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.

Awards & Nominations

Academy Awards, USA 1976 - Oscar

  • Winner - Best Sound - Robert L. Hoyt, Roger Heman Jr., Earl Madery, John R. Carter
  • Nominee - Best Picture - Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown

Golden Globes, USA 1976

  • Winner - Best Original Score - Motion Picture - John Williams
  • Nominee - Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Nominee - Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
  • Nominee - Best Director - Motion Picture - Steven Spielberg

BAFTA Awards 1976

  • Winner - Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music - John Williams, For The Towering Inferno
  • Nominee - Best Actor - Richard Dreyfuss
  • Nominee - Best Direction - Steven Spielberg
  • Nominee - Best Film
  • Nominee - Best Film Editing - Verna Fields
  • Nominee - Best Screenplay - Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
  • Nominee - Best Sound Track - John R. Carter, Robert L. Hoyt

I want to know:

Does Steven Spielberg appear in Jaws?

No he doesn’t but you can his voice as an Amity Point life station Worker.

Did Jaws break box-office records?

Yes it did, as did two other of Spielberg’s films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park.