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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Jaws ranked # 48 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Jaws (1975) is an American film, based on one of the most popular and best-selling novels of all time novel by Peter Benchley, which was itself inspired by actual shark attack events in American history, namely the Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916.
Jaws is widely considered one of the greatest thrillers of all time
in motion picture history, and its villain, the shark, is also considered one of the scariest villains (along with other such notables as Hannibal Lecter). However even more intriguing and influential is the films soundtrack, namely the theme from Jaws by John Williams, whose opening first two notes are the most famous and recognizable in movie history.
Jaws is also the father of the summer blockbuster; this has been documented by Carl Gottlieb, co-writer of Jaws and also author of the making of the film, The Jaws Log. In The Jaws Log, Gottlieb details how Universal Pictures executives met in a washroom during a preview, or advanced, screening of Jaws in the summer of 1975. The audiences reactions in these advanced screenings were becoming so overwhelmingly positive to the film that, in that very bathroom, they decided to release it wide for the summer on a massive, unprecedented
scale for the time. Thus, the summer blockbuster was born. The Omen followed suit a year later in the summer of 1976, and then Star Wars copied this format two years later in 1977, cementing the notion for studios to release their big-release action and adventure pictures (commonly referred to as tentpole pictures) during the summer season.
The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and is thought to be the movie that launched his career into the stratosphere, and stars Roy Scheider as Chief Martin Brody, Robert Shaw as the uncomparable and swash-buckling shark hunter, Quint, Richard Dreyfuss as the scientist and oceanographer, and Lorraine Gary as Ellen, Brody's lovely and concerned wife.
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