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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When the beaches open this summer, you will be taken. 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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Technical Specs


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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?


The plot is almost identical to Ibsen's play "An Enemy Of The People" albeit without the shark. The play was later filmed, starring Steve McQueen- a one time casting thought for Jaws. See more »


During the pot roast scene, just before the end of the dock is pulled into the water by the shark taking the roast, you can see how the dock is rigged to break away easily. 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 RocknRolla (2008) See more »


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Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Paul Anka with Odia Coates
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One of the experiences that made me fall in love with movies
17 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

I will never forget the first time I saw Jaws. I was glued to the seat from start to finish. I jumped, I held my breath; this was one of the experiences that made me fall in love with movies. This was probably the first film where I completely forgot everything around me. I was there, in that boat, in that gloomy cabin, with those people - everything seemed so real (and alas, the sea never looked the same again). When I watch it these days I still marvel: the atmosphere and the performances in this film are simply magical. Spielberg without the schmalz. He has never been better.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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