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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)
Jonathan Filley ...
Ted Grossman ...
Chris Rebello ...
Jay Mello ...
Lee Fierro ...
Jeffrey Voorhees ...
Craig Kingsbury ...


It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat. Written by garykmcd

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The terrifying motion picture from the terrifying No. 1 best seller. See more »


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Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stillness in the Water  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$260,000,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (Dolby 5.1)| (DTS 5.1)| (DTS HD Master Audio)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Steven Spielberg wanted Charlton Heston to play Brody, the main reason Spielberg decided against casting him was because of Heston's "saving the day" role in his previous movies, Airport 1975 (1974) and Earthquake (1974). Spielberg reasoned that if Heston would have been cast, it signifies to the audience that the shark has virtually no chance against the hero. See more »


In the first beach scene, Mike Brody (with a football) goes into the water with a group of other kids. But a moment later he is running along the beach with Sean beside him. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Cassidy: What's your name again?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Chrissie.
Tom Cassidy: Where are we going?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Swimming
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Crazy Credits

The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of The Nation Geographical Society and Mr. L.J.V. Compagno of the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. See more »


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I Honestly Love You
Composed by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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The Ultimate Popcorn Movie
1 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Jaws" is a thrill-ride of suspense that continues to deliver the goods to the audience 25 years later. The plot is somewhat thin: a large shark is terrorizing the tourists at the local beach. However, with that said Steven Spielberg's direction is amazing. The young director (only 28 at the time) showed unlimited potential that would only increase with age. A great accomplishment that could have been a multi-million dollar bust. 5 stars out of 5.

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