10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jaws



Have you noticed that Jaws is popping up more than usual in recent weeks? There’s a simple explanation: on June 20th, Steven Spielberg’s career-making classic celebrates its 40th birthday.

In honour of this occasion, New Zealand’s Stuff decided to dig up “10 things you didn’t know about Steven Spielberg’s classic.” Die-hard fans may scoff at the title, as there’s no shortage of Jaws lore already out there being digested, thanks to some excellent books (Carl Gottlieb’s The Jaws Log and Antonia Quirke’s BFI Modern Classics edition come to mind) and at least two feature length documentaries (The Making of Jaws, The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws), both of which can be found on the Jaws Blu-ray.

That said, Stuff’s Andrew Stephens did manage to dig up a few facts we either forgot or never knew about.

For one, he claims that Roy Scheider ad-libbed the film’s most famous line: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

He also reveals that Spielberg originally thought John Williams’ legendary two-note theme was a joke and, in a moment of robot shark desperation, the director considered training a real shark.

For more Jaws trivia, read Stuff’s full post—or if you’re really dedicated, check out the aforementioned documentaries and books. The latter are guaranteed to take beach reading to the next level.