The thing you saw might have been this here, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pVjWQXd4ys
(It’s one of the more famous of the “Making Of…” documentaries where Jaws is concerned.)
It’s been a while since I’ve watched it but I do recall some discussion of the “Indianapolis” scene and the circumstances. The first take Shaw didn’t care for, asked permission to try it a wee bit worse for drink as they say. So they did and (according to either Dreyfuss or Spielberg, I don’t recall which) the result was horrible to say the least. Does the footage exist? Probably. Was it used in the film? I don’t know, but I sincerely doubt it.
Ha! I found it! On the video, seek to just about 1 hour and 5 minutes into the show and let it play through for 6 minutes. That’s where the “meat” of the thing is - discussion of how that scene was developed and constructed, etc.
Neat and thanks Dough!
Not watched this yet although I do have one doco on my collectors edition DVD. The one my partner showed me was a top ten compilation of Jaws factoids if I recall correctly. However I am always very happy to watch anything related to Jaws. I am going (for now), to forward to that section you mention just to see if I can spot any discrepancies!
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I am always of mixed minds when it comes to outtakes and/or "behind the scenes" docs.
Sometimes they can be quite amusing/fascinating to watch, especially the "making of...."; but by the same token it takes some of the specialness away from the film itself.
For example, the story about Shaw being drunk during the Indie scene - it kind of tarnishes his overall performance to now know that he was worse-for-wear during some scenes where I always thought he sparkled.
“When is old news gonna be old news?”
― Arnold Vinick (The West Wing)
I heard (or read) that Shaw was drunk for the first take (too drunk- he was drinking most of the time) and it sucked the big one. So he asked to re-shoot while soberer. It may be my imagination, but there is one cut just after the cut to Brody in the middle of the scene (somewhere around 'They didn't even list us overdue for a week', maybe that line) where he is bleary-eyed. I take that as a cut from the original take, due to his demeanour and the unique camera angle compared to the rest of the cut.
Did you know that during the 'game fish' scene, he turns and yells at Hooper and is visibly sick in just that cut, not from alcohol but illness?
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