Considering how many problems Steven Spielberg faced when making
Jaws, it’s a miracle how successful and popular the final product turned out to
be. From failing mechanical sharks to badly behaved actors, Spielberg felt as
though Jaws would be the film to end his career. People kept on telling him
that true directors didn’t go over budget, nor did they go so far over filming
But his perseverance paid off because Jaws is now considered
one of the greatest movies of all time, one that is still influencing filmmakers
today, because of its masterful suspense and potent characters.
As its nearing fifty years of age, more and more
little details hidden with the film are beginning to reveal themselves. Spielberg
had a clever way of making pop culture references that went right under the
nose of the audiences. And because of the many struggles faced during film production, it’s
only inevitable that a few movie mistakes found their way into the final cut without
the editing team noticing.
Most importantly, this is a story involving sharks,
gore and deep waters. But how much of that was the real deal or how much of it
was just convincing props?