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Awesome: Jaws

The film:

  • The first full view of the shark as it rises from the water behind Chief Brody. Not only do we finally see the face of the beast, but the lack of the shark theme that always accompanied the shark made its appearance even more shocking.
  • In a like manner, the first full-length view of the shark after Hooper goes down in shark cage is at once awesome and terrifying. We get to see just how much of a monster this shark is, as it glides by the cage almost casually, trailing those three barrels as if they were party balloons, to the most fully-realized version of John Williams' famous theme. Hooper's Oh Crap expression is visible through his scuba mask.
  • Quint's famous monologue about what happened to the USS Indianapolis. Unsettling, horrifying, and worst of all based on Real Life. And made even better by Robert Shaw himself having made some additions to the script before filming.
    Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We'd just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it was kinda like old squares in a battle, like you see on a calendar, like you see in the Battle of Waterloo. And the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and sometimes that shark he go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin'... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin' those sharks come in and... they rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin', Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he saw us, a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper here. Anyway he saw us and a few hours later a big fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, 1,100 men went into the water, 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.
  • "Smile, you son of a--" *BANG* *KABOOM!!*
    • Hell, Chief Brody in general. He has the balls to even fight the shark. He kicks it, stabs it, and blows it to kingdom come with a well placed bullet to an air tank he tossed into the shark's mouth. A definite badass.
      • And this is a guy who is terrified of the water even before he knows it contains a 25 foot killer shark.
  • When Quint is being eaten, he grabs a machete and starts stabbing the shark in the head. It doesn't do much, but at least he went down fighting.
  • When city boy Hooper and Working Class Hero Quint compare scars over drinks.

The ride:

  • The skipper, who at first is a distraught mess when it comes to the shark and is a terrible aim, Takes A Level In Badass and shoots the heck out of the shark in the finale.
  • The ride's triumphant ending, where the shark is defeated and the skipper saying to Brody over the radio "Call off those marines, we are coming home!"
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