Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Broken 2021

- Undertaker 2021

- Like Dogs 2021

- Night Caller 2022

- Dashcam 2021

- Siren 2021

- Star Vehicle 2010

- Amazon Queen 2021

- Demigod 2021

- Lone Wolf 2020

- The Masterpiece 2001

- Survive the Game 2021

- Apartment 413 2019

- The Family 2021

- Cosmos 2021

- The Old Ways 2020

- Escape to the Cove 2021

- Devil's Five 2021

- Sons of Steel 1988

- The Secret of Sinchanee 2021

- Dessert 2021

- I'm an Electric Lampshade 2021

- The Star Light Motel 2021

- Royal Jelly 2021

- Death Screams 1982

- Gap Weekend 2021

- It Came from Below 2021

- Man vs Bigfoot 2021

- Tokoloshe - The Calling 2020

- Mental Aquarium: The Collected Short Films and Trailers of Andrew Buckner 2021

- Creature with the Atom Brain 1955

- Chompy and the Girls 2021

- Answer Your Phone 2021

- Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou 2021

- Death Drop Gorgeous 2020

- Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch 1968

- Digging to Death 2021

- The Influencer 2021

- Danny Boy 2021

- Eerie Fairy Tales 2019

- Blind Beast 1969

- Love is Not Love 2020

- Tango Shalom 2021

- A Good Couple 2021

- Queen of the Beach 2019

- HipBeat 2020

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Jaws
Der Weisse Hai / Stillness in the Water

USA 1975
produced by
David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck for Zanuck/Brown Productions, Universal
directed by Steven Spielberg
starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley, Ted Grossman, Chris Rebello, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Jeffrey Voorhees, Craig Kingsbury, Robert Nevin, Peter Benchley
screenplay by Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, based on the novel by Peter Benchley, music by John Williams, special effects by Robert A. Mattey

Jaws

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider) has only recently moved from New York City to Amityville, a tourist island off the Florida coast, with his family (Lorraine Gary, Chris Rebello, Jay Mello) to get away from all the dangers of big city life - but then on the beach a mutilated corpse of a girl is found, rather obviously the victim of a shark attack. Brody wants to close up all the beaches until the beast is caught, but the greedy mayor (Murray Hamilton) fearing for the tourist Dollar in the wake of the island's 4th of July celebrations talks him out of it. And then a boy is devoured by a shark in the middle of the day, not far from the beach and in everyone's sight. Again, Brody wants to close all the beaches, but the mayor is having none of it, but organizes a big shark search offering a reward. And with dozens of boats out on sea, one's just bound to catch a shark - and one does, and everybody's so happy and proud ... everybody but marine biologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), who argues the radius of the captured and killed shark's jaw is to small to have inflicted the injuries of the girl. Of course, everybody wants to get on with the celebrations, so nobody - but Brody - listens to Hooper. But then, on 4th of July, the shark shows up again, kills someone in plain sight, and proves to be a big white one. Now even the mayor can't deny Brody his wish to close the beaches anymore, but Brody also intends to go on the offensive, as he hires shark hunter and all-around tough guy Quint (Robert Shaw) to track down and kill the big white one, and he and Hooper accompany him on his boat - even though he has many reservations against young and brainy Hooper, who he thinks still has to prove himself as a man. But as Hooper knows how to behave on a boat, he and Quint soon warm up to one another, and between the three of them, they manage to track down the shark and even attract it to their boat. But said shark isn't exactly a light-weight, and he goes on the offensive against our heroes, damaging the boat more and more in the process - and eventually, Quint has to admit that it needs more than just a man to kill that particular shark, and now Hooper takes over with his much more scientific methods. Ultimately though, while Quint is allowed to die the hero's death, Brody, who has always hated the sea, is the one who gets to blow up the shark as some sort of redemption or stuff.

 

In times like these it's almost unfathomable there's anything but playing in the cinemas, but back in 1975, Jaws was one of the very first blockbusters, and it pretty much laid the groundwork of things to come - and not only in a good way.

Now basically, Jaws has many an iconic scene, it's very well made and well played, and the Jaws theme is so captivating that one tends to forget the rest of John Williams' score is rather bland. And Steven Spielberg, who has with this one latest turned away from his New Hollywood roots, sure knows how to create suspense and shocks - but frankly he proves himself more of a craftsman in that aspect, rather than a visionary like Alfred Hitchcock. As the whole thing actually seems rather crafted: The script is formulaic as hell, hardly any of the characters apart from Brody show any depth (with Robert Shaw's Quint being an especially crude caricature of a seafaring man) and many situations seem incredibly forced - some cringeworthily so, like when Quint and Hooper compare scars to prove one another they're real men. And all of this is really what plagues blockbusters to this day (though of course there are many exceptions), well-crafted pieces of genre entertainment made after a (well-documented) formula that look great but feel bland. And I don't even want to pan Jaws, it does have its moments, but just because it was one of the first blockbusters back in its day doesn't make it especially special.

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Jaws
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Jaws here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Jaws at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD