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Jaws

Jaws

Jaws

  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
  • USA | 124mins | 1975 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film runtime: 2h 4m

Can it truly be summer without watching ‘The Father of all Blockbusters’, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, at the cinema?

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

Verna Fields’ editing and John Williams’ swirling score round off the tremendous casting of this 70s masterpiece. Jaws remains a classic not just for how it changed the film industry, but because it is an exquisitely made monster movie that tapped into universal human fears and did so with iconic style.