The film that started the concept of the “summer block”, peaked in 1975 Jawsit was Steven Spielberg’s second full-length feature, but its ongoing success gave the director the latitude to more or less direct whatever he wanted in the years and years to come.
In a time when sequels weren’t as ubiquitous as they are today, Spielberg chose to quit Jaws franchise, which eventually ran to four films. And while it’s fair to say that none of the sequels are as long as the original, fans will find something to watch in each of them – one way or another! Here’s how to watch.
The adaptation of Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel famously suffered from all sorts of troubles during production, including non-functioning prop sharks, cast and crew members going overboard (Spielberg insisted on shooting on the ocean), and personality conflicts between two of the principals. , Robert Shaw (Quint) and Richard Dreyfuss (Hooper).
Despite these problems, Jaws turned out to be box office gold. A film at a great pace with shocks and plenty of suspense, critics loved itand drove Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider (Police Chief Brody) to a new level of superstardom, spending more than three months at the premiere in the United States.
Jaws 2 (1978)
Like its predecessor, Jaws 2 had a troubled genesis. Its first director, John D. Hancock, had not previously focused on a blockbuster, and bowed out midway through filming, replacing Jeannot Szwarc, who promptly fell out with Roy Scheider, who had doubts about the quality of the film. films and participated only because of contractual obligations. . Along with another returning Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton, however, Scheider delivers a solid performance. Notorious film critic Roger Ebert panned it, but a $200 million-plus box office return warrants an additional sequel.
Jaws 3-D (1983)
The wheels started to fall off with the third entry in the series. With no actors from either film in the first place, the new cast would be Dennis Quaid as the son of Police Chief Brody; Quaid’s career would end months later, with his appearance in the critically acclaimed space drama The Right Thing. A horrible plot where a great white shark is on the loose in an amusement park is not helped by the worst production values and scripts. At $88 million, the box office take was down significantly Jaws 3-Din its predecessor, but nevertheless the film did well enough to warrant one more installment.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
“This time, it’s personal.” For Jaws: The Revenge, Lorraine Gary was brought out of retirement to reprise her role as Ellen, now the widow of Police Chief Brody, and the makers also somehow managed to lure Academy Award winner Michael Caine on board as airplane pilot Hoagie . The storyline ignored the events of the previous film, and Ellen and her family had an amazing revenge. With such a flimsy premise, and the now-familiar troubles with props, weather, and the script, the film struggled to turn a profit, posting just over $50 million in box office receipts. . Caine, however, had the last laugh. As he mentioned in a subsequent interview: “I have never seen [the movie]… by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house he built, and it is amazing.”
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