Behind the Scenes: Jaws, 1975

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In observance of the shark week, why don't we kickoff with some behind the scenes photos of the quintessential shark flick, Steven Spielberg's Jaws from 1975!

Once upon 1975, American movie director, screenwriter, and producer Steven Spielberg unleashed a horror-thriller film that would later be dubbed as a classic summer flick and one of the most terrifying movies of all time. It was Jaws, which grabbed curious moviegoers with its horrifying poster alone.

Photo via Movie Poster

Jaws was based on a novel of the same title by Peter Benchley, and tells about the plight of a fictional summer resort town plagued by attacks of an enormous man-eating great white shark. It was a huge success, and was the first of Spielberg’s films that would become certified box office hits at the time of their release. The lucky shark brought Spielberg not only household name status, but also three Academy Awards and more than $470 million in ticket sales worldwide.

However, the filming of the Spielberg thriller masterpiece was never a breeze, and like its fictional town, was also plagued with tough challenges of its own. The acclaimed filmmaker called the arduous shoot his “professional crucible”, as it was nearly called off due to budget problems and delays.

Now, why don’t we take a look at some interesting behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the epic shark movie? In most of these photos, we see the mechanical sharks the cast and crew lovingly called “Bruce.” There’s also one interesting shot of the young Spielberg fooling around, sitting in Bruce’s jaws!

Photos via Filmfools on Blogspot, Movie Picture DB, Skull Swap on Tumblr, Aint it Cool, Time Photos, and Film Buff Online

Sources and additional readings:
Jaws (film) on Wikipedia

Do you have a terrifying shark tale to rival that of Jaws, or an interesting insight from the time you first saw the movie? Tell us about it throught a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-08-02 in #lifestyle #1975 #behind-the-scenes #thriller #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #jaws #sharks #movie #shark-week

6 Comments

  1. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    I remember seeing this at the drive in back in the day.....and it scared me!

  2. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    I saw it in a drive-in theater too! It may seem kind of campy today, but it was truly scary back in the day!

  3. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    ahh such a masterpiece. and im truly terrified of sharks because of it

  4. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    I remember I wouldn't swim in the ocean unless my dad came along lol

  5. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    I fucking had nightmares every night for 2 years after seing Jaws when I was 8... and still now have a great fear of The Great White !!!

  6. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Like everyone else, I have always been afraid of sharks after watching this movie as a kid. And the Jaws theme still gets me feeling panicky!

    Those who watched it in drive-in theatres are really lucky, I've always wanted to experience that!

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