I though it would be more impressive to wait until next year and mention that the movie that scared us out of the water, no matter where you live, is 40 years old. But, the people over at Huffington Post must not have agreed because this link was on Facebook this morning.
Before the FCC created their exclusivity ruling, meaning a network has exclusive rights to a program or movie, I saw Jaws eight times in one year on TV. Before you shake your head, you have to realize I was trying to see how many times I could see it. I like to say it was my “Year of the Shark Watch.” When you add to the total a viewing at the theater plus three more times on TV you get an even dozen. The only other film to come close to that total is The Longest Day which I’ve only seen 6 or 7 times. (AND these movies were released over a decade apart so, you can draw your own conclusions.)
Since I’ve seen Jaws a dozen times, most people would think it only makes sense that I went five for five on the trivia. Actually, it’s because the behind the scenes story of Jaws is more interesting than the movie itself. (Are you listening Hollywood????) Budget problems, delays, and a mechanical shark that wouldn’t work were some of the hurdles faced by a young Steven Spielberg. I shudder to think how many hours I’ve wasted delving into the back story!
If you’ve read the book, I would say, “Definitely see the movie.” It’s nothing like the movie and I personally think the movie is much better. If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out. For some, it still scares the bejeebers out of them! All I can say is that there are still a couple scenes that will make you sit up in your seat.