Check out this incredible and rare on-set Jaws piece, hosted by Peter Benchley!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Sorry for all the Jaws spam in the wake of the big Blu-Ray release, but I just saw something I have to share. Peter Benchley did a preview of Jaws with unique Behind the Scenes interviews and I’ve heard about it for a long while, but thought it was lost to time.
Peter Benchley’s wife has found at least the opening 8 minutes of this video and has posted it online and boy, is it something. Watching Spielberg direct Dreyfuss on the Orca, getting some early thoughts from Spielberg on what the cultural impact of Jaws could be and then, of course, the one on one chat with Robert Shaw wearing a bright yellow Jaws crew shirt… well, this is crack for me and I want you all to become Jaws crackheads like me, so I just had to share it.
Thanks to the great Jim Beller, one of the only people more obsessed with Jaws than I am, for pointing me the wonderful site set up in Peter Benchley’s honor and this spectacular and rare look behind the scenes of my favorite movie.
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Sept. 12, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST
I half expected to see the crew break out into an orgy.
Sept. 12, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST
...where can I find that? XXX Suspiria spoof anyone?
Sept. 12, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST
...needs Redman busting a sixteen on it though.
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST
There's a guy in that doc who collects pinball machines and also happens to collect Jaws memorabilia who could give you a run for your money. The inside of his house is cool as shit.
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST
Robert Shaw is the fuckin' man
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST
Fuckin' cock tease to go with that porn soundtrack
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST
by Sir Loin
Shaw's non-blinking during the Indianapolis speech mimics that of the "lifeless" eyes he ascribes to sharks. Always mesmerizing to watch.
Sept. 13, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST
Quint,did you ever read the TIME magizine article on the 25 anniversity of JAWS?Peter Benchley thought the film was shit until he was at a screening and he looked to his left and saw the dive master freaking out...more JAWS facts below.And im obsessed wit
Steven Speilberg was a young director and Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Schieder thought that Steven Spieilberg didnt know what he was doing.They thought the film was stupid.Robert Shaw was the only one that thought that this was going to be a hit.And Robert Shaw was drunk off his ass during the filming.The scene wear he was really drunk was the boat scene when they were singing.Also,the shark didnt work.It always broke down,thats why we never saw the shark until the end of the film and yes,it made for a dramatic effect.And the shark was named Bruce.
Sept. 13, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST
by Adam Jones
That someone actually died when the mechanical shark bit down on them during the filming of this movie? Don't know where I heard that urban legend but it's always stuck in the back of my mind when I hear people talking about "Jaws".
Sept. 13, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST
Spielberg modestly predicting the box office juggernaut he was about to unleash. Priceless.
Sept. 13, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST
Fuck I never thought of Robert Shaw with an English accent. you only realise how amazing actors like him are when you see them out of character.
Sept. 13, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST
Thanks for this quint, just great seeing Robert Shaw talking about the movie and seeing the direction from Steven, loved it just wished it went on for an hour longer. I think that not having much on Robert Shaw in the blu ray release of TSISW or the 2 hour documentary was pretty poor, hopefully they will release the full version of TSISW eventually!
Sept. 13, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST
Robert-Fucking-Shaw: One of the most legendary, scene-stealing actors of the twentieth century. Ran away with "Jaws" and literally kicked connery's ass in "From Russia With Love". Pure gold. Nice little retro doc. Shame it comes to an abrupt stop.
Sept. 13, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST
..but I still love it. Spielberg, Benchley and Co should really do more for shark preservation though...
Sept. 13, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST
Sept. 13, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST
That was really awesome. Cool to see Shaw looking like Quint, but speaking with a proper British accent.
Sept. 13, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
Just curious about what you thought. I thought '05 was better
Sept. 13, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST
Sept. 13, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST
For some reason I was under that impression anyhow...
Sept. 13, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Sept. 13, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST
It was so laid back and, yes, funky. Although Spielberg sort of came off like a dick. "What kind of movie are you making?" "IT'S A SHARK MOVIE." ::smarm face::
Sept. 13, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST
Next time I'm boning the wife I'm sure it'll be playing in my mind.
Sept. 13, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST
by josh hubanks
I've spent many an idle hour scouring the net for on-the-set Jaws footage like this. Always feels like Christmas when something new turns up. Thanks for sharing, man.
Sept. 13, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST
You can hear little bits of where he was born and places he grew up; Lancashire, Cornwall and Ireland. Every now and then. Mixed in with Quint's native Boston accent.
Sept. 13, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST
He was born in Westoughton which is a mile away from where i live. There is a street called Robert Shaw Street in the next town called 'Leigh'. Shaw is a legend and one hell of an actor...On another note George Formby's house is in the next street to me... Welcome to Wigan, Home of the stars..
Sept. 13, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST
Sept. 14, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST
I love Jaws. Best. Film. Ever. I still can't go in the water.
Sept. 15, 2012, 4:04 a.m. CST
all over the place!
Sept. 15, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST
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