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Jaws (1975)

Jaws

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1975 Steven Spielberg film about a huge great white shark that attacks the seaside community of Amity Island. A small group of men set out to kill the shark but not before the shark eats a few more people.

Bizarrely, this film inspired a children's toy also called Jaws.


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Do You Remember Jaws?

Do You Remember Jaws?

  • Anonymous user
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    I remember when it was first broadcast on TV, in the Autumn of '81. There used to be a lot of media interest in those days when big, famous films were shown on television for the first time, and much was made on Central News in the Midlands about it. Scariest bit is when the corpse of a fisherman killed by the dear little sharkey-warkie is discovered beneath his abandoned boat. A diver goes down to investigate- all is as normal, until with a sudden rush of bubbles the bloated, pallid carcass rushes out of a hole punched in the hull, an expression of terror on it's face and brains sticking out of it's left eye-socket. By any standards, that was a shocking sequence if you were'nt expecting it- one of the kids at my school confessed the next day that he shat himself when he saw it!! Never understood the 'sinking leg' scene though- surely it would FLOAT, not sink??! In reality, it's very rare for great white sharks to come in so close to shore- the water is just too shallow for them, and there's not enough prey. Also, they aren't naturally aggressive, only attacking when they are hungry and in search of food- terrified divers have been known to come face to face with enormous examples of great whites, only to have the fish ignore them completely and go swimming on by!! It's the smaller sharks that are a greater danger to humans- Tigers, Mako's and the like.
  • Anonymous user
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    Robert Shaw was brilliant in that film. So was the late Roy Scheider for that matter, "smile you son of a bitch." I couldn't watch it when it came out at the cinema because I was was too young. I did watch it on tv though. Didn't sleep for two days.
  • Anonymous user
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    I was way too scared to ever watch jaws as a kid, but one day I switched the telly over not knowing that jaws was on the other side, and it was right at the point when a severed leg was floating to the sea bed. I was so traumatised I ran out the room screaming and the memory has stayed with me ever since! At school the next day everyone was talking about having watched it, but I didn't want to sound like a wuss so pretended I had seen it and talked about 'the leg bit' all day. I have still never seen any of the jaws films...I'm still too scared!
  • Anonymous user
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    JAWS oops... Probably one of the greatest movies ever made. The animal was so real. Some of the scenes were better than real life. The scene when the Shark eats up Robert Shaw at the Boat is unforgettable. Most people had read the Novel before they saw the film, but the film nevertheless was fantastic. Frankly, I might have seen it over 50 times by now.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember watching 'Jaws' in the cinema when I was on holiday in Porthcawl. I was about 13. It wasn't especially scary, but pretty exciting. The ending had me on the edge of my seat. I'd read the book before seeing the film, so I knew more or less what it would be about, but there were still some great moments. After I saw it, I bought a little rubber shark and played in the sea with it!