(Top) Jaws terrorizes beach goers. (Bottom) Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss fear for their lives on the open ocean, 1975. (Getty)
It’s safe to say that if you hum duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun most people will immediately recognize the theme song to the film that made pretty much everyone afraid of the water: Jaws. The film first hit theaters 38 years ago on June 20th, 1975.
When Steven Spielberg heard the theme for the first time, he reportedly said to composer John Williams: “That’s funny, John, really. But what did you really have in mind for the theme of Jaws?” Suffice to say, Spielberg, then only 28, heeded Williams’ advice.
Good thing he did, especially considering he had bigger fish to fry. Jaws was a film filled to the brim with problems for the burgeoning director. From a stubborn animatronic shark named “Bruce” to Robert Shaw facing heat from the IRS for tax evasion, Spielberg had a lot riding on his second feature film. Lucky for him, he managed to turn the tide on a $7 million budget with a domestic gross of $260 million.
For many of us, Jaws is the type of flick that’s in the back of our minds as we hit the beach for the first time every summer. And until recently, you could have relived the horror on the famed Jaws ride at Universal Studios. No matter how clunky that shark may appear, you wouldn’t have wanted to sit on the edge of that ride. Trust us, we’re speaking from experience.