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Editor's NoteFrom the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg directed this thrill ride of terror. During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York (Roy Scheider), a young university-educated oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a crusty old-time fisherman (Robert Shaw). The film shoot was notoriously difficult for the young Spielberg, who had directed only one feature film before JAWS. The mechanical shark seldom operated correctly, and Spielberg was frequently forced to create the idea of terror without actually showing the shark. However, after the film premiered it went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time--surpassing THE GODFATHER and becoming the first film to gross more than a hundred million dollars. Composer John Williams created the score to JAWS, which has since become a well-known theme of impending doom. Ron and Valerie Taylor were responsible for filming live sharks in Australia; their sequences were later mixed with footage of the mechanical shark.
Cast & Crew
|Peter Benchley - Cameo|
|Verna Fields - Editor|
|Carl Gottlieb - Screenwriter|
|Joe Alves - Production Designer|
|John M. Dwyer - Set Designer|
|Peter Benchley - Screenwriter|
|Bill Butler - Director of Photography|
|Peter Benchley - Source Writer|
|Howard Sackler - Screenwriter|
|David Brown - Producer|
|Richard D. Zanuck - Producer|
|John Williams - Composer|
|Steven Spielberg - Director|
Plot SummarySteven Spielberg's film is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The frightfest is based on the book by Peter Benchley, son of author Nathaniel and grandson of author Robert Benchley. The plot is simple: The tourist season of a resort island is devoured by a great white shark. The ensuing "fishing trip" to catch the monstrous man-eater is filmed with power and suspense and plenty of scares that has had audiences jumping out of their seats for decades--and staying out of the water.
|"You're gonna need a bigger boat."----Chief Brody (Roy Scheider, who ad--libbed the line) to Quint (Robert Shaw)|