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Jaws (1975)

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A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)
Jonathan Filley ...
Ted Grossman ...
Estuary Victim
Jay Mello ...
Jeffrey Voorhees ...
Alex Kintner
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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On the Fourth of July, Fishing Season will open...on you. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,061,513, 22 June 1975, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1)| (Blu-ray release)


Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carl Gottlieb named two science fiction films as as influences on how the shark was depicted, or not: The Thing from Another World (1951), which Gottlieb described as "a great horror film where you only see the monster in the last reel"; and It Came from Outer Space (1953), where "the suspense was built up because the creature was always off-camera". See more »


When Hooper is in the shark cage he removes the cork from his spear that holds poison, then when the shark hits the cage he loses his spear and as it floats through the water the cork reappears, then the next time you see the spear hit the ocean floor the cork is gone again. 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 »


Referenced in Cyprien (2009) See more »


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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 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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