Do you know what’s scarier than seeing a shark’s dorsal fin piercing the ocean’s surface? Seeing a fact error floating in the opening paragraph of an article about escalating shark sightings. It’s scarier to an editor, anyway.
Thirty-nine years ago today, Brody, Hooper and Quint needed a bigger boat. Jaws made its splashy debut in the summer of 1975, giving birth to the Hollywood blockbuster. Steven Spielberg’s mechanical shark put a dent in beach attendance, but it also put fannies in theater seats. Jaws became the first film to gross more than $100 million. In cinematic annals, June 20, 1975, the day the thriller premiered, is a red-letter date. Yet I just read a later date.
America’s bicentennial? I’m unwilling to celebrate the writer’s declaration of our milestone year of independence.
Sorry, Molly, but you missed the Orca.