2. Actress Susan Backlinie’s terrified reaction in the opening scene was GENUINE as she had no idea it was crew members jolting her around.
This was because Spielberg instructed them not to tell her what they were doing. The end result was pretty fantastic:
3. Some real shark footage was used in Jaws. Producer Richard Zanuck demanded that real footage was to be used in the film. He and Spielberg hired experts Ron and Valerie Taylor to shoot underwater footage of 14-foot sharks off the coast of Australia.
4. As famous as the poster is now, it came about by chance!
Designed by artist Roger Kastel for the paperback edition of Benchley’s novel, he used a great white shark diorama at the American Museum of Natural History for the emerging beast at the bottom... but the swimming woman at the top was a sketch at his studio for an ad in Good Housekeeping.
5. The movie cemented its place in cinematic history as it was the first movie to gross over $100 million at the box office.
Jaws comes to Netflix Australia this October.