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JAWS Cards – Just Like Topps!

JAWS fan Erik Hollander always wished there were Topps-style bubblegum trading cards for JAWS, and since there weren’t, he decided to create a set.  Check it out!

Jaws: The Revenge Review [Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension]

If you keep slogging through life’s more unpleasant tasks, you’ll eventually see them through. This is a lesson I have recently relearned. I’ve spent the last several years—I’m pretty sure that’s right—reviewing the four movies that constitute the Jaws series. These sojourns have taken me from the Olympian peaks of the initial film to the Stygian depths of, well, this one. I’m just beginning the final leg of that epic journey, but I can see the sun stretching and yawning as its fiery pate edges over the horizon, bringing with it a new day. (Admittedly, I’ll probably spend this new day reviewing a Steven Seagal movie or something.)

Still, I’m not taking our current subject lightly, as it is marked by a rare distinction. The gulf in quality between Jaws and Jaws: The Revenge may well be the widest between any two such films in the entire history of cinema. This is not meant to be a hyperbolic claim. While I’m sure others can suggest competitors for this dubious crown, I’d be willing to defend our featured pair against all comers.

For instance, let’s look to the AFI 100 Best American Films list. Admittedly, that’s hardly a definitive reference, but it’s not a bad place to start. By my count, only the following films on that list have been by followed by sequels: The Godfather (#3), Star Wars (#15), Psycho (#18), 2001: A Space Odyssey (#22), The Godfather Part II (#32, just to be safe), King Kong (#43), Jaws (#48), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (#50, and technically, it was a prequel), All Quiet on the Western Front (#54), Raiders of the Lost Ark (#60), The Silence of the Lambs (#65), The French Connection (#70), American Graffiti (#77), Rocky (#78) and Frankenstein (#87). (Actually, Bride of Frankenstein should have made the AFI roster instead, but what are you to do?)

Among the cited pictures, and not counting TV movie follow-ups (sorry, Psycho), only one film has a sequel within shouting distance of Jaws: The Revenge. That sorry cinematic progeny would be Rocky IV. I can actually see a reasonable debate over which one of the respective offspring was worse. I myself would still go with Jaws: The Revenge, but I could respect somebody arguing for Stallone’s Folly.

However, even putting that issue aside, I’m still going with Jaws: The Revenge as being the most unworthy follow-up. This is because I remain unconvinced that Rocky deserves to be called one of the 100 Best American Films. It’s certainly a memorable picture, but among the best hundred ever? In contrast, I fully believe Jaws to be worthy of that designation. Therefore, I maintain that the greatest gulf lies between Spielberg’s film and this one.

Jaws: The Revenge—they stopped numbering the entries at this point, despite it being a direct sequel to the initial two films—remains most famous for two points:

1. It’s the movie with the Roaring Shark.
2. It’s the one where the Shark is out for, well, revenge.

Read more at Jabootu’s JAWS The Revenge Review …

A Much Gorier Death for Quint [YouTube]

More editing fun from YouTube, this clip features and extended, gorier, version of Quint’s death:

Chief Brody vs. Moby Dick [YouTube]

Check out this cleverly edited clip from YouTube, it’s Chief Brody vs. Moby Dick:

Frank Mundus, Inspiration for Quint, has died

Frank Mundus

Frank Mundus

From the NY Daily News:

Frank Mundus, the legendary Long Island shark hunter widely credited as the inspiration for the crotchety skipper in “Jaws,” has died in Hawaii. He was 82.

Known as Monster Man, Mundus caught an untold number of sharks in the waters off Montauk since he began fishing there on his boat, the Cricket, in the early 1950s.

“It’s definitely the end of an era,” Mundus’ boat mate for the past four years, Capt. Rick Freda, told the News. “Frank was definitely a legend and he’ll really be missed among all the fishermen.”

The colorful skipper caught a 3,427-pound great white in 1986, breaking the record for the heaviest fish ever caught with a rod and reel.

Mundus also claims to have harpooned a 4,500-pound great white in 1964.

It was that fish, Mundus claimed, that led his friend Peter Benchley to pen the novel “Jaws,” in which a salty shark hunter named Quint is hired to kill a colossal great white. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1975.

Among the oddest things Mundus has said he found inside a shark’s stomach were a rabbit and one of his own business cards, which had been tossed in a can of chum.

Mundus, who always wore a shark tooth on a gold chain around his neck, retired to Hawaii in the 1990s but often returned to Montauk to fish.

He was there over the summer and caught 20 sharks in 20 days, Freda said. “He had a smile on his face as he caught the last sharks of his life,” he said.

Mundus died in a Honolulu hospital from complications of a heart attack he suffered at Kona International Airport on Sept. 6, the day he returned from New York, relatives said.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and his three daughters; Barbara, Patricia and Tammy.

New Design for JAWSmovie.com

The site has gotten a long overdue facelift.  For reasons unknown to me, JAWS fans have stopped posting on the Forum.  I know that it was partially due to it being hacked, but that was resolved, and a new, more secure, easier to use Forum was launched based on software called BBPress.  It was at that point I decided to completely change the site to be more of a blog format based on WordPress, with the ability for members of the community to comment or add to each post on the site as well as on the Forum.

I also need a lot of help ASAP — I should have asked for this a long time ago, and the site has suffered as a result.  I am looking for volunteers to help me with posting articles and moderating the forums.  I would like the site to branch into more articles covering sharks and Steven Spielberg as well as JAWS.  There are easy to use tools for posting.  Please contact me if you are interested.

I have added a bunch of pages and posts, but I still have a lot of old stuff to add to the site, including most of the From the Fans content.  A few have been added so far, with more to come!

ABC-TV 1979 Promo for JAWS [YouTube]

Check out this blast from the past — a TV commercial from 1979 for the first network airing of our favorite movie on ABC-TV:

JAWS Quiz – What do you know about JAWS?

So you think you’re an expert when it comes to JAWS, huh? Take this quiz and find out!
A special thanks to the following contributors:

Andrew Burrows

Matt Mittenthal


Lauren Laver

Jim Schmaltz

Questions 1-8 and initial inspiration provided by Andrew Burrows

1. Robert Shaw also had a part in another Benchley-inspired film. Name
the film, and who were Shaw’s co-stars in the movie.

2. Richard Dreyfuss later had a role in which his character was asked a
question relating to the “Jaws” script. Who was the actor asking the

3. How many of Spielberg’s films has Richard Dreyfuss appeared in?

4. In Benchley’s original novel, Quint perishes in a different way to
the one in the film. How?

5. Complete the following quote;

Quint: “You got…………………all your life.”

6. In which movie does Roy Scheider play the role of brother to Dustin
Hoffman’s lead?

7. Why does Hooper want Brody to “go to the end of the pulpit” when they
first see the shark?

8. What is the name of the “floating asylum” upon which Hooper intends
to spend several months at sea?

Questions 9-13 provided by Matt Mittenthal

9. What does Quint want a case of for hunting the shark?

10. What state was the license plate from in the tiger shark’s stomach?

11. Of what nationality was the man who beat Quint in the arm wrestling
tournament in San Francisco?

12. How old were the kids at the karate school who were “karate-ing” the
picket fences?

13. Complete this quote: “At home ………… brung him!”

Questions 14 and 15 provided by LisaCat28

14. What was the name of the boat, that Brody, Hooper, and Quint were on?

15. What was the name of the girl that broke Hooper’s heart?

Questions 16-27 provided by Lauren Laver

16. In the beginning of the movie, what were the Cassidy’s last words before
passing out?

17. What were Brody’s sons’ names?

18. At dinner, what kind of wine did Brody open first?

19. What was the “clinical” term for Brody’s fear of water?

20. Peter Benchley appeared in Jaws as who?

21. According to Mayor Vaughn, what does Amity mean?

22. According to Hooper, how big was the tooth that he pulled out of Ben
sunken boat?

23. Fill in the words to this song: Farewell and adieu…again.

24. What were Quint’s estimates of the shark’s weight and length?

25. When Quint was on the Indianapolis, what day was it that he ran into a
buddy of his from Cleveland who was bitten in half below the waist?

26. When on the Orca, who was the last person singing as the shark attacked?

27. How many Jaws movies were there, and where did each take place?

Questions 28-42 provided by Jim Schmaltz

28. Name the local fisherman killed by the shark.

29. How many people are killed by the shark? Who are they?

30. How long is Hooper going to be aboard the Aurora?

31.What kind of shark dismantled Hooper’s boat when he was a young boy?
Bonus points if you know the length of the shark!

32.What noise startles Brody after Quint tells the Indianapolis story?

33. What kind of shark was the first to appear at the Indianapolis
disaster, according to Quint? Again, bonus points if you know
the length. And another bonus point if you remember how Quint
says you measure a shark when you are in the water.

34. How many times was the shark harpooned?

35. What song is Sean Brody singing before Alex Kintner is killed?

36. What do the Mayor and coroner convince Brody to list as Chrissie’s
cause of death?

37. Quint once saw a shark eat a piece of furniture. What was it?

38. What toys from home and what flavor ice cream does Michael Brody
request while in the hospital?

Bonus round: Scars!

39. What kind of shark scraped Hooper’s leg as he was taking samples?

40. What kind of shark scarred Quint’s leg with a flick of it’s tail?

41. What creature bit Hooper in the arm, right through his wet suit?

42. What scar does Brody notice on Quint’s arm?

JAWS Characters: Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss)

JAWS Characters: Hooper

Richard Dreyfuss played Hooper, a ichthyologist from the Oceanographic Institute, who shows up in Amity to complete the trio of heroes facing the shark in the finale. Hooper does an autopsy on the first victim, determining that the shark has made Amity its personal feeding ground. Hooper also realizes that a shark caught by the amateur shark-hunters is too small to be the shark responsible for the killings.

Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar winner for The Goodbye Girl (1977) and recent nominee for Mr. Holland’s Opus, has had a long and fruitful relationship with Steven Spielberg. In addition to JAWS, Mr. Dreyfuss also starred for Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Always (1989).

Mr. Dreyfuss has also had a string of successful comedic roles, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Tin Men (1987), and What About Bob? (1991).

Next up for Mr. Dreyfuss is a role in Oliver Stone’s film “W” (2009), where he will play Vice President Dick Cheney.

Memorable lines:

“Can you get on the phone and check out these waters? Well … This is not a boat accident. It wasn’t any propeller, it wasn’t any coral reef, and is wasn’t Jack the Ripper. It was a shark.”

JAWS Characters: Quint (Robert Shaw)

JAWS Characters: Quint

Robert Shaw (1927-1978) played Amity’s most colorful character, the Ahab-like Quint, who offers to kill the shark. Quint has a reason to hate sharks; he was a survivor of a harrowing incident during World War II, which he reveals in a chilling scene. The town is initially unwilling to pay Quint’s bounty of $10,000, and instead offers up $3,000, which prompts amateur shark hunters for miles around to take to the seas. The townspeople finally give in to Quint’s demands, and he heads out in his old boat, the Orca to do battle with the shark.

Robert Shaw was an accomplished actor, author, and playwright when Steven Spielberg cast him in JAWS. A Best Supporting Actor nominee for A Man For All Seasons (1966), Mr. Shaw had several memorable roles, including the James Bond film From Russia With Love (1963), The Sting (1973) and Black Sunday (1977).

Memorable lines:

“Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women”
Quint’s USS Indianapolis Monologue
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