPAH

    by D.Vader

    I should have said something a little more masculine, like "made my heart go all pitter-patter." Or used the word "twitterpated". Which has nothing to do with Twitter, for all you young folk out there.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    samuel fulmer, I think Brody had a stroke in-between Raiders and Last Crusade

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That would explain why he's so constantly befuddled and making so many weird faces.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Lets go fishing with dynamite!


    "When we get them silly bastards down in that rock pile, it'll be some fun, they'll wish their fathers had never met their mothers." I love this scene. The stupid look on that old coots face with the pipe. All the yahoo's cluster fucking their way out of the port in search of the bounty. Reminds me of this place. I'm the guy on THE ORCA of course. Ya'll are the yahoos.

  • Maybe he should cast Adrien Brody in an upcoming movie...

  • Not all commentaries are behind the scene magic busting HOW WE DID THAT tripe. Some are historical and analytical of WHY the director chose the shot they did or the slight edit they chose. Sitting down for an interview or documentary to discuss your piece of work is not that different as to making a might be a little more difficult though. His reasoning seems wrong here or misguided I should say, but I will allow him to have his reason. If he could have a mediator kinda feed him the topics, i think we could get magic outta him about his film.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Choppah, I missed your comment on the Amazing Stories episode

    by D.Vader

    Yeah that episode rocked! Funny watching Seth Green as a kid now that we know him as an adult. I never got to talk to her about that episode while I was taking her class. I regret that now. I did get her to write me a letter of recommendation in case I decided to go to grad school. I ought to dig that up and open it to see what she said about me.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I thought about it, but since it was very specifically focused on just one movie of his I didn't think it qualified. Legends seems to be more of a place to do a sweeping overlook at one's career. And also calling Spielberg a Legend would be redundant, right?

  • June 6, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST



    Show some goddamn respect, plebe. The Man Himself is probably having this talkback read to him right now. Refrain from insults lest ye be CHOPPED.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Thanks Quint

    by D.Vader

    I'm supposed to be editing but now I can't tear myself away from geeking out over this interview. My short is doomed, DOOMED!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Fantastic interview Mr (cough) Mr Quint.

    by alan_poon

    Amazing to discover how the great Roy Scheider (R.I.P ) was eventually cast. I couldn't think of anyone else in that role. And soon a Michael Biehn interview? This day just gets better and better.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Great interview...

    by 3rdrate

    Now if only internet critics could please please please stop including the bits when Spielberg says he reads their work. He says this to EVERYONE! Devin at Chud was STILL talking about it in his final column there...

  • June 6, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I think he's being modest on Temple of Doom......

    by Sprinky

    I would believe that most of the ideas would come from Lucas however if i have learned anything from his movies whether it was Star wars or the Indiana Jones is that Lucas barely can translate those ideas or concepts on screen. Lucas is a businessman (always was) with good ideas but he's no great filmdirector as he would have us believe. If the interview says anything about Spielberg is that he's being reflective of himself but also on the movieprojects he's involved. Which imo is the best quality a director can have. Sure he made some bad decisions and stinkers but he seems to have an eye to know what (possibly) works in a movie and what not. That's more what i can say about Lucas who just doesn't get it. At all. So no, i'll give Lucas the credit for his ideas but the execution of Temple of Doom was mostly Spielberg.

  • The story said Spielberg was going to make a JAWS prequel with the Indianapolis and Quint was going to be the main character. Boy that geeked out a lot of people. I can't remember who was rumored to play Quint... Russel Crowe maybe?

  • June 6, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's reasoning for not doing commentaries is weird

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    The trouble with it is that the people who listen to commentaries are usually hardcore fans who have seen the movie several times and want to know all the behind-the-scenes info. Therefore, when they listen to the commentary, they are specifically watching the movie to listen to it, not as a transportive viewing experience. Spielberg's ideas about commentaries taking you out of the movie are flawed because no one (no sane person anyway) watches a movie they've never seen before, for the very first time, with the commentary on. If you're going to watch the movie as a movie, that's something quite distinct from listening to a commentary as part of the special features on a DVD/ Blu Ray.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Oh, I remember that article, vader.


    If I'm not mistaken, Harry pulled the prank on Quint himself and got him to write the article. There was going to be a scene that did for shark attack scenes what the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN did for battle scenes. I was so geeked out by that article, it made my fucking day. Then I looked at the calendar. I might have cried a little. CHOPPED. P.S. It was indeed Crowe who was the rumored Quint.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Quint, thank you for bringing up Temple of Doom

    by TinDrummer

    And trying to make Spielberg realize how great we think it is!

  • It connected every single Spielberg movie together in the same universe, often using Indiana Jones as the link. How you say? Indiana Jones V, when Indy goes to explore the Bermuda Triangle and disappears, lost forever to time. ... Until he emerges from the Mothership at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, that is. Which, of course, allows him to have adventures in the 1980s! Other connections include: - Indy excavating a tripod from War of the Worlds before an earthquake or landslide buries it further and makes it too dangerous to recover - Indy being friends with a young John Hammond and giving him a piece of amber he picked up on his travels - Indy in the 80s tracking down One-Eyed Willie's pirate ship from The Goonies - Indy as a kid visiting London ended up traveling to Neverland with Peter Pan - Indy fought in WWII alongside Captain Miller - Indy also knew Quint from WWII - Indy and Short Round, while traveling in China, found Mogwai and accidentally unleashed the Gremlins. One of the mogwai ended up in America with Short Round's family - Indy knew Doc Brown in the 50s and consulted with him over missing scientists the Russians were using in a plot to assassinate the president with shard's from Thor's hammer He also fought alongside the Rocketeer in WWII and against Hitler's brain in a Dalek body alongside Doctor Who. Those two have nothing to do with Spielberg but was just a fun idea. Yeah I went crazy with the ideas. It was a great, fun time.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    My fault

    by Quint

    Yeah, I even brought that up to Spielberg in the interview, but chopped (TM) it because while he did laugh at my telling of Harry throwing me under the bus that April Fool's Day it didn't add anything to the interview at all. I did write that April Fool's story, but a little piece of me hoped that if I put it out there it'd become reality... Not too late for Spielberg to do it, just sayin'... But what the hell 20-ish man can be presented as the young Robert Shaw and not laughed off the screen?

  • June 6, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    True that

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    It's like a house of cards, because he made Raiders partly to prove he could make a stripped down film under schedule and under budget, and that hunger to prove himself was a major reason why it ended up so great. If Jaws 2 was another big hit he would have done something else in all likelihood. If you add a film you have to take away another, because everything is cause and effect. Regarding sequels, I've seen vintage interviews where he says that he actually wanted to make a Close Encounters sequel as well. And of course, the proposed ET 2 was well documented.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I'd read that essay/book. Get writing!

  • Other than my youngest son, I'd say the kid who plays Robb Stark in Game of Thrones.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Absolutely Right...Uhm, Mr. Gravy

    by Rebeck2

    You're dead on. How would a commentary get in the way of a film experience when you have already watched the movie so many times, ala JAWS? It doesn't make any sense. But hey...he doesn't want to do them, what can you do? He always seems game for another interview like this. And specifically, can you imagine how many hundreds of times he's had to talk about JAWS? And he still gives it his all. Great guy.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and CGI

    by You Have MY Voice

    First off, fantastic interview, Quint. I would also love to see a regular column of interviews with Spielberg. I love Spielberg. I love his early films. His films helped shape my childhood, as they did for most of us. Since "Schindler's List," I've felt that the Spielberg I grew up with and idolized for all those years has been lost...not gone, but just lost. Occasionally, old Spielberg will bubble up to the surface, but for the most part, the giddiness and sense of the fantastic and fun in his early career has given way to weightier stuff. Not that his post-Schindler films haven't had their jewels -- "Saving Private Ryan" and "Catch Me If You Can" are obviously great, of course. I respect that, filmmakers evolve and their perspective on life shifts over time, as that's the way the world works. But it still makes me...not sad, but wistful, I suppose. One of the things, I think, that has pulled Spielberg down a little in his last few films in his use of CGI. I think "Jurassic Park" made him a little lazy, as it does with many filmmakers. CGI can be a great tool, as seen in "Ryan," but it can be a crutch, as in "Minority Report" or "Crystal Skull." So when Spielberg confesses that CGI is a "weapon of self-destruction," while no one would expect him (or any other filmmaker) to completely abandon the tool, it gives me hope that he won't abuse the crutch.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Thank you Quint!

    by Ryan

    I honestly think that is one of the best interviews I have ever read on this site. Jaws is one of those rare movies where I can watch it over and over again and never tire of it. Spielberg is the man!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Hey mattman, did your pirate novel hit Amazon yet?


  • June 6, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Glad Quint brought up Temple

    by john

    Nice Reagan nugget too! We are not alone!!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    JAWS is hands down 100% brilliant

    by m_prevette

    Spielberg created a masterpiece - for me a thriller that has never been equaled. The script, the cast, the score, the photography, editing...everything meshes and we have sheer perfection. After all these years, it still holds up as stunningly good. Thank you Mr Spielberg for this gift...I've seen Jaws over 100 times.. yes I am a geek for it...and the movie is fresh and on target each time. All these directors who make the shaky cam ADD films need to watch Jaws and see how suspense and thrills are created. Jaws can never be bested. Anyone who ever gives Spielberg shit needs to shut up...and remember Jaws. Most directors will go an entire career and never do anything that comes close...

  • June 6, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Aye aye, Cap'n Quint!

    by D.Vader

    I'd forgotten about that Unified Spielberg Theory until today. I've still got it all saved on my hard drive. Methinks I ought to take some time out one weekend to pull it all together. Its fun stuff for sure.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH remembers, mattman.


    Folks who bust their ass to make shit are tops in CHOPPAH's book. I'm interested in checking out whatever you got.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Great interview!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Good stuff from a great director of a magnificent film (JAWS)!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    And speaking of busting ass.


    I gotta step away for a minute. A little too much BBQ indulgence last night ...

  • June 6, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    QUINT: Any news on Indy 5?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    I just hope that they have Nazis in it (you know, the ones who escaped to South America). We all love Indy fightin' those Nazis!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Quint is, as always, the consummate professional

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Time to give him a raise Harry. I could just see if this went to Capone, he'd be asking Spielberg about the "dead space" of the Indianapolis speech.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Way to be, Quint

    by Lucky13

    Not to be a broken record --- but Quint's contributions are the only articles worth a damn on this site. A Spielberg-helmed Indianapolis movie would be a film-lover's paradise. Man o' man that would be great.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Thanks for this interview!

    by tomandshell

    You're redeeming the site, bit by bit.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    First use of CGI?

    by Norton833

    I'm pretty sure there's a very crude early use of CGI in Superman II (1981). And then there's Tron (1982), of course.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    You can't rush greatness, mattman.


    Take your time. The important thing is that YOU are satisfied with the work. If it's good enough for you, it's good enough for the folks who'll want to read it.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    What a great read.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    A standing ovation for this interview. I enjoyed it more than I can put into words at this moment.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Young Sherlock Holmes CGI

    by D.Vader

    Was the first to have CGI interact with live-action actors, I believe.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Quint, CE3K shadow shot tinkering is my one grievance…

    by ufoclub1977

    It was not there in the original 1977 version, but added later. And, up until the blu-ray, it was there in every official release. I feel like it always pulled me out of the "verisimilitude" psychology of CE3K to a more 50's style god's eye perspective (that's more akin to George Pal). Everything about CE3K is the strength of the everyman perspective of guys who don't know what the hell is going on. And I mean literally their perspective, even as far as camera vantages. That shot never just felt right to me. It has more of a "Harryhausen" feel which Spielberg mentioned avoiding in "Jaws" in your great interview. I realize he might have always planned the shot, but what's planned as opposed to what really happens and worked can be two different things! (as Jaws proved). Back in the 80's I dubbed the movie fro VHS to VHS and cut out that shot with my slight rainbow marred consumer grade edit. CE3K is my favorite movie of all time! I think it just happened to capture truths about artistic drive/religious fervor and societal conformity in a way that I feel down to my core. Based on his own more recent interviews, I feel like the parts add up to even greater meaning than Spielberg gives his own work credit for! He explains how he regrets how the family is cast aside by the hero. I think he felt that that plot detail speaks of naivety on his part at the time. But, The abandonment of family and society rings poignant and true in the context of a theme of personal artistic and visionary fulfillment. Someone with a creative impulse can destroy their entire life from an external perspective in order to "scratch that itch" in their internal perspective. That's a very mature and sometimes tragic truth proven time and time again in the history and the news. My own logo is a tribute to CE3K:

  • June 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Agreed on Quint's Overall Excellence

    by AssyMuffJizz

    You know, I really hope Quint takes the reins from Harry one day. He's a solid writer, a terrific interviewer and seems to genuinely love film. Plus, I've always just liked the guy -- he actually engages with the TBers without condescension or thinly veiled repulsion. *COUGH* Beaks *COUGH*

  • June 6, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Great Interview - Questions for Sequel

    by Partyslammer

    Thank you Quint for one of the rare reasons to continue visiting this site. If you manage to do a follow-up inteview with Spielberg, I'd suggest compiling a list of most-requested questions from fans here... Mine would include: - Are there any plans to include the deleted "Camelot Tripod Attack" sequence into a future home video release of "War Of The Worlds?" - Does Spielberg have or plan on having a hands-on approach to the quality of transfers and encoding for his earlier movies to be released via Universal Studios? Universal has a very bad rep among home video enthusiasts for the often terribly processed look many of their Blu-ray releases have. - Is there plans to include both versions of E.T., perhaps via seamless branching on the eventual Blu-ray release? And will this happen in 2012?

  • June 6, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I agree with Spielberg on Jurassic CGI

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Maybe it was because of the dark setting, I'm not sure, but it doesn't seem to scream CGI as much which is a good thing.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    And, one more vote for an "Indianapolis" movie.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    My god, I'd weep should that come to pass.

  • thanks for a great read. i like interviews i can get lost in for a good half hour or more

  • June 6, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Anyone else here besides turd, think that Spielberg 'sucked up' to Quint?

    by Liberal_Warrior

    That must be the most motarded comment ever posted on aicn

  • June 6, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "Spielberg on Spielberg" by Quint

    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    You must do this again in 2013 for Jurassic Park's 20th anniversary.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Shaw and Dreyfuss friction on set?

    by Partyslammer

    I heard Robert Shaw really didn't like or get along with Richard through the shotting of Jaws. I imagine Speilberg is just to nice and polite of a guy to go into that, but was it true?

  • June 6, 2011, noon CST



  • June 6, 2011, noon CST



    You just blew my mind. JURASSIC PARK is almost 20 ...

  • June 6, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I wrote a paper in college about Close Encounters

    by D.Vader

    And how it is a metaphor for and how it relates to the communal experience of watching a film in the theater with an audience. That shared communal experience of awe-inspiring moments.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's dead wrong on commentary tracks

    by thelordofhell

    In good commentaries, when you get to hear from the mind that produces all the magic, it's almost like you're taking a mini film class with the creator. That type of experience is almost un-toppable. He cites Hitchcock as a great influence, so he should know that Hitch would have jumped at the chance of doing commentary tracks on his movies. Hell, he pretty much did just that with a lot of them anyway with his documentary shorts. Get on the ball Steven, the world needs to hear from you before you die.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    I know! I feel like I should report to the Carrousel soon.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    "Camelot Tripod Attack"?

    by D.Vader

    What is this rumored sequence from War of the Worlds that I've never heard of?

  • June 6, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    A fantastic interview.

    by mrlebowski

    Really rather enjoyed that. Spielberg dodged it but I think the Raptors in the kitchen (the early part where they come in and snap at each other) is actually stop motion.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    CGI revisionism on Indiana Jones

    by Partyslammer

    One other thing I should have mentioned that I'd like to hear Spielberg's take on.... I can kind of understand the reasoning behind digitally removing the glass reflection when Indy lands in the pit of snakes but wtf was the reasoning behind completely re-doing with CGI the mountain background when the Nazi truck goes over the cliff later in the movie that has shown up on recent HD broadcasts? It looks absolutely terrible compared to the original version.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I feel weird saying this, but...

    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    Spielberg should record some commentary tracks or in depth conversations for posthumous release. What better way for film students in 2094 to study the films of Spielberg?

  • June 6, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Commentary Tracks

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Well, I may be in the minority, but most commentary tracks by the talent involved is usually quite dull, along the lines of they're just telling you the action of what is going on on-screen. For every PTA or Kevin Smith there are 30 Tim Burton's or Michael Mann's that just have commentaries filled with dead space or telling you what the characters are doing. I am much more interested by scholarly/historical comentaries, like the ones on most of the Peckinpah DVDs.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Added audio

    by Quint

    There are a good 7 audio clips now in the interview (thanks, Muldoon!). In the 7th one (about the ET Reagan story) you can hear the reality of who I'm talking to sink in with a kind of "what the hell am I doing here?" laugh after he says, "I was there!" Oh, and in honor of Mr. Spielberg I've also changed one mention of the word gun to walkie-talkie. (That's not true.)

  • June 6, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Aint It QUINT News!

    by kravmaguffin

    Quint, Fantastic job sir, I've always enjoyed your writing. Please keep up the good work! AKASMOTAS

  • June 6, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Genderblender's quiet.

    by alan_poon

  • June 6, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer


    Those are my favorite kinds of commentaries, too, and I love the commentary on BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA. The Nichols-Soderbergh one on CATCH-22 is another good one. Most, commentaries, I find, often end up with the director talking past certain important or interesting scenes as they try to explain something else. Maybe there should be versions that "pause" or "rewind" when a filmmaker is addressing something specific, so everything is addressed, kinda like when Roger Ebert did those shot-by-shot breakdowns of movies.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I gotta say, when you first arrived here I thought you were an average troll that would do annoying things for a while and then get bored and leave... This talkback especially is really shedding some light on you as a movie fan, I have to say. You know your shit, sir, and not just in geek stuff. I wish more talkbacks were like this one all around. Civil geek discussion, even with disagreements.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Hey, give genderblender a break.


    She's working hard on her next academic study about how E.T. advocates pedophilia.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST



    I'm full of surprises. Thank you for your kind words. It's been a while since CHOPPAH has felt genuinely flattered. Your work, sir, is the ideal the rest of geek blogosphere should aspire to. This CHOP's for you.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Fave commentary -

    by john

    Carpenter and Russel on The Thing. Great!!

  • June 6, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Still getting your panties in a bunch, liberal_warrior?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Yes, I still stand by my motard. I will say this, though; other than the aforementioned passage (highlighted out of all proportion in the previous article just so another stab could be made at Luca$) this was a rather good interview. Good job, Quint; I'm not such an asshole that I don't give credit where credit is due.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    One minor complaint about your interview

    by Continentalop

    Wish you could have asked him more questions about the editing process on Jaws and working with "Mother Cutter" Verna Fields. Otherwise, stellar job.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I'm no fan of THE CHOPPAH

    by Continentalop

    And the bastard knows why.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    My favorite DVD commentary moment

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was when one of my friends argued with me about the ending to Polanski's Ninth Gate and he skipped over to the Polanski commentary for some kind of insight into what happened. The end scene comes on with the castle/flash of light and Polanski simply says, "That was a special effect."

  • June 6, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Pleeeeeeaaaaaasssse? Pretty Please? The sequels were beyond terrible.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I know why Continentalop


    and so does Natalie Portman.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter does great audio commentaries

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Sadly the only real things of note he's done in the past 15 years.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST



    Fuck The Penguin.* *Kidding.** **Kinda.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Tell her to take me back, you bastard!

    by Continentalop

  • June 6, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I'm a fan of some of The Choppahs

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    The funny ones, not the pretentious one with three different alter-egos.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    "Fuck The Penguin."

    by Continentalop

    Oh, that is a low fucking blow.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Raiders is my favorite Spielberg movie

    by Samuel Fulmer

    So I'm glad he did it instead of what would've come after a Jaws 2 from him. Kind of like how ever one goes on and on about how great a Kubrick Napoleon would've been, but if it would've been at the expense of A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon (two films that I know for a fact are masterpieces), I'll take them over an unknown Napoleon.

  • The movie that was released wasn't the movie he set out to make. Spielberg gets a lot of "Genius" love because of "Jaws", but "Jaws" turned out great in large part by happy accident. He certainly gets credit for making a masterful film, but luck (good and bad) played a LARGE part in it. It is like he tripped and fell into a stream and that stream happened to have gold in it. He can hardly be rightfully called a genius for falling into a stream. Not trying to take away from Spielberg. I think he deserves all the success he's had. But you know he HAS to know that his reputation got its first and most important boost from a stroke of luck, and that stroke of luck was not being able to make the "Jaws" he set out to make because of the malfunctioning shark.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Nice job Quint

    by JethroBodine

    Perhaps you can get him to grease the wheels for a you to do a George Lucas interview. If so, I've got a spare wooden cross and a fistful of nails around here somewhere...

  • June 6, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    turd, I agree. I have too many damned imitators.


    Still ... it's the best form of flattery. THE_HAND is pretty cool, though. He's not imitating me; he's merely enforcing my will and whims.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Scorsese is more analogous to Spielberg


    He's more outgoing than Burton. As you can see the man likes to talk about film. It just seems he's withholding for the wrong reason. I assume He's listened to some criterions. Excellent quality and never just A play by play or BTS yack track.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    So be honest. You banged Capshaw on the set of Doom.

    by UltraTron

    Behind one of the massive stone statues? Where was it? Geeks wanna know which prop was the setting for your adulterous carnal acts. Also a refund for the terminal and the latest Indy would square things pretty good. Oh and thanks for the 1080 download of Raiders. Friggin great. Someday when you get around to milking whoever is left alive for the blu-ray release it'll be nice to get uncompressed audio. Oh and what's with Lucas and the end of the world thing? Can you guys get me into a bunker that connects to the supertunnels? I can make effects for you as always. I have everything I need to produce final shots on the go. You're gonna need them effects underground when you get bored. When are you going to make something again? Did you know that Cameron is just kicking your ass? Where is your response to Avatar? Maybe you just need the kid from Hook to find you under your glasses. We're all hoping he does.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    jawsfan-The same can be said about a lot of films

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The greatest example being Star Wars that from all accounts was a disaster when it was shown in rough form to some of George Lucas' friends during the Fall of 1976.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    This is great.

    by Paul Morrison

    I'm not a big fan of DVD commentaries, but I could read stuff like this all day, especially when the person being interviewed has such a wealth of cool stories and is so keen to share them, and in such a passionate way. Excellent stuff.

  • Shit, some directors hope for "accidents," like Malick, for instance.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST



  • June 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    Listen to Ebert talk about CITIZEN KANE and you'll understand why it is considered the greatest film ever (but whatever you do, don't listen to Peter Bogdanovich's snooze fest of a commentary).

  • June 6, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST



    Have you seen any of BBC's SHERLOCK? Benedict Cumberbatch is on mutha humping point as Holmes and he better have a juicy ass role in WAR HORSE. Stevie have anything to say about that? Huh?

  • June 6, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Quint: Best contributor on this site.

    by MrWug

    Nice job!

  • June 6, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Peter Bogdanovich's Welle's commentaries

    by Samuel Fulmer

    "So me and Orson were sitting on a couch watching Mr. Arkadin in a French hotel circa 1967 and who walked in but...blah..blah". His commentaries are usually just a bunch of name dropping to make himself seem really important, with very little insight.

  • What with TINTIN and WAR HORSE being released days apart.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    improv is not just for actors


    it is for artists. It is for life. Just watch an episode of MacGyver.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer


    Great point. Bogdanovich is the Dick Cavett of filmmakers.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    It's actually the accidents that prove the Berg is great

    by Continentalop

    How many filmmakers have obstacles thrown at them and are unable to adapt or improvise on the spot? The bad ones make excuses why their films suck, the great ones figure out on the spot what to do to make it work. Spielberg proved he was a great filmmaker by making something that could have been horrible into something great. It reminds me of the "Curse of the Cat Men" scene from THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

  • June 6, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST



    Whenever you get a chance to stop whining about Nolan ignoring your beloved Penguin, answer me this: Were those "Cat Men" scenes in THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL specifically inspired by Val Lewton?

  • June 6, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I have to disagree with much of what you said. Luck undoubtedly played a massive role in his career, as it does in the careers of everybody who finds success, but the fact that he rolled with the punches and made what could have been a disaster into a masterpiece is also part of what got him his reputation, both among execs and audiences. If Duel didn't precede Jaws I might be more inclined to agree with you that Jaws "taught" him to be a good filmmaker, but the tension that's great in Jaws can be seen in Duel. The visual style, the naturalism, the ridiculous handled in a very real world way... that's all there in Duel, which I think he shot in under two weeks and for TV. Sugarland is also great, but Duel is the real cinematic older brother to Jaws.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I don't WHINE Choppah

    by Continentalop

    I point out something that is obvious that other TBers can't seem to recognize: he is the better villain. And yes it was.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Mattman, I thought the second one was a little off


    felt more typical and the banter wasn't as sharp...but the third one was right back in the saddle.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Fulmer

    Yeah that preaty much proves that he knew how to film a thriller before Jaws.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    What happens if you text at the Drafthouse:

    by supertoyslast

  • Sign me up for another year. Now kindly post the audio dammit.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Audio clips are posted in the interview, cleverly disguised as text links asking you to read along with amazing sound-o-text! One day we'll conquer the world with this amazing space-age technology!

  • June 6, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    supertoyslast ... all summer long


    All theaters should be that awesome.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    I will inform The Hand of the Choppah of this accomplishment, so he may send many fine whores for your evening pleasure. It is well deserved!

  • June 6, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Great interview although

    by cobrakinte

    I think you should have kicked him in the balls a little more over Indy 2. It's a great movie and I hate when people don't give it the love that it deserves.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    why did Dreyfus and Spielberg break up?

    by Spandau Belly

    Did I miss something or did they just stop doing movies together? Was it ALWAYS getting a lukewarm reception? Was that it? They were one of those director-actor teams like DeNiro and Scorcese, Cameron and Schwarzeneggar, or Burton and Depp or whatever. But I guess Scorcese also left DeNiro for DiCaprio.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I am happy for you Quint

    by Davidhessstation

    Knowing how much of a fan you are of Spielberg and of Jaws, I bet that was a huge highlight of your life. I envy you for that, truly. A great interview as well. Keep up the great work.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    Thanks for sharing that. That video had me smiling from beginning to end. Wish we had a theater like that in Kansas City.

  • Thank you too Quint. Great job. Speilberg has always seemed accessible and very down to earth. This interview only reinforces that. I never once thought that shark was fake. TOD was great, and Capshaw smoked.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Seriously Quint, you're the geek Charlie Rose

    by IndustryKiller!

    There's something about your interviews that even when they get too loose and go on tangents (my opinion, part of the fun that should never be lost) there's this wonderful spirit and ease. PLEASE do more of these.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    toadkillerdog: You haven't been around much, have you?


    Glad to see more TEMPLE OF DOOM love, by the way.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    TKD! What up dog?

    by D.Vader

  • June 6, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Anyone who doubts Spielberg's core talent should watch

    by ufoclub1977

    "Sugarland Express" It's all there. All his good stylistics and moods. Incredible well made film. Without a huge machine of creative artists under him.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom = Pure crap

    by SmokingRobot

    A flat movie that didn't have one scene that worked from the first minute to the last. A blatant rip-off of 'Gunga Din'. Just a terrible, terrible, movie. I took a friend to see it who hadn't seen 'Raiders' and I kept telling him how good this was going to be. We were both shocked at what a bad movie it was. I still apologize for taking him to see it.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    QUINTs new job???

    by Mark Watson

    Now that you and the 'God that is the Berg' are best buddies now, how about combining your next interview as the commentary for the blu ray of Jaws. Quints enthusiasm/ Spielbergs insight!!!!! We all get to sit at home watching Jaws on Blu along with them!!!! I THINK I JUST SHART!!!! (If anyone has already mentioned this, sorry) I know he doesnt like to do commentaries but fuck me, this NEEDS to happen.

  • June 6, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Hola vader and the choppah

    by toadkillerdog

    No, I do not visit this site much. But I picked a good day to peruse, and saw the Speilberg interview. I love that kind of stuff. I love TOD as well, and make no apologies for it. It was a campy, good fun movie

  • June 6, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Excellent interview, Quint; way to make the most of the opportunity.

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    I look forward to the next pithy conversation with Mr. Spielberg. A credit to the calibre of writing we've come to know and appreciate from AICN. Cheers.

  • June 6, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Great idea, cabbagefanclub!


    Great fucking idea.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    If you're readding this Mr. Spielberg

    by cobrakinte

    Here's a free idea. You are welcome.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    or even if you're just "reading" this.

    by cobrakinte

  • June 6, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Pssh. Hardly a ripoff of GUNGA DIN.


    A blatant love letter to it? Absolutely.

  • But seriously, great interview!

  • June 6, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Howdy Toad

    by Continentalop

    If you're still around.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Hola Conti

    by toadkillerdog

    Good to see ya. I do have to sign off, but I am sure we will howl at the moon soon.

  • I'm in the mood for some old fashioned Spielberg romantic adventure and chopping on a grand scale.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Great interview

    by TheNewDirector

    I love this interview! Great job Quint and as much as love Jaws, Heat IS the greatest movie of all time, now Quint, how about an interview with Mann?? PS. A.I. is criminally underrated.

  • June 6, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Only Quint could interview Spielberg and not bring up John Williams

    by darthpigman


  • June 6, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST



    Only jackasses interview someone and talk about how great someone else is. Lord knows what defuck you would do if you saw Spielberg let alone talked to him. I'd give you my bulbous tip if you could make a coherent sentence upon seeing The Glorious Beard. CHOPPED.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Next time ask him about his supposed Asperger's Syndrome Diagnosis!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Some say he was diagnosed. Others say he wasn't. I work with a lot of students who are diagnosed with Asperger's at a high school here in Maine. People with Asperger's (a form of autism) tend to lack nonverbal communication skills, demonstrate limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Maybe that's why he is such a great director. Ha ha ha! Anyway many of the students I have worked with that have Asperger's say Spielberg is thier hero. Though I will say if he does indeed have it it then he must have a mild case, but it does manifest itself in different ways in everyone who has it. So it would be nice to know if this story is one to use as an example for students or filed next to Richard Gere & his Gerbil. ;)

  • June 6, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Sucks to your ass-burger.


  • June 6, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Asperger's Symptoms

    by Drunken Busboy

    Like I said it manifest itself in different ways in everyone who has it. But yet you see a lot of similarities. A movie director would be a perfect profession for some Asperger people while it wouldn't for others. A lot of Asperger folks demonstrate pure genius at thinks like math & computers but ask them to match clothe colors they can not do it. From a previous job I know a few people with Aspergers who are actors, one became a professor. It is a facinating syndrome. I did look on the internet and Some articles say Spielberg does have Asperger's and others say he does not.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Anyone who knows anyone who has Aspergers...

    by D.Vader

    Know that Spielberg doesn't have it at all.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

    That's one of my faves! It sucks me in every time!

  • June 6, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Alfred Hitchcock had Aspergers according to one site.

    by Drunken Busboy

    Here is one of many sites that have a list of famous people with Asperger's. There are a bunch of other sites out there some have Spielberg others do not.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    You have to have met many with Aspergers to.....

    by Drunken Busboy

    see the wide spectrum the syndrome has. If you google Aspergers, you can see many have it and many have a wide variety of professions. That's why I could easily believe if Spielberg had it. He is brilliant like many Asperger people are at something. My point is since Quint asked him about Reagan, next time ask him about having Aspergers.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    the story about Roy proposing himself into Jaws

    by Tigger Tales

    so friggin' awesome...... love the Scheid!

  • June 6, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by The Hand Of The Choppah

    And your clips of audio doth play like sweet music to this admirer of this maker of film. And as suggested here by our Lord Choppah's subjects, may you be granted many more audiences with Lord Spielberg, so we may continue to delight in his fascinating tales.

  • Being brilliant isn't good enough. Its a ridiculous assertion and there is absolutely no reason to confront someone, particularly Spielberg, who exhibits NO signs of Aspergers, about it.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Quint's Finest Moment

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    When I first met Harry in Austin, the site was only a couple of years old and Quint was still kind of a kid! He was a kid who inherited the Greatest Job on Earth for a film geek and he didn't even know it. I've wasted the better part of 10 years trying to figure out how to break into the world of writing about/ for film, and I've done a small share of it, but during that time I've continued to read AICN even in times when I thought it could be/should be better than it was if only because I loved it so much. AICN is probably still one of the best film geek sites out there in spite of how many film geek sites have popped up over the ensuing 15 years, and I want it to stay hungry and not get too content so I can contine to read pieces like this. I've stuck around to watch Eric/Quint grow as a writer here and professionally in Hollywood, and it is with much satisfaction that I can say this might be his best interview yet. The joy of AICN is that the writers, just like the readers, are only one step away from Chris Farley, but can keep their enthusiasm in control long enough to get the job done. I'd much rather read something from someone who really loves film than from someone just trying to get paid and meet celebrities. Please let Quint continue with more like this!

  • June 6, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Conti and TKD, good to see you boys back on board, board. Hope life's good!

  • June 6, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Spielberg and "The Indianapolis"

    by Geno Scala

    Fantastic interview, Quint! This movie, and Spielberg in general, so influenced me that I've named my production company "Shark-Eating Man Productions", and my second screenplay was my homage to "Jaws" ("Death Pool"). Lastly, after researching the Indy story, no feature film has been made on that subject alone (television and docu-dramas only)and I'm writing a screenplay about the incident, ironically enough called 'The Indianapolis", and I picture Bruce Willis as Capt. McVay.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Do remember that Spielberg resigned as China's Olympic artistic advisory due to Darfur 'politics', which had absolutely NOTHING to do with Olympic Games' telecast showbiz (or E.T., either). Ignorance is bliss, so here's a film Spielberg hasn't seen (or at least I HOPE he hadn't after reading his Reagan story), and it's just a starter on Guatemala: "When the mountains tremble" If that's not enough, or too much, pop this in your browser: As you'll see with any little lookie-loo into Reagan-era Guatemala, its 'foreign policy' was just ONE slice of RR's...politics.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    reluctant austinite, Quint's finest moment was when he watched all the PINK PANTHER movies in one sitting and developed a Herbert Lom twitch. This interview is definitely a close second though.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Spielberg should produce "Meg"

    by vin_diggler

    Maybe he could fit his "secret" shark scene idea into it. Even if it does not fit in, I still would like to see Meg on the big screen.

  • June 6, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    I know you're funning, but Quint's "Film a day" stint did show off the man's humility as well as his eagerness to really fill in the gaps of his film knowledge. Utterly admirable. Let's hear it for Quint. [raises glass]

  • June 6, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Go Ahead, Remove the Wires...

    by Twisk

    Removing wires, that's one thing. ...replacing guns with walkie talkies? [ahemetahem] ...THAT's fucking wrong. Again, there is nothing wrong with taking out those wires digitally. What the fuck? You won't be ruining the film, you won't be changing the film. You'll actually be fixing it. ...walkie talkies though instead of guns? ...THAT'S fucking wrong.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Yes Indy 4 and WOTW were cash grabs

    by Rupee88

    I guess you can't blame Spielberg for enjoying being a billionaire but you would think he would be more concerned with a good script. But he is part of the System and he has to make profitable crappy movies to stay there.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by The Hand Of The Choppah

    His talents will make House Knowles strong.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Quint - I think with a greenlight like that from Speilberg...

    by gabbygall just have to get a movie specific interview with him for ET and/or Close Encounters etc. Granted we know your one true love is Jaws, but really, I think you have a great inroad now and its obvious he reads your interviews and maybe even the talkbacks. Also, I don't think Jaws 2 is really THAT bad. Would of loved to hear his opinion on Jaws 3 and 4. Brilliant interview mate, probably one of the best I have ever read/seen/heard with the Beard.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Fan! If you will only let me be, I will see it. You will see. Say! I like Scott Pilgrim, man! I do!! I like it, Pilgrim Fan! And I would watch it in a boat! And I would watch it with a goat... And I'll watch it in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. Scott Pilgrim is so good you see! So I will watch it in a box. And I will watch it with a fox. And I will watch it in a house. And I will watch it with a mouse. And I will watch it here and there. Say! I will watch it ANYWHERE! I do so like Scott Pilgrim, man! Thank you! Thank you, Pilgrim Fan!

  • June 6, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by The Hand Of The Choppah

    And so it is done.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    RE: "Yes Indy 4 and WOTW were cash grabs"

    by Jay

    Is that why they waited 20 years to make it? Whoops, guess I just completely fucked up your assertion didn't I? A cash grab is 4 films in less than 8 years (Pirates anybody?) 4 movies in 30 years is showing restraint. God, even when AICN does a great article, the dumb-ass talk backers still manage to sqeeze out the dumbest comments. And if you ever get around to reading something as great as the works of HG Wells, you'd know Spielberg's WOTW was 99% more faithful to the book. Whether it was made purely for money (which it wasn't) or not, a better and good adaption is still a better and good adaptation, regardless of intentions.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    YO Stevo if you reading direct 'STAR TREK 2' please!!


    cmon when was the last time Spielberg directed a Sci Fi film.....set in space...? JJ needs a break after Super8 so SS should step in if least put your name on it like 'executive producer' or something like on Gremlins, BTTF, TF etc - itd be amazing to have a Spielberg Star Trek oh and we need Indy 5...(yeah i know you got to do Lincoln and Robowhatsitcalled but we need INDY 5!)

  • June 6, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    WOTW was a super rush job

    by Rupee88

    The script was weak and they rushed it through production...that's why it was a cash grab. It has some cool SFX sequences but it sucks overall and got to give the director a lot of blame there. Spielberg has a lifetime pass of sorts due to Close Encounters and ET, but nothing wrong with keeping it real either.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Plus -- it starred ol' shark eyes himself: Tom Cruise. Blech.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones Blu-Ray?

    by SpazMatic1074

    I know you love Jaws but next time you get to chat with him ask him if it's on the horizon? Last time the series came out in a digital format it was the same year.. or like six months after Star Wars. So here's hoping right?

  • Many of the talkbacks are so negative on here because either the article or "news" is weak..or else it is dealing with a shitty film. If you do quality work about quality films or other geeky media, then you will get the praise you deserve. Anyway Quint should feel high after this one. He did a good, solid job and contributed some quality content to this site and to our lives today.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST



    grandson of Brody gets targeted by a great white (the of the original shark) dis shit writes itself dawg!

  • June 6, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST



    That's the stupidest thing ive ever heard. WOTW a rush job I think not? Are you telling me the studio that spielberg himself created rushed him? The man is ground zero for summer blockbuster. Never forget that. He releases films when they are ready and no earlier. Other studios plan their releases around Spielberg so they dont tank. When the mam wants to release an event film he does so on his time table.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Great interview, Steven seems like a friendly guy...

    by brocknroll

    You should have asked him about the "Abraham Lincoln" movie he's doing next. I would have loved hear his thoughts on that and why he decided to do an Abe Lincoln biopic. I'm also glad to know why he doesn't do DVD commentaries and I agree they do take you out of the film. That's why I don't listen to DVD commentaries anymore.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    You heard it from Spielberg: stop bashing Lucas

    by Krinkle

    Seriously, we've gotta be putting a moratorium on all the Lucas-hating. I understand many of you were unhappy with the prequels - but compared to the kind of garbage we're getting in theaters only 10 years later, I would have thought you knuckleheads would have come around to at least admitting the prequels are something of a unified vision, tricked out with neato stuff in nearly every frame. That makes them inherently more valuable than a passionless affair like POTC 4. Met Spielberg once, at the wrap party for ER. Seemed like a nice guy, thanked him for 'E.T.'... and told him not to worry about the fanboys bashing INDY 4.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine would be in JAWS RETURNS: RISE OF THE FIN too


    as Hoagie Newcombe as the grandson i was thinking maybe...HANKS! oh oh,,,and how about Richard Dreyffus again - (he could actually be Hooper again instead of all this Hooper in everything but name characters he plays now)

  • June 6, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    drunken busboy Seemingly Has Something

    by Tassium

    To ask a person "are you diagnosed Aspergers?" would generally be seen as lacking psychological awareness.

  • yeah i could probably wiki this stuff but it'll prob be BS wasnt Spielberg approached about directing STAR TREK TMP?(I remember reading somewhere he was approached to direct TMP after Paramount had seen CE3K - but was directing 1941? i dunno) plus Superman The Movie? wasnt he approached about that by the Salkinds but they waited too long to see how the 'fish movie' was doing and by that time SS was doing CE3K? and Bond? which one was it exactly he wouldve directed if Broc had said yes to him? Spy? Moonraker? FYEO? (whatever im guessing itd have been with Moore - Roger Moore being directed by Spielberg - for some reason that amuses me) and what exactly happened with Return of the Jedi?

  • June 6, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Excellent interview Quint, a great read. Also thanks for all the pics, quite nice. The only peccadillo, for me, was the screening at the White House and Spiels (that's for you pally boy) is not certain if Neil (First Man on the Moon) Armstrong was in attendance! Bring on Carpenter!

  • June 6, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Spielberg in space

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    We await Interstellar for that. That's definitely the most exciting project on his radar at the moment.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Quint KILLED it!!

    by blakindigo

    Probably the best interview I've read on this site HANDS DOWN!! Excellent on all counts. Would love to see you interview more iconic directors.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Quint, you are the MAN.

    by DocPazuzu

    Fantastic interview, very well done indeed. Extra points for taking Spielberg to task for dissing Temple of Doom. <p> It's becoming increasingly clear that you really are the heart and soul of AICN these days. I suggest you either violently overthrow the current regime and take over AICN or start your own film geek site. You're wasting your talent and passion here. I don't say that easily or happily since I used to love this place, but your stuff is the only stuff worth reading any more. And that's not simply because the rest of the output here is mostly drivel, but because it really is terrific work all on its own. <p> Kudos again.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Epic indeed, Quint. Amazing interview!

    by sweeneydave

  • June 6, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Half of WoW is really good....

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Guess which half...

  • June 6, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    WAR OF THE WORLDS is indeed damned good.


    Too often I hear complaints that we don't get to see that big firefight between the military and the tripods. That's not the fucking point. We're immersed in the family's predicament, and, like many people in history who became refugees in times of war, they are on the periphery of the major combat.

  • June 6, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Actually, I think Spielberg produced that one...

    by sweeneydave

  • June 6, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    As David Hyde Pierce says to Jack Nicholson in Wolf

    by Joe Huber

    "You're my God!" I love Jaws. I have such a personal connection with the movie besides being the same age. Fantastic interview with Spielberg and nice to see him straighten out the whole E.T. mess. I did like having the option of seeing the original unaltered version and have no problems with a filmmaker if they want to make the film as they intended as long as they include the original as well (hear that Lucas?) So now you're going to top yourself by interviewing the guy who did my favorite film (tied with Jaws) Halloween. Damn, great early birthday presents Quint! Thanks man!

  • June 6, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    It doesn't get any better than Spielberg

    by StevenScorsese

    He's my idol and has been ever since his name was imprinted on me as a 7-year-old witnessing the awe that was Close Encounters in the theater way back in 1977. Greatest filmmaker in history.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    I got one MAJOR beef with Senor Speilbergo

    by Mel

    A long time ago he created a stir over wrestling commercials played prior to his PPV presentation of Saving Private Ryan. Look, I think wrestling is dumb, but as an artist how can you refuse to let someone advertise their art? Kind of lame.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Can't help thinking WoW could have been a true classic if

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Spielberg had spent more time on it, polishing the script and not rushing the shooting. The whole latter part of the film feels very perfunctory. Munich was on his mind at the time. Same story with JP and Schindler.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Excellent Interview. Audio clips of the interview

    by JAG_off

    Are cool in that they let you hear exactly how the person talks, stuttering and all. Though it's a bit tough trying to read along slow enough with the audio, still way cool. Jaws is my #1 of all time as well, and I can't wait for The Shark is Still Working! Fuck!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Best Article I've Ever Read On Here

    by Conaw

    That was truly incredible. The audio clips gave me chills. Just to hear his voice is amazing. Fantastic interview, Quint!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Tremendous job, Quint! Harry can shut the site down now.

    by Cheif Brody

    It ain't ever gonna be this "COOL" again. Nice work.

  • Sir Stevie most certainly doesn't have it. He's an extremely sociable, well-spoken individual who owes much of his success to his great ability to communicate his visions to others, and to act as a leader. There is nothing about him that suggests Asperger's. <p> George Lucas is another story.....he's the director who doesn't like actors, and prefers technology...and his only direction to actors is "okay, now do it faster". The dialogue in the scripts he writes is so horrible because he doesn't know how people interact. He usually hires other writers to take care of the dialogue while he comes up with the story, with the exception of the SW prequels, which is why the interaction and dialogue is so wooden. <p> Perhaps you got Spielberg and Lucas mixed up.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    E.T. is one of the only movies who's music makes my heart hurt

    by TheJudger

    I'm not talking a metaphor here. My heart actually hurts when I hear that music. The end credits length was perfect. As a kid seeing it for the first time, the music playing during the end credits... I cant think of any other movie that made my chest hurt so much near the end. Maybe it meant more to me because my mother was single, we were extremely poor and lived in a section 8 house out in duxbury mass, I had a younger sister I felt the need to protect, and I lived in my imagination more than the world around my ears We were poor enough back then to get the Toys for Tots treatment on Christmas. I remember asking for E.T's autograph in my wish list. It's Christmas morning. I get a few E.T. related toys like a do it yourself stained glass kit, a poster, some minifigs, and a pull back E.T. Elliot Bike toy. LAter that night around bed time. I went to get my Pajama's out of my top dresser draw and inside was a framed picture of ET Signed "I'll be right here- E.T." I dont know who put it there. My mom didn't do it. I've asked her about it a few times. I think it was my Grandmother- There's no way to know cause she's longer alive, and remember going to her house to visit her her for christmas dinner that day, not the other way around. I don't know why I'm saying this. There are some things that happen in your life and they mean so much, you know. That was one of them.

  • June 6, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Wow, judger, that's a heartrending story right there.


    Beautiful. Do you still have the picture?

  • June 6, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Star Trek II was the first movie with a CGI shot, Tron was the first movie with extensive CGI work and Young Sherlock Holmes was the first movie with a CGI character. Great interview. Can we get a series of interviews with Spielberg about all of his classic films? That would be awesome!

  • June 6, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds does not "suck overall"

    by D.Vader

    Sorry. Its just not true.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    great interview

    by Georgepeppard

    Spielberg rules and Quint is the MVP of this place. Now we just need Lucas to decide a scan of the best Star Wars IP is worth spending 450 bucks per hour at the lab. (hey, I know it's asking a lot of Forbes #43, after all it could take several hours!)

  • June 6, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Sad to hear it, judger.


  • June 6, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Saw JAWS when I was 8...

    by Darthkrusty

    ..had to leave the theatre twice I was so scared. I recall gathering my wits in the theatre next door which was playing THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Best thingthat's ever been on this site. Thanks Quint.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    You forgot the Munich 2 question I asked for though for fuck's sake.

  • From Doctor Who fame, now that's some good classic Indiana Jones drama/supernatural/etc. to make even J.J. Abram's blush with envy!

  • June 6, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    how does it feel to knock one out of the park, Quint?

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Cause you did.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Give it a rest, justmyluck...

    by Geno Scala

    No one particular cares OR agrees with your BS politics. Reagan will forever be remembered as The Great Communicator and the best President in history, as Spielberg will be remembered as a genius and "Jaws" as a masterpiece. Live with it, or go away and post on the HuffPo.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    WotW Missing "Camelot Sequence"

    by Partyslammer

    This was a short but intense scene that occurred after the Ferry attack (and before the countryside military battle) on a foggy, dawn morning in a deserted main street of a small town Ferrier and his kids were passing through. They encounter a roving band of nearly a dozen tripods which pursue them into and through an apartment building killing a small stray poodle in the process. The scene was almost through post-production when it was cut from the movie to trim the running time. I've seen a pair of photos from the scene in issue #103 of Cinefex magazine.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2 is bloody good fun

    by Carl's hat

    ...whereas Poltergeist is still vastly overrated and does NOT hold up today. Excellent interview, though. Thanks.

  • June 6, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Quint -- You are the man

    by 18to88

    You are one of the main reasons I read this site. Congrats on landing this and executing.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2 was pretty good!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The teen angle was a pretty safe play on Universal studios part. One of few sequels with decent character development. It was a perfect Drive-In movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Steven Spielberg

    by pr0g2west

    Your film direction is simply the absolute best. Thank you for making movies! You and John Williams make the world a better place. If you by chance see this talkback that im writing now, I would be incredibly honored. don't listen to the naysayers...Minority Report and A.I. are the best science fiction films EVER. Make Innerstellar after Robopocalypse. All of my best childhood memories of movies were of your films...and I didnt know who you were when I was a kid. As I grew older, I realized that all of my favorite films had a common factor, that they were made by you. Thats not luck. You are a genious. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Sorry for gushing.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2 was pretty good!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The teen angle was a pretty safe play on Universal studios part. One of few sequels with decent character development. It was a perfect Drive-In movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2 was pretty good!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The teen angle was a pretty safe play on Universal studios part. One of few sequels with decent character development. It was a perfect Drive-In movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Susan Backlinie

    by capn vic

    Awesome interview! But not one mention of susan backlinie's scene? That first scene is the biggest reason the rest of Jaws works so well. But great interview. Love Temple of Doom and surprised Steven didn't take the bait to defend it. And Indy 4 is awesome! I don't care how many cynics bitch about it. The first hour is flawless. Indy 5 needs to happen asap!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Susan Backlinie

    by capn vic

    Awesome interview! But not one mention of susan backlinie's scene? That first scene is the biggest reason the rest of Jaws works so well. But great interview. Love Temple of Doom and surprised Steven didn't take the bait to defend it. And Indy 4 is awesome! I don't care how many cynics bitch about it. The first hour is flawless. Indy 5 needs to happen asap!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Susan Backlinie

    by capn vic

    Awesome interview! But not one mention of susan backlinie's scene? That first scene is the biggest reason the rest of Jaws works so well. But great interview. Love Temple of Doom and surprised Steven didn't take the bait to defend it. And Indy 4 is awesome! I don't care how many cynics bitch about it. The first hour is flawless. Indy 5 needs to happen asap!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Tell us Quint,

    by XeRocks81

  • June 6, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Awesome film, awesome interview!

    by Zardoz

    Thanks Quint, you lucky bastard! (I'm so jealous!) Jaws gets better and better every single time I watch it. As I've said a few times recently, I saw it again with an audience at The Castro theater here in SF and let me tell you: the shark still works! The audience was jumping out of their seats when they weren't sitting on the edge of them! This one woman in front of me was so nervous and jumpy during the film I bet they had to have her seat steam-cleaned after the movie was over! Everyone loved it and applauded LOUDLY and enthusiastically at the end. So, 36 years later, the film still plays brilliantly and works like a charm! If Spielberg won't do commentaries for his movies Quint, you should just do an official interview with him for every movie! Next up: CE3K, then 1941, then E.T., then Poltergeist... I'm looking forward to it already! Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women! :)

  • June 6, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    tell us Quint

    by XeRocks81

    how much did you piss yourself when Spielberg actually referred to YOU as Quint ;-)

  • June 6, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    That's just disgusting. I mean, really... the nerveokayalittle.

  • That would be SO freaking AWESOME! Real historical, delivering-the-bomb, WWII drama, with Spielberg doing sharks again? SOLD! Seriously, that would be a GREAT movie. Why isn't this happening right now? Get Spielberg on the phone again, pronto, Quint!

  • June 6, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Held Over! Steven Spielberg in his 1,872nd Smash Week!

    by JAGUART

    I can still see the newpaper ads for Jaws in 1975. I remember that night after I saw it, I slept on the floor in front of the window air conditioner and had nightmares the whole night through.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2 Has it's moments

    by vin_diggler

    Brody watching the photo of the shark get developed. Brody's " I don't intend to go through that hell again!" speech. The jump scare of the shark attacking the lobster diver. Tina's boyfriend getting slammed head first into the boat before getting ripped under water. The girl getting eaten while saving Sean. I have much respect for Jaws 2.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Lucas has Asperger's? That's an interesting theory...

    by Zardoz

    I'm sure it's absolute rubbish, but you do make it sound awfully plausible...

  • June 6, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Great interview, from top to bottom.

    by MaxTheSilent

    And it was cool of you to stick up for TEMPLE OF DOOM, Quint. That movie is great and is still one of the most beautifully shot movies Sir Steven has ever made. As great as Kaminski is I really missed Douglas Slocombe's lush cinematography on CRYSTAL SKULL. I wasn't very fond of how that movie was shot.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by ATrue

    I think I peed myself a little reading the Roy Scheider bit. He was the MAN. I can't imaging a Jaws without Scheider. It's like, when you try to reimagine Indy with Selleck instead of Ford, and even if you really dug Selleck in his snug little shorts and his manly sweaters, his awesome 'stache and that glint in his eye... well, imagine him as Indy and your brain fizzles. For Indy, it had to be Ford. Just as for Brody, it had to be Scheider. RIP Roy...

  • June 6, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    it's obvious Spielberg is still disappointed with Temple of Doom

    by vin_diggler

    The only comments he had were that he got a wife out of it and that Lucas came up with the idea to make it a darker story that the original. I think he still hates it and always will.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    It would be super cool to hear the whole conversation, pauses and awkwardness and all. Everybody would get a tremendous kick from it - think about it.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Maybe the sequel scene he mentioned...

    by MaxTheSilent that really cool scene he describes in the DVD documentary about seeing the masts of the boats start to move as the shark swims under them.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    best filmmaker in HISTORY!

    by The_Crimson_King

    Spielberg, if you are reading this (and it's incredible to imagine that you just might be), you are second to NONE! and my childhood would have been 100 times more boring without Jurassic Park, thank you so very much for that incredible movie and giving every kid of the 90's their definitive movie and Quint, fantastic interview, my only complaint is that I wish it was even longer, that part about Reagan saying E.T. was "true" was creepy...

  • June 6, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    President Nixon showed Jackie Gleason Alien bodies!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Maybe Reagan would have shown Spielberg if he asked!!

  • June 6, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Thanks for those Reagan T-Shirt slogans, and TB flame, and speaking for the whole TB forum, as a public demonstration that you could not debate one bit with the facts on RR. As shown on Google, that history never went away, and don't count on me running away to HP or else with them. While T-Shirt slogans are designed to be parsed by the child-like mind, I in particular do not care OR agree with BS T-Shirt slogans. Were you, in some misguided way, trying to tell me that China+Darfur <> USA+Guatemala?, Or not even a smidgen of hypocrisy there from Spielberg? BS. As for your claim of Spielberg's genius, and JAWS as a masterpiece, as huge as a filmmaking influence as SS was, and is, he is a 100% commercial producer and filmmaker (he would likely agree with this). I say this since you claimed genius and a masterpiece like, you know, museum or art gallery level. Hey, maybe you'll find Spielberg's 50 movies exhibited 24/7 or traveling around the world some day like the Stanley Kubrick exhibition, but I doubt it. I could go on and on about Spielberg's philanthropy and various societies and endeavors. He has become an incredibly wealthy individual and where he chooses to invest his wealth is a completely different discussion and, actually, his own business. We're talking 'blessing' the Reagan administration with a movie as good as E.T., which also gets me pissed. There are people in the world who are content NOT to become a billionaire, NOT become a one-man industry, presidential ruler or a junk food movie tie-in or their own personal gatekeeper after being in the company of presidents and astronauts - constantly adjusting and adapting and self-regulating to sustain their place as a public figure. So, don't insinuate I'm being a loser, pining away after Reagan and SS's fame and glory. If I had one piece of art which was tucked away in someone's garage that got thrown out with the housecleaning, that would give more personal satisfaction then having some blockbuster sell Reece's pieces. And don't insinuate I have a hate-on for SS's movies because that is far from the truth. But, as someone with a brain, a political conscience and a teensy pulse on world events, the most sane greeting to RR at first sight would have been: "Mr. Reagan, what THE FUCK were and are you authorizing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua?" Enjoy TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON with your Slurpee cup. Hasta la vista!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    @justmyluck - "Bitch, Bitch, Bitch...."

    by Partyslammer

    Really, your butthurt whining speaks volumes about your issues that go far beyond a movie director than about Spielberg himself. I mean, every President at least in the last hundred years has fucked up to various degrees. Are you gonna whine about so-and-so celebrity not taking Kennedy, Carter, Nixon, Bush Sr and Jr, Clinton and Obama or whoever to task at some public function for their various transgressions? Dumbass.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    About that 5.1 mix on Jaws...

    by Doc_Hudson

    I can understand the mono love,....but,..the DTS disc I have is mono,....except for the music. Please use this for Blu, the music sounds excellent,..and makes for even more drama and suspense...being separate from the action/dialog on screen. Quint, have my congratulations as a film geek extraodinaire in conducting a fine interview with a very very talented film geek himself. May you two have some fine days ahead of geeking out. (I'd be yaking about lenses and perspectives,choices of Dops,etc....but that's another article) AICN,...give Q the power!

  • June 6, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by Koji_Kabuto

    This is probably the best interview I have ever read in this site. Great job quint. And thank you Mr. Spielberg for opening up and sounding so genuine.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I could read Spielberg interviews for hours.

    by Yelsaeb

    The guy is just....THE guy. He's The Spielberg.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Definitely do a regular series

    by Rex Carsalot

    We have to put up with that picture a day stuff, so why not?

  • June 6, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Spielberg confirms: Lucas once had a firm set of balls

    by Onin Solstice

  • June 6, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Fuck JAWS 2...has he ever watched JAWS 4 beginning to end?

    by Cheif Brody

    I wanna know what he thought of that train wreck! If he was even able to sit thru the whole mess. <p> I could definitely see him directing "The Indianapolis Story"....Just pull a Titanic...put in some real historical references/characters...but focus a group of guys (Band of Brothers-style) that we follow throughout the film. It writes itself. <p> Especially cool if one of the sailors we're following drops a quick "Hey, Quint...come over here and check out the gams on Lana Turner!"...and a young petty officer in a ball cap wanders over and checks out her picture in Movie Stars Parade magazine...and sings..."Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies..." as he gives a sly smile and wanders off singing. <p> Actually...Universal has been trying to get "Indianapolis" off the ground since 1975...with a young Quint as the LEAD...but I think a quick cameo is a better way to go. <p> Also...Quint got the date of the sinking wrong in the story...he says June 29th, 1945 but it didn't happen til after midnight on the 30th. Interesting trivia...Alex Kintner was eaten on June 29th in the Reward Notice for killing the shark clearly displays. <p> There ya go...a call back reference in JAWS!

  • June 7, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Quint, you magnificent bastard!

    by YackBacker

    Excellent work- I'll be re-reading this a couple more times. So much great discussion between you both. Spielbergo- you better deliver the JAWS goods for Eric at your next interview.

  • June 7, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Check out the Jaws animation in honor of this article

    by Bobo_Vision

  • June 7, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    You made my day.....

    by bandus

    This movie was a movie that changed my life forever. I was 7 years old when I first saw it and it threw me for a loop. It always holds a special place in my heart. My love for movies began with this and I feel priveleged to grow up in a time where some of the best filmamkers were beginning their craft.

  • June 7, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    You gotta get him to talk about that, Quint. Thanks so much for this interview. I understand and respect his wishes to not wanting to do a commentary track so hearing him in the audio clips you provided is the closest we'll ever get to one.

  • June 7, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    You gotta get him to talk to you about that, Quint.

  • Just run him through with the front of your ship. KA-BOOM!

  • June 7, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by James Michael Williams

    JAWS....hands down the most incredible story ever told by a master storyteller ! I grew up loving movies, but the mind-numbing effect JAWS had on my 13 year old psyche was an overall roller-coaster ride that has endured time and age, as I'm now well into my 40's. It remains the steadfast favorite of my top five list. The heroes in Jaws were both likeable as well as memorable, the villain was credible and realistic, (although CGI is good, the sheer bulk of the shark was enough to sustain fear!) I loved the interview Quint ! Keep up the great work ! Spielberg RULES ! 'Nuff said !

  • June 7, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    quick question about Jaws

    by The_Crimson_King

    it's been a long time since I've seen Jaws unfortunately, not since I was 11 or 12, but I remember Quint actually dropping an F bomb (it was like the first time I saw it on dvd and thus uncut)

  • June 7, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    whoops, posted too soon

    by The_Crimson_King

    I meant to ask, does that happen in Jaws?

  • June 7, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I don't recall an F bomb...

    by D.Vader

  • June 7, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    You had nothing of substance to add, and are behaving like someone who's opinions were greased online. Thanks so much! Oh, and artists being embraced by political figures most always spells disaster...instantly, or as time goes on!

  • June 7, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that interview was unbelievable.

    by REMcycle

    Thanks Quint and Mr. Spielberg! Awesome reading!!!

  • June 7, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Now thats what this site should be all about. Totally awsome job Quint!

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    amazing interview. especially to get the definitive take on a few stories that we all think we know the answer to.

  • Star Wars just got cool again! I think I need to check my underwear! The Sith has really hit the fan now! I don’t have a really bad feeling about this! A Jedi craves not these things… But I do! Badass! I can’t wait! Can we get a movie of this now? Okay, how about now? Now...?

  • June 7, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    My Favorite Spielberg Story

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    I think this was in PREMIERE Magazine. They were having technical problems on the set of HOOK one day and Robin Williams looks into the camera during a two shot with Dustin Hoffman and says "Please Help Me. I was in POPEYE and THE SURVIVORS." Hoffman said "What are you complaining about? I was in ISHTAR and FAMILY BUSINESS!" And Spielberg leaps into frame and yells "And I directed 1941!" And Robin Williams starts moaning. I love everyone's self deprecating humor in that story. Especially Spielberg's. Good Interview Quint.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Well done, Quint. Good interview.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 7, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Yep, awesome job Quint!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Can't wait for Carpenter!

  • June 7, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    I also want to say that A.I. is really underrated

    by The_Crimson_King

    I re-watched it on blu ray recently, first time I've seen it in at least 9 years and I actually cried at the end, excellent movie

  • June 7, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't say 1941 is underrated...

    by justmyluck

    ... but its the oddly watchable Spielberg movie due to his channeling Mad Magazine, Saturday Night Live, a love of prop planes & miniature explosions and embracing complete directorial excess. Loud, quasi sexist/racist, too many characters and sub-plots...maybe, but it still feels like kids going crazy in toy store. All those exploding vats of paint just can't go to waste...Blu-ray, please.

  • June 7, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Superlative work Quint, thanx.

    by scrote

    Can't wait for the Carpenter interview...

  • ...I could listen to him go on for hours. Quint, you're a lucky, lucky man. For the record, my dad took me to see Jaws when I was six, on the day of it's UK release. I've never forgotten the sound of fright he made as i watched him jump out of his seat when the head pops out of the bottom of the boat, and the release of laughter that followed. I'd like to think that Mr.Spielberg is a regular talkbacker at AICN without us knowing it. Now THAT'S COOL! Lovely interview Quint. Possibly your best. Looking forward to your Carpenter interview... I doubt he'll be as warm and engaging as Steven.

  • ...and he asks him 'where the horizon should be'. Now that's pressure... checking to see if this kids any good. Ever since I heard that tale I always make sure my horizons aren't 'in the middle'.

  • ...because I loved it. Very cheeky - and great fun to show mates who are au fait with the original cut (and watch their faces as it unfurls).

  • June 7, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    random stuff id like to see in INDY 5


    -a young Ford at some point either a flashback prologue set in the 1930s or 40s (WW2 - “Force 10 From Naverone” Ford ) or even if Indy somehow gets de-aged for a bit via some fountain of youth mcguffin (the FX tech must be almost there where it seems totally real and better than stuff like X3, Ben Button, T4, new Tron) -Sallah cameo -otherworldly non religious mcguffin(s) - not neccesarily aliens but i wouldnt mind it it were aliens again (after all the 'aliens' in Indy 4 were actually 'interdimentional beings') perhaps something like the recent comic series ‘IJ and the Tomb of the Gods’ although its very unlikely wed get anything 'alien' again after IJ4...maybe the Greek Gods like Zeus, Apollo etc with maybe something to do with Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle and potential Noahs Ark/2012 style end of the world destructive force...(there hasnt been a mainly sea set Indy yet with shark attacks etc)..maybe even work in a spot of timetravel too (bermuda triangle right?)..even space somehow? Greek or Norse mythology would fit within the realm of Indy's world, but still be different enough to make it interesting plus its certainly coming back in vogue what with stuff like Clash of the Titans and Thor... -Mutt and Marion cameos only - if that! -Indy shooting people -Connery cameo - maybe a flashback exposition scene telling Indy of the central artefact (via CGI de-aging - Untouchables/Last Crusade Connery) or even further back - e.g. an opening sequence with what we think is Indy but turns out its his old man (Dr No/Goldfinger Connery) chasing after some artefact that his son takes up years later -a really hot sexy chick like Elsa as a side kick -an 'Anti-Indy' villain - yeah i know Belloq was kind of a mirror image of Jones but im thinking more of an action man archaeologist like Jones getting his hands dirty and fighting etc but a bad guy....someone like Costner or Tom Selleck (both who have previous Indy connections) -Twilight Zone/Outer Limits style freakiness/eeriness - i really dug the Doom Town scene in Indy 4 it felt just like something out of a did the end in the caves - finding out about the aliens on the walls and the end throne/control room. -the return of the Bond style opening prologue where Indy is at the end of a previous adventure with a totally unrelated artefact (which could be something like the Spear of Destiny) -a big action set piece in a big city like New York, we've never seen much in the way of the real world in any of the previous films.. -Abner - I always got the impression he was still alive somewhere. maybe he could be in the CG retro scene with Indy (or his pops)...then turn up later on as an old man...someone like Clint Eastwood …(Charlton Heston would’ve been a great choice for Abner if theyd made an Indy in the 1990s)

  • June 7, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "the return of the Bond style opening prologue " Cartmanez, they could have had that with the warehouse scene at the beginning of Crystal Skull... but for some bizarre reason they thought a car load of random kids driving down a highway and a CG gopher were more appropriate.

  • June 7, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Realism in Raiders


    heres why i think people dig Raiders so much and a big reason (beyond the strength of the script) as to why its considered an all time classic (unlike the sequels)... Raiders is like a serious wartime (or near enough wartime) action drama...with Ford playing Indy like a real person as if hed been cast in a proper serious wartime movie. a little outlandish in some parts (the opening in the temple, under the truck and of course the supernatural climax) but for the most part all the action and stunts are firmly within the realm of possibility (and for the most part all performed for real) the villains feel like real people - Belloq, the Nazi commander and the SS guy - all feel like proper guys that might well have existed...Sallah, Brody and Marion are like 'real' people instead of the almost caricatures they later became...even minor supporting characters like the 'Cm'ere' bald dude, the Mick Dundee lookalike truck guy and the black captain feel 'real'.. its like Spielberg was going for an almost Das Boot/Schindlers style realism in Raiders and thats why it feels so powerful and disturbing - it feels as though it could have happened...where as in the sequels they were going more for laughs, not so serious, the action and stunts got more and more outlandish as did the characters - Willie, Short Round, James Bond popping up as his dad, Sallah & Marcus turn into bufoons, crazy mom Marion, nuke the fridge and all the CG in KOTCS etc - you just believe you are watching a movie, not something that might have happened....the rest of the movies are almost like comedies - not that thats a bad thing..its just different to Raiders...

  • June 7, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    WotW etc.

    by NightArrows

    GREAT interview Quint! And War of the Worlds is a fantastic movie. The naysayers can suck a bag of floppy cocks on that one. It not only has one of the greatest "monster" reveals in cinematic history, but is just a great movie all-round. I love that film, and would KILL to see that footage partyslammer speaks of!

  • June 7, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    RAIDERS 30th Anniversary Getting NO LOVE!

    by jones1899

    Great interview. I read it twice. But what are we celebrating a 36th anniversary of one of the greatest movie instead of the 30th anniversary of THE greatest movie? Raiders is getting no love on its 30th birthday and that blows! Also, Indy 5 - no cg, no group of adventurers, more gritty violence, a bearded Indy, less goofy. And Thank You Mr. Spielberg.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    it doesnt do any of the things you say....anymore than a 'making of' show does (which ALL your dvds have!). we've seen the film..we know it..then we like to listen to the makers talk about it as the film plays. like watching the film with you and listen to all the thinks you remember about making it.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    watched indy 4 again last was still shite.

    by FleshMachine

    story elements and plot were generally fine..but it was a tonal mess. an indy cartoon. too much cgi. campy acting. there was no sense of verisimilitude that the other films had. everything looked like a fake sound stage with fake comped skys and backgrounds. DO BETTER!

  • June 7, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    textorama ruined by anoying interstitial quint reactions

    by FleshMachine

    "uh huh" "yah" "oh hahah" "huh huh" "yeah yeah" .... shut the fuck up, act like a professional interviewer and let him talk. if this were in person you would likely be nodding your head silently. you do not need to vocalize head nodding.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Oh, so THAT'S why you're named Quint???

    by Simpsonian

    I thought it was just a play on "Cunt"! I kid, I kid. GREAT interview kid! Needs to be a regular feature indeed.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Spielberg has lost his mojo.

    by SunTzu77

    I can never forgive Spielberg for removing his original ending from "Minority Report." I use to admire Spielberg's filmmaking ability with such films as "E.T."..."Raiders of the Lost Ark"... "Schindler's List," etc. Lately, though... his films have been completely vapid. "War of the Worlds", "Munich" (seriously, you intercut an orgasm with an explosion? LOL), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.... all terrible.

  • may just result in another epic interview. Just sayin.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    DOOM is infinitely better then Kingdom.

    by FleshMachine

    dark, fun, funny, exciting, scary, cool characters, great sets and locations and a bit far-fetched vs. cartoony, campy, goofy, boring, not funny, disposable characters, fake looking sets and fake cgi and TOTALLY far-fetched. MAKE A REAL INDY FILM AGAIN!!!! MAKE IT FEEL REAL AGAIN!

  • June 7, 2011, 9 a.m. CST


    by BSB

    It was well done. The juxtaposition of death and life, and procreation marking a new generation replacing the old was thought provoking. I'd rank it as my favorite of SS' films.

  • it's not prequel bad..but almost.

  • June 7, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by BSB

    The return of Willy and Shorty in the 4th movie would've been soooooooooooooooooooo much better. Ugh.

  • June 7, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    JAWS, RAIDERS, ET, CE3K, JURRASIC...thanks for those steven

    by FleshMachine

    great films

  • June 7, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Speilberg and the Jaws sequel

    by James

    I'm dying to know what scene Speilberg would have done for a Jaws sequel. Please let us know when you know.

  • One scene that I thought was nice was during the filming of the Club Obi-Wan scene, Spielberg is also dressed in a tux, and Capshaw says something akin to, 'Are you taking me to the Prom?' Another great part was them discussing the bug scene (aka the compromise to her not doing the scene with the snake): Capshaw (sounding horrified): They make me do the most horrible things. They want me to work with bugs today. Spielberg (matter-of-factly): Get in there and do the bugs. Capshaw (pleading): No. Spielberg: Yes. Capshaw (pleading): No. Spielberg: Yes. Capshaw (pleading): No. Spielberg: Yes. Capshaw (pleading): No. Spielberg (to cameraman): She told me that if I wouldn't make her work with the snake, she'd do the bugs. Capshaw (matter-of-factly): Ok, I'll do the bugs.

  • June 7, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Reads like a dream, Quint.

    by MoffatBabies

    Really, really good interview.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I love the man!

    by riouxda

    Steven Spielberg is the filmmaker who made me what I am today along with Lucas, Cameron and a few other. But Spielberg holds a special place in my heart cuz his movies seemed to be stories that could have happened to me when I was young (ET, Encounter). Indiana Jones is still one of my all time favorite hero after all those years! Gosh I'd love to be able to have that kind of conversation with him. That was an awesome interview Quint, or should I say, Lucky guy!

  • June 7, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    can we just give Quint the keys to this place

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Incredible interview I have no doubt that Quint will be running this place when Harry's heart finally says "fuck you Harry, enough is enough", but I would say hand the keys over already

  • June 7, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    should do a Dr Who movie


    a Steven Spielberg Dr Who movie would be something would it not? John Williams score, ILM FX, Richard E or Hugh Grant (or Matt Smith if it were to follow on from the tv show like the 96 tv movie)as the Doc for the first few minutes before he changes into Liam Neeson or Robert Downy Jnr…..Ralph Finnes or Gary Oldman as the Master, reimagined Daleks, Cybermen etc.. hey if hes open to directing Tin Tin (which Moffet wrote) then maybe its not impossible in fact i seem to remember in the 90s (pre the McGann tv movie) rumours about a proposed big budget Who movie to be directed by Steven Spielberg and starring The Hoff! i remember Pierce Brosnan was also mentioned as a potential Dr

  • June 7, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Abrams:Spielberg's light side, Michael Bay: his dark

    by Tacom

    I think Spielberg tries to disown Doom and say all the darkness was Lucas. You can't direct that Kali sacrifice scene or the dinner scene and not mean it. I think that's why he's ashamed of it because his id was running loose on that movie. That's why he likes Michael Bay because he's indulging all these impulses that Spielberg has since suppressed because he wants to be "respectable".

  • June 7, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Agreed. And get rid of Beaks while they're at it. That guy's a real shitheel.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I remember watching Jaws be filmed ...

    by unfaithfullyyours

    I must have been 5 at the time. My dad was a big sailor, and we were out off Cape Cod somewhere, and I remember my dad having to sail ALL THE WAY around the P.A. boats that had blocked off the horizon for filming. But while doing this we got to watch. If I remember correctly they had 3 Orca boats - One was normal, one was sinking, and one was just about underwater. I remember, even at five, thinking it was fascinating. Like when a magician shows you how a trick works. So, really, my dad introduced me to filmmaking! Great interview. Would Mr. Spielberg want to talk to you about other movies? Hummm ...

  • June 7, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    You have a teeny tiny point there, but as you could probably tell by the audio this was a phone interview, not in person. Head nodding doesn't exactly read for the interviewee over the phone. I've been doing this a long time and have gotten into habits during interviews. For phone chats I've noticed that when people talk into silence they start feeling like they're not being heard and tend to either ramble or clam up completely. Because of that I make sure to engage a little more vocally with phone interviews than I do in-person, but I'm sure some of the phone etiquette has spilled into my regular interviewing style. I get by, people seem to like the way I do it, so don't look for a change any time soon.

  • June 7, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Top interview!

    by fpuk99

    It's rare gems like this that keep me coming back to this site.

  • June 7, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Don't mess up Tintin, Steve!

    by Gorgomel

    It's my whole childhood you're bringing to the big screen! Great interview. We need more like this one. Hope he will discuss A.I. sometime soon. Coz it's my second favourite after Empire of the Sun.

  • As a fan of TEMPLE OF DOOM, my eternal gratitude, Quint.

  • June 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST


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  • June 7, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    by Cruizer Dave

    Great interview!

  • June 7, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Teaching divas to be STOP using your cell phone in the theater in Austin! LOL!

  • I don'ty know here Spielberg got the idea that a audio comentary is merely a radioplay fescription of what's onscreen, but that's not what an audio comentary is for. Spielberg should listen to those two aforementioned directros, or David Cronenberg's audio comentaries, and see how well used they can be, and how sometimes they can be an art in themselves which help to enchance the viewing experience. If there is a director who is dead perfect for making audio comentaries, it's Spielberg. I hope he reconsiders his stanze on it soon enough.

  • June 7, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    And it's great to see the love for TEMPLE OF DOOM in here.

    by AsimovLives

    It's clear that with time more and more love is shown from more and more people for this sadly underrated damn good movie. Damn good movie. When the poster for TEMPLE OF DOOM said "adventure has a name and it's Indiana Jones", they were not lying at all, as the movie proves. One could even say the reason why there's so many bad blockbyusters today is because they are being made by the type of people who rate LAME CRUSADE over TEMPLE OF DOOM. It's the spirit behind that though that i'm talking about. TEMPLE OF DOOM is great because in that movie there's this sense of it being dangerous that's so cool. TEMPLE OF DOOM is a blockbuster without a safety net below you. In that movie, EVERYTHING GOES.

  • June 7, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Mr Beaks rather made an interview with a child. I wonder if he asked him if he ever was in a turkish prison.

  • He doesn't want to do them. Leave it be. He obviously doesn't have much problem talking about his movies otherwise.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Great Interview.

    by TheMcflyFarm

    I'm glad you told him to stop talking shit about ToD, even if he won't listen. Oh and if the amazing sound-o-text is so amazing, how come it still can't capture the whole interview?

  • June 7, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Quint


  • June 7, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I've seen years of unwaivering dedication

    by Shpadoinkle

    ...and joyful enthusiasm for this film from Quint and i'm really really happy for the guy that he finally met his hero to talk about his favourite film, and in such an entertaining and professional manner. As we like to say where i'm from, fair fucks to ya man! Great job. Spielberg really was the prime architect of my childhood dreams and i'm eternally grateful. Hail to the king, baby.

  • June 7, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Amazing interview

    by Shaner Jedi


  • June 7, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    What is going on here?

    by Teddy Artery

    Last time I checked "choppah" was an intolerable jackass... now he's a valued member of the AIC community... And a wonderful interview by Quint has been posted to counteract the misspelled plant puffery I'm usually punished with... Will wonders never cease?

  • June 7, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    teddy artery


    These are bold new days, led by CHOPPAH and Quint. AICN will be glorious again, you'll see. Save your doubts for Badass Digest. Thus spake CHOPPAH-thustra.

  • June 7, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Indianapolis Speech

    by MrMojok

    So, has this finally put to rest the rumors that Shaw himself did the last-minute touches on the Indianapolis speech? I have read several places that Benchley and Gottlieb were not completely happy with it right up to the point where they were going to shoot it, and Shaw made some changes that everyone loved.

  • June 7, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Thank you so much for a really good interview!

    by Schnorbitz

  • June 7, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    The Terminal

    by mr_bellamy

    Everything else about Steven Spielberg has already been said a hundred times over, in this talkback and elsewhere, other than that people don't talk enough about this great and criminally abused movie. One of my favorite Spielberg movies, one of my ten favorite comedies ever, one of Tom Hanks' best performances, one of John Willams' best scores, a truly magnificent set by Alex McDowell, beautiful natural lighting by Janusz Kaminski. I firmly believe it would have been considered a masterpiece had anyone else in the world directed it.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Quint, will you have my baby?

    by Roger Moon

  • June 7, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Jaws 2

    by pr0g2west

    Jurassic Park was the REAL Jaws 2

  • June 8, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    The Terminal really isn't bad

    by D.Vader

    Its light and fluffy, and I really enjoy it. I dig John Williams' score for it too.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I went to see Jaws 2 four times when I was ten...

    by workshed

    ...and really enjoyed it. Now I hate it. There you go. C'est la vie.

  • June 8, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    A audio comentary IS talking about movies. and since Spielberg is so open in talking about them, it's weird to say the elast why he doesn't do them. Made worst by the very faulty reasons he uses to not do so.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    The Terminal is a moive i'll never bother to watch

    by AsimovLives

    Unless i start dating a hot and super cool girl who is very insistent that we should watch it together. Otherwise, no thanks. I have absolutly no inteest in it whatsoever. And then there's the fact that the movie is based on a real event that happened IN FRANCE, and ther's barely any resemblance of that in the final movie. Yeah, god forbid an american produced movie be set in a country abroad where most of the cast isn't playing american characters.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Asi, it was *inspired* by a similar event

    by D.Vader

    Its not based on the event, its inspired. Setting it in France would have been a terrible idea.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The very reason this site should exist.......

    by Madmacks because of moments like this which surpass anything else ive ever read on this site since ive been coming here. Excellent interview asking lots straight to the point questions. Steven Spielberg should absoloutly make a movie about the USS Indianapolis based on Doug Stanton's 'In Harm's Way', this would allow him to return to Jaws territory without pissing all over it's legacy. If Spielberg only made one more movie this should be it! Quint you are without a doubt my favorite contributer on here......keep up the great work man.

  • June 8, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint

    by Shaner Jedi

    you need to meet up with Spielberg again upon the release of Tintin and War Horse. He said you should talk more often. There's your invite.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Perhaps Steven's unwillingness to do commentary

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    is inspired by his old friend Stanley Kubrick, who when asked to explain 2001 answered with: "How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." Makes sense to me. Though that doesn't mean that I wouldn't love to hear their commentary on either of their multiple legendary films.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Absolutely AMAZING interview, Quint - THANK YOU!!!

    by dasheight

    And I love the way you put it together with the clips and the audio, giving the reader a real experience. Thank you for your work

  • June 8, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed that interview.

    by hallmitchell

    Does S.S. read all your stuff? Interesting!

  • June 8, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Great interview with HW's God Quint.well done.

    by KilliK

  • June 8, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Quint harass him bout the jaws sequel

    by johnnyg korrupt

    Quint really get on his back about it. The more he thinks about it and gets his creative juices flowing about it, the more chance he might have to jump in and make it. We should start a movement to get him to do it. Actually lets do the same with David Lynch about Twin Peaks.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Gunnzilla

  • June 8, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by Gunnzilla

    that interview reminded me how cool Spielberg is

  • June 9, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    The Terminal is underrated

    by pr0g2west

    It could have been boring as hell...but Spielberg can direct a phone book and make it interesting.

  • June 9, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Great Stuff Quint!

    by fang

    Thanks for this, it was a great read - appreciated!

  • June 9, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    If you're reading this, Mr. Spielberg ...

    by Behemoth

    ... thank you for the woefully underrated A.I. The entire end sequence is one of the most moving things I've ever seen on film ... the music, the performances, the visuals, the narrative. Breaks me up terribly every time. And thank you for "Mister. M-I-S-T-E-R ... period." And thank you for .....

  • June 9, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    There's nothing wrong with Temple of Doom

    by darthvedder81

    Like ROTJ and CRUSADE I only found out I was "supposed" to hate it when the Internet started to tell me that. TOD lacks the freshness and romance of RAIDERS but as a straight-up pulpy action-adventure it's the better of the two movies. It might be the best action movie ever made.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Quint I couldn't agree more about the The Indianapolis Speech

    by Ruester

    Encore has been playing Jaws on rotation for some time now and every time I see that scene, no matter what I'm doing at the time, it stops me dead in my tracks.

  • June 9, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I love Spielberg, for so many reasons..

    by Candy

    If I had one would be to shake this marvelous man's hand. He's just so authentic, so real. He's a perfect balance of fun child and maturity. Take the Goonies for example, and then fast forward to film Shindlers List. Even his name resonates his character..Spielberg meaning: playful mountain..hence the opening also for the Indy movies..: ) This man truly transcribes his life to film..take notice. He has inspired my decades long study of the holocaust, I've met people who have survived death camps..and have taken in numerous oral histories of Jewish survivors..I can in all honesty say that this one director, this one man has given me a gift of dreams and inspirations for a lifetime through his movies - I grew up wanting to become an archaeologist, but now work in the library..I still sit there at work and remember the x never marks the spot scene when the librarian slams the stamp. Steven has also given me the very serious gift of understanding humanity, through my ongoing studies that his film inspired and how the most important lesson to learn in life is one simple gesture: kindness. I dream to shake his hand, and I guess I'd say thank you..

  • June 10, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by doom master

    Are you writing your comment because you have something to say or are you writing you comment because there's the off chance that Spielberg is gonna read it and get a laff out of it? or MAYBE hire you to replace Shia Lebeef in the next INdy 5 flick?

  • June 10, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    @ doom master

    by Candy

    Hope you're not referring to me.. One. I'm a girl and would make a sucky replacement for Labeouf. Two. I worked on Indy 4 and it was a dream come whatever. Three. You insult people because you are ignorant and have too much time on your hands or what? Personally, I always think the fans rock, and I detest bitter jerks. So are you a fan or a jerk?

  • June 11, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    THAT'S What I'm Talkin' About

    by Evil Chicken

    Great Stuff. This Spielberg fellow and Quint should talk more often. : ) Again, Great Stuff. Thanks to both men for making it privy to the rest of the GEEK universe.

  • June 11, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Spielberg not making Jaws sequels was a tragedy

    by chien_sale

    Imagine how cool Jaws 2 and 3 might have been. Maybe he should do Meg?

  • June 12, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    by paul lester

    i thought you was going to ask steven if he was there when vic morrow got his head cut off..............

  • June 13, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    36th birthday? What about 30th B-Day for Raiders?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Why, other than being Quint's favorite, is this about Jaws? Isn't this summer the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the lost Ark?

  • June 15, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    You got it. I made the request to talk Jaws, he agreed. Not much to it.

  • June 15, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Dang Quint you track old tb's?

    by orcus

    You're gonna run Orcus out of his job :)

  • June 17, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I just realized about no more digital touch-ups

    by Nem_Wan

    I have no problem with erasing the cobra's reflection in Raiders. The only problem is the reflection was so obvious the first million times I watched the film, I still think about it when I watch the scene without it! Also, they forgot to remove it from Marion's scene with the cobra.

  • June 18, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Quint shows again why's the guy you want interviewing people

    by leo54304

    He combines the fan in us, the pro that asks intelligent questions as well as geting the interviewee to open up. What I like about Quint is his knowledge of hollywood history and how his interviewee's pick up on the fact this guy knows his stuff and they respond with anecdotes you don't from most interviews especially tv ones such as ET. Thats why written interviews are superior to tv ones in that they allow for follow up questions and free form conversation. PS the Angie Dickinson one was another winner. NOW thats a gal you want to have drinks with and talk hollywood history about. Go for it Quint!!

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    A fantastic interview

    by jamie


  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by orcus

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by IrishJoe

    Did he ever tell you about the scene he had in mind for a Jaws sequel???