Academy Award® Winner
A man-eating Great White Shark terrorizes the island tourist town of Amity and the sheriff, a marine scientist, and a fisherman set out to stop it. View more >
Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
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"Jaws" was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, based on the book by Peter Benchley about a killer shark who terrorized a New England seaside resort.
Roy Scheider played local Sheriff Broady who is responsable for the safety of the residents while arguing against the wishes of the community that the beach remain open. When the shark strikes again Schinder along with Quint (Robert Shaw) and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), all set out to find the shark. The film is fun to watch as we see the shark at the beginning coming out of the water to strike at the first victim.
The music score by John Williams sat the tone for this movie that provide plenty of scares for everyone. The shark in "Jaws" isn't just one push-over shark, it's a king size killer. "Jaws" is a landmark movie that is still powerful some 27 years later.
A terrific movie in 1975 and still a very good one now, although the shark is looking a little dated.
I remember at the time seeing very long queues of people waiting in the rain to see Jaws. With the exception of Star Wars I don't ever recall seeing such a thing again.
The original spawned a heap of copycat movies including (I think) 3 sequals. Non of which have ever matched up to the first.
If you ever get an opportunity to experience this on the big screen, do so. The music by John Williams is awesome and well worth the price of admission alone.
If you have never seen "Jaws" you should strive to correct that issue as soon as you can, which is why it gets a "See Now!" rating from me.
From the opening scene, there is this sense of foreboding and the danger presented by the title character. Just when many movies would run out of steam, this movie sets the hook and grabs the viewer when the Orca leaves harbor on a shark hunt. The chemistry between the three characters makes you identify with them and their fate.
Science has taught us that sharks are not mindless killers and they have incredible value in the world's oceans. Unfortunately, Jaws is probably responsible for people fearing and hating sharks to this day, causing great harm to their numbers and their contribution to keeping their ecosystem in balance.
Regardless of how you feel about the accuracy of the subject matter and its long-term impact on the public's view of sharks, it's impossible not to recognize the significance of "Jaws" in movie history.
A better way to look at the shark in Jaws is that of a monster movie. Not rooted in reality, we have a larger-than-life monster that is wreaking havoc and a group of under-equipped humans take on the task of battling the monster and saving the day.
On that basis, this movie works perfectly and should be on every fan's bucket list!
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