Jaws (1975) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1975
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Cast & Crew: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley, Ted Grossman, Chris Rebello, Jay Mello, Jeffrey Voorhees, Craig Kingsbury.
  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Screenwriter:  Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley

Jaws (1975) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 7 / 10;
  • Andrew =  8 / 10;
  • IMDb = 8.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.8/10;

Jaws (1975) Synopsis:

On the shores of a quaint northeast island town, a giant man-eating shark is causing police chief, Martin Brody, some major issues. The mayor is breathing down his neck not to close the beaches because of the upcoming summer profits on the 4th of July weekend. Thus, a team made up of the police chief, an oceanographer, and a deep sea fisherman is set to go after the ferocious great white shark.

Jaws (1975) Review:

When the film Jaws came out, it became a massive hit and was highly praised by audiences and critics alike. Nowadays, it almost seems that Jaws is becoming underappreciated and being taken granted for. There’s a lot to like about Jaws but it makes sense to start out at the beginning, when the lovely skinny dipping bombshell, happens to be the first victim to the ruthless sea beast. The panic in her eyes felt real and this kill immediately hooks the viewer into the movie. The music in this scene, by John Williams, isn’t necessarily catchy or explosive, but it’s perfect for the shark’s underwater perspective.

The movie is steered, no pun intended, but the three high-profile actors, Roy Schneider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. Schneider was fantastic, seemingly a normal everyday person, while on the other hand, Robert Shaw played an eccentric, beloved shark hunter sensationally. In the latter half of the film, when only these three characters are shown throughout, are easily the best parts of Jaws. Shaw gives a great line, after a great line and the special effects for the shark improve in each underwater scene. It’s only when the shark is seen above water to be a little fake.

Each Spielberg film I see of his is different than the rest since I feel he has no agenda and no style to filmmaking. He’s a unique director that put together a marvelous, transcendent film, in Jaws.


JAWS 40th Anniversary Theatrical Re-Release

Can it really be forty years since Chrissy Watkins seduced a young man on the beach by stripping off all her clothes and diving into the water and unwittingly into the mouth of a Great White Shark? Jaws, arguably Steven Spielberg’s best film and my vote for The Greatest Summer Movie of All-Time, opened on Friday, June 20th, 1975 to an unsuspecting public on to the then-unheard-of 500 movie screens. To celebrate the release of one of the most successful films of all-time, Universal is re-releasing Jaws on 500 movie screens across the country. The film will be shown on Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day) and Wednesday, June 24 in selected theaters at selected times.

This is an excellent opportunity to allow young moviegoers to experience one of the cinema’s greatest achievements on a big screen with an audience. From the press release:

Dare to relive the terrifying masterpiece? Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invite you to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the one of the most popular American thrillers of all time when Jaws (1975) returns to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day only event on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time.

It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat

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