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In 1975, director Steven Spielberg brought Peter Benchley's best-selling novel to the screen with stunning power and unbearable suspense. Jaws became the highest-grossing film of all time (at the time) and changed the game for blockbusters (and swimmers). A persistent shark terrorises a coastal community. Once the terror begins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw join forces on a quest to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of great white death.



Winner of two technical awards (editing, sound) and Best Score at the 1976 Oscars. Winner of Best Score at the '76 BAFTAs and '76 Golden Globes.

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Action, Adventure, Drama, Classic


Rating: M


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Chicago Sun-Times (1975 review)


Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" is 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 we get to know and care about. It's a film that's as frightening as "The Exorcist," and yet it's a nicer kind of fright, somehow more fun because we're being scared by an outdoor-adventure saga instead of by a brimstone-and-vomit devil...

Empire (UK)


It was the complete nightmare that invented the "summer blockbuster", launched the genius on a global scale and delivered an astonishingly effective thriller built on a very primal level: fear.

New York TImes


If you think about Jaws for more than 45 seconds you will recognize it as nonsense, but it's the sort of nonsense that can be a good deal of fun, if you like to have the wits scared out of you at irregular intervals.

Variety (USA, 1975 review)


Getting right to the point, "Jaws" is an artistic and commercial smash. Producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, and director Steven Spielberg, have the satisfaction of a production problem-plagued film turning out beautifully. Peter Benchley's bestseller about a killer shark and a tourist beach town has become a film of consummate suspense, tension and terror. The Universal release looks like a torrid moneymaker everywhere...

I still dont like the Beach

I used to love swimming in the ocean until I was a bit older and saw this film now i just get freaked out about sharks still like watching the film but only like to swim in fresh water until I saw a program about bull Sharks Killing people 20-30km upstream in fresh water I just stick to the swimming pool from now on