History Trivia / Jaws

5th Feb '18 6:25:10 PM igordebraga
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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 Nathaniel 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''.Leviathan'' (the pattern of the last made Benchley eventually choose simply ''Jaws''). When Benchley couldn't think of a title in the first place, his father Nathaniel suggested the substantially less serious ''What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg''.



* CreatorCameo: Peter Benchley plays a reporter, and the radio voice that comes in the ''Orca'' is Spielberg himself.



** 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!

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** 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 According to Spielberg, "we would shoot five scenes in a good day, three in an average day, and none in a bad day", given the mechanical shark sank to the bottom malfunctioning often (Dreyfuss stated that 'the shark is not working!' was one of the ocean on its first day, forcing a team of divers to retrieve it, most heard phrases in the production radio), Robert Shaw being drunk and hostile, 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, technical problems of shooting at sea. Disgruntled crewmen were calling the film "Flaws", and that one time seeing the ship began sinking with the main actors aboard. While these disasters did force Creator/StevenSpielberg sing "Show Me The Way to be creative and contributed to Go Home" made some of them cry as the film's success (famously, he only [[NothingIsScarier hinted at song translated how they were feeling after the shark's presence]] for most of the film), ''Jaws'' still wound up movie went $5 million over budget (that was a lot back in 1974) and behind schedule - what was initially meant to be extended from a 55-day shoot ended up at to 159 days. Spielberg even thought he would never work again because of how screwed the thing was!
30th Nov '17 2:36:25 PM fruitstripegum
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** Quint buying piano wire for his fishing pole and "encouraging" a boy playing a clarinet.

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** Quint buying piano wire for his fishing pole and "encouraging" a boy playing a clarinet.clarinet (and by encouraging we mean yelling at the kid).
9th Nov '17 4:09:53 PM Silvermoon424
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** The attack on Alex Kitner was originally going to be even ''more'' gruesome and terrifying. Originally, [[http://ihorror.com/rare-image-from-jaws-production-is-pure-nightmare-fuel/ it was planned that the shark would rise from the depths]] and gobble up Alex in plain sight. It was scrapped for being too graphic, and the film went with a NothingIsScarier approach where the attack isn't clearly shown. However, the scene ''was'' filmed at some point, and there's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEQQ9N8XIAICoFi.jpg:large a truly creepy picture showing what it would have looked like.]]
8th Nov '17 5:56:46 AM Evighet
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** An inadvertent example--the attack on Chrissie is simulated by having her pulled to and fro by ropes tethered to her torso. Unfortunately, one of the ropes was pulled too hard, breaking a rib. Those screams of pain and terror are ''real''.
30th Sep '17 4:33:08 PM ClintEastwood
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* UncreditedRole: Creator/JohnMilius did uncredited work on the script.
5th Sep '17 10:56:43 AM ClintEastwood
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* HostilityOnTheSet: The relationship between Robert Shaw and Creator/RichardDreyfuss was notoriously antagonistic. Roy Scheider described Shaw as "a perfect gentleman whenever he was sober. All he needed was one drink and then he turned into a competitive son-of-a-bitch."
** On one occasion, Shaw was having a drink between takes, at which one point he announced, "I wish I could quit drinking." Much to the surprise and horror of the crew, Dreyfuss simply grabbed Shaw's glass and tossed it into the ocean.
** Dreyfuss claimed that although Shaw could be very nice to him in private, such as the time he read Dreyfuss his entire play, ''The Man in the Glass Booth'', while the two were sitting in the hold of the Orca, publicly he was brutal to him, telling him things like he thought Dreyfuss would only have a career "if there's room for another Jewish character man like Paul Muni." At one point, Shaw, remarking loudly on what he said was Dreyfuss' cowardice, dared him to climb to the top of the Orca's mast (about 75 feet) and jump off into the ocean, for which he would pay him upwards of $1,000 (the price rising with each taunt). Creator/StevenSpielberg finally intervened by telling Dreyfuss, "I don't care how much money he offers you, you're not jumping off the mast, not in my movie."
** Another time, Shaw drenched Dreyfuss with a fire hose. Dreyfuss yelled at him, "That's it, I don't want to work with you anymore, go fuck yourself" and stormed off the set for the day.


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* MoneyDearBoy: Robert Shaw initially turned down the film, as he didn't like the film. He also owed money to the IRS.


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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Creator/RichardDreyfuss famously quipped that filming started without a script, without a cast and without a shark.
16th Aug '17 5:25:31 PM ajbit26
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** Quint buying a piano wire and berating the boy in the music shop.

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** Quint buying a piano wire for his fishing pole and berating the "encouraging" a boy in the music shop.playing a clarinet.



** 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.

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** 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; truck.
** Ellen talking to Hooper over dinner about a documentary she saw on sea lions.



** 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.

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** There was an added scene shot for the fourth victim that showed him seemingly being pushed be by 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.
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.
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