Spent the evening with two of my favorite things — my daughter Presley and Jaws (1975). It was one of those TCM 40th anniversary screenings.
The scene with the two guys fishing with some chain, a big hook and a roast always makes me smile. As they wait for a bite (which they certainly get), they both whistle “Shall We Gather At The River,” the hymn John Ford loved and used in many of his Westerns: Stagecoach (1939), Three Godfathers (1948), The Searchers (1956) and more. I’ll bet you anything it’s a tribute to Ford — and if I ever bump into Steven Spielberg somewhere, I’m gonna ask him.
The 4K restoration of Jaws is beautiful on the big screen, but I really hate the stereo mix (and did they remove the wire from the buoy in the opening scene?). I wanted to slap the fat guy who decided to go to the bathroom during Robert Shaw’s Indianapolis speech.