Steven Spielberg cut his teeth on the meaty role Jaws presented, directing a film using a giant rubber shark model, that simply would not work. Oddly enough, having to resort to Alfred Hitchcock like suspense building, in not showing 'Bruce,' as the flawed animatronic became known, the lack of props actually helped to make the film a success.






Chief Brody, Roy Schieder, Jaws 1974 movie


Chief Brody




Captain Quint, Robert Shaw, Jaws 1974 movie


Captain Quint




Matt Hooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Jaws 1974 movie


Matt Hooper




Steven Spielberg, Director, Jaws 1974 movie


Steven Spielberg




Bruce the shark, Jaws 1974 movie






Peter Benchley, Screenplay, Jaws 1974 movie and novel


Peter Benchley





Chrissie Watkins





Ellen Brody





Larry Vaughn











This was the first blockbuster movie released in the summer of 1975. It cost $9 million to make, and grossed $472 million worldwide; adjusted for inflation, it has earned almost $2 billion at 2011 prices and is the second-most successful franchise film after Star Wars. In the United States and Canada it has grossed $261 million, equivalent to $1.2 billion at 2020 prices (based on an estimated 128,078,800 tickets sold), making it the seventh highest grossing movie of all time adjusted for ticket price inflation. Not a bad investment on the part of Universal Studios.




When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to the local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old sea dog with a grudge against sharks, to hunt the terror down.


Director Steven Spielberg delivers an iconic film that has an entertaining story featuring unforgettable characters. Not to mention 'Bruce' the shark. This was the original summer blockbuster that kicked off that trend in Hollywood.

This movie is superbly made, despite the less than effective rubber shark. It's the best shark movie by far - until Hollywood decides to give it another go. But we all know how long it takes for a re-make to be better than the original. King-Kong and Titanic are testament to that. Though, today with CGI, the filming would not only be easier, but more realistic for audiences. The problem would be casting and directing.

The picture was produced by Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown (Zanuck/Brown Productions). It was a Universal Pictures release on June 20th 1975. The vital music track was composed by John Williams.

The screenplay was by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. The movie starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.


In the film, a man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it down with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a gritty professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor who can't see past his wallet, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody's wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

Shot mostly on location on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Jaws was the first major motion picture to be filmed shot on the ocean, apart from the Gregory Peck film Moby-Dick, and as a result had a troubled production, going over budget and past schedule. The art department's mechanical sharks often malfunctioned, causing Spielberg to suggest, rather than show, the shark's presence, employing an ominous and minimalist theme created by the brilliant composer, John Williams, to indicate its impending appearances. Spielberg and others have compared this suggestive approach to that of director Alfred Hitchcock. Universal Pictures gave the film what was then an exceptionally wide release for a major studio picture, on over 450 screens, accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign with a heavy emphasis on television spots and tie-in merchandise. The result was a spectacular success.





Jaws was the prototypical summer blockbuster, regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. It won several awards for its music and editing. It was the highest-grossing film until the release of Star Wars in 1977. Both films were pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which pursues high box-office returns from action and adventure films with simple high-concept premises, released during the summer in thousands of theaters and advertised heavily. Jaws was followed by three sequels (without the involvement of Spielberg or Benchley) and many imitative thrillers. In 2001, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Not much of a shocker that!






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