Early directorial effort by Spielberg from the Peter Benchley potboiler. A tight, very scary, and sometimes hilarious film about the struggle to kill a giant great white shark that is terrorizing an eastern beach community's waters. The characterizations by Dreyfuss, Scheider, and Shaw are much more enduring than the shock effects. Memorable score. Sequelled by "Jaws 2" in 1978, "Jaws 3" in 1983, and "Jaws: The Revenge" in 1987. Look for Benchley as a TV reporter.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 124 minutes.
Oscars 1975: Film Editing, Sound, Orig. Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1976: Score, Natl. Film Reg. 2001.
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