Ep. 03-16: Jaws (1975)

A woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping off the New England tourist town of Amity Island. Police Chief, Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), wants to close the beaches, but mayor, Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), overrules him, fearing the loss of tourist revenue.  Ichthyologist, Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and a fisherman, Quint (Robert Shaw), offer to help Brody capture the killer shark, and the trio engages in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

Episode 0316 “JAWS”

Necessity is the mother of invention is a proverb that aptly explains the success of Jaws—Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster film—better than anything else. Force to film early, the young, novice director began shooting his film in the words of Richard Dreyfuss, “without a script, without a cast, and without a shark.” Join us for this very special Christmas episode as we discuss how Spielberg learned a career-making lesson in the concept of less is more, and how the monster you don’t see in most cases is scarier than the one you do. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys dives deep into the dark waters where a predator lurks, mammoth, and ready to devour the world.

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Ep. 03-15: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

World War II planes reported missing suddenly appear in the Mojave desert. A commercial flight encounters a UFO. While working one night, lineman, Roy Neary, has an otherworldly experience… Officials determine where the visitors plan to land and create an elaborate cover-up to keep people away. However, a group of people (including Neary) go anyway… for a gathering with new, and old, friends.

Episode 315 “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Welcome to part one of our Very Spielberg Christmas! In this 1977, feel-good classic, we experience thrills and chills as the people of earth encounter a benevolent alien race. Join us as we discuss Spielberg’s initial foray into science fiction films, and—similar to E.T. (1982)—a fantastical take of not-so-menacing extraterrestrials. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys climbs Devil’s Tower for an invitation-only event with visitors from another world and, who knows, perhaps the opportunity to join them for future adventures.

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