For all of you who have told us that “the book isalwaysbetter the the movie,” get ready to eat crow!
TheBook Vs. Moviepodcast takes on (again!) the 1975 classic movieJawsas well as the truly not-so-great 1974 novel from the otherwise very thoughtful author (and shark supporter)Peter Benchley. We covered this topic two years ago but our old ways of recording thing leaves quite a bit to be desired so we decided to take it on again. (Besides, who doesn’t love watchingJawsfor the hundredth time?)
In this ep the Margos talk about Peter Benchley’s background, his inspiration for the novel, howCosmopolitanmagazine is responsible for it becoming a film and as much much gossip and behind-the-scenes trivia we can muster about the incredibleStephen Spielbergclassic.
In this episode we discuss:
Peter and his wife Wendy who years afterJawscame out, became advocates for sharks and the waters that harbor them.
The trials and tribulations Spielberg went through to get his movie made.
The tension betweenRichard DreyfusandRobert Shaw
How the summer blockbuster changed movies forever
Inspired by Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis speech, an 11-year old boy named Hunter Scott began his own investigation of the disaster and exonerated the captain’s name (You can get his bookLeft For Deadat Amazon.)
Peter Benchley talks about regretting the demonization of sharks
Quint (Robert Shaw) “I will find your fish” and “U.S.S. Indianapolis”