PETER BENCHLEY

 

 

 

 

POSTER ART - The developers spent around six months working on the poster art for Jaws, more time than it took Peter Benchley to dream up the plot. Steven Spielberg cut his teeth on the meaty role Jaws presented, directing a film using a giant rubber shark model, sometimes on submerged rails, that was camera shy. Oddly enough, having to resort to Alfred Hitchcock like suspense building, in not showing 'Bruce,' as the flawed animatronic became known, the lack of props actually helped to make the film a success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Brody, Roy Schieder, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Chief Brody

 

 

 

Captain Quint, Robert Shaw, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Captain Quint

 

 

 

Matt Hooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Matt Hooper

 

 

 

Steven Spielberg, Director, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Steven Spielberg

 

 

 

Bruce the shark, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Bruce

 

 

 

Peter Benchley, Screenplay, Jaws 1975 movie and novel

 

Peter Benchley

 

 

 

Chrissy, first victim of Jaws the great white shark 1975

 

Chrissie Watkins

 

 

 

Ellen Brody, Lorraine Gray, wife to the Chief, Jaws 1975 movie

 

Ellen Brody

 

 

 

Larry Vaughn is the Mayor of Amity in Jaws the 1975 movie

 

Larry Vaughn

 

 

    

 

 

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Captain Quint, Chief Brody and Matt Hooper watch Jaws pull their boat apart

 

 

Peter Benchley had a lifelong admiration for sharks that drove him to create his novel, for which the viewing public and ourselves are thankful, entertainment wise. The drawback being to such explicit depiction of a rogue shark that is given almost human like intelligence in its hunting and virtually demonic skills in parrying the efforts of the Orca and crew to weaken and kill it, leading to widespread hatred of sharks, where they are beautiful animals that should be treated with respect, not de-finned and cast aside to die painful deaths. This aftermath effect, has haunted Peter Benchley ever since.

 

 

 

  PETER BENCHLEY'S STORY OF A PREDATORY GREAT WHITE SHARK

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