Monday, July 20, 2009


Jaws is a 1975 American horror/thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel. The police chief of Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, tries to protect beachgoers from a giant great white shark by closing the beach, only to be overruled by the town council, which wants the beach to remain open to draw a profit from tourists during the summer season. After several attacks, the police chief enlists the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. Roy Scheider stars as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife Ellen, and Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn.

Jaws eventually grossed more than $470 million worldwide and was the highest grossing box office film until Star Wars debuted two years later. John Williams contributed the Academy-Award winning film score, which was ranked sixth on the American Film Institute's 100 Years of Film Scores. The main "shark" theme, a simple alternating pattern of two notes, E and F, became a classic piece of suspense music, synonymous with approaching danger. The soundtrack piece was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson.

When asked by Johnson why the melody was written in such a high register and not played by the more appropriate French horn, Williams responded that he wanted it to sound "a little more threatening". [wikipedia]

{Yes John Williams, you did it! Not a "little more threatening" but it's certainly terrifying. After seeing the movie a few days later the gang of 6, the late Alain, Canny, Peter, Ringo, William and yours truly settled for a swim at Shamrock Beach, Penang and guess what? The sound of the tuba and the vision of fins seriously distorted our minds with wild imagination which curtailed our swim.}S@n

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