Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film 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, the film remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. —Festival de Cannes
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
Another summer...another screening of the best summer blockbuster par none. Essential cinema. The construction is genius with performances to match. William's score much more than the cliché it has become. Robert Shaw just electrifying in ever scene especially the tale of the Indianapolis. ..."Didn't you hear your father! Get out of that boat right now!"...brings a tear to the eye.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Watching Jaws for the first time in several years was like seeing it for the first time. Period. The scene with the first daytime attack was a work of editing genius and the chemistry between Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss alone carried the last hour. And Shaw's Indianapolis monologue was beautiful. One of the few movies that makes me want to watch it every time I think about it.
Of course this film is an obvious classic. But I wonder if Spielberg's current reputation trumps this film. It is still one of his best, but I don't think he will ever have the potential to make something this economically effective. If so, it will take me completely by surprise. I would love to see it happen though. But the film itself? Just see it. There's nothing I can say you probably haven't heard already.
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Widely regarded as the film that began the “summer movie blockbuster era”, JAWS (1975) was also rightfully one of the year’s most critically acclaimed movies. It was also the recipient of an Academy… read review
With the exception of Psycho, few films have shocked audiences as much as Jaws, the most talked about movie of 1975. With this single film, Steven Spielberg rose to the top of the pool of young filmmakers… read review