Jaws (1975) is an American adventure thriller movie that is based on Peter Benchley‘s novel, Jaws. Jaws is known as one of the greatest films of all time and was the highest-grossing film in history until Star Wars (1977) came out. The movie was filmed in various places in Australia and Massachusetts including Dangerous Reef, South Australia; Coast, South Australia; Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA and other locations. It is about a humongous great white shark attacking beachgoers on Amity Island (not a real place) town resort. Professional shark hunter teams up with a marine biologist and police officers to pursue a search and capture operation for this life taking shark. The movie contains brief nudity that kids may not notice because it goes by fast, violence, gore, some swearing, but not actual bad language, drinking and frightening intense scenes.
Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie - 1941 (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Grizzly & the Treasure (1975)) was pulled under water and tossed around while skinny dipping in Amity Island after leaving a beach party. Deputy chief of police Martin Brody (Roy Scheider - The French Connection (1971), 2010 (1984), All That Jazz (1979)) later found her body on the beach, and the medical examiner confirmed that she was killed by a shark. Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton - The Graduate (1967), The Hustler (1961), Jaws 2 (1978)) does not want to close the beach down as Martin advises him to because he is afraid of losing all the income that is brought in by all of the tourists. Therefore, the medical examiner said that Chrissie died from a boating accident. A mother announced that she would award $10,000 to anyone who kills the shark that killed her baby boy. Many people are looking to capture this shark because they could use the extra $10,000. A fisherman caught a tiger shark and put everyone’s minds at ease as they believe that the killer shark is not at large anymore.
Marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), American Graffiti (1973), Piranha 3D (2010)) examines Chrissie’s dead body and determines that she was killed by a shark and not by an accident with a boat. After a series of events, the mayor refuses to close the beach after Martin and Hooper begged him to. Martin and Hooper found a large shark tooth by a fishermen boat but lost it when they saw the dead fisherman body. What will the mayor do when all the tourists arrive for the Fourth of July celebration and the shark attacks? Will it be too late to listen to the detective and marine biologist? How many people will die and will the mayor be one of them to die? If you would like to know the answers then watch the movie - you will not be disappointed.
It is a great movie that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from the very beginning to the very ending of the movie, and you will be thirsting for more. It is said that Jaws is the movie that made Steven Spielberg famous and the person that he is today. This movie went through many difficulties while filming including going over budget, malfunctioning shark on many occasions and improving scenes by using a pool instead of the ocean. The suspense was intense, and the movie felt so realistic that it captivated me.
About Jaws (1975)
Starring: Joseph Oliveira, Roy Scheider, Fritzi Jane Courtney, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Kramer, Cyprian R. Dube, Steven Spielberg, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Denise Cheshire, Alfred Wilde, Ayn Ruymen, Robert Shaw, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Dorothy Fielding, Carla Hogendyk, Steven Potter, Craig Kingsbury, Wally Hooper Jr., Beverly Powers, Robert Nevin, Janice T. Hull, Christopher Sands, Peter Benchley, Stephanie Hull, Henry E. Scott III, Chris Anastasio, Stephen Earle, Wayne Iacono
Director: Steven Spielberg