“I’ll never wear a lifejacket again…”
There are many, many reasons to admire Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
But for me, the main attraction is the fantastic chemistry and interaction between the three main stars and their characters – Robert Shaw‘s Quint, Roy Scheider‘s police chief Martin Brody and Richard Dreyfuss‘ marine biologist Matt Hooper.
The most intriguing character of that trinity is undoubtedly Robert Shaw’s enigmatic, world-weary shark-hunter Quint, a grizzled old sea-dog with an Ahab-esque obsession with the creatures.
The root of this obsession is revealed in this chilling monologue about the fate of the USS Indianapolis, a story rendered all the more powerful by the fact that it was based on a real incident (albeit the filmmakers used a little artistic licence to tweak the facts):