is by far one of my TOP horror films of all time. There are certain
classics that can never be bumped for a newer movie, and this
is one of those classics. I know some people may not even view
this as a horror film these days, but think about watching this
in the theater in 1975. What a rush!
film is an example of a perfect combination of actors, directing,
screenplay, and music. There couldn't have been a better combo
of actors than Scheider, Dreyfuss, and Shaw. They all brought
something different and awesome to the film. Roy Scheider, cast
as Martin Brody, brought in the familiar fear... he's the one
the audience can relate to. He has no clue what a Great White
is, and his first experience with one happens to be one larger
than life. He adds to the uneasiness you feel, and of course,
has one of the best one-liners in all of movie history. His famous
line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat" is the understatement
of the 20th century! And the look on his face is priceless; pure
fear, and all without dropping the cig.
Dreyfuss brings in the knowledge and part of the comedic factor
as Hooper. He knows a hell of a lot about this shark, but he's
still young and manages to get pushed around by his elders. One
of my favorite scenes is the one where he's describing the "shot
glass" sized shark tooth to Mayor Vaughan, and then tries
to explain to him that the vandalism on the billboard is true.
When the mayor tells Hooper that he just wants to get his face
"in the National Geographic!", Dreyfuss' maniacal laughter
that follows never fails to crack me up.
of course, as much as I love all three of these actors, I have
to save the best for last...Robert Shaw. Shaw is stunning as Quint,
one of the local fishermen who happens to have a "thing"
for sharks. To me, it's the rawness that he brings in...his grungy
appearance, scraggly voice, and vulgar dialogue have you believing
this guy is really a fisherman from some little island in New
England. I love his speech about the USS Indianapolis. How he
smiles the whole time he tells the story, but swears at the end
that he'll never put on another life jacket. And I also love the
fact that he's the know-it-all, been there, seen that, "twenty-five,
3 tons of him" guy.
has no doubt that the little "Orca" can drag that bastard
shark back to Amity, but he gets the surprise of his life at the
end of the movie.
of this added with the BRILLIANT musical score by John Williams
makes for a near-perfect horror flick; one that I think I may
go pop in and watch right now. I can't help myself!