- CERT PG
- 1 HR 52 MINS
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During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police (Scheider), a young university oceanographer (Dreyfuss), and an old-time fisherman (Shaw).
The film shoot was notoriously difficult for Spielberg, who had directed only one feature film before JAWS. The mechanical shark seldom operated correctly, and Spielberg was frequently forced to create the idea of terror without actually showing the shark.
The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time--surpassing THE GODFATHER and becoming the first film to gross more than one million dollars.
Composer John Williams created the score to JAWS, a well-known theme of impending doom. Ron Valerie Taylor were responsible for filming live sharks in Australia; their sequences were later mixed with footage of the mechanical shark.
- CAST AND CREW
General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children
- RUN TIME
2 hours 4 minutes