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In the vastly overrated 1998 book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, author Peter Biskind puts the blame for Hollywood's blockbuster mentality at least partially on Steven Spielberg's box-office success with this adaptation of Peter Benchley's bestselling novel. But you can't blame Spielberg for making a terrific movie, which Jaws definitely is. The story of a Long Island town whose summer tourist business is suddenly threatened by great-white-shark attacks on humans bypasses the potboiler trappings of Benchley's book and goes straight for the jugular with beautifully crafted, crowd-pleasing sequences of action and suspense supported by a trio of terrific performances by Roy Scheider (as the local sheriff), Richard Dreyfuss (as a shark specialist), and particularly Robert Shaw (as the old fisherman who offers to hunt the shark down). The sequences on Shaw's boat--as the three of them realize that in fact the shark is hunting them--are what entertaining moviemaking is all about. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Roy ScheiderBrody
Robert ShawQuint
Richard DreyfussHooper
Lorraine GaryEllen Brody
Murray HamiltonVaughn
Carl GottliebMeadows
Jeffrey KramerHendricks
Susan BacklinieChrissie
Jonathan FilleyCassidy
Ted GrossmanEstuary Victim
Chris RebelloMichael Brody
Jay MelloSean Brody
Lee FierroMrs. Kintner
Jeffrey VoorheesAlex Kintner
Craig KingsburyBen Gardner
Robert NevinMedical Examiner
Peter BenchleyInterviewer
Chris AnastasioOut of Towner (uncredited)
John BahrBeach Guitarist (uncredited)
Gilbert BrandVictim (uncredited)
Allison CaineAdditional Townswomen (voice) (uncredited)
Jean CanhaFat Lady (uncredited)
Edwin C. CarlsonMan with Goff (uncredited)
Henry CarreiroFelix (uncredited)
Robert CarrollMr. Polk (uncredited)
Edward Chalmers Jr.Mr. Denherder (uncredited)
Robert ChambersCharlie (uncredited)
Denise CheshireSwimming Chrissie - First Victim (uncredited)
Fritzi Jane CourtneyMrs. Taft (uncredited)
Gregory S. DoleSonar Operator (uncredited)
Cyprian R. DubeMr. Posner (uncredited)
Stephen EarleConverted Extra (uncredited)
David EngelbachResearch Assistant (uncredited)
Dorothy FieldingGirl in Music Store (uncredited)
Francis A. FrankBoat Rental Man (uncredited)
Brendan GallagherMan with Dynamite (uncredited)
Elizabeth K. GiffordIsland Wife (uncredited)
Willis B. GiffordMan (uncredited)
Alston GoffLynwood Shop Keeper (uncredited)
Paul GoulartClarinet Player in Music Store (uncredited)
Beardsley GrahamMainlander (uncredited)
Eleanor L. HarveyMotorboat Skipper (uncredited)
Mike HaydnBonfire Guitarist (uncredited)
Richard P. HewittWalter (uncredited)
Carla HogendykArtist (uncredited)
Wally Hooper Jr.Harry (uncredited)
Janice T. HullLady Fisherman (uncredited)
Stephanie HullSwimming Girl (uncredited)
Wayne IaconoSpotter (uncredited)
Duncan InchesTownsperson (uncredited)
Joseph G. KraetzerLocal Merchant (uncredited)
Joe La CretaBarwood (uncredited)
William LymonEnsign (uncredited)
Belle McDonaldMrs. Posner (uncredited)
Phil MurrayMr. Taft (uncredited)
Philip NortonMr. Stands (uncredited)
William O'GormanMan with Dynamite (uncredited)
William PflugerSailboat Skipper (uncredited)
Donald PooleFrank Silva - Harbor Master (uncredited)
Steven PotterMan with Dog (uncredited)
Beverly PowersTopless Swimmer (uncredited)
Ayn RuymenNurse (uncredited)
Christopher SandsLifeguard (uncredited)
Henry E. Scott IIIMan with Rifle (uncredited)
Peggy ScottPolly (uncredited)
John SearleConverted Extra (uncredited)
Steven SpielbergAmity Point Lifestation Worker (voice) (uncredited)
Joy StuartWoman Tourist #1 (uncredited)
Jerome S. TartarBoat Captain (uncredited)
Julie TaylorNurse (uncredited)
Paul G. ThibodeauFisherman in Boat (uncredited)
Rex TrailerScout Master (uncredited)
Paul F. TremblayDeputy #2 (uncredited)
Hershel WestSalvatore (uncredited)
Robert Whelden Jr.Policeman (uncredited)
Alfred WildeHarry Wiseman (uncredited)
Dick YoungPratt (uncredited)

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  • Genre: Thriller Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Horror
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Producer: Universal Pictures
  • Length: 125 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 20, 1975
    EuropeDec 25, 1975
    JapanDec 6, 1975
    AustraliaNov 27, 1975
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 14, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2000
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