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, 'Jaws' remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
I saw this at the cinema waaaaaaaaay back in 1975 and this was the first time I've seen it since then – guess I must have missed all the times it's been shown on TV! Clearly it shows its age in some minor areas, but overall it holds up very well. It's certainly not a horror film (there's not much blood, and no real terror) but there are a few minor scary moments and a couple of scenes to make you jump. It is rated PG after all. If it were made today there would probably be more blood and guts, and the shark effects would be better. But would it be a better film? Probably not.
'Jaws' turned Steven Spielberg into a household name – and the film is well directed, turning a fairly slight story into an entertainment that stands the test of time pretty well. There is an abiding sense of menace, enhanced by the musical score. It has humour and character development, goodies and baddies, and it has the shark – or does it? In fact the shark is unseen until the very end of the film – and I guess that is one of the strengths of the film – to create that sense of unseen menace.
This is a classic of 1970s films. 4/5 stars. Highly recommended.
"The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy Of Jaws": All-New Feature Length Documentary Featuring Never-Before-Seen Footage and Interviews with Cast and Crew Including Steven Spielberg, Richard Oreyfuss and Roy Scheider
"The Making Of Jaws": 2-Hour Documentary Featuring Interviews with Key Cast and Crew
Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
"From The Set": An Insider's Look At Life On The Set Of Jaws
"Jaws:The Restoration": All-New In-Depth Look At The Intricate Process Of Restoring The Movie
Original Theatrical Trailer
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