Had enough football yet? Of course you have! Modern media beats everything to death. But just in case you needed even more football action than you can find on ESPN and the Networks, Retroist friend Mr. Sweet and I got together to talk about the not-nearly-loved-enough classic 1977 film Black Sunday. Black Sunday is about a terrorist attempt to attack the Super Bowl by detonating a blimp on the unsuspecting spectators. It stars Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, the Pittsburg Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, the deputy from Halloween 2, the voice of KITT, the girl from Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny, and President Carter. Watch in on Netflix Instant, then listen to Mr Sweet’s and my insightful commentary, which you can find here.
Of the many fantastic posters showcased on that site, and you’ll be seeing some of them here in the future, I decided to pick this one as tonight is the 84th Annual Academy Awards and A Man For All Seasons took home the Oscar for best picture (The 39th recipient to do so) and Best Actor for the legendarily talented Paul Scofield among others.
Besides Paul Scofield it boasts Orson Welles, Leo McKern, Nigel Davenport, Susannah York, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, and a young John Hurt in it’s cast. If you’ve not had the pleasure of viewing this classic film I would recommend you pick it up and give it a watch.
Many thanks as always to the ever impressive IMP Awards for the original theatrical poster you see up top.
Jaws is an amazing movie. No doubt about it. In college I was so taken with it, that I kept a picture of Robert Shaw framed in my apartment for 4 years. Often it had a memorial candle burning below it. Much to the chagrin of my creeped-out roommates. I still like to watch the movie every year and I have a well worn copy of the book that I pull out every other year. If you haven’t read the book, the difference can be quite shocking. Here is a summary of the differences from Wikipedia.
* Brody and his wife have three sons: Billy, Martin Jr. and Sean. In the movie, there are only two Brody children, Mike and Sean.
* Hooper tries to kill the shark with a bangstick, but during the dive he is eaten. He survives in the film. In the original script Hooper would have also died in the film, but this was changed during production.
* The mayor keeps the beaches open partly because of his Mafia ties.
* The shark kills a boy and a senior citizen in one afternoon, but in the movie only the boy, Alex Kintner, is killed.
* All events in the final reel of the film aboard the boat occur in one unbroken trip at sea, while in the novel the men safely return to Amity’s harbor several times.
* Quint’s monologue about the USS Indianapolis is absent from the novel and the original screenplay.
* The shark dies from being stabbed with a harpoon by Quint, and the novel ends with the shark approaching Brody as the boat sinks, but Brody has no weapon and the shark dies from the stab wounds. For the film, something with more visual impact was deemed necessary. Benchley disliked the change and claimed that the airtank explosion was unbelievable. In the Mythbusters’ JAWS Special, which aired during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, the Mythbusters confirmed Benchley’s theory as the scene was deemed “busted,” due to the fact that in reality, the airtank would just fly around like a rocket after being punctured.
* Quint’s foot becomes tangled in the barrel ropes and he is pulled underwater by the shark, drowning. In the film, he is eaten by the shark.
If you are tired of Jaws, may I suggest Peeps Jaws: