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Jaws Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:June 20, 1975

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Heman Best Sound 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Verna Fields Best Editing 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Brown Best Picture 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Williams Anthony Asquith Award 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1975 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Steven Spielberg Best Picture 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1975 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard D. Zanuck Best Picture 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Carl Gottlieb Best Screenplay 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Earl Madery Best Sound 1975 Winner

Cast

Roy Scheider
as Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw
as Quint
Richard Dreyfuss
as Matt Hooper
Lorraine Gary
as Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton
as Mayor Larry Vaughn
Carl Gottlieb
as Editor Meadows
Jeffrey Kramer
as Policeman Hendricks
Susan Backlinie
as Chrissie Watkins
Jonathan Filley
as Cassidy
Ted Grossman
as Estuary Victim
Lee Fierro
as Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees
as Alex Kintner
Craig Kingsbury
as Ben Gardner
Jay Mello
as Sean Brody
Chris Rebello
as Michael Brody
Allison Caine

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Richard D. Zanuck
Producer
David Brown
Producer
Carl Gottlieb
Screenwriter
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Verna Fields
Editor
Joe Alves
Production Designer
John M. Dwyer
Set Designer
Ron Taylor
Special Effects
Tom Joyner
First Assistant Director
Michael Chapman
Camera Operator
Shari Rhodes
Casting
Orin Borsten
Publicist
Earl Madery
Sound Recordist
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