Yes, I'm serious!
I've watched this film dozens of times (there was one point during my childhood where I had it memorized) and never get tired of it.
I wrote Jaws 5 (it was horrible...but I was a kid)
I begged my mom to get me the same sneakers Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfus's character) wore on the boat (she did). They're 10 seconds into the clip below if you want to pick yourself up a pair.
I wanted to be a marine biologist for a while. I told my brother I wanted to be the first person to swim into the Jaws of a great white shark (he told on me).
I wanted to be a filmmaker for a while too!
It got me writing.
Okay....here are the ten reasons.
Quick disclaimer: these are from the mind of a pre-teen boy (my wife will argue that mind still prevails inside my head) so cut me some slack!
The book, by Peter Benchley, was awesome!
I was hooked from the first sentence.
"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail."
Directed by none other than Stephen Spielberg.
I realize Jaws came out before Spielberg was a big-shot but my parent's didn't let me watch it until after Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies (I know, he didn't direct...but he was a writer) and E.T. came out so I was already a fan by the time I saw it.
The monster is real.
Never before had I been so frightened by something that actually existed. Freddy Krueger, Mama Fratelli, Colonel Decker and Gargamel were all fictitious characters -actors in costume.
This bad guy -this shark is out there. According to my eleven-year-old mind, I had a one in five chance of being chewed up by a great white every time I went into the ocean.
Even the music is scary.
Composing genius John Williams's first scoring of a Spielberg film resulted in one of the most easily identifiable movie soundtracks...ever. Have a listen if you've forgotten.
Williams went on to win more awards than you can shake a stick at (including 5 Oscars including one for the Jaws score which, was later ranked the 6th greatest score EVER by the American Film Institute).
Great actor: Close Encounters, What about Bob?, Mr. Holland's Opus. Need I say more?
|Dreyfuss in Jaws|
One of the greatest scenes in film...ever
Robert Shaw played the greatest character in the film. From the moment you first hear him speak, you believe he is a shark fisherman. Perfect casting, perfect acting. 22 seconds in is when Shaw begins.
Robert Shaw was also a novelist! (thanks Wikipedia)
Shaw then embarked on a trilogy of novels – The Flag (1965), The Man in the Glass Booth (1967) and A Card from Morocco (1969); it was his adaptation for the stage of The Man in the Glass Booth that gained him the most attention for his writing.
Film Budget: 9 Million
Box office take $470,653,000 in 1975!!!
It almost didn't happen
Jaws was plagued with production disasters throughout the filming. This awesome documentary chronicles many of the problems.