Skip to comments.Watching Jaws
Posted on 06/01/2014 10:49:14 AM PDT by Eddie01
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Camera work exceptional.
As an audio engineer, I appreciate all the intense tactical work. To compile and entire audio/visual masterpiece is nothing short of genius.
This freak show is awesome to behold.
The Thing is another one of my cherished horror movies that aged very well. Both it and Jaws terrified me as a kid. The lifeless eyes on that shark.... Shudder.
Thanks for the invitation. We’ll be right over. You got any beer in the fridge?
The drinking scene in the boat, where Cllint recounts the story of The Indianapolis - one of the best scenes in film history, period.
Spielberg peaked with Jaws, it’s been downhill ever since.
Hell yeah, and you and all the other Freepers are welcome!
Also contains one of the best few minutes of acting ever committed to cellulose. Everyone who’s seen it knows what I’m talking about.
So did Dreyfuss.
I’m not exactly sure what scene, but I will say, Robert Shaw was a heck of an actor, and he left us way too soon.
Funny thing is that the mechanical shark ALWAYS broke down every day, which added to the cost of the production.
You have to be talking about the opening scene. The scariest of the whole movie.
I don't know--I liked Duel better.
its been downhill ever since.
Duel was great, too. But I would still put Jaws above it, solely because it was on the big screen.
Nowadays, the shark would have been CGI.
Watching Jaws My livingroom my 64” Samsung plasma
“I think we need a bigger TV”
Chrissy gets paraded in the sharks mouth before clining to bouy then cries “somebody help me!” before going under.
still paying this one off... but you’re right.
In the book, Hooper screws Brodie’s wife.
How’s the Kintner boy doing so far?
The beginning scene was shocking, but I was referring to acting. The manner in which Robert Shaw delivered his USS Indianapolis lines was what I was referring to. Most other actors would have overdone it for dramatic effect. Shaw managed to do the scene with a wry smile concealing obvious pain. Masterful acting.
Dealing with creditkarma.com commercials at the moment - Brody with wine bottle at night (opening hunt scene) just starting.
You got that right. And some 30 years later, is it safe to say that E.T. sucked? I never did understand why that movie did so well.
But Jaws was perfection. I think it's a good thing the mechanical shark broke down so much during production because it made the movie that much scarier to only see it a few times.
I never cared much for special effects and the gratuitous drawn-out "action scenes" that dominate so many movies these days. For me, if you don't have a good plot, clever dialogue and appropriate music (soundtrack), you have nothing. No matter how many millions you spend on whiz-bang effects.
I saw that movie in 1975 and it wasn't until around 1982 that I was able to wade out into the ocean over my waist again.
Then he gets eaten by the star of the story.
That was a joke. Bigger boat etc.
Went to my favorite appliance salesman to replace a warranted fridge.
He had a sony tv. 70 something inches. 3D was $7000 but was close out priced for $3000. He was playing a Egypt travel documentary in 2D and you could read the British graffiti from the 1800s scrawled into the rock and not see a pixel with your eyes 3” from the screen. Amazing. I’d like to check out 3d programming on it.
Hooper? I would have cut that too.
got it. loved it.
I’m going to be conservative and say I’ve watched that movie 30 times. The only other movie I have watched as many times is “The GOdfather”
Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, a.. a eating machine. It is really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks.
Saw the movie when it first came out...
I think it was Drefuess who has his hand dangling over the side of the boat when the shark suddenly jumps up out of the water...
It happens so fast and so sudden that I clapped my hands together in fright...
unfortunately I was holding a bag of popcorn between my hands and when I clapped my hands the contents went flying up in the air and out for rows...
cries and gasps of “Oh” from scared patrons being rained on with popcorn “sharks” added to the experience..
my husband mumbled that he was never going to buy me popcorn ever again...
“The drinking scene in the boat, where Cllint recounts the story of The Indianapolis”
Now that we’re already off topic, I have to say the best movies I like to watch over and over are The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, and Pinnochio.
Coincidentally, I have watched Jaws several times over the last few months as well. It just makes for such a good story to watch with a couple beers and simply kicking back. It’s even better when the kids come into the room and say, “what are you watching? It looks cool. Lemme sit down.” I love to show off things from my past and watch the new ones really get into it.
One of the great aspects of the movie is that it conceivably could have happened...as opposed to some subsequent horror knockoffs in which alligators busted up through sidewalks or orcas blew up castles.
Yes, I was hoping no one would notice ...
The character of Quint was inspired by the remarkable real life Frank Mundus, who caught a 3427 pound great white on rod and reel and a 4500 pound great white with a harpoon.
The greatness of Jaws came in the editing room. Spielberg was intending to make a different movie than what we saw. But he had trouble with the mechanical shark, weather, filming on water, etc. He ran out of budget and time and didn't know if he had enough film to make a movie. But he assembled a movie in the editing room. Even he admits now that what he was intending to do would not have been as good as what's got released.
Wait until you have grandchildren. 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, The Lady and the Tramp, Tangled, Frozen ...
OTOH, I get to cuddle with the kids during the scary parts, and dance with them during the songs and ending credits.
He had a hangover. He tried it the day before drunk. It didn’t work. The whole movie was a disaster from the beginning because nothing went right. The next day and still hungover Shaw delivered his lines about the Indianapolis on the first take. Read the story behind the making of it and you’ll see why they almost didn’t finish the movie. Spielberg thought it would be his LAST movie as a director when the movie was over. Little did he know it would skyrocket him to the front of the line.
I remember the scene underwater when the head popped up. Scared the crap out of me! Great movie. I need to watch it again. Just in time for beach season, too.
LOL, when my kids were little I must have watched The Spongebob Movie about 50 times.
My favorite part of “Jaws” is when Roy Scheider is trying grab the rope that is hooked to the barrels with the long stick. The suspense was a killer. When I first watched the movie in the theater I was holding a coke and when the shark jumped up my hand jerked and some of the coke went flying over the seat behind me.
I saw this in a Jaws special. Not only did he nail it on the first take, he did it all in only one single take.
And then gets eaten out of the shark cage.
Shaw was an amazing actor....He was even good in that dud of a movie “The Battle of the Bulge”.
As for that famous speech:
Steven Spielberg: I owe three people a lot for this speech. Youve heard all this, but youve probably never heard it from me. Theres a lot of apocryphal reporting about who did what on Jaws and Ive heard it for the last three decades, but the fact is the speech was conceived by Howard Sackler, who was an uncredited writer, didnt want a credit and didnt arbitrate for one, but hes the guy that broke the back of the script before we ever got to Marthas 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 its this Indianapolis incident. I said, Howard, whats 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 didnt 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.
This was the result, probably one of the most brilliantly written and best acted movie scenes of all time.
It starts out rather humorous with Quint and Hooper drinking and comparing their scars and Brody having nothing to compare it to.
Then Quint tells them about the Indianapolis.
LOL - I jumped at that scene again last month. My wife laughed her butt off and asked “HOW many times have you seen this? 200??”.
I sheepily mumbled, “ I forgot about that part.”. Dang you, Spielberg.
PS - As an aside, I interviewed Carl Gottlieb on a radio show I used to produce. He was only 1 of only 2 ‘celebrities’ who ever acted like a jerk behind the scenes. I dumped him off the show.