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Did This Scare You Out of the Water For anyone who hasn't seen this film, Jaws is a 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. Jaws bears similarities to several literary and artistic works, most notably Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The character of Quint strongly resembles Captain Ahab, the obsessed captain of the Pequod who devotes his life to hunting a sperm whale. Quint's monologue reveals his similar vendetta against sharks, and even his boat, the Orca, is named after the only natural enemy of sharks. A direct reference to these similarities may be found in the original screenplay, which introduced Quint by showing him watching the film version of Moby-Dick. His laughter throughout made people get up and leave the theater (Wesley Strick's screenplay for Cape Fear featured a similar scene). However, the scene from Moby-Dick could not be licensed from Gregory Peck, the owner of the rights. The final scenes of the film, in which the men chase the shark and try to harpoon it with flotation barrels, parallel the chase for Moby-Dick in the novel. We have this in our library and watch it usually once a month. There's something about this film that sticks in my memory, and no, I never went back into the water.
Tags: jaws  peter  bvenchley  steven  speilberg  films  1975 
Added: 28th September 2007
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-29 
Luckily I live nowhere near an ocean, so I have no fear of going into the water for a swim.
Posted by: Steve on 2007-09-29 
The description sounded like they were describing my mother in law!
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-09-29 
I'm glad I didn't have coffee in my mouth when I read that, Steve LOL
Posted by: tommy7 on 2007-10-04 
the matawan nj maneater i went to matawan high,the matawan creek was in my backyard!i swam boated all through matawan creek and raritan bay in my youth and only heard of the 1916 attack a few yrs ago on pbs
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-10-04 
You never know Lava, with global warming, you may be near the ocean sooner than you thought.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-10-04 
Global warming worries me every January when I'm shovelling two feet of snow from my driveway.
Posted by: tommy7 on 2007-12-22 
I wonder if it was understood thats what the jaws movie was inspired from
literally my backyard!
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