The line “You’ re gonna need a bigger boat ” from Jaws (1975) has gone down as one of the most iconic quotes in movie history. Spoken by Chief Brody moments after the eponymous shark appears behind the Orca, it’s been referenced countless times in film and television, and ranks 35th on AFI’s list of top 100 movie quotes.
Quint’s monologue reveals a similar obsession with sharks; even his boat, the Orca , is named after the only natural enemy of the white shark .
The work of up-and-coming director Steven Spielberg, dealing with pneumatically-powered prop sharks and seasick actors, came to be seen as the first-ever summer blockbuster. Though the film takes place in the fictional town of Amity Island in New York , it was actually filmed throughout Martha’s Vineyard , Mass.
It was explained to me that there were many barrels used in the production of Jaws . Some were used to help float the shark, the cage, and the Orca 2. Since the shark didn’t work most of the time, Steven Spielberg had the idea to take five barrels from the stock, paint them yellow and then stress them to look used.
The story of this fearsome 25-foot shark , his restoration, and how he made his way from movie royalty to a junkyard and, finally, to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is quite a fish tale. Only it’s all true. When Jaws opened in the summer of 1975, audiences weren’t just terrified by its star shark .
Amity Island is a fictional island located off the coast of New England, and is the main setting of the Jaws franchise. The island is known for its clean air, beautiful beaches, and many of its local fishermen. The island is also infamous for its series of horrifying and fatal shark attacks.
The production flew in a 13-foot tiger shark caught off the coast of Florida to use for the scene where the townspeople string up a shark on the dock thought to be the shark . The real life locals were unable to catch a shark that big, but flying one in had its problems, too.
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A real shark shown in the movie, caught and hung up on the dock, came all the way from Florida. Needing a big shark that the townspeople could believe might have been the perp behind the early attacks in the film, the crew was under pressure to catch one off the location shoot on Martha’s Vineyard.
This series of attacks inspired Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” decades later. In the blockbuster film, a fearsome great white shark terrorizes the citizens of Amity Island.
But the invisibility of the shark is one of the things that made Jaws so famous, and it’s the element of the film that is most often copied by other filmmakers. Out of pure necessity, Spielberg uses POV shots and the shark’s theme to establish its presence.
When Szwarc took over, the majority of the film was shot at Navarre Beach in Florida, because of the warm weather and the water’s depth being appropriate for the shark platform.
It was a repeatedly malfunctioning shark that gave those yellow barrels seen throughout the movie their emblematic status. Every time the shark wouldn’t work, they would use the barrels to symbolize its arrival or presence.
To pass the time aboard the Orca in the waters off Amity, New England, Quint taught the landlubbing Chief Brody to tie a bowline (boe-lynn), the king of knots . If you learn one boating knot in your life, make it this one, even if you never leave shore.
: a genus (the type of the family Squalidae) of sharks originally comprising all the known sharks but now restricted to various typical dogfishes.