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Jaws
Don't Go In The Water
( Adventure / Horror / Thriller )


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MPAA Rating:
PG

US Runtime: 124 min

Premiere Date:
Jun 20, 1975   [USA]
 
Director: Steven Spielberg
 
Writers: Peter Benchley   [also novel]
Carl Gottlieb
John Milius   [Indianapolis monologue]   [uncredited]
Howard Sackler   [Indianapolis monologue]   [uncredited]
 
Producers: David Brown   [Producer]
Richard D. Zanuck   [Producer]
 
Music by John Williams
 
Cinematography: Bill Butler
 
Edited by: Verna Fields
 
Production Design: Joseph Alves Jr.
 
Production Companys: Universal Pictures
Zanuck/Brown Productions
 


Cast:

Roy Scheider
Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw
Quint
Richard Dreyfuss
Matt Hooper
Lorraine Gary
Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton
Mayor Larry Vaughn
Carl Gottlieb
Ben Meadows
Jeffrey Kramer
Deputy Hendricks
Susan Backlinie
Chrissie Watkins
Jonathan Filley
Cassidy
Ted Grossman
Estuary Victim
Chris Rebello
Michael 'Mike' Brody
Jay Mello
Sean Brody
Lee Fierro
Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees
Alex M. Kintner
Craig Kingsbury
Ben Gardner
 
Dr. Robert Nevin
Medical Examiner
Peter Benchley
TV Interviewer
Paul Goulart
Clarinet Player in Music Store (uncredited)
Dick Young
Pratt (uncredited)
Alfred Wilde
Harry Wiseman (uncredited)
Steven Spielberg
Amity Point Lifestation Voice (uncredited)
Allison Caine
Additional Voices (uncredited)
Robert Carroll
Polk (uncredited)
Donald Poole
Frank Silva, Harbor Master (uncredited)
Edward Chalmers Jr.
Denherder (uncredited)
Belle McDonald
Posner's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Chambers
Charlie (uncredited)
Fritzi Jane Courtney
Mrs. Taft (uncredited)
Cyprian R. Dube
Posner (uncredited)
Chris Anastasio
Out of Towner (uncredited)
 
 

Crew:

William C. Carruth
assistant editor
Michael Chapman
camera operator
James A. Contner
assistant camera
Robert Ellsworth
wardrobe: men
Rick Fields
assistant: Mr. Spielberg
William S. Gilmore
production executive
Jeff Gourson
assistant film editor
Rexford L. Metz
underwater photographer
 
Olivia Newton-John
singer: "I Honestly Love You"
Shari Rhodes
location casting
Fred Schuler
additional camera operator
Ron Taylor
live shark footage
Valerie Taylor
live shark footage
Ron Zarilla
camera operator
Fred Zendar
technical advisor
 

Miscellaneous Companies:

Cinematique
cosmetics
 
Universal Title
titles and opticals
 
 

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)

 

Tech Info:

Budget:
$12,000,000 (USA)
Color Info:
Color (Technicolor)
Laboratory:
Technicolor
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Panavision
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm
Shooting Dates:
02 May 1974 - 15 Sep 1974 (location shooting)
Oct 1974 - Dec 1974 (additional photography)
Production Dates:
Feb 1974 - Apr 1975

Quotes:

  • Brody: It's only an island if you look at it from the water.
     
  • Mayor Vaughn: Fellows, let's be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish... And I'm not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock!
     
  • Hooper: I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch.
     
  • Hooper: That's a twenty footer!
    Quint: Twenty-five. Three tons of him.
     
  • [Brody has just gotten his first look at the shark.]
    Brody: You're gonna need a bigger boat.
     

Trivia:

  • The mechanical shark spent most of the movie broken-down, and was unavailable for certain shots. This led Spielberg to use the camera as the "shark", and film from the shark's point of view. Many think this added to the "chilling/haunting" quality in the final release saying that it would have made it too "cheesy" had they shown the shark as much as originally planned.
     
  • The live shark footage was shot at Seal Rocks, Australia. A real white pointer was cut up and "extended" for the close-up shots.
     
  • The original scene with Alex Kintner's death was so scary that it was cut to ensure a PG rating. The scene called for a doll of Alex to be floating among the bathers, then the shark would jump out of the water.
     
  • The "oceanographic institution on the mainland" that Matt Hooper comes from refers to the real-life Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
     
  • When the shark was built, it was never water tested therefore when it was put in the water at Martha's Vineyard, it sank straight to the ocean floor. It took a team of divers to retrieve it.
     


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