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Official movie poster.

Jaws is a 1975 Horror, Suspense, Adventure

Plot

During a party at the beaches of Amity Island, a young woman named Chrissie Watkins leaves with her boyfriend, who later becomes unconscious and goes skinny dipping. While swimming out towards a near buoy, she is seized and grabbed by something below from surface that thrashes her around. She tries to grab onto the buoy to pull herself up, but the force drags her underneath the ocean.

Chrissie is reported missing and her remains are later found on the beach by the Deputy of police chief Martin Brody. The medical examiner informs Brody that she was killed by a shark. Brody plans to close the beaches to ensure the safety of the people, but is overruled by Mayor Vaughn, who fears that reports of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season, the town's primary source of income. After the medical examiner falsely concludes Watkins' death was on account of a boating accident, Brody reluctantly goes along with the explanation. Later at the beach, the shark kills a young boy swimming on his raft and swimmers struggled to get out of the water. The boy's mother places a bounty on the shark, sparking an amateur shark-hunting frenzy and attracting the attention of local professional shark hunter Quint, who offers to kill the shark for $10,000. Two men plot to catch the shark by attaching using a roast, on a hook, hitched to a wooden jetty. The plan goes awry when the dock is pulled apart by the shark, which almost takes one man to his demise. Marine biologist Matt Hooper examines Chrissie's remains and determines unequivocally that she was killed by a shark, not a boat.

When fishermen capture a large tiger shark, the townspeople believe it to be the culprit of the earlier killings and the case is now closed. Hooper asks to examine its stomach contents, but Vaughn refuses. That evening, Brody and Hooper secretly open the shark's stomach and discover that it does not contain any human remains. They head out to sea to find the shark, but instead find the wreckage of a boat belonging to a local fisherman, Ben Gardner. Hooper explores the vessel underwater and discovers a sizable shark's tooth protruding from the damaged hull before he is startled by Gardner's corpse, causing him to drop the tooth. Without evidence, Vaughn refuses to close the beaches or hire Quint.

Many tourists arrive on the Fourth of July, where a dorsal fin is sighted, causing mass panic, only for it to come on land and be discovered to be made of plastic — it was a prank orchestrated by local teenagers. As people are calming down and recovering from the panic of the prank, the shark enters a cove and tilts a rowboat, killing the boater. Brody's son Michael, who narrowly escapes the attack, goes into shock. Brody finally convinces Vaughn to hire Quint, and Quint reluctantly allows Hooper and Brody to join the hunt. The three set out to kill the shark aboard Quint's vessel, The Orca.

Brody is given the task of laying a chum line but an enormous great white looms up behind the boat, and the trio watch it circle the Orca. Quint estimates its size as twenty-five feet in length, with a weight of over three tons. He harpoons it with a line attached to a flotation barrel, but the shark pulls the barrel underwater and disappears.

The men retire to the cabin, where Quint relates his experience with sharks as a survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The shark returns, damages the hull and slips away. It reappears in the morning. Brody attempts to call the U.S. Coast Guard, but Quint destroys the radio, enraging Brody. After a long chase, Quint harpoons two more barrels to the shark, and the men tie them both to the stern, but the shark drags the boat backwards, forcing water onto the deck and flooding the engine. Before Quint can sever the lines with a machete, the stern cleats are yanked out. He then heads toward shore, hoping to draw it into shallow waters and suffocate it. In his obsession to kill the shark, Quint burns out the Orca's engine.

With the boat immobilized, the trio attempt a desperate approach: Hooper dons scuba gear and enters the ocean inside a shark proof cage, intending to lethally inject the shark with a hypodermic spear filled with strychnine. The shark attacks and demolishes the cage from behind, causing Hooper to drop the spear before he can inject it. When the shark becomes entangled in the wrecked cage, Hooper escapes and hides in the seabed. The shark then leaps onto the boat and attacks it directly, crushing the transom. Quint slides down the deck and is devoured alive by the shark. When the shark attacks again, Brody shoves a pressurized scuba tank into its mouth, then takes Quint's rifle and climbs the sinking Orca's mast. The shark, with the tank still in its mouth, begins swimming toward Brody, who shoots the tank, causing it to explode and blowing the shark to pieces. Hooper swims to the surface and he and Brody use the barrels to swim back to shore.

Cast

  • Roy Scheider as Martin Brody.
  • Robert Shaw as Quint
  • Robert Shaw as Bruce
  • Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper
  • Lorraine Gary as Reporter
  • Murray Hamilton as School
  • Jonathan Filley as Cassidy
  • Susan Backlinie as Chrissie
  • Steven Spielberg as Director
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Additional Voices
  • Jack Angel as Additional Voices
  • Michael Bell as Additional Voices
  • Bob Bergen as Additional Voices
  • Susan Blu as Additional Voices
  • Andrea Boerries as Additional Voices
  • Marco Boerries as Additional Voices
  • Rodger Bumpass as Additonal Voices
  • Torbin Xan Bullock as Additional Voices
  • Richard Cawood as Additional Voices
  • Scott Clark as Additional Voices
  • Kathy Coates as Additional Voices
  • John Cygan as Additional Voices
  • Jennifer Darling as Additional Voices
  • Paul Eiding as Additional Voices
  • Jeff Garlin as Additional Voices
  • Bill Farmer as Additional Voices
  • Brian Fee as Additional Voices
  • Jerry Trainor as Additional Voices
  • Teresa Ganzel as Additional Voices
  • Craig Good as Additional Voices
  • Samuel Vincent as Additional Voices
  • Jess Harnell as Additional Voices
  • David Soren as Additional Voices
  • Seth Rogen as Additional Voices
  • Artie Kempner as Additional Voices
  • Hooman Khalili as Additional Voices
  • Sonoko Konishi as Additional Voices
  • Erik Langley as Additional Voices
  • Sherry Lynn as Additional Voices
  • Danny Mann as Additional Voices
  • Danny Mann as Additional Voices
  • Mickie McGowan as Additional Voices
  • Laraine Newman as Additional Voices
  • Teddy Newton as Additional Voices
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Additional Voices
  • Bob Peterson as Additional Voices
  • Steve Purcell as Additional Voices
  • Jan Rabson as Additional Voices
  • A.J. Riebli, III as Additional Voices
  • Dan Scanlon as Additional Voices
  • Stephen Schaffer as Additional Voices
  • Ken Schretzmann as Additional Voices
  • Bob Scott as Additional Voices
  • Matt Staudt as Additional Voices
  • Jay Ward as Additional Voices
  • Jim Ward as Additional Voices
  • Colette Whitaker as Additional Voices
  • Fred Tatasciore as Additional Voices
  • Jamie Clay as Additional Voices
  • Sheryl Crow as Additional Voices
  • Phil Proctor as Additional Voices
  • Dave Wittenberg as Additional Voices

Production

The cast of JAWS.

In May of 1974 production of a feature film, "Jaws", began quietly on what is known as South beach on the coast of Martha's Vineyard. JAWS was later released to overwhelming critical acclaim during the sumer of 1975, now referred to as 'the summer of the shark'. Besides being plagued with countless production problems including a malfunctioning shark and a sinking camera boat, the crew endured and the film was miraculously completed.

Legacy

Two fin fans from Georgia meet production designer Joe Alves

As a result, fans of the film (or 'fin fans'), continue to flock to the island to relive the initial fear that kept so many out of the ocean during the summer of the film's release. In line with this move by the chamber of commerce, an event (Jawsfest: Tribute) took place on the Island during the summer of 2012, and a new Blu-ray release of the film was released following extensive restoration of the original negatives.[1]

Trivia

  • Jaws is the very first Summer Blockbuster to ever be created.
  • The movie is the first one to ever make $100 million dollars at the Box Office.
  • The shark was nicknamed after Steven Spielberg's Lawyer, Bruce M. Ramer.
  • The news reporter (who's reporting about the recent Shark Attacks) is played by Peter Benchley, The author of the Jaws Novel and Co-Screenwriter of the movie.
  • The line "You're gonna need a bigger boat." never was in the script. Roy Scheider came up with it while filming the scene.
  • The stunt double for Hooper in the Cage Scene was Richard Warlock - who played Michael Myers in Halloween II.
  • The scene where Bruce got caught in the Rope of the Cage was actual shark footage that was shot off the Coast of Australia. It originally went wrong but they wanted to use it for something, so they added it into the film.
  • Ben Gardener’s jump scare didn’t originally have the best impact on the audience, so Steven Spielberg spent his own money for it to be reshot to get the scene just right and have the audience the most scared.
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