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Jaws Fun Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Jaws information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

Jaws was the first film ever to make more than $100 million dollars at the boxoffice.

Jaws was the first real summer event movie with a targeted advertising campaign that included television commercials.

Steven Spielberg named the mechanical shark Bruce after his lawyer, Bruce Raymer.

... Before Jaws was a movie it was a best selling book written by Peter Benchley. The book tells a very different story than the movie. In the book Chief Brody and Hooper are enemies and Hooper has an affair with the Chief's wife! Hooper is killed by the shark. The shark dies quite a different way. The Mayor needs to keep the beaches open because he is involved with the Mob. Yes, very different!

Author Peter Benchley has a cameo as one of the reporters on the beach in the original Jaws.

... You can read the Jaws screenplay here.

... Several true life events are referenced in the movie Jaws. In 1916 a shark attacked and killed four people over a two week period along the New Jersey shore. Twelve Days of Terror is a book that tells the story of these attacks and the panic they brought on. The story of the shark attacks on the crew members of the USS Indianapolis during World War II is chillingly told by Quint the shark hunter in the movie Jaws as he explains how his obsession began. You can read an actual survivor's story here. And there was a movie made about this event called Mission of the Shark.

... If you are a fan of the television show House like we are, there's probably a little saying etched in your brain. At the end of each show you hear the words "That's some bad hat Harry." But Why?? Bryan Singer is a fan of the movie Jaws that's why and that's what he named his production company.

... One of the most recognizable movie themes ever composed. The first notes of John William's music were played by a tuba. Yes we know this is a kitty not a shark but here's our way of showing you our favorite cat video set to the music of Jaws.

... You can read an analysis of the music here.

... If you can't make it to Universal Studios in California or Florida for a chance to have encounter with the shark from Jaws you can watch a youtube video a park visitor made of the popular attraction.

The sequels to Jaws were Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D and Jaws The Revenge. We think the law of diminishing returns is illustrated in these movies. Watch this very funny take on the the fourth movie

... A new documentary about Jaws called The Shark is Still Working is showing at film festivals. Performances are selling out to the many fans of this 35 year old movie.

Jaws On Location

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Steven Spielberg is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Steven Spielberg Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Richard Dreyfuss' star:

Richard Dreyfuss
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Universal Attractions
To get a brush with "Jaws," don't miss the studio tours at Universal Studios.

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA

Universal Orlando
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL

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Quint ( Robert Shaw ):

"I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, Chief. I'll find him for three but I'll catch and kill him for ten."

Jaws was nominated for four Academy Awards, how many did it win?