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Director: Steven Spielberg Run Time: 124 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1975

Starring: Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

Country: United States
Language: English


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About the film:

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper and grizzled ship captain Quint offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

“a sensationally effective action picture, a scary thriller that works all the better because it’s populated with characters that have been developed into human beings we get to know and care about.”

—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Winner of three Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film was the most successful motion picture of its time and inspired a generation of filmmakers. Based on Peter Benchley’s novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, the film features the iconic animatronic shark (named Bruce) as well as an unforgettable score from John Williams.

About the filmmaker:

Steven Spielberg, often considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, inspired audiences and future storytellers with his science-fiction and adventure blockbusters—like Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Jurassic Park (1993) and the Indiana Jones films—as well as more serious films addressing the Holocaust, the Transatlantic slave trade, war, and terrorism. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998), and has also been awarded a Kennedy Center honor, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.

Most recently, Spielberg has helmed the book adaptation Ready Player One (2018), musical adaptation West Side Story (2021), and his semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans (2022), which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and received seven nominations at the 95th Academy Awards.

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