Jaws Part 1: “The Shark Isn’t Working!”

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hvm3a-123d7f7

Widely known today as the first summer blockbuster and the movie that sparked shark-phobia in the hearts of many, back in the summer of 1974, 26-year-old “Jaws” director Steven Spielberg lived in constant fear of being fired, his dreams for the film crushed. 

Part 1 of this two-part episode focuses on the filming and casting challenges behind the movie “Jaws.” From the 3 malfunctioning mechanical sharks –collectively called Bruce, after Spielberg’s lawyer– to the tensions between Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, to the sinking of the Orca boat, Candy and Ashley explore the challenges that caused a scheduled 55-day shoot to extend to 159 days and led some in the crew to start calling the production “Flaws.” 

Show Notes for Episode 39!

Photo credits top to Bottom: Businessinsider.com, Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb with The Jaws Log Silive.com, Rogerebert.com, aarp.com, imdb.com

Sources:

https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/first-film-blockbuster

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-gottlieb-jaws-20150326-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2006/02/13/peter-benchley/7bb3be8f-c7ef-4758-8f49-32ee7abeeb8d/

https://www.9news.com.au/world/uss-indianapolis-sinking-survivor-recounts-world-war-two-ordeal-75-years-on-with-the-deadliest-shark-attack-in-history–exclusive/3c1b1d4a-93cc-49ad-b906-e4b817d43277

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/john-williams-jaws-theme-steven-spielberg-1235088998/

https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/05/entertainment/jaws-movie-40th-anniversary-feat/index.html

https://ew.com/article/2014/04/29/jaws-best-summer-blockbuster/

https://people.com/crime/lady-in-the-dunes-jaws-cold-case-mystery/

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