On June 20, 1975, “Jaws” was released to the public, and nobody working on the film could even imagine how impactful it would be to cinema. The flick was the first true summer blockbuster, and it became one of the first films to really use TV spots and tie-in merchandise such as shark’s tooth necklaces, shark costumes, and water pistols to help promote its release across the country. The film won three Oscars, including one for Best Original Dramatic Score. We take a look at 12 facts surrounding this iconic film, including who “Jaws” author Peter Benchley wanted in the movie.
12) Spielberg Wasn’t The First Choice
Steven Spielberg wasn’t the producers’ first choice for a director. They originally wanted John Sturges, but they decided to go with Dick Richards. He was dropped from the film after he continuously called the shark a whale. Spielberg, who was 26 years old at the time, was signed to the project afterward.