Film Review – JAWS (1975)

Jaws (1975; USA; Technicolor; 124m) ∗∗∗∗∗  d. Steven Spielberg; w. Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb; ph. Bill Butler; m. John Williams.  Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley, Chris Rebello, Ted Grossman, Jay Mello. When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. Brilliantly filmed and edited with not a minute of screen time wasted. It was credited as the movie that created the summer blockbuster, but this remains an everyman movie full of thrills. Great performance from Shaw, Scheider and Dreyfuss and memorable music score from Williams. Won three Oscars – for Editing, Music and Sound (Robert L. Hoyt, Roger Heman Jr., Earl Madery, John R. Carter). Based on Benchley’s novel. Followed by three sequels beginning with JAWS 2 (1978). [12]