The model of the only surviving shark in the movie Jaws has now been installed at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Steven Spielberg directed an American thriller movie Jaws was based on a 1974 novel of the same name written by Peter Benchley. The film tells a story of a man-eating great white shark who attacks the beachgoers at the resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider). He wants to hunt the beast with a professional shark hunter (played by Robert Shaw) and a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss).
Murray Hamilton is in the mayor’s role, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody’s wife’s character.
Jaws was the prototypical blockbuster regarded as a watershed moment in the motion picture, and it won many awards for the editing and music. The film was the highest-grossing movie before the release of 1977 Star Wars. The franchise consists of four projects, but Spielberg did not direct all of them. However, Spielberg’s version has remained a subject of intense fascination for 45 years.
The most beautiful thing about the Jaw’s production is the shooting of the film. Spielberg was a newcomer while making the movie, and the team of Jaws distrusts him. Sometimes the crew even used to mock him by calling the movie “Flaws.” The most famous stories surrounding the filming focus on the logistical nightmare of the shooting on the ocean. The ocean sequence damaged the cameras, and the actors got seasick. The mechanical sharks were damaged or sunk into the sea, while only one was saved during the filming.
The 1975 Jaws collected a gross of $472 million against a budget of $9 million. It was released on 20 June 1975. The film received three Academy Awards for Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Sound (Robert Hoyt, Roger Heman, Earl Madery, and John Carter), and Best Film Editing. It also got a nomination for Best Picture. Sadly, Spielberg got no nomination for his direction. Jaws was chosen at the People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Movie. And at the 29th British Academy Film Awards, it was nominated for Best Editing, Direction, Film, Actor, and Sound.
The fourth and fifth model of the shark from Jaws has now been installed in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Many special effects and prosthetists artists revived the shark from the Hollywood junkyard and restored Bruce’s fiberglass model. The shark is the most massive object in the museum than the entire collection and will be suspended in the museum for visitors. The shark is so giant that it could not fit into the elevator; instead, it was craned into the museum. You can refer to the Academy Museum’s official YouTube channel to see the video or images of the shark model’s journey into the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Jaws were inspired to build two theme park rides: one at Universal Studios Japan and another at Universal Studios Florida. There are two musical adaptations: Giant Killer Shark: The Musical and JAWS The Musical! For iPhone users, developers created a mobile game based on the movie in 2010. The shark from the movie Jaws has made its place in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures with a large-sized shark fin and underwater apparatus. Other Hollywood objects that you can watch in the museum are a spacesuit worn in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the May Queen dress from Midsommar, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
Fans are impatiently waiting for the museum to open. The 300,000 square foot facility is the first presenter of the history of movies and its precious relics. Even the thought of a 25-foot long shark hanging in the middle of a museum is fascinating. It is always great fun to look back at Hollywood’s classics in person that you have only watched on-screen. Hopefully, the museum will soon be open with some more exciting objects.