Monday, May 3, 2010

Fan-Boy Icon #12

This weekend, I re-watched an old classic and thought I'd take this opportunity to talk about it and one of its stars. The movie: Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg). The star: Roy Scheider.

Unfortunately, from a special effects standpoint, Jaws does not hold up as well as one might like. As a thriller, on the other hand, it still packs a punch. In case for some reason you don't know the story...

The beach town of Amity Island has a series of shark attacks. The locals don't want to admit it, as crying "shark" is going to ruin their summer business. Ex New York cop, now Amity chief of police, Martin Brody is taking the problem seriously. It is not until a shark attack is seen by the public that things get underway in the shark eradication sense. While Scheider is the star, and probably the most fun (sorry, Richard Dreyfuss), he is the least examined character. He's an outsider in town, he is scared of water, and the shark attack is making him jumpy. Dreyfuss' "Hooper" and Robert Shaw's "Quint" get more backstory, though it is Brody that finally saves the day.

Having not seen this in a long time, I forgot how pop-culture important Jaws is. The now familiar line "that's some bad hat, Harry" is from the film, not to mention, "we're gonna need a bigger boat." Jaws is a great film to revisit for the nostalgia alone.

Aside from Jaws, Scheider has been in many, many films and television shows worth mentioning. Some real classics, and some... let's say not-so classics. There are; SeaQuest (or Star Trek in the ocean), Klute, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Jaws 2, Blue Thunder, Naked Lunch, All That Jazz, and of course, Stanley Kubrick's 2010.

5 comments:

Wings said...

It is a great movie, I have watched it time and again and can still sit through it start to finish. Brody is great, even if he is saddled with some over-acting (Dreyfuss) and under-acting (Lorraine Gary). He is great.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I was afraid you were going to say Shaw was under acting :-)

I need to see Blue Thunder again, I think.

The wife had never seen Jaws, so we got it at Wal-Mart for $5. She actually laughed out loud when the shark was about to eat Quint. I believe she made the "nom nom nom" noise :-D

Wings said...

Guess some scenes are harder for people to take for the first time now, with all the advances in tech and fx. Ah well...

And no, I think Shaw was great, as well! Quint is a classic!

Darius Whiteplume said...

"Farewell, and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies..." :-)

Kylafornia said...

would love to see what Scheider's last movie was all about. Wonder if it's any good because I've heard some good things about it including the young Scheider character Zander Newton. Guess we'll see, here' the trailer if anyone's curious

http://www.youtube.com/ironcrossmovie

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