History Trivia / Jaws

21st Jul '17 1:27:11 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* FountainOfExpies: As [[http://jabootu.net/?p=586 this review]] notes, Jaws inspired hundreds of killer animal movies, with Quint and Vaughn being the source (or at least the codifiers) for a large number of imitations.
19th Jul '17 5:48:49 AM arseyman
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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''. When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Gabriel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.

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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''. When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Gabriel Nathaniel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.
4th Jun '17 12:34:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* HarsherInHindsight: In 2010 when the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheik experienced killer shark attacks it pretty much used the plot of Jaws as its guide, including denying the problem, resisting closing the beaches, reluctantly closing them after a near shore attack, killing the wrong shark and declaring it the right one despite clear evidence to the contrary, re-opening the beaches with a fanfare declaring them safe, then having more attacks take place. After that the shark simply left of its own accord, perhaps it was GenreSavvy enough to know what came next in film.
2nd Jun '17 12:48:00 PM GoblinCipher
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* {{Defictionalization}}: In 2010 when the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheik experienced killer shark attacks it pretty much used the plot of Jaws as its guide, including denying the problem, resisting closing the beaches, reluctantly closing them after a near shore attack, killing the wrong shark and declaring it the right one despite clear evidence to the contrary, re-opening the beaches with a fanfare declaring them safe, then having more attacks take place. After that the shark simply left of its own accord, perhaps it was GenreSavvy enough to know what came next in film.


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* HarsherInHindsight: In 2010 when the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheik experienced killer shark attacks it pretty much used the plot of Jaws as its guide, including denying the problem, resisting closing the beaches, reluctantly closing them after a near shore attack, killing the wrong shark and declaring it the right one despite clear evidence to the contrary, re-opening the beaches with a fanfare declaring them safe, then having more attacks take place. After that the shark simply left of its own accord, perhaps it was GenreSavvy enough to know what came next in film.
19th May '17 12:40:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Spielberg's first choice to play Quint was Creator/LeeMarvin, who thanked him but replied that he would rather go fishing. Spielberg then wanted Creator/SterlingHayden, but he was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid tax. Creator/RoberrtMitchum and Creator/OliverReed also turned it down.

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** Spielberg's first choice to play Quint was Creator/LeeMarvin, who thanked him but replied that he would rather go fishing. Spielberg then wanted Creator/SterlingHayden, but he was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid tax. Creator/RoberrtMitchum Creator/RobertMitchum and Creator/OliverReed also turned it down.
19th May '17 12:38:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CastTheExpert:
** Ben Gardner was played by local fishermen, farmer and eccentric Craig Kingsbury. Creator/StevenSpielberg described Kingsbury as "the purest version of who, in my mind, Quint was", and some of his offscreen utterances were incorporated into the script as lines of Gardner and Quint.
** The medical inspector was played by a real doctor, Robert Nevin.



* DeletedScene: Scenes cut from the film:
** Brody feeding the dogs in the kitchen.
** An alternate discovery of Chrissie's remains, with Brody forcing a reluctant Cassidy to identify her.
** Mayor Vaughn trying to get Brody to do something about the kids karate-ing fences while on the car ferry.
** Quint buying a piano wire and berating the boy in the music shop.
** On the way to cut open the tiger shark, Hooper tells Brody about a $1200 phone bill and a girl who liked phone sex.
** Mrs. Kintner coming out of the town hall with her father after posting the reward notice and passing Quint who is getting out of his truck; ** Ellen talking to Hooper over dinner about a documentary she saw on sea lions.
** The shark hunters' flotilla battles amongst itself to pull up a tiger shark to claim the bounty.
** There was an added scene shot for the fourth victim that showed him seemingly being pushed be the shark as he grabs Michael Brody and attempts to drag him down with him before dying and letting him go. Creator/StevenSpielberg decided that the scene should be cut because he felt that it was too bloody and in bad taste.
** On the laserdisc version, there is an additional scene where Quint and his little friend are talking in a boathouse. His friend tells him he's not going with him to hunt the shark. Quint responds by calling him a "miserable little son of a bitch."



* TroubledProduction: An unusual case; it seems that the more troubled the production of each film was, the better it turned out. The original film barely even got made at all due to the numerous troubles they had with the weather and the mechanical shark, yet is easily the best of the series. The second had a massively problematic start, but things eventually smoothed out during filming, and it ended up a decent film. The third's production problems were mostly limited to the challenges of working in 3-D, and the resulting film was... pretty bad. ''The Revenge'' had the smoothest production of all the ''Jaws'' films by far -- and yet it ended up the absolute worst film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Spielberg's first choice to play Quint was Lee Marvin.

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* TroubledProduction: TroubledProduction:
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An unusual case; it seems that the more troubled the production of each film was, the better it turned out. The original film barely even got made at all due to the numerous troubles they had with the weather and the mechanical shark, yet is easily the best of the series. The second had a massively problematic start, but things eventually smoothed out during filming, and it ended up a decent film. The third's production problems were mostly limited to the challenges of working in 3-D, and the resulting film was... pretty bad. ''The Revenge'' had the smoothest production of all the ''Jaws'' films by far -- and yet it ended up the absolute worst film.
** Creator/RichardDreyfuss basically summed it up as follows: "We started the film without a script, without a cast and without a shark." The full model mechanical shark sank to the bottom of the ocean on its first day, forcing a team of divers to retrieve it, and all three models frequently malfunctioned due to exposure to salt water. Add to that the occasionally soaked cameras, ruined takes because unwanted sailboats drifted into frame, and that one time the ship began sinking with the actors aboard. While these disasters did force Creator/StevenSpielberg to be creative and contributed to the film's success (famously, he only [[NothingIsScarier hinted at the shark's presence]] for most of the film), ''Jaws'' still wound up $5 million over budget (that was a lot back in 1974) and behind schedule - what was initially meant to be a 55-day shoot ended up at 159 days. Spielberg even thought he would never work again because of how screwed the thing was!
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The original introduction for Quint had him in the local movie theater watching ''Literature/MobyDick'' starring Creator/GregoryPeck. Quint was to be sitting at the back of the theater, laughing so loudly at the absurd special effects of the whale that he drove the other viewers to exit the theater. Eventually, Quint would be discovered sitting by himself. Spielberg says that the only thing that stopped him from doing that scene was Peck, who held part of the rights to that movie. When Spielberg approached him for permission to use the footage, Peck turned him down, not because he thought it was a bad idea to use the film that way, but because Peck did not like his performance in the film and did not want the film seen again.
** Spielberg considered Creator/CharltonHeston for Brody, before deciding that if Heston would have been cast, it signifies to the audience that the shark has virtually no chance against the hero. Creator/GeneHackman was also considered.
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Spielberg's first choice to play Quint was Lee Marvin.Creator/LeeMarvin, who thanked him but replied that he would rather go fishing. Spielberg then wanted Creator/SterlingHayden, but he was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid tax. Creator/RoberrtMitchum and Creator/OliverReed also turned it down.
** Creator/JeffBridges, Timothy Bottoms, Creator/JonVoight and Jan-Michael Vincent were considered for the role of Hooper. Creator/KevinKline was offered the role and told Spielberg that he knew someone who was an oceanographer and thought he could play one. Spielberg then told him "I don't want someone who knows someone who is an oceanographer, I want someone who is an oceanographer".
** Creator/PeterBenchley's choices for whom to cast in the film were Creator/RobertRedford, Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/SteveMcQueenActor.
** Creator/MichaelWinner, fresh from his success with ''Film/DeathWish'', was considered to direct.
** Spielberg thought of an alternate ending where after the shark is blown up, Brody would look up to see several shark fins.



* The original classic is on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Movies List.]] He was unsurprisingly unfond of the other three, even giving ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' a zero star rating, indicating that movie offended him.

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* The original classic is on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Movies List.]] He was unsurprisingly unfond of the other three, even giving ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' a zero star rating, indicating that the movie offended him.
14th Mar '17 6:34:53 AM darthpaul
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** Quint's rant to Brody about getting the Mayor off his back so he wouldn't "have any more of this zoning crap" reflects the fact that the real-life town of Martha's Vineyard almost didn't allow the building of the set for Quint's shack due to zoning regulations, only allowing a variance at the last minute... then ironically wanted the production to leave it standing as a tourist attraction afterwards. They refused, pointing out that under the town's own laws they would have to pay daily fines for failing to tear down the set.
28th Jan '17 11:12:47 AM arseyman
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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.

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* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.
Leviathan''. When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Gabriel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.
27th Jan '17 5:26:07 AM Upgrader
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** Quint's ''Indianapolis'' speech was only recorded because the crew was waiting around for "Bruce" to be repaired, so Spielberg added more dialogue to keep from wasting so much shooting-time. It wound up being ''the'' dramatic high point of the film.
** Hooper was SparedByTheAdaptation because when shooting scenes with actual sharks in Australia, there was that great take of the shark rolling on top of an shark cage - but it was empty (the stuntman had fled for his life).

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** Quint's ''Indianapolis'' speech speech, generally considered the dramatic high point of the entire film, was only recorded because the crew was waiting around for "Bruce" to be repaired, repaired (again), so Spielberg added more dialogue to keep from wasting so much shooting-time. It wound up being ''the'' dramatic high point of the film.
** Hooper was SparedByTheAdaptation because when shooting scenes in Australia with actual sharks in Australia, and a miniature cage and diver, there was that great take of the shark rolling on top of an the shark cage - but it was empty (the stuntman had fled for his life).life). So instead of the shark tearing Hooper to pieces (per the novel), the filmmakers changed the script to have Hooper escape and survive.



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30th Oct '16 3:58:28 PM erforce
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!!The novel:
* CreatorBacklash: During interviews later in his career, Creator/PeterBenchley claimed he came to regret writing the novel when he learned about the growing worldwide fear of sharks, and he felt his book and its film version had led to massive shark overfishing that was driving several species close to extinction. He became a vocal ocean conservation activist to make up for it, and remained so until his death. His later book ''The Beast'' even features the hero ranting in his head about how much damage the film has done.
* OldShame: The movie's popularity turned the book into this for Peter Benchley. The movie set off a wave of paranoia about going to the beach as well as a renewed spate of shark-hunting that drove various species almost to the point of extinction. Benchley lamented that he would never have written the book had he actually ''known anything about sharks'' and that they weren't like the monster about which he had written.
* WorkingTitle: ''The Stillness in the Water'', ''Leviathan Rising'', ''The Jaws of Death'' and ''The Jaws of Leviathan''.



* CreatorBacklash: During interviews later in his career, PeterBenchley claimed he came to regret writing the original novel when he learned that the worldwide fear of sharks he felt his book and the film version created had led to massive shark overfishing that was driving several species close to extinction. He became a vocal ocean conservation activist to make up for it, and remained so until his death. His later book ''The Beast'' even features the hero ranting in his head about how much damage the film has done.



* OldShame: The movie's popularity turned the book into this for Peter Benchley. The movie set off a wave of paranoia about going to the beach as well as a renewed spate of shark-hunting that drove various species almost to the point of extinction. Benchley lamented that he would never have written the book had he actually ''known anything about sharks'' and that they weren't like the monster about which he had written.
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