Jaws

Jaws (1975)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Horror, Mystery-Suspense, Thriller  |   Release Date - Jun 20, 1975  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Jaws is a 1975 American film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional New England summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as Larry Vaughn, the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. The screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography. Shot mostly on location on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, the film had a troubled production, going over budget and past schedule. As the art department's mechanical sharks suffered many malfunctions, Spielberg decided to mostly suggest the animal's presence, employing an ominous, minimalistic theme created by composer John Williams to indicate the shark's impending appearances. Spielberg and others have compared this suggestive approach to that of classic thriller director Alfred Hitchcock. Universal Pictures gave the film what was then an exceptionally wide release for a major studio picture, over 450 screens, accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign with a heavy emphasis on television spots and tie-in merchandise. Now considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jaws became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars (1977). It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around high box-office returns from action and adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising. It was followed by three sequels, none with the participation of Spielberg or Benchley, and many imitative thrillers. In 2001, Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Budget

$8,000,000

Box Office

$477,220,580

Tags

3D Re-Releases, Animal Attack, Beach, Brody, Collection: Jaws, Cult, Ferry Boat, Film Based On A Novel, Fishing, Fishing Boat, Fourth Of July, Great White Shark, Killer Shark, Police Chief, Quint, Severed Leg, Shark, Shark Attack, Shark Cage, Shipwreck, Skinny Dipping, Supernatural/Monsters, Vaughn

Attributes

Based On: Frews
Filming Location: Australia, Martha's Vineyard
Narrative Location: Jaws universe, Massachusetts
Subject: great white shark, seamanship, shark, shark attack, social class
Time Period: 1970s

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