Friday, February 26, 2010

Best Pictures That Never Were: Day 10

Year: 1975
Movie: Jaws
Best Picture Winner: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Here is one of my favorite movies from director Steven Spielberg and based off of the best selling novel by Peter Benchley.
In this movie it’s the height of the beach season at a Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island. Soon this peaceful summer town begins to be terrorized by a man eating shark.
It is then up to three unlikely partners to team up to hunt down the shark and destroy it. We have Chief Brody (Roy Scheider), a young university-educated oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and a crusty old-time fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw), which is one of the best casts I’ve seen in a movie.
This film was the first to ever surpass 100 million dollars and it is also the reason for so many people to be scared to go into the water.
The shark is also one of the notorious movie villains of all time. If you haven’t seen this movie you really need to invest and watch this movie, it’s a classic.
Also, the theme by John Williams has become a theme of doom.
Jaws had everything that a best picture needs. I fine this movie more effective and far more enjoyable than One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in my opinion. Yes, Nest has a lot of good things going for it but Jaws is a movie that has lived on generation after generation only proving the amount of power the film has.

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