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Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
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The first time I saw Jaws I thought the shark looked fake. Then I watched it with a friend who told me that Great Whites really do look that way. This led me to pursue more info and develop a life-long fascination with sharks.
I'm also embarrassed to say that I hadn't known anything about the USS Indianapolis. Quint's hard-hitting monologue inspired me to research the ship and what happened to it-- which was beyond horrific.
Getting back to the movie itself, I think the performances of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are amazing. They literally become Brody, Hooper and Quint every time I watch Jaws. I think Robert Shaw does the best acting of his career. He's perfect as Quint.
Jaws was made well before CGI came about, and I couldn't be happier about that. It feels so nice not to be clobbered with it.
For me, the movie's two hours just fly by. None of it drags. It jumps in with both feet at the very beginning and doesn't let up until the credits roll.
I think Jaws is a masterpiece, and I never get tired of watching it. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Thank you, Mr. Spielberg and company!
If you don't already know this, I wouldn't recommend this for small children. Unless YOU have a terrible fear of the water and you don't want your kids to swim...
Earns my official seal of approval.
It’s been 43 years since I’ve first seen Jaws, and I find it interesting, I haven’t been in the ocean since. I can’t say that is directly because of Jaws, much more likely just not the geography that trips my trigger, still I wonder.
When one watches this movie, one must remember this is the movie that set the standards as toward this type of “adventure.” Many of the characters may seem somewhat stereotypical, but at the time Jaws was filmed they were all pretty believable. The movie is as incredibly watchable from the opening grim shark attack, until the sharks demise as per this recent viewing as it was the first time I saw Jaws in 1975.
The main characters, Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss are equally compelling and believable in their roles. The fans of Jaws the book by Peter Benchley May be somewhat disappointed as some of his storyline has been paired down, yet as directed by a young Steven Spielberg, the viewer is treated to a rousing 2+ hours of movie.
Bonus features on this Blu-Ray version are treated to a library of bonus features, including the making of Jaws which includes interviews with: the producers Zanuck and Brown; Benchley; Spielberg; Scheider; Dreyfuss; Lorraine Gary; and a host of those behind the technical aspects of sharks, special effects, and the mechanical sharks themselves.
Great movie. I find it a bit puzzling that a few of the scenes are a bit on the horrific side, and the film still contains a PG rating. In that respect, the movie still packs a bite and is well worth the time invested into watching Jaws.
Police chief Martin Brody, marine biologist Quint, and fisherman Matt Hooper all set out to track down and kill a almost comically massive great white shark that is terrorizing a New England beach resort right at the busiest season.