What movie scared you the most? I’ve never been interested in the horror-slasher type movies- I have found them more laughable than scary. The movies over the years that would put a scare in me were ones that seemed realistic. On June 20, 1975 Jaws was released. To me Jaws is the all-time summer classic. I was fourteen at the time and my parents took me and my younger brother and sister to see it a few days after it opened.
Jaws was the first big blockbuster that was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It was based on the 1974 book by Peter Benchley of the same name. Universal which made the movie spent 1.8 million marketing the movie and $700,000 on national television spot advertising which was crazy money at the time. It cost $9 million dollars to make. The movie was shot mostly in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
There were no big stars in the movie. I think this helped make the movie more believable. Jaws starred Roy Scheider as Chief Martin Brody, Robert Shaw as Quint, Richard Dreyfess as Matt Hooper- the movie revolved around those three characters. Robert Duvall was offered the role of Chief Brody but he was only interested in the Quint character. Quint was offered to Lee Marvin. Having seen this movie countless times over the past 45 years I think the final casting couldn’t have been better. The movie opened in 409 theaters in the United States and was an immediate blockbuster it ended up making $470 million at the box office- again this was 1975 dollars. It was the highest grossing movie of all time until Star Wars came along in 1977.
The scene that made me just out of my seat- the scene when Hooper finds Ben Gardner’s boat.
A couple weeks after seeing Jaws- we went to Ocean City, Maryland on vacation. My dad was the only one who went in the water. As I recall I didn’t even put my toe into the ocean on that vacation.
I have watched “Jaws” many times over the years and I think it holds up remarkably well. My #1 ever summer movie.