In adapting Peter Benchley’s best-seller for the screen, the makers of “Jaws” threw out some subplots, streamlined the narrative and built up the principal characters (from left): Quint (Robert Shaw), the World War II survivor who hunts sharks for a living; Brody (Roy Scheider), the New York cop turned soft-duty police chief of a virtually crime-free tourist town; and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), an oceanographer who is fascinated by sharks.
In adapting Peter Benchley’s best-seller for the screen, the makers of “Jaws” threw out some subplots, streamlined the narrative and built up the principal characters (from left): Quint (Robert Shaw), the World War II survivor who hunts sharks for a living; Brody (Roy Scheider), the New York cop turned soft-duty police chief of a virtually crime-free tourist town; and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), an oceanographer who is fascinated by sharks. File photo
In adapting Peter Benchley’s best-seller for the screen, the makers of “Jaws” threw out some subplots, streamlined the narrative and built up the principal characters (from left): Quint (Robert Shaw), the World War II survivor who hunts sharks for a living; Brody (Roy Scheider), the New York cop turned soft-duty police chief of a virtually crime-free tourist town; and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), an oceanographer who is fascinated by sharks. File photo

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