Episode 18: Jaws (1975)

This week, the guys dip their toes into the waters for Steven Spielberg’s 1975 pop-horror classic Jaws for their third group pick episode. It’s a film that inspired an almost universally widespread fear of sharks, a testament to the way that Spielberg and the ragtag crew of the Orca (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss) extract so much horrific realism out of such simple elements. Perhaps even more of a testament to the film’s quality is the way that it will probably always live in the heart of viewers – as well as the heart of film’s canon – as long as movies are watched, especially given the fact that Jaws came at a time devoid of big-budget CGI manipulation. They examine the long-standing perception of the film that Jaws is essentially the story of three men, a hulking bit of tubular steel and polyurethane rubber named Bruce, and, of course, the vast, terrifying ocean, but in reality is a much more nuanced thriller.

Jaws (1975)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Selected By
The Bit Players

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Aired Friday, August 7, 2015
This week, the guys dip their toes into the waters for Steven Spielberg's 1975 pop-horror classic Jaws for their third group pick episode. It's a film that inspired an almost universally widespread fear of sharks, a testament to the way that Spielberg and the ragtag crew of the Orca (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss) extract so much horrific realism out of such simple elements. Perhaps even more of a testament to the film's quality is the way that it will probably always live in the heart of viewers — as well as the heart of film's canon — as long as movies are watched, especially given the fact that Jaws came at a time devoid of big-budget CGI manipulation. They examine the long-standing perception of the film that Jaws is essentially the story of three men, a hulking bit of tubular steel and polyurethane rubber named Bruce, and, of course, the vast, terrifying ocean, but in reality is a much more nuanced thriller.