It’s been more than 40 years since I first saw this move at the drive-in theater. Scared the crap out of me.
But since being in isolation, I saw this for sale at the drug store for $4.99 so I picked it up.
For the most part this movie holds up for a re-watch. If you knew what it took Spielberg to direct this movie, you’d be surprised it ever got made. Script delays, mechanical issues with the shark, delays that kept them filming for more than six months.
But the movie did get finished. It had young actors like Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Shieder for some compelling acting amidst the terrifying plot. And Robert Shaw, the crazy boat captain.
The idea to hold back the source of the terror was genius. Kept us on the edge of our seats in anticipation.
If you haven’t seen this in a long time, it’s time to go back in the water.