We’re going to need a bigger boat this summer as Spielberg’s classic monster movie splashes on to the big screen, 44 years after its original release and looking sharp as ever.
Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water.
One early summer night on the fictional Atlantic resort of Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns.
When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit.
Did you know…..?
Spielberg was not the original director chosen for the film. The first director was fired after a production meeting in which he continually referred to the shark as a whale.
Three mechanical sharks were constructed to play the part of the great white: a “left” and “right” shark for side shots, and a full-sized one. Collectively, the sharks were referred to as Bruce—after Spielberg’s lawyer.
Spielberg was not originally a fan of the film’s now-iconic theme music. The first time he heard John William’s opening track, he laughed at its simplicity. He later conceded that the music made the movie more thrilling.
Among the movie’s biggest fans was Fidel Castro, who reportedly interpreted the shark attacks as symbolic of an attack on American capitalism.
SUMMER OF SPIELBERG
2 August 2019 7:30PM