February 26th 2009 00:45
Steven Speilberg’s landmark movie changed the course of Hollywood moviemaking. Jaws became the first serious event movie. The term “blockbuster” was coined in the wake of Jaws’ phenomenal box office success. Before Jaws the five biggest money-earners had been The Godfather ($85 million), The Sound of Music ($84m), Gone With the Wind ($70m), The Sting ($68m) and The Exorcist ($66m). Jaws broke the $100 million mark. And that was just in America, before even foreign sales had been made.
Robert Shaw as Quint
The captain always goes down with the boat
The curiously unscary novel cover art
If you’ve never seen Jaws do yourself a popcorn favour and check out just how clever Steven Spielberg was so early in his career. In retrospect he describes himself as “young, courageous and stupid”, but he’s just being humble (although he was nearly fired off the movie). It’s only time before Jaws is remade, and even if they make the shark look ten times more realistic with state-of-the-art special effects, I cannot see any director coming close to bettering the pure cinema of the original.
Here's the original trailer:
Here's an original TV spot:
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