Jaws

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Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.

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When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

Cast & Crew

Roy Scheider
Police Chief Martin Brody
Lorraine Gary
Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton
Mayor Larry Vaughn
Carl Gottlieb
Ben Meadows
Jeffrey Kramer
Deputy Lenny Hendricks
Susan Backlinie
Chrissie Watkins
Ted Grossman
Estuary Victim
Peter Benchley
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Peter Benchley
Writer (Screenplay)
Carl Gottlieb
Writer (Screenplay)
David Brown
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John Williams
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Critic Reviews for Jaws

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (2)

  • Jaws is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish-scare the hell out of you.

    September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    Arthur Cooper

    Newsweek
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  • Jaws is a splendidly shrewd cinematic equation which not only gives you one or two very nasty turns when you least expect them but, possibly more important, knows when to make you think another's coming without actually providing it.

    December 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
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  • I don't think there's a more exciting talent at work right now than Spielberg, an authentic moviemaking prodigy, and perhaps his worst problem from June 20, 1975, on will be preventing success from making a nervous or artistic wreck of him.

    July 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time.

    July 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Director Steven Spielberg has immeasurably improved the bestselling Peter Benchley potboiler novel.

    June 12, 2015 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

    Newsday
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  • Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms, and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks.

    May 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jaws

  • Dec 23, 2016
    "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Director Steven Spielberg explores onto the scene with the horror-thriller Jaws. When the mangled remains of a swimmer are discovered, small-town police chief Martin Brody comes to believe that a rogue shark is prowling the waters and attempts to close down the beaches. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw lead the cast and deliver some pretty good performances. But the real star of course is the shark, and Spielberg does an excellent job at giving it a real sense of terror. And one cannot overestimate the impact of John Williams' score, which heightens the tension and suspense, taking it to the next level. Playing on our primal fears, Jaws is a terrifying monster movie.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2016
    One of the best movies ever. Thanks Steven Spielberg
    Fernando M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2016
    It's man against shark in this terrifyingly realistic thriller. Spielberg has created the most well known shark movie ever made while John Williams theme music is recognized and still joked about to this day. A brutal and bloody film that will leave some people wondering if they should go in the water next time they're at the beach.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2016
    One of the best movies ever made.
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