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Studio Universal
SKU 230513918
UPC 025192126291
UPC 14 00025192126291
Format DVD
Release Date 10/1/2013
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
High Seas
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note From 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Steven 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You're gonna need a bigger boat."--Chief Brody (Roy Scheider, who ad-libbed the line) to Quint (Robert Shaw)
Chicago Sun-Times "...One of the most effective thrillers ever made....One of the remarkable things about the picture is its relatively muted tone..." 08/20/2000 p.5
USA Today "...The phenomenon that invented 'the summer movie'..." 11/24/1995 p.3D
Total Film "...This fishy thriller is still Steven Spielberg's best movie..." 09/01/2000 p.98
Entertainment Weekly "...It pretty much rewrote the rules for the modern-day blockbuster..." 01/11/2002 p.36
Premiere "[A] record-shattering success..." 12/01/2003 p.12,"JAWS is a movie masterpiece, and still a joy to watch." 07/01/2005 p.125
Uncut "[A] terrific thriller....Perfect film-making." 09/01/2005 p.148
Sight and Sound "[I]ts combination of thrills, suspense and smart characterisation has rarely been matched." 10/01/2005 p.98
Steven Spielberg
Roy Scheider
Richard Dreyfuss
Cast & Crew
Roy Scheider - Star
Lee Fierro - Star
Murray Hamilton - Star
Carl Gottlieb - Star
Jay Mello - Star
Jeffrey Kramer - Star
Lorraine Gary - Star
Richard Dreyfuss - Star
Susan Backlinie - Star
Jonathan Filley - Star
Robert Shaw - Star
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1975
UPC 00025192126291
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Name John Williams
Award Category Best Original Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1975
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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