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98. Jaws at 40

June 8th, 2015

On June 20th, 1975, Jaws was unleashed upon American audiences for the first time, in the process changing how people viewed the ocean, and how studios viewed the summer, forever. To mark this momentous occasion, Matt and Ed sit down to talk about the influence that the film has had, the ways in which it feels both part of the New Hollywood movement and separate from it, and how it relates to the work of Henrik Ibsen. And, of course, why they both really love it.
They also ponder whether a remake of Big Trouble in Little China is a good idea (and whether the greatest danger posed to it is a rewrite that makes Jack Burton anything other than a buffoon), and the true meaning of a Wookie life debt. 

Show Notes


- The Mark Kermode article on Jaws mentioned in the episode can be found here.
- Roger Ebert's original review can be found here, and his Great Movies feature on it is also well worth a read.
- The snippet of Spielberg heard at the start of the episode is taken from this fascinating video in which he, along with character actor Joe Spinelli, watch the 1976 Oscar nominations.