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- Feb 8, 2002
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I still don't know how the boat stays afloat with that huge hole in the hull. The boat is too small to have watertight compartments, I'd think.
I read the book while in college around the film's release so I don't remember such details. I do remember that I thought the movie was much better and I hated a couple of things in the book that thankfully didn't happen in the movie.A version of it does appear in the novel, but I don't recall the details of how they might have changed it. As I recall, Quint, Hooper, and Brody come across Ben's boat with no sign of Ben, but there is no dive under it by Hooper. It's also during the daytime, as in the novel the Orca returns to port each night after hunting for the shark. They don't stay out continuously, as in the film.
Yes, I believe it's generally acknowledged that this is one of the very few instances where the film is better than the source novel.I read the book while in college around the film's release so I don't remember such details. I do remember that I thought the movie was much better and I hated a couple of things in the book that thankfully didn't happen in the movie.
I assume that a boat like Ben Gardner's has an outer hull (that we see with the hole in it) but there's also an inner or second hull as a safeguard. If a boat designed to be used in the open ocean didn't have something like that, a simple leak could be catastrophic very quickly. When the shark attacked Ben Gardner's boat, the outer hull was damaged but not the inner so the outer hull has flooded and that's why the boat looks low in the water but the intact inner hull has stopped it from sinking.I still don't know how the boat stays afloat with that huge hole in the hull. The boat is too small to have watertight compartments, I'd think.
It is a masterpiece and really invented the summer blockbuster. It came out when I was a kid and every kid in my school was talking about it, even though, seeing it now, I think they were way too young to see it (8 yrs.). Thank goodness they did a good job on the blu-ray transfer.
I've not read the book in 40 years, I'm sure - and it gets so many negative comments that I won't shell out for a new copy!As I mentioned recently, I just read the book JAWS for the first time. Terribly disappointing when comparing it to the film. Very little of what made the film great is in the book.
Yeah. I have no problems with that scene at all. It’s probably the biggest jump scare in the film.IMHO, there is just too much picking apart of the Ben Gardner boat scene. Spielberg said in the docs he wanted another scare, and he got it. The scene works for me every time.
In the doc Spielberg acknowledged the first time we see the shark got the biggest jump scare for preview audiences. He got greedy and thought he could get an even bigger jump scare and came up with the Ben Gardner head jump scare which succeeded. However the subsequent shark scene ( chum some of this shit) didn’t get the same reaction because of the new jump scare per Spielberg.That scene, and when we see the shark for the first time compete for the prize of the biggest jump scare, IMO.