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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
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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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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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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:
As Hooper examines the remains of Chrissie Watkins, he says that the tissue damage "indicates the non-frenzied feeding of a large squalus." "Squalus" is simply Latin for "shark" (though "Squalus" is also the genus name for dogfish sharks). Hooper uses the Latin for the oceanic whitetip shark ("Longimanus") and what's probably supposed to be the longfin mako shark ("Isurus glaucus").See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As Brody argues with Mayor Vaughan about keeping the beaches closed over the Fourth of July, he states that five people were chewed up in the surf (in New Jersey) in five days, in 1916. In fact, it took place over a twelve-day period, and three of the victims were attacked in a tidal creek.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:
Soundtrack:
Show Me The Way To Go HomeSee more »

FAQ

Where is Amity Island located?
Why does the Mayor go to such trouble to keep the beach open?
Would an air tank really explode like that when hit by a bullet?
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182 out of 247 people found the following review useful.
"You yell barracuda, everybody says, 'Hunh, what?' You yell shark, and we got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.", 14 August 1998
Author: TacoBilly from North Hollywood, CA

This is the movie that started it all. I'm not talking about the Hollywood blockbuster, or the insane madness that sent thousands of misunderstood Great Whites to their deaths, I'm talking about the beginning of my interest in movies. This is the movie that did it. I couldn't tell you how old I was when I first saw it, but I do remember this is the movie I made my parents rent time and time again when we went to the video store. This is the movie that drove my parents and some of my friends nuts while I watched it day after day after day when my mom gave it to me for Christmas. This is the movie that made me want to turn a real interest in the movies from just a hobby and into a career. For that, I owe Spielberg, Benchley, Scheider, Shaw, Dreyfuss, Williams, Fields and everyone else a sincere and heart-felt thank you. I own this movie on every format in which it is available. I love it that much. I've probably seen it between 200 and 300 times. I guess you can say it is an obsession. A sick obsession. The plot, the pacing, the editing, the score, the acting, and, oh yes, the shark. Who cares that is fake? By the time we finally get to see it, do we care? Truly, a more suspenseful movie was never made. Several come close, but none quite reaches the primal level the JAWS does. No other film so effectively taps into our fear of the unknown, and then gives it a riveting score to boot. No other movie grips us so strongly with heart stopping suspense that we find ourselves nearly falling off our seats. And no other movie leaves us feeling so spent and wasted after a viewing. And the reason for all the fear, suspense and emotional withdrawal is not top-notch special effects. It was the mid-70's. You can barely apply top -notch to anything of that era. The reason the movie does all that to us is that it is a great story. It is filled with real people, who have real jobs, and who have real fears. And who must now confront a real shark. Can you think of anything more terrifying that getting on a rickety, leaky boat to kill a 25-foot shark when you already have a paralyzing fear of the water? I can't. And Martin Brody sure can't. And so, no matter what ranking JAWS may get on AFI's list of the 100 greatest movies, or TV Guides list of the top 50 movies, or any list for that matter, JAWS will always come in number one on mine. Steven, Peter, Roy, Robert, Richard, John, and Verna -- thank you. Not for just giving me a sense of direction in my life, not for just making me want to be a screenwriter, but also for making a movie that still thrills me as much now when I watch it as when it did when I saw it for the very first time.



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