The cast and crew referred to the mechanized model of the shark as “Bruce” during filming.
Photo by Tom Woodward
Jaws opens in movie theaters
When a killer shark decides to vacation at a tourist beach town, you clearly have the makings of the first summer blockbuster action film.
Director Steven Spielberg’s Jaws fast-paced, suspense-filled thriller came ashore on this June day, and caused waves of attention and ticket sales. Even before the first sight of the lone fin sweeping through the water, composer John Williams’ theme music adds to the film’s sense of impending terror. Audiences quickly covered their eyes as the menacing great white begins to attack innocent swimmers, and as the adventure to track and destroy him tensely unfolds.