As the film that ushered in the era of the blockbuster, its easy to forget that Jaws is pretty much a perfect movie, starring Roy Scheider as Martin Brody, the new police chief of Amity Island, whose baptism by fire is dealing with a series of shark attacks in the lead-up to the Fourth of July. Richard Dreyfuss plays a marine biologist sent to investigate the attacks, and Robert Shaw is the crusty seafarer Quint. John Williams wrote the famous two-note motif that signals impending aquatic doom. Jaws won Academy Awards for Editing, Music, and Sound, and was also nominated for Best Picture. Just as Alfred Hitchocks Psycho has kept thousands out of the shower, Jaws makes you think twice before dipping your toe in the water.
124 minutes, Rated PG.
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