1975 summer blockbuster about corrupt man, not nature

The bleak subtext of the film was emphasized even more in Benchley’s novel, where Mayor Brody and the town were implicated in shady mafia dealings and Brody’s wife, missing her exciting life in New York, has an affair with a Hooper who was more WASPy and dashing than the character played by Dreyfus. Life on shore was just as treacherous as any danger posed by the sea, and Benchley’s ending, with the shark simply expiring from its wounds before it can finish off the shipwrecked Brody, was so downbeat that Spielberg knew he had to come up with something more cathartic for the film.

  • favill

    I was 9 years old when I saw this movie…I didn’t even want to or go into our above-ground pool that summer.

  • David Murrell

    I think the movie reviewer reads too much into the movie. The movie was a success because it was pure escapism — a good popcorn and coke movie — that took audiences away from the dreadful “hip”, political films that dominated Hollywood during the Vietnam War. In fact, during the 1950s and early 1960s, there were blockbuster films that took audiences by storm, but they too were escapist stuff. Given the sickening political slant in films, I sort of like the escapist blockbuster films.

    Btw, the movie “Detroit” is coming out this weekend, and from the trailers it appears to be a radicsl-left movie that supports the violent black rioters. Conservatives should look out for this film.

    • WalterBannon

      Hollywood movies today are are barely tolerable when you are squeezing the financial life out of Hollywood by watching a pirate torrent or stream of them. If you are paying to watch them you have to be committed masochist.