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Jaws (1975)

Cast: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley

Director(s): Steven Spielberg

Language: English

Genre: Horror


From the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg directed this thrill ride of terror. During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York (Roy Scheider), a young university-educated oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a crusty old-time fisherman (Robert Shaw). The film shoo... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on April 14, 2005, 3:27 am
Wow, where to begin?
Scary because it could happen? I saw this when I was 4 (!) and it traumatized me for life. My parents thought I would fall asleep at the drive-in, but they were wrong! I fully remember it. I still have a fear of ocean water and refuse to go water-skiing (Okay, that was Jaws 2). And that scene when they're in the boat at night and Robert Shaw is telling Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss about that ship that went down and how the sharks picked them off one by one...you know the scene! Bone-chilling. And when Shaw gets it....gruesome! Probably my fave horror flick ever.
Deril wrote on April 14, 2005, 4:58 pm
One of the true actual scary movies. Spielberg is a genious. This is one of my favorite Spielberg movies. I wasn't quite as traumatixed as mitch, but yes, it's the type of film which could do that to some. Also, much better than Jaws 4 (starring Michael Caine).
Papamikey wrote on April 15, 2005, 12:33 pm
Mood: Dun dun. Dun dun. DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN...
Probably my favourite scene in this movie is when the man swims out to comfort the kids in the lagoon and you get a top-down shot of the shark coming up from beneath the dark water. The sheer SIZE and PERSPECTIVE of the fish was stunning.

And it subscribes to the "Alien" theory of horror: it's what you DON'T SEE that scares you more than what you DO SEE. You don't actually glimpse the shark until WELL into the movie only clues as to what it does (eats the swimmer, the boy, the dog, etc). The TENSION!!!!


And one of the few films where the accompanying SCORE noticiably ADDS to the tension!!

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on February 16, 2006, 12:26 pm
We're gonna need a bigger pinata stick!

Deril wrote on February 16, 2006, 12:28 pm
These pinata pics are GREAT. I'm sitting in my office laughing my ass off!!
Papamikey wrote on February 16, 2006, 2:05 pm
Do you know what SUX about pinatas these days?!

You no longer WHACK them with sticks!!!!!

I bought one for THE BOY's birthday last year, gave him my hockey stick and let him HAVE AT IT! The thing never busted...10 minutes later a parent of one of the kids came up and showed me that there are STRINGS in the bottom that all the kids grab hold of (co-operatively, of course) and PULL and a door simply opens and all the candy falls out...

MasterWoodsman wrote on February 17, 2006, 1:05 am
Seems like a lot of liberal crap to me. I mean, if an innocent child can't be hurt, what's the point.

Welcome to the new age Mikey: The Protection of Our Children from our Ideals. POCI.

From an evolutionnary standpoint, it's a step backwards.
suaveay wrote on April 19, 2006, 7:49 pm
For me, the scariest scene is where Chief Brody is throwing chopped up fish-bits and blood and gore into the water, bitching about how come the college kid doesn't have to chum, and the shark just appears out of nowhere. It gets me EVERY time, and I KNOW it's coming.

I'm with Mitch - I saw this when I was a kid, it traumatized me, I became a bit of a sharkoholic, reading everything I could about sharks, which was pretty much just enough to fill my imagination with every possible scenario where I could be attacked by sharks. I, to this day, actively dislike and avoid swimming at night, even in a pool.

Lousy stinkin' imagination!
Papamikey wrote on April 19, 2006, 10:07 pm
Deril wrote on April 19, 2006, 11:53 pm
suaveay wrote on April 20, 2006, 8:17 am
Hey, FUCK YOU!!!

(That's me, the King of Comebacks...)
Papamikey wrote on April 20, 2006, 8:58 am
Maybe after a few drinks, if you're lucky, honey...
motleymitch wrote on April 20, 2006, 10:40 am
I dunno Mikey, you ever see Rob after a few drinks...? Kinda looks like Droopy McCool from the Max Rebo band.....

MasterWoodsman wrote on April 22, 2006, 4:07 am
I've seen you BOTH after a "couple of drinks" and I have to say you are both extremely unqualified to make stinging comebacks.

Such is life. Suck It.
motleymitch wrote on June 7, 2010, 10:27 am
This just in!

"There's talk that Universal might be considering a 3D "Jaws" remake -- with comedian Tracy Morgan in the shark-hunter role."

Papamikey wrote on June 7, 2010, 3:15 pm
ODD cosmic co-incidence: we were driving through town the other day and THE GIRL noted that the Mayfair was playing "Jaws" and she realllly wanted to see it. She said she wouldn't be scared...I contemplated (for all of 8 nanoseconds) taking her to TEST that theory. Then I just kept driving.


I also read that Quentin Tarantino just greenlit "Kill Bill Vol. 3"
Jefferygn wrote on June 7, 2010, 5:37 pm
But Bill's dead already!
Papamikey wrote on June 8, 2010, 12:42 am
Talk to Quentin...don't go a-yellin' at me!

To make cosmic matters stranger - I load up Yahoo.com today and the headline is how they FOUND the mechanical shark they used in Jaws!

Things really DO come in threes!

Deril wrote on June 8, 2010, 11:06 am
JAWS 3D..again with Tracey morgan.....GOOD NIGHT!
motleymitch wrote on July 19, 2012, 7:47 pm
Ok, I've seen this film a billion times, BUT today was the first time I saw it on a big movie screen since I initially saw it at the drive-in when I was 4 in 1975. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a new-ish theater here in Toronto that caters to festivals and indie-related stuff. They are showing Jaws in a new digitally restored print, and I decided to treat myself. What a great visual and aural experience. I felt like I was watching for the first time - though I knew what was going to happen, I was still biting my nails and getting anxiety attacks. And I keep forgetting how great the dialogue and chemistry is between Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw. You remember the key scenes of course, but there's so many little moments along the way that help set the tone of the film, even some light humour in some of Dreyfuss' banter. And as great as the now-classic soundtrack is, it's the first time I realized there's no music or cues at all during Shaw's final scene, just yelling and screaming. Excellent cinematography too, from window-framed moments in Scheider's home to the sea expanse on the open water to high and low angled POVs on the boat. Also, it just comes off as so much more than a horror film - there's a huge human element here, precision in the craft of shark-fishing, and a real story being told. Most films that followed it insert too many 'jump out at you' scenes for the sake of a quick scare, but Jaws builds and builds on it. Filmmaking doesn't get much better than this.
Papamikey wrote on July 19, 2012, 11:10 pm
He said Aural Experience. Huhuh Hu Huhhuhhuh

Jefferygn wrote on July 20, 2012, 8:27 am
Mitch - you lucky bastard. I was at the TIFF Lightbox when I was in T.O. a few weeks ago (saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 3.5 stars!), and saw the posters for Jaws.

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