my all-time favorite movie.
The movie's influence on our culture continues to this day and there is quite a large following of fans who just can't seem to get enough of this timeless classic.
You see, movies today offer us the very latest state-of-the-art digital effects which are becoming more and more impressive as the technology improves. But cool, visual effects will only carry a movie so far. There has to be a quality storyline with clever dialogue, good acting, thrilling scenes, wonderful cinematography, a soulful music score, and most of all, characters you care about.
JAWS had all of these qualities plus a real cool, mechanical shark whose problems and delays to production were a story in of itself. These stories have been well-documented through the years and only add to the lore of JAWS fandom.
If you're a JAWS fan from way back you probably went through the same stages I did these last 30 years. You remember back in '75, you desperately tried to get a ride to see the movie again before it left the theater. Then you waited for years before you could see it again on network television. You suffer through the sequels. JAWS was the first video you rented when you got your first VCR. You dubbed a copy so you could now watch JAWS any time you wanted although half of the intended picture is missing because it's the pan and scan version; the only version available. Years pass and you hear of a documentary on the making of the film but it's on laserdisc and who has one of those players? You get it anyway, rent a laserdisc player and see it in widescreen for the first time since you saw it in the theater. You notice little things about the film that you had never realized before. You watch 2 hours of the cast and crew reminiscing about the film and damn...you're a kid again!
And you're hooked.
You then see it on TBS or TNT or AMC every other week and it's still real tough to change the channel so you don't and then end up watching the "edited for television" version of JAWS again!
Suddenly, more JAWS documentaries are coming out of the woodwork and you still can't get enough!
Well, here's some more!
JAWS is my all-time favorite movie and these are my JAWS Pages:
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JAWS theme art by Roger Kastel