Jaws

Release Date: February 27th, 1996

DVD Release Date: July 11th, 2000

PG |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Horror , Thriller , Adventure

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures, DiscoVision

Keywords: 1970s , Suspenseful , Pursuit , Police officer , Death , Quest , Deception

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the most effective thrillers ever made. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Perhaps the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The first is the best. When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the years go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that anything will come close. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Sound
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)