Storyteller: When we saw Jaws. 1975

Sharks by Tim CarlHere is my first column of 2015! It’s a story of when I was about ten years old and me and my friends conned our way into the movie theater to watch “Jaws.” We were never the same…

“The movie “Jaws” was released in 1975 and came to St. Helena’s little theater just before the Fourth of July. I was 10 years old and the entire country eagerly anticipated what was touted as the biggest movie of the year. All we knew was that it was a film about a real shark that ate people, our information coming mostly from a poster that showed a huge monster with its opened jaws full of razor-sharp teeth swimming up from the depths to devour an unsuspecting young woman in a skimpy bikini.

Up to that point only biblical films such as “Ben-Hur” or “The Ten Commandments” or romantic films like “Gone With the Wind” had seen wide commercial success. In fact, the phrase “summer blockbuster” had not yet even been coined, but that was about to change — the movie “Jaws” was about to reinvent Hollywood and our lives.” More >>>

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