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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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Top Rated Movies #236 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Martin Brody
... Quint
... Matt Hooper
... Ellen Brody
... Mayor Larry Vaughn
... Meadows
... Deputy Hendricks (as Jeffrey C. Kramer)
... Chrissie Watkins
Jonathan Filley ... Cassidy
Ted Grossman ... Estuary Victim
... Michael Brody
Jay Mello ... Sean Brody
... Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees ... Alex Kintner
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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There is a creature alive today which has survived millions of years of evolution...without change, without passion, without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless eating machine, it will attack and devour anything. Try to imagine meeting the Devil...with JAWS. See more »


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Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stillness in the Water  »

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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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| (Extended Edition)

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

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Steven Spielberg, the prop arm looked too fake in the scene where Chrissie's remains are discovered, so instead, they buried a female crew member in the sand with only her arm exposed. See more »

Goofs

When the shark enters the pond and knocks the guy (Ted Grossman) off the boat, he doesn't have any shoes on. When we see his leg sink to the bottom it has a shoe on it. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Manhattan Baby (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Untitled Improvised Campfire Guitar Music
(uncredited)
Performed by Mike Haydn
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One of the best films ever.
20 March 2009 | by See 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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