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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 14, 2012
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Spotlight On Location: The Making of Jaws - A Documentary featuring Interviews with key cast and crew
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss & Robert Shaw|
|Performer:||Murray Hamilton, Lorraine Gary, Carl Gottlieb, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie & Jonathan Filley|
|Directed by||Steven Spielberg|
|Edited by||Verna Fields|
|Screenwriting by||Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley & Howard Sackler|
|Original story by||Peter Benchley|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Richard D. Zanuck & David Brown|
|Director of Photography:||Bill Butler|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
- Chief Brody (Roy Scheider, who ad-libbed the line) to Quint (Robert Shaw)
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Original Score: John Williams
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Sound
JAWS is a movie masterpiece, and still a joy to watch.
Rating: 5/5 -- Sure, the shark looks a tad mechanical. But the film's still a masterpiece of suspenseful story-telling, aided by John Williams' brilliant score, ground out on a tuba. Full Review
Daily Mail (UK)
A perfect movie in nearly every way. Full Review
From the Front Row
[I]ts combination of thrills, suspense and smart characterisation has rarely been matched.
Sight and Sound
Steven Spielberg was not yet 30 when he directed arguably the greatest scary adventure movie of all time.
...It pretty much rewrote the rules for the modern-day blockbuster...
Jaws is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish-scare the hell out of you. Full Review
From the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg directed this thrill ride of terror. During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York (Roy Scheider), a young university-educated oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a crusty old-time fisherman (Robert Shaw). The film shoot was notoriously difficult for the young Spielberg, who had directed only one feature film before JAWS. The mechanical shark seldom operated correctly, and Spielberg was frequently forced to create the idea of terror without actually showing the shark. However, after the film premiered it went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time--surpassing THE GODFATHER and becoming the first film to gross more than a hundred million dollars. Composer John Williams created the score to JAWS, which has since become a well-known theme of impending doom. Ron and Valerie Taylor were responsible for filming live sharks in Australia; their sequences were later mixed with footage of the mechanical shark.
Steven Spielberg's film is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The frightfest is based on the book by Peter Benchley, son of author Nathaniel and grandson of author Robert Benchley. The plot is simple: The tourist season of a resort island is devoured by a great white shark. The ensuing "fishing trip" to catch the monstrous man-eater is filmed with power and suspense and plenty of scares that has had audiences jumping out of their seats for decades--and staying out of the water.
Action | Adventure | Classic | High Seas | Thriller | Killer | Animals | Recommended | Blockbuster | Theatrical Release | Sharks | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: June 20, 1975.
- The film was shot on location on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
- Estimated budget: $12 million.
- The film grossed more than $260 million at the domestic box office and nearly $475 million worldwide.
- JAWS was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and John Williams won an Oscar for his original score.
- For the scene of Richard Dreyfuss fighting the shark from inside a cage, the crew used a very short stunt diver to make the shark seem abnormally large.
- The famous shot of a head popping out of a hole in a sunken boat was shot in editor Verna Field's pool and was inserted by Spielberg after the film was completed.
- JAWS is number 48 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- One early title for the film was STILLNESS IN THE WATER.
- The film was supported by an enormous public-relations campaign. According to Newsweek, "Like the novel, the movie was launched with an almost unprecedented promotional campaign, complete with cross-country tours by stars and $700,000 worth of prime-time TV time to trumpet the release in 450 theaters throughout the land." The film became the highest-grossing film of all time until STAR WARS surpassed it two years later. JAWS spawned three sequels: JAWS 2, JAWS 3-D, and JAWS 4--THE REVENGE, as well as countless imitators.
- Sales Rank: 20,957
- UPC: 025192126291
- Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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