In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole. On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (TV, Video, DVD, 26 Jun 2007, 17 Nov 2013, 28 Aug 2016 and 29 Aug 2019 and 4 Jul 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A sheriff on a New England island must deal with saving the townspeople and summer vacationers when a shark is discovered in the vicinity on July 4th weekend.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that is set perfectly around Independence Day weekend.
Even after 46 years, the movie is still thrilling to watch over and over again because of the expert way that Steven Spielberg shot it.
The musical score by John Williams also adds so much tension to the film and has become one of the most well known scores in history because it is so eerie and menacing.
Roy Scheider is perfectly cast in the lead role and is helped by Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw in order to give us three heroes who all have the same goals yet each has a different idea of how to get there.
The choice to not show the shark itself until far into the movie is great because it adds so much tension and suspense to things as the audience eagerly awaits its appearance.
The low camera shots makes the viewer believe that they too are right there at water level with the characters and that also makes things even more tense to watch unfold.
This also adds a scary effect that would make anyone worried to actually go swimming in the ocean after watching this film.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original scene of Alex Kintner’s death called for a doll of Alex to be floating among the bathers, then the shark would jump out of the water and grab the doll and raft in its mouth. But as was typical of the mechanical shark, it didn’t function properly. It would either come out of the water too high, not high enough or totally miss the raft. Finally, the shark succeeded in grabbing the raft, and in doing so, rolled over on its side, much like a real shark would do. This is the take Spielberg decided to use. However, the producers were concerned that the image of the shark with Alex in its mouth was too disturbing and might jeopardize the film’s PG rating. Therefore, Spielberg and editor Verna Fields trimmed the beginning of the shot so only the shark’s fins are briefly seen as it flips over. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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