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

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Director:
Writers:
Peter Benchley (screenplay) and
Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 June 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Amity Island had everything. Clear skies. Gentle surf. Warm water. People flocked there every summer. It was the perfect feeding ground. See more »
Plot:
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An instant classic! See more (896 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Scheider ... Brody

Robert Shaw ... Quint

Richard Dreyfuss ... Hooper

Lorraine Gary ... Ellen Brody

Murray Hamilton ... Vaughn

Carl Gottlieb ... Meadows

Jeffrey Kramer ... Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)

Susan Backlinie ... Chrissie
Jonathan Filley ... Cassidy
Ted Grossman ... Estuary Victim
Chris Rebello ... Michael Brody
Jay Mello ... Sean Brody
Lee Fierro ... Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees ... Alex Kintner
Craig Kingsbury ... Ben Gardner
Robert Nevin ... Medical Examiner (as Dr. Robert Nevin)
Peter Benchley ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Anastasio ... Out of Towner (uncredited)
John Bahr ... Beach Guitarist (uncredited)
Gilbert Brand ... Victim (uncredited)
Allison Caine ... Additional Townswomen (voice) (uncredited)
Jean Canha ... Fat Lady (uncredited)
Edwin C. Carlson ... Man with Goff (uncredited)
Henry Carreiro ... Felix (uncredited)
Robert Carroll ... Mr. Polk (uncredited)
Edward Chalmers Jr. ... Mr. Denherder (uncredited)
Robert Chambers ... Charlie (uncredited)
Denise Cheshire ... Swimming Chrissie - First Victim (uncredited)
Fritzi Jane Courtney ... Mrs. Taft (uncredited)
Gregory S. Dole ... Sonar Operator (uncredited)
Cyprian R. Dube ... Mr. Posner (uncredited)
Stephen Earle ... Converted Extra (uncredited)
David Engelbach ... Research Assistant (uncredited)
Dorothy Fielding ... Girl in Music Store (uncredited)
Francis A. Frank ... Boat Rental Man (uncredited)
Brendan Gallagher ... Man with Dynamite (uncredited)
Elizabeth K. Gifford ... Island Wife (uncredited)
Willis B. Gifford ... Man (uncredited)
Alston Goff ... Lynwood Shop Keeper (uncredited)
Paul Goulart ... Clarinet Player in Music Store (uncredited)
Beardsley Graham ... Mainlander (uncredited)
Eleanor L. Harvey ... Motorboat Skipper (uncredited)
Mike Haydn ... Bonfire Guitarist (uncredited)
Richard P. Hewitt ... Walter (uncredited)
Carla Hogendyk ... Artist (uncredited)
Wally Hooper Jr. ... Harry (uncredited)
Janice T. Hull ... Lady Fisherman (uncredited)
Stephanie Hull ... Swimming Girl (uncredited)
Wayne Iacono ... Spotter (uncredited)
Duncan Inches ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Joseph G. Kraetzer ... Local Merchant (uncredited)
Joe La Creta ... Barwood (uncredited)
William Lymon ... Ensign (uncredited)
Belle McDonald ... Mrs. Posner (uncredited)
Phil Murray ... Mr. Taft (uncredited)
Philip Norton ... Mr. Stands (uncredited)
William O'Gorman ... Man with Dynamite (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira ... Swimer (uncredited)
Dennett Paula ... Woman at beach (uncredited)
William Pfluger ... Sailboat Skipper (uncredited)
Donald Poole ... Frank Silva - Harbor Master (uncredited)
Steven Potter ... Man with Dog (uncredited)
Beverly Powers ... Topless Swimmer (uncredited)
Ayn Ruymen ... Nurse (uncredited)
Christopher Sands ... Lifeguard (uncredited)
Henry E. Scott III ... Man with Rifle (uncredited)
Peggy Scott ... Polly (uncredited)
John Searle ... Converted Extra (uncredited)

Steven Spielberg ... Amity Point Lifestation Worker (voice) (uncredited)
Joy Stuart ... Woman Tourist #1 (uncredited)
Jerome S. Tartar ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
Julie Taylor ... Nurse (uncredited)
Paul G. Thibodeau ... Fisherman in Boat (uncredited)
Rex Trailer ... Scout Master (uncredited)
Paul F. Tremblay ... Deputy #2 (uncredited)
Hershel West ... Salvatore (uncredited)
Robert Whelden Jr. ... Policeman (uncredited)
Alfred Wilde ... Harry Wiseman (uncredited)
Dick Young ... Pratt (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Peter Benchley (screenplay) and
Carl Gottlieb (screenplay)

Peter Benchley (based on the novel by)

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Verna Fields (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Joe Alves  (as Joseph Alves Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
James Fargo .... unit production manager (as Jim Fargo)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Bass .... second assistant director
Tom Joyner .... first assistant director
Joe Alves .... second unit director (uncredited)
Verna Fields .... second unit director (uncredited)
L. Andrew Stone .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mike May .... leadman (uncredited)
Frank Nifong .... prop master (uncredited)
William A. Petrotta .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound (as Robert Hoyt)
Thomas E. Allen .... sound (uncredited)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter A. Gest .... adr recordist (uncredited)
William Griffith .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound (uncredited)
Earl Madery .... sound (uncredited)
John McDonald .... boom man (uncredited)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
James Troutman .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
Roy Arbogast .... special mechanical effects (uncredited)
Tim Baar .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Don Chandler .... sculptor (uncredited)
Richard S. Edwards .... explosive expert (uncredited)
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects (uncredited)
Conrad Kromm .... special effects (uncredited)
Stanley Mahony .... special effects (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Harry Shepherd .... special effects (uncredited)
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Eddie Surkin .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Gary Wood .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Wood .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Frank James Sparks .... stunt double: Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Richard Dryfuss (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Chapman .... camera operator
Rexford L. Metz .... underwater photography (as Rexford Metz)
Ron Taylor .... camera operator: live shark footage
Valerie Taylor .... camera operator: live shark footage
Sandy Brooke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vito Carenzo .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Cole .... best boy (uncredited)
James A. Contner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony DeGeorge .... second grip (uncredited)
Tim Evans .... lamp operator (uncredited)
David Fay .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Louis Goldman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jake Jarrell .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Harry Jukes .... generator operator (uncredited)
Guy Polzel .... key grip (uncredited)
Peter Salim .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Fred Schuler .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
William Tandrow .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Bill Tenny .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... underwater grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Clark .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Irwin Rose .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William C. Carruth .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Rick Fields .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Jeff Gourson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Joseph Glassman .... music editor (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba soloist (uncredited)
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Steven Spielberg .... musician: clarinet in orchestra (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mel Bingham .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Lorenzo Porricelli .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
William S. Gilmore .... production executive (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
Fred Zendar .... technical advisor (as Manfred Zendar)
Nick Chiarolanzio .... location auditor (uncredited)
Al Ebner .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Rick Fields .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg (uncredited)
Helen Jackson .... nurse (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... underwater diver (uncredited)
Danny Young .... timekeeper (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Leonard J.V. Compagno .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Mr. L.J.V. Compagno of The Department of Biological Sciences Stanford University)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
124 min | 130 min (Extended Edition)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | DTS (DTS 5.1) | Dolby Surround 7.1 (DTS HD Master Audio)
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1995) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:12 | Ireland:12A | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:16 (TV rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) (1975) | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (video rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:GP | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2012) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1993) (2000) | USA:PG (Certificate #24175) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven Spielberg named the shark "Bruce" after his lawyer.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The close-up shot of Hooper's air tanks that Brody accidentally spills onto the deck reflects a 6-lamp light-tree used in the location set-up.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Show Me The Way To Go HomeSee more »

FAQ

What are the major differences between the movie and the original novel?
How does the movie end?
Is the story told by Quint about the USS Indianapolis true?
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72 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
An instant classic!, 10 March 2004
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

When I first saw the film, "Jaws" I was immediately frightened by the unseen terror that pulls the human psychosis to the depths of the ocean...literally! Steven Spielberg had made himself the most successful director of all time when he went all out with this one! Running to the back of the house and turning all the lights on were just a few things I resorted to after watching the opening for the first time!!! I Never watched anymore of it until 1-3 years later. I was highly hesitant because to a young child, a skinny dippers suffering to the wrath of the giant unknown mouth was the most horrifying sequence in film history at the time...and it still is now! Once I finally got the courage to view the film, I was still in for a lot of suprises. The cinematography is superb in its ruthless attempt to bring the audience to the depths of a powerful ocean, and to the eyes of the dark, wretched creature the inhabits it. The story of the killer shark attacking the only unfortunate island in the world is more than scary. It could have been any place in the world, and it had to be Amitty Island. The shark could have easily lost it's way in the swaying currents of the ocean, but as the opposite inhabitants of the beach get angry, this big mother is here to stay! The technique is wild, absolutely wild, and John Williams score earned more than an oscar for it! Creepy piano notes enter this films titles, and the blue depths of the uncharted territory beneath the sea let us all know that no sense, however small, was to be spared. The first victim, alone will haunt those who view it for the rest of their days, and the rest of the story is more like a battle. This strange battle is often more focused on understanding the other side. What Brody, Quint, and Hooper must do is plunge into the depths themselves, and seek out the unruly monster of the sea. The common theme in this terrific classic is survival, and why not? Survival is a natural instinct to all animal alike. The shark must survive, as it makes so clear by snagging unsuspecting swimmers, but also the people, they to have to survive, but the island is not big enough for both man and fish together. Always a joy to experience over and over again, this film is the ultimate scare show to end them all! Sometimes, a lot of us fans can not seem to get enough of this instant classic!

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