Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JAWS Opened on 464 Screens in The U.S. and Canada on This Date in 1975

"Y'know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'... until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then... oh, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin', the ocean turns red, and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces."–Quint
I can't overestimate the imapct JAWS had on me as pre-teen. Both beautifully scripted and photographed,  JAWS offered a master class in how to keep a budget from getting in the way of a good story.  I had seen plenty of low-budget horror and sci-fi by then, but in those flicks, the victims were generally vilified well in advance. Jaws killed at random and without remorse.

In addition to taking home three Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Picture, JAWS was the first major motion picture title to be released for home viewing on the the then nascent LaserDisc format. That alone speaks volumes.

Sidenote: Apparently, the original artwork for the one-sheet poster has been missing for decades

Steven Spielberg,  Peter Benchley, Roy Scheider,  Martin Brody, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, blockbuster, Brucie, Universal