Crush it like Quint

JAWS–It’s the reigning king of summer blockbusters–the movie that even prompted the term blockbuster throughout most of the U.S.A. in 1975 because of its crazy long theater lines.  It’s still a favorite of those lucky enough to see it in the theater that summer (drive-in, in my case), and absolutely re-watchable like no other film.  And that awesome cardboard shark standee display that stalked the halls of mall theaters everywhere.  The one that made you hide behind your mom.  Yeah, that one.  Steven Spielberg directing the toughest shoot of his career, special effects that had to be ditched, a stunning score by John Williams, Richard Dreyfuss at his dramatic funniest, Robert Shaw at his coolest.

The original blockbuster

Robert Shaw.  The actor from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Force 10 from Navarone, and From Russia With Love.  Then his most unforgettable role as the salty sailor Quint.  And that speech about the Indianapolis.  Moviemaking at it’s finest.  And Quint’s cool attitude as he crushes that beer can.  And Dreyfuss’s response.  Don’t remember the scene?  Check it out here:

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