Release: June 20, 1975
Budget: $ 7,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $471,859,371
Spielberg’s groundbreaking film, Jaws is based on the 1974 novel by Peter Benchley.
People living in the quiet resort community of Amity Island are terrorized by a giant great white shark. The mayor tries to cover up the fact that swimmers are being killed and the police chief starts investigating with the assistance of a professional shark hunter and a marine biologist.
The film is considered timeless cinema and received positive reviews:
Vincent Canby, the New York Times: “It’s a measure of how the film operates that not once do we feel particular sympathy for any of the shark’s victims. … In the best films, characters are revealed in terms of the action. In movies like Jaws, characters are simply functions of the action … like stage hands who move props around and deliver information when it’s necessary”.
Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times: “A sensationally effective action picture, a scary thriller that works all the better because it’s populated with characters that have been developed into human beings”.
Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) police chief of the Island of Amity.
Quint (Robert Shaw) a local shark hunter.
Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) a consulting oceanographer who helps with the search for the giant shark.