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Plot, Details & Awards

Jaws

PG In Theaters 02/27/1996 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from visiting ichthyologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. One more fatality later, Brody and Hooper join forces with flinty old salt Quint (Robert Shaw), the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White--especially since the price is right. The three ride off on Quint's boat "The Orca," soon coming face to teeth with the enemy.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Earl Madery Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert L. Hoyt Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Roger Heman Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture David Brown Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Verna Fields Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Richard D. Zanuck Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John R. Carter Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Steven Spielberg Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Carl Gottlieb Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Peter Benchley Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Steven Spielberg Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 People's Choice Awards Best Picture Won
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