posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:21 PM
Every actor and actress perfectly cast. The dialogue is natural yet riveting. And, at the end, includes the first modern "action-hero line":
"Smile, ya son of a...".
The big city cop suddenly the (proverbial) big fish in a small pond. The rich "college boy" (Hooper) and the old salt (Quint) playing perfectly
against each other without being cartoonish (as could easily have happened in the hands of a lesser director). The stubborn mayor who was doing, in
his mind, "what was in the best interests of the community".
Quint's description of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, alone, would make this film a must-see. I saw this movie many times in the summer of
1975 and never miss the chance to see it when it airs on TV.