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Jaws (1975)

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When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach resort, 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 #235 | 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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On the Fourth of July, Fishing Season will open...on you. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

Steven Spielberg invited John Byrum to do a rewrite, but he declined the offer. Columbo (1971) creators William Link and Richard Levinson also declined Spielberg's invitation. See more »

Goofs

When Brody boards the ferry and tells them to take him out to the Boy Scouts in the water, Larry Vaughn also boards the ferry. Although the ferry driver has not been given new instructions, he takes them all over to the other side to the ferry terminal, ignoring Brody's initial request. 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

Further cut scenes available on the DVD releases include an alternate discovery of Chrissie's remains, with Brody forcing a reluctant Cassidy to identify her; Mayor Vaughn trying to get Brody to do something about the kids karate-ing fences while on the car ferry; Mrs. Kintner coming out of the town hall with her father after posting the reward notice and passing Quint who is getting out of his truck; Ellen talking to Hooper over dinner about a documentary she saw on sea lions; and the cut scene of the shark hitting Mike Brody with the estuary victim in its mouth. See more »

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Soundtracks

Show Me The Way To Go Home
(uncredited)
Written by Irving King
Performed by Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss
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One of the best films ever.
20 March 2009 | by schmee3spadesSee all my reviews

Synopsis: A police chief of a popular summer retreat island finds the tourist season in jeopardy when a great white shark attacks. With the mayor pressuring him to keep the beaches open for financial reasons, he teams up with a marine scientist and a certifiable fisherman to hunt the beast.

My Take: Is there a better horror film out there? I say no. This movie has it all, jumps, tears, laughter, and (most importantly) tension. Spielberg proved out of the gate that he knows where all of your strings are and that he can pluck any single one at will. What makes this film so incredible isn't the shark at all. It's the people. They are real three dimensional characters who share our fears and feelings. A simple example being when one mother walks up, slaps the police chief and sobs, "My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that."

Recommendation: I would also recommend Spielberg's made for T.V. movie Duel.


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