Jaws (movie)

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JAWS logo.svg
The official Jaws logo
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Novel:
Peter Benchley
Peter Benchley
Carl Gottlieb
Howard Sackler
Starring Roy Scheider
Richard Dreyfuss
Robert Shaw
Lorraine Gary
Murray Hamilton
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Bill Butler
Editing by Verna Fields
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 20, 1975 (ltd)
July 25 (wide)
Running time Theatrical cut:
124 minutes
TV cut:
130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million[1]
Money made $470,653,000

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the novel Jaws by Peter Benchley.

The events of the movie are set in the small, quiet, rural town of Amity, Massachusetts. The movie follows three men as they try to capture and kill a great white shark that is threatening the town on Independence Day. The movie follows Martin Brody, the slightly unheroic local sheriff who must decide whether to follow his instinct to shut the beach for safety reasons or keep the beach open to help the local tourist economy. Matt Hooper, a marine biologist, and Quint, the local shark hunter, help Brody to overcome his fears of the water and stop the great white shark attacks. It has three sequels: Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States 20 June 1975
 Argentina 31 July 1975
 Hong Kong 20 November 1975
 Australia 27 November 1975
 Japan 6 December 1975
 Netherlands 18 December 1975
 West Germany 18 December 1975
 Finland 19 December 1975
 Sweden 20 December 1975
 Brazil 25 December 1975
 Denmark 26 December 1975
 United Kingdom 26 December 1975
 Greece 26 December 1975
Republic of Ireland Ireland 26 December 1975
 India 26 December 1975
 Egypt 27 December 1975
 Italy 27 December 1975
 Soviet Union 27 December 1975
 France 1 January 1976
 Thailand 1 January 1976
 Norway 16 February 1976
 Portugal 25 March 1977
 Czechoslovakia 1 January 1978
 Poland 1 January 1978
 South Korea 22 April 1978
 Turkey 26 January 1981
 Hungary 20 June 1985

Awards[change | change source]

Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound.[2][3] It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[4] Along with the Oscar, John Williams's score won the Grammy Award,[5] the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music,[6] and the Golden Globe Award.[7] To her Academy Award, Verna Fields added the American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film.[8]

Jaws was chosen Favorite Movie at the People's Choice Awards.[9] It was also nominated for best Film, Director, Actor (Richard Dreyfuss), Editing, Screenplay and Sound at the 29th British Academy Film Awards,[6] and Best Film—Drama, Director, and Screenplay at the 33rd Golden Globe Awards.[7] Spielberg was nominated by the Directors Guild of America for a DGA Award.[10] The Writers Guild of America nominated Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb's script for Best Adapted Drama.[11]

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected it for the National Film Registry.[12] In 2006, its screenplay was ranked the 63rd best of all time by the Writers Guild of America.[13]

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