In the 70s, there were two summers that were particularly memorable, 1976, when we celebrated to 200th birthday of America (which we featured in a recent blog post), and the year prior, when we all became afraid of the beach. Perhaps no movie has ever had such a profound effect on summer festivities than Steven Spielberg’s frightfully fun flick, Jaws. Released on June 20, 1975, this gory tale of a great white shark menacing a coastal community not only scared moviegoers out of their theater seats, but also kept many from sticking so much as a foot in the water at the local beach. Yes, when it came to the summer of 1975, everyone had sharks on the brain. And it all started with this:
Jaws, of course, proved to be an enormous box office success, grossing over $470 million. It would spawn a string of progressively worse sequels in the years that followed, as well as plenty of merchandising, such as this nifty, yet nerve-wracking, Jaws game from Ideal Toys. And if you happen to remember a man named Dickie Goodman, who would compile fake interview questions with clips from popular songs to much success, you might enjoy this little blast-from-the-past, called Mr. Jaws:
And finally, if you would like a little assistance remembering 1975 in general, perhaps this will help bring it all back:
In a year that gave us hits such as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “The Hustle”, and television shows like Welcome Back Kotter, One Day at a Time and Saturday Night Live, it is a testament to this classic film that it can always bring us right back to those sweltering summer days of 1975, and remains perhaps the most beloved memory of that particular year. Got some memories of your own from the summer of ’75? Were you one of the people screaming in the theater? And did you go back a second time, just to scream some more? Share your recollections with us as we travel back 35 years to remember this special time.