Jaws turns 35
I was just 5 years old when "Jaws" hit the big screen in 1975. I can only imagine how much fun it was to be as a moviegoer back then.
The reason is simple. The public had never seen anything like "Jaws." The summer blockbuster films we're so used to? "Jaws" was the first blockbuster summer movie event.
I wish Universal would re-release my favorite movie of all-time in theaters. Perhaps they'll do so for the 50th anniversary in 2025.
Until then, we'll celebrate the movie that changed the way we view films every five years. It was 35 years this week - June 20, 1975 to be exact - that "Jaws" was released. It never gets old. A few reasons why Jaws is my favorite movie of all-time:
-The film was casted perfectly. Robert Shaw as Quint, Roy Scheider as Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper was a spectacular trifecta, and as good as it gets.
-Less is more when it came to the mechanical shark, which hardly ever worked for the cast. Spielberg's use of the yellow barrels to signify the presence of the great white only added to the suspense.
-The U.S.S. Indianapolis scene by Quint, which is essential to the story and explains the character's disdain for sharks. Riveting stuff.
-Memorable quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
- Mark Podolski