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If you read the book "Jaws" by Peter Benchley, you would probably have agreed that it would make a great movie. But, no one could have anticipated that a mechanical shark could have inspired so much fear in beachgoers that they avoided the nation's beaches for months.
Who knew that a movie with a budget of a mere $9 million would end up grossing over $470 million (the highest ever until the release of "Star Wars" in 1977)? In fact, the movie almost made back its production costs in the first weekend.
"Jaws" pushed movie boundaries in several ways, mainly in its use of suspense. However, the technique Spielberg used in the movie wasn't intentional, but rather the result of those crazy mechanical sharks. Unfortunately for Spielberg, the sharks did not always cooperate, often refusing to work at all, so he was forced to use sound, specifically music, to let viewers know that the shark was near. This type of suspenseful play was a technique used heavily by Alfred Hitchcock, and it certainly worked for Spielberg... and millions of viewers.
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Much of the filming was done on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
The town's merchants look forward to the influx of tourist dollars from the holiday.
His wife tries to teach him local pronunciation of "yard" and "car" early in the film.
The dog was director Spielberg's own, Elmer.
We see his business advertised on his car as he arrives at the docks in his first scene.
$10,000 is Quint's price for catching the shark.
It's implausible that this draws the shark, as sharks are drawn by irregular and vigorous splashing.
Hooper is immediately skeptical because of the animal's smaller bite radius.
He explains the root of his fear very concisely: "Drowning."
The plate is from Louisiana, suggesting the shark came up from the Gulf.
Given Quint's penchant for drink, showing up staggering would have worked, too.
He's trying to give the mayor an idea of its size.
Hooper dropped the "shot-glass-sized" tooth, and this allows the mayor to be skeptical, and to protect those tourist dollars.
Once in the pond, the shark kills a boater.
Nowadays. it's unlikely someone would be admitted overnight -- but this was prior to HMOs!
"Orca" is a whale. Fun fact: the film's first potential director was passed over for using "shark" and "whale" interchangeably.
Quint thinks Hooper is a city-bred tenderfoot.
Though it's often quoted as "We're," the line is "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
During the exchange, Brody is silent, only once looking sheepishly at his own appendectomy scar.
Quint's monologue about the ship's sinking is one of the movie's high points.
Quint is a glory hound who doesn't want help; Brody is nervous and wants all the help they can get.
Hooper has a dart gun and intends to inject the shark with strychnine.
First the shark tooth, now the gun -- Hooper needs some kind of waterproof lanyard so he can quit dropping things!
The shark is distracted by its continuing attempts to mangle the cage; Hooper slips out the other side.
Quint's death -- with the shark jumping halfway up onto the deck -- is a little hard to swallow. (Sorry!)
An underwater shot shows the bulk of the shark's body sinking to the seafloor like a battleship going down.
The closing shot shows them heading home with Amity Island in the near distance.
The finall toll: Chrissy the skinny-dipper, little Alex Kintner, the man seen in the broken boat, the boater in the pond, and Quint.
His drinking caused some difficulties on set, like when he went "method" and got drunk to deliver his original "USS Indianapolis" monologue.
He and Robert Shaw reportedly didn't get along, which might have been useful in creating tension between their characters.
Often Hollywood films compact the titles of books they adapt, but here, there was no fat to trim.
Benchley was later escorted from the set when he got angry about the movie's unrealistic ending.
There was more than one "Bruce" used in the film.
"Jaws" had its two-note musical motif for the shark, and "Close Encounters" likewise is known for its simple series of five notes.
The string of movies spawned an irrational fear of sharks; novelist Benchley spent a lot of his later life remorsefully working for ocean conservation.