Jaws

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Released 1975

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG
Jaws is a 1975 film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, and Richard Dreyfuss ichthyologist Matt Hooper. The film is set on Amity Island, a small island in New England and popular beach destination. At the beginning of beach season, a woman is killed by a shark while swimming at night. Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) covers up the story to protect tourist season. Unfortunately, a young boy is killed in another brutal shark attack. This time there can be no hiding the fact that there is a shark on the loose, and people are out to get it. Quint hears of the shark and vows to kill it. A tiger shark is eventually caught by some locals, however it is proven to not be the shark in question. After more attacks (including one witnessed by Brody's son), Brody forces Vaughn to hire Quint. Hooper, Brody, and Quint set to the ocean on the Orca to find and kill the shark. At one point while Brody is chumming the ocean, the shark attacks their boat and is proven to be larger than they could have imagined. After a late night encounter with the shark, the boats engines are damaged and the crew is stuck. They try one last effort to capture the shark by submerging in a shark proof cage and must fight for their lives with explosive results.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the most effective thrillers ever made.

  • 90

    Variety

    Robert Shaw [is] absolutely magnificent as a coarse fisherman finally hired to locate the Great White Shark; and Richard Dreyfuss, in another excellent characterization as a likeab...

  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    If you think about Jaws for more than 45 seconds you will recognize it as nonsense, but it's the sort of nonsense that can be a good deal of fun, if you like to have the wits scare...

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Classics, Thrillers