Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro)

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Lena
04/16/2010

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 5

I'm not sure which came first, Jaws or America's obsession with being afraid of shark attacks, despite their rarity, but I'm willing to give at least some credit to Jaws for the existence of Shark Week.

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Djahuti
04/16/2010

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 2

I remember toy stores being flooded with rubber sharks when it came out.

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irishgit
08/30/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 4

Was impressed when this came out, but having seen it a few times since, it hasn't aged well, although Robert Shaw is well worth every scene.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying this is a bad film, it simply doesn't live up to my memories of seeing it for the first time.

Had a terrific impact on popular culture, which still continues. There are a number of popular idioms in common use today which are derived from the movie, and I suspect many who use them are unaware of the origins.

As Oscar points out, it also gave rise to an endless series of killer animal films, all of which ran the gamut from wretched to putrid. Most of them had one word titles, trying to be as similar to "Jaws" as possible.

So the gullible movie-goer was faced with films like "Paws" (Killer tigers) "Maws" (killer piranhas) "Caws" (killer crows) "Dows" (killer stock-brokers, "Laws" (killer lawyers)
"Rahs" (killer cheerleaders)

Ok, I'm kidding, mostly. But pretty much every animal that could kill, and a few that had to work at it, got their moment of stardom.

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XAgent
08/29/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 5

I didn't see this movie till I was thirteen and it made me glad I live no where near an ocean.

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Jamie McBain
08/29/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 5

Thanks to this film, I never swim in open water. The idea that a shark could attack me, still scares me after all of these years.

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edt4
01/14/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 4

Very good movie, very effective thriller, and probably the only movie Spielberg ever did that I genuinely enjoy to this day (although even here, he can't seem to dispense with his ubiquitous annoying kids and/or cloying "cuteness"...Richard Dreyfuss is ordinarily a good actor, but he's excruciating here). I could be out of line here, or misinformed, but I've always blamed this movie, despite my enjoyment of it, for the decline of the movie industry. Before this, you had your blockbuster extravaganzas, your "arty" films, your dependable genre pictures, your low-budget travesties and interesting oddities, your drive-in features, etc. etc. In other words, there was at least SOME diversity in movies. After "Jaws", every movie that came out had to have a multi-million(s) dollar budget and absolutely had to succeed in a very demonstrable way at the box-office, or it was deemed a failure. It got to a point where the failure of just one movie like "Heaven's Gate" could destroy a studio; not surprising, given the increasingly obscene quanitites of money invested in any given project. Forget about artistic integrity or taking chances, and forget movies that might be somewhat depressing or provocative or non-conformist. After "Jaws", a cinematic "failure" was viewed strictly in financial terms. Since Spielberg was the template for a successful Hollywood block-buster, every film that came out had to follow that pattern. Inevitably upbeat theme, even if it was a film about slavery or spousal abuse; invariably happy and/or uplifting endings; precocious kids and likable, non-threatening actors; superficial or imitative themes...Hey, if one story proves successful, let's recycle it on ad nauseum and milk every dollar we can out of it. Not that Spielberg's vision of the world isn't necessarily valid, artistically or otherwise, but why, in a culture that constantly crows on about its diversity and "freedom" of expression, does it have to be the only vision? Because it makes money, big money, and that's the ultimate bottom line, our pretensions to the contrary. Not to be too simplistic...the Hollywood system assuredly would have changed as America itself has changed, and not for the better, with or without Spielberg. But for me, "Jaws" was sort of the beginning of the end.

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GenghisTheHun
01/12/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 5

This is absolutely a cult film that embedded itself into popular culture. The theme music is instantly recognizable and you hear it all the time. Remember the "Land Shark" routine on SNL? We constantly hear allusions to "afraid to go into the water."

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oscargamblesfr o
01/12/2007

Jaws (1975) (thanks oscargamblesfro) 5

Briefly the best selling American film (between "The Godfather" and "Star Wars" it held that title.) Inspired a host of awful ripoffs with killer animals of all sorts, as well as progressively awful sequels. Funny and witty dialogue in my view, and one of the best things Spielberg has ever done. Robert Shaw was absolutely terrific, and Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Murray Hamilton were also superb- Hamilton's mayor is one of the great supporting actor slimeballs of film. What's notable about it is that, as a book, it simply wasn't very good, a not very well written book with an obvious debt to "Moby Dick." However, it is one of those rare fine films that are based off mediocre or bad books- it's usually the other way around. I saw this in a long gone drive- in theatre when I was still just 4, not the best idea my folks ever had! And all of the cliches about people on the coasts being afraid to go in the water may be trite nowadays, but they were true then, believe me.

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