Shake the Scene: Jaws

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Jaws (1975)

Jaws-with-Jaws-for-TeethThe Scene: The tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis.

Why I Love This Scene: When R.O.T.O.R. handed in his draft of Today’s Headlines this morning I noticed that he had selected John Milius for birthday honors instead of Louise Lasser and King Harley Race. When I asked him why, he shot me in the foot with a .44 Magnum. When I woke up in the hospital, the nurse told me that John Milius had written Quint’s U.S.S. Indianapolis speech in Jaws. That “nurse” turned out to be R.O.T.O.R. in disguise, and he shot me in the other foot in some sort of weird Misery-type thing. Which is very strange because I don’t think R.O.T.O.R. even knows who I am. Every day I see him in the Hard Ticket to Home Office he calls me a different name, like Hot Dog, Petey, Jim James Jameson, Hart Bochner, etc. Anyway, laying in the hospital has given me a lot of time to think about how excellent this scene is. To me, it’s the highlight of the film, which is saying something since it’s one of the best movies ever made. Quint’s speech is mesmerizing, even after you’ve seen it multiple times. “Sometimes the shark’d go away… sometimes he wouldn’t go away,” is one of my favorite line deliveries in the history of film and gives me the chills every time I hear it. Actually, the whole scene is like that. Robert Shaw couldn’t have been more perfect for this character, and it probably helps that he was drunk to the gills at the time. Anyway, I’ll deliver the scene:

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