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Jaws (1975)

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When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #238 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw ... Quint
Richard Dreyfuss ... Matt Hooper
Lorraine Gary ... Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton ... Mayor Larry Vaughn
Carl Gottlieb ... Meadows
Jeffrey Kramer ... Deputy Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)
Susan Backlinie ... Chrissie Watkins
Jonathan Filley Jonathan Filley ... Cassidy
Ted Grossman Ted Grossman ... Estuary Victim
Chris Rebello ... Michael Brody
Jay Mello Jay Mello ... Sean Brody
Lee Fierro ... Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees Jeffrey Voorhees ... Alex Kintner
Craig Kingsbury Craig Kingsbury ... Ben Gardner
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

If you want to survive Fishing Season, don't go in the water. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stillness in the Water See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$260,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$470,653,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1)| Dolby Surround 7.1 (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first day the model shark was used, it sank to the bottom of the ocean. It needed a great deal of maintenance and didn't appear very terrifying. Spielberg recalled, "I had no choice but to figure out how to tell the story without the shark" and he reasoned that, "It's what we don't see which is truly frightening." See more »

Goofs

When Ben Gardner is heading out on his boat, it cuts to a shot from behind which shows his and other surrounding boats. At the front is Ben on his boat, and mounted to the bow is the camera and reflector screen, which filmed the previous shot. 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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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 »

Alternate Versions

On the laserdisc version, there is an additional deleted scene where Quint and his little friend are talking in a boathouse. His friend tells him he's not going with him to hunt the shark. Quint responds by calling him a "miserable little son of a b*tch." See more »

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Spanish Ladies
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Not your average fish story...
23 September 2001 | by WehoSteveSee all my reviews

Widely regarded as the film that began the "summer movie blockbuster era", JAWS (1975) was also rightfully one of the year's most critically acclaimed movies. It was also the recipient of an Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture and a winner of Oscars for film editing (Verna Fields) and music score (John Williams). One of the reasons the film received no acting nods is that everyone involved is so good, how could one single out just one or two? (I personally feel Robert Shaw should have gotten a Best Actor nomination, however). Roy Scheider is wonderful as New York cop Martin Brody, who has relocated to a small coastal island town, only to have his bad case of "aquaphobia" put to the ultimate test. Richard Dreyfuss is perfectly cast as a shark expert and provides some truly funny comic bits along the way. Lorraine Gary (who director Steven Spielberg says was the first person to be cast for the film) does an excellent job of being the concerned wife and mother. Finally, there's Murray Hamilton, who gives one of the best performances of his career as Mayor Vaughn, who seems to be more concerned about the economy of the town than the safety of the residents. In a way, Vaughn is really the film's villain. Solid cast indeed. The screenplay (by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb) is tight and well-written, as is Spielberg's direction. Whether it was the mechanical shark's failure to operate correctly or Spielberg's decision to simply see less of the shark until the end of the film, the "less is more" idea works perfectly, particularly in the opening scene, which is chilling to this day.

One thing I do want to add: if you choose to watch this film at home, do yourself a favor and rent or buy the WIDESCREEN version. The full-screen pan and scan version is a travesty that ruins the great camerawork that Spielberg and cameraman Bill Butler made. I always recommend the widescreen version but it is especially important for JAWS.

No offense to fans of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, but this is the film that should have taken home the Oscar gold. Grade: A+


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